The carpin has been tough lately. I know it is winter and all that but I have been runnin on skunkty for the last month. My difficulties stem partially from not lining up fishing time with good weather but I haven't been on my game either. Since I decided to start fishing through the off-season I have fly fished for carp the last 20 months in a row, I may need a break. Unless I get a shot at some really sweet weather I think I am going to take the rest of January off.
Today was rough. The temperature dropped roughly 20 degrees between yesterday and today, and for reasons mysterious to me the river has turned several shades of felch. I didn't really expect to stand a chance and I was right so I quit after three hours and headed to the International Sportsman's Expo to check in with some friends and enter the casting accuracy competition. I entered mainly for giggles and because I have been thinking allot about improving my casting this year.
Believe me, it was freaking hilarious because I sucked! I did notice one funny thing though. As I cast to every single target except the one that was a mile (65 feet) away I actually felt like I totally nailed it. The casts were on-line and they FELT the perfect distance. I was surprised each and every time when the guy called out that I was just a smidge long. As far as I can tell I was between 21 and 25 inches long of the bulls eye just about every time. Habit I guess!
At any rate for the first time in my life I think I am actually going to spend some time actually practicing and maybe even get some lessons like I have been threatening to for the last year or so.