Friday, January 28, 2011

CARPTORIOUS: Boom-Boom Firepower, 2 for 4

I wasn't even supposed to be out fishing today.  I had a Dad's day at Zack's school until 9:30.  It was fun and he loves that stuff.  When I got home to go to work my wife reminded me it was going to be 60degrees today and that I should take the day off and go fishing.  What can I say, she is a bad influence!  Or a great influence since I went 2 for 4! (Sorry, no pics, I forgot my camera)

I was at the river by 10:00.  The water was still up and off color in the section I have been doing so well in and I couldn't find the fish.  I think I had one decent shot and blew it so eventually I moved downriver to a new section with a possible big-fish run I wanted to try.  It would involve blind-casting to deep water (approx 3-4 feet) with intense current but I figured it was worth a shot. 

I hooked 2 medium sized fish pretty quickly in a semi-slack side eddy with an olive Carp-Stew.  60deg weather makes a big difference in the quality of the battle!  At first I thought that they MUST be foul-hooked to be kicking my butt in January.  No, I got a good look and both were fair.  Unfortunately I haven't had to worry about carefully setting the drag lately because the fish have been cold-wimps.  I had been careless and it was too tight so I lost both fish.  You would think I would figure it out after the first fish wouldn't you.

I gave the spot a rest for half an hour and moved over to the other side.  It was a quicker tougher drift from this side but I didn't feel like I was getting to where the big fish would be.  I switched to a Jaime's Krazy Carper VERY heavily weighted with lead dumbells and started in with a slight up and across drift with light strips and the occasional mend to slow it down.  On the 4th cast I hooked the monster of the run....in the dorsal.  I am sure it was over 30" but I intentionally pulled the fly out.  Bummer.  On about the 12th cast I hooked up hard and was fair into a nice 27" fish.  This was my best battle since August at least.  What a difference 60F makes.

After that fish I spent another couple hours blind-casting but eventually it was about 3:30 and time to go.  the route back to the car passes a really big hole.  One of the biggest and deepest sections on the river.  It holds very large fish but I have only ever found them in spawning, sulking or hiding-deep mode so I usually ignore it.  Not today.  I happened to glance over as I passed and there were at least 20 large fish tailing just on the deep side of a sand bar.  I have never seen that many fish tailing at one time on the Platte.  Never. 

I ran up to the next ford, crossed and moved down into position.  By some freak of lighting I could see shadows well enough to pick the head from the tail but I was screwing up left and right.  This section is so large and deep that it is nearly a still-water and after 4 months of fishing current I was jacking up the presentation.  Too heavy of a fly, too hard of a cast, too close, too far etc. etc.  Eventually I switched to an Egan's Headstand to lighten the splash and finally started some decent lob-drag-drop presentations (I will blog on this method at some point) followed with small 2" intermittent strips.  I couldn't see them well enough to visually detect  a take so I was careful to maintaining contact with the fly and when the take came it was like a hammer-blow.  After the second great battle of the day I beached another 27" carp and headed home.  What a great day!

5 comments:

  1. Bring your lob-drag-drop to portland. Heavily used technique out here.

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  2. For anybody who hasnt visted John's blog:
    http://carponthefly.blogspot.com/2011/01/spring-carp.html

    John has invited me to Portland this summer. I think I am going to need more than just the lob-drag-drop against those monsters. I am thinking dynamite.

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  3. Sounds like a great day. Oh, and maybe buy your wife some flowers, "take the rest of the day off and go fishing", doesn't sound like a bad influence to me at all.

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  4. Love the lob, drag, drop and yes... 60 degrees is nice. Hey, if you ever get west come fish with us on the prairie ocean of Oklahoma - some game carp here.

    Good fly fishing to you.

    Barry
    http://prairieoceanflyfisher.blogspot.com

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  5. I actually went to OU. Class of 97. It's too bad, I hadnt even heard about carp-on-the fly yet back then. Hit up some bass and gills in dirty-bird lake but thats about it.

    Thanks for visiting and I will check out the blog, and who knows maybe I will make it back to OK some day!

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