|TroutDawg??? Is a name-change in order?|
This is going to be a risk we take on many Denver Metro lakes over the next couple of weeks. In some of my favorite lakes with clear water it seems that there is a 2 to 3 week post-spawn period where the fishing is unbelievably good. Then in late June / early July the shallows become suddenly and inexplicably deserted for the rest of the season. The word from those more knowledgeable is that the carp don't really come back. At least not in fly fishing range and fly fishing moods with any regularity. That makes me sad.
Fortunately TD had a good backup plan with a little honey hole he likes to call home. I was a little pessimistic since it involved bucking up and facing a recently blown river but it proved to be a good idea. We walked right in on tailers and he hooked a really hot mid to high teener almost immediately. It is that time of year and the carp are getting spunky, but I was a little surprised by the strength of that fish. Things seemed somewhat under control until the fish simply decided to put the wood to him and run directly downriver. Right when TroutDawg made to call that he was getting in to give chase the hook pulled out under heavy pressure.
Ten minutes later I hooked into a bruiser that was tailing hard within a foot of the bank with a Primordial Crust. One of those stop, pop and gently lower the fly 4" in front and 4" to the right kinda shots. Casting not required, crushing take easily identified.
Thank goodness the Dawg had given me a free preview because by the time I was gleefully screaming "backing" I was already on my way in to give chase. I was just barely able to get far enough across and down-river in time. By the time I had gained a little angle on the fish it was just in time to pull it out of a dead-fall about 150 feet downriver. It was a great battle, and at a couple of ounces over 18 pounds this is my second largest carp from the river and by far and away the hottest!