|Another victim of the hare's ear dropper.|
-The obvious piece of this is that the dry acts as a strike indicator. Gregg Martin has long espoused the use of strike indicators and uses them himself with considerable success. This method works extremely well with a dry fly as the indicator. The carp sucks the dropper in. The dry twitches a bit. You set the hook and the fish is on. This happens about 50% of the time.
-The other 50% of the time, the carp sucks the dropper in with no discernible movement of the dry. This seems amazing but is apparently no big deal to the carp because they pulled this stunt off repeatedly today. However there is a visual tip-off here, albeit one you have to manufacture yourself. If the fish moves to the dropper or otherwise appears to have eaten it without moving the dry, give a short slow strip. If the fish is on, the dry will immediately begin to submerge. When you see this, that small strip should morph instantly into a hard strip-set.
-Interesting note about the above scenario: On a couple of occasions, the fish was not on when I did that short strip. But the pull moved the nymph around, inducing the take. A nice bit of serendipity.
-In short, visual cues from the fish are still needed most of the time. As is the ability to read those cues accurately.
|1 ft. in depth throughout and carp-infested|
-There is no guesswork as far as where the nymph is. The dry fly tells you exactly where it is regardless of water clarity. Another piece of information that lends itself to strike detection.
-Although the nymph dropper is the primary player, there is a dry fly in play here too. I've never caught a carp on a dry fly and one reason for that is that I almost never use them for carp. One of the great attractions of using the dry/dropper combo is that I'm putting a dry fly on every fish. Gonna be a pay-off with that eventually. Almost happened in fact on my last trip.