Saturday, January 28, 2012

Carp Are From Venus, Carp Are From Mars

I am working on a more comprehensive update for the carp fly swap but wanted to share something fun real quick.

As far as I can tell Alonzo is a likely no show (I can't figure out how to contact him) so I let in the first alternate Kevin Morlock from Indigo Guide Service and Third Coast Fly.  Kevin already delivered his flies and let me tell you, If Lake MI carp are from Mars, my carp are from Venus!  I have allot of experience with SE Michigan carp and can tell you that they might as well be a different species, but the beasts in Lake MI must be from a different epoch!

McTage's Carp Stew and Morlock's Craw Bunny Carp Flies
Kevin Morlock's Submission Next To A Carp Stew!

I know several of the swappers (4 or 5 at least?) are planning a carpin pilgrimage to Lake MI this year, I will probably try and rig it so that they get one of his flies.  Let me know if you are visiting the holy land and I will try and work it out!

12 comments:

  1. Uh...I would kill to fish one of morlock's patterns. Not that I would ever call in a favor, but I do recall a few guided days on the Columbia last spring, and when you show up this summer you might want to be on my good side! Lake MI here I come!

    Too funny how different the carp in random locations act.

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  2. Speaking of that, how carp react. I wish there was a good (maybe only?) carp fly pattern book. I own many od the trout fishing classics and of course they became my Bibles and teir author's my mentors. The book "Wooly Wisdom" by Gary Souchie is a classic pattern book where he used his experience and those from guide services and private blogs to gain his information. Great photos, information, history, use, and anything else pertiment per fly. A carp pattern book could be structured much the same. Perhaps by region, food organism, you name it, but it is needed. Fly swaps would be a good start. Speaking of size, I've seen a 9" carp suck in an 8 or 9" night crawler, no problem. And that is here, not the prehistoric fish that The Great Lakes grow.

    Gregg

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  3. John - Wouldnt want to find myself on a fishless flat this summer would I!
    Gregg - It is a great idea and you just da man to do it! May not be what you want to hear but the second blogging signifcantly interfears with fishin time it is done for. Bookin would seem destined to do so!

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  4. This is Lonny. I mentioned the Carp fly swap to Kevin when I was booking my trip up to Beaver Island this July. He was so happy to hear you would let him and show his flies from MI. Boy are they big compared to our stuff. Can't wait to post pics from that trip!


    P.S. I just received my copy of "Carp On The Fly, A Flyfishing Guide" by Barry Reynolds, Brad Beefus and John Berryman. I can not wait to dig into that!

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  5. Me? Me who had 2 typos above? I knew someone would say that. I was graded poorly in what I thought were brilliant terms papers as an undergrad. Just like here I was never concise. No, I'm not the guy. Now then, an anglng author could take the bait seeing the need.

    Gregg

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  6. That is one of the coolest flies I have seen in a while. But the ultra-neurotic carp around here would relocate to another zip code if I threw it at them.

    And Gregg - the book is a great idea.

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  7. Lonny - Thanks for mentioning it to Kevin. Valuable addition! Good luck in MI, I am jealous. Already have two carpin travel trips scheduled this year though and if I were going to add a third it would be blackfoot.
    Gregg - That's what editors are for!
    Ty - I am actually thinking I could possibly just maybe get that eaten in CO if I tried hard enough but only in a couple of unique circumsances I know of. I had a couple of small pond commons try and suck in a marabou grassie fly almost that big last year at a time when they were super active and aggresive. They failed but it was cool.

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  8. looks like things are beginning to get groovy....can't wait to get some new weapons of mass carping

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  9. Yup, well over half the packages are in. A couple of folks will be a smidge late but that was pretty much to be expected!

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  10. McTage, check out this on their blog up in Michigan. Pretty cool they mention the Carp fly swap.

    http://thirdcoastfly.com/2012/01/31/carp-fly-swap/

    Lonny

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  11. Lonny - Thanks for pointing it out, that is pretty cool. And congrats on the Reynolds book, last year they were out of print and going for over a hundred bucks on amazon!

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  12. That book was what helped my ascent to a higher angling calling. I'd read about flyfishing for them, from Dave Whitlock probably, caught 2 and had others catch them with me while after trout, and concurrently I was dissapointed with the local tail water trout crowd. On a scouting expedition to a local park it was all there. Is a revision rumor true?

    Gregg

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