Today was the day. Well, if you could work through the overcast skies and off-color water to find the fish it was the day. If you could muscle a fly through the high winds and into the zone it was the day. If you could then time the sluggish take it was the day.
With an overnight low of 45 and a daytime high of 53 I was expecting to find some happy fish. To my surprise I only found 10 fish all day, but each and every single one of those fish was tailing!
Given that every single fish I found in the river was feeding (a first for me) and that every holding spot I checked was completely empty this is my theory; Every fish in the river was out on knee deep flats feeding today. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Actually it is more than a theory. I am positive. Given some sunlight and clear water to work with I think it would have been slay-hem may-hem.
Getting back to the point, remember those 10 wonderfully happy fish? Well sometimes fly fishing for carp is a matter of odds. Two scattered to blown shots. Three more inexplicably ignored the fly. Four cleary took or tried to take the fly but I mis-timed the cold induced slow-mo takes and set early.
But that only adds to 9 right? Well, I managed slow down enough to stick an olive carp-stew into number 10 and that saved the day. Man I feel Carptorious, 2012 is finally looking up.