Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Carp Slam Registration Opens May 1st

Mark you calenders, Carp Slam registration opens May 1st - this is the announcement they sent out via email this week.  In case you are curious (and it is odd), they have to have a practice page for signing up because this thing sells out like a rock concert and I suspect some people have had hurt feelings in the past about not being able to figure out how to sign up in time.


Registration for Slamateur Slots in this years Carp Slam 8 opens:

10:00 AM    May 1, 2014

Don't MISS Your Chance

To Fish & Learn with the leading 

Carp Fly Fishing Pros in the Nation!

   Denver Trout Unlimited has set-up a practice registration page for those who want to make sure they have the skills to land one of the coveted 15 open amateur spots in this iconic tournament. 
Don't let lack of practice spoil this opportunity for you. Try it TODAY to be ready for May 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM. 

     On May 1st at 10:00AM go to  http://carpslam.org and have your credit card ready. Read the fine print on the practice page above.

We give a special "Thank-You" to all the past Carp Slam amateurs and volunteers. We thank them for helping the DTU Carp Slam raise funds for restoring the aquatic habitat of the Denver South Platte and "Trout in the Classroom" programs. We hope to see you all in this years tournament. 

Clem Rinehart
President, Denver Trout Unlimited

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bread Flies and Vegas. Baby.

I am headed back to Vegas next week for our annual World Poker Tour Amateur Championships and could use some advice. I found some carp there last year but they were in park with lots and lots and lots of duck feeders.  As a result they were totally fixated on sunken bread and unfortunately I did not have a single fly that looked anything like bread.   I am talking 3 hours of almost continuous shots to hard tailing fish without a single one even looking at the nymph patterns I had with me.  Totally exasperating.

Now, I know that various pale shades of egg patterns will do the job - and I also plan on having some indicators on hand so that I can apply Gregg Martin's methods but does anybody have any other advice on flies and techniques for bread fixated carp?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Its ON!

April can be boom or bust when chasing carp on flies on the front range.  The wild fluctuations in temperature, pressure and water clarity make it very very confusing.  The carp are here today gone tommorow.  Additionally, I rarely catch many big ones in April.  The big girls don't show up shallow on most of the stillwater's that I fish until late April early May. 

Get it right, however, and you can put up some pretty good numbers of feisty and fun juvies.  The end of this latest four day warming trend was perfectly aligned with my day off and I practically caught nearly as many carp as I did all winter in less than 24 hours.

After a long hard winter of duking it out for a couple of carp an outing it is a blast to just catch a bunch of carp with relative ease! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Video: A Better Way to Tighten Down the Improved Clinch Knot

Long-time readers of the blog probably know that I have been on a several year crusade against the improved clinch knot for connecting carp flies to tippet.  After significant effort and time I finally decided that the no-slip mono loop knot is the best alternate.

That being said, even I still use the improved clinch in a couple of scenarios.  Occasionally I am in such a hurry to get a different fly to a tailer that it is worth the risk of losing a pound or two of breaking strength to gain a second or two.  I am also using it on the top-side of a new super strong leader system I have been working on with a tippet ring, a bimini twist and a hand-shake knot.

Since knot even I  (pun intended) can completely abandon the improved clinch, I decided to put together a video showing improved clinch stalwarts how they might be able to squeeze a smidge more strength by tightening this knot differently.

Especially if you use flourocarbon, adjusting how you tighten down the knot can increase the strength of this knot dramatically.  Give it a shot.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Whip Finish Fly Line Loop Video

If you want or need to add a new loop to the end of your fly line to attach your leader to this is the best way. The resulting loop doesn't really float so this is not your best choice if you are drifting indicators to trout - but for most fly fishing for carp situations it is ideal.  The resulting loop has a low profile, gets through your guides easily and smoothly and is virtually indestructible. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

CarpPro Issue 7

http://www.carppro.net/CarpPro Issue 7 came out tonight, and this issue features many of the flies from our recently completed swap as well as an editorial from yours truly.

The more astute of you may happen to notice that my fly-swap submission was one of the bigger and creepy crawlier carp flies in the swap which is in odd contrast to my editorial.  What can I say, except that I am just as confused as you are and - "Do as I say not as I do" 

While we are at it lets throw in "Shut yer mouth when yer talkin to me!".  Which is an inside joke.  Sorry about that.

My favorite part of this issue, though, was the article from Treavor Hackenberg about fly fishing and Asperger's Syndrome.  Despite our best efforts to aggrandize it, fly fishing is really a pretty trivial excersize - except for somebody like Treavor. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

2014 Fly Swap: Hackenberg's Dirty Harry

Click HERE to visit the swap summary page.

Tier:  Treavor Hackenberg
Location:  PA
Instagram: @thackenberg

About: "This fly is just a mix between Roughfisher's Carp Crack and Egan's Headstand.  I fish the fly with slow long strips and random hard short strips to make it look like it's digging down in the mud."

Notes:  At 15 years old, Treavor is a member of the significant youth movement in carp on the fly.  His energy and passion are awe inspiring and you will be able to read his full story in the next issue of CarpPro.  As far as I can tell, many (most?) fishermen under 20 really have no concept of carp as a "trash fish" and that is very very satisfying.  

I ran into a young man at a local lake a couple of weeks ago.  He saw me getting out my fly rod, nodded sagely at me and asked how the carp were biting.  I did a double-take and asked him how he knew I was chasing carp.  His looked at me like I was insane, and said "Well, you are fly fishing so I just figured".  No shit - honest truth.  I am a little more used to people looking at me insanely BECAUSE I am chasing carp.  The new reality is going to be confusing at times.

Oh yeah - this is the last fly in the swap.  Kaput.  Done.  - McTage 

  • Hook: Straight shank, size 6
  • Tail:  Red Fox
  • Body: Crystal flash dub, rusty orange
  • Leggs: TCO Round Rubber - medium
  • Hackle:  Orangish / Reddish hackle 
  • Head : Greay crystal Flash dub
  • Eyes:  Medium bead chain