The Good: I had much to be grateful for on this day. Getting a day pass from the Mommasita was wonderful. I love my lady, she treats me so good. It was hard to find feeding fish today, but any day were you catch some carp on a fly is a good one. Even if it is just one 23" common. Late in the outing my friend Mike called me up with a line on some grass carp. It was a generous move for him to take me to this spot and for this I am extremely grateful. There were at least six large grass carp feeding furiously in a relatively small area and within 20 minutes I had hooked and landed a big one (32lb, 40").
The Bad: Unfortunately, after winning an epic battle with said grassie I was dismayed to discover that my large olive MMF with the eyes cut out with pliers on the spot (best grassie fly I could come up) was just too light and had not gotten down as deep as I thought. These carp were tailing with an amazing amount of forward velocity. As a result the rapidly moving fish had tailed right under the fly and was hooked right in front of the tail.
I feel like a bit of a shit for being bummed out after all the things I have to be grateful for. Therefore I am going to just let it go. It happens, we will get em next time. I really don't need to be obsessed with another species thank you very much but I am pretty sure that Mike and I will be back. With a box of carefully weighted grass carp flies of course!