Sunday, April 22, 2012

My Old Friend Kahn

I ran into an old friend today.  I will be spending enough time chasing this particular fish that a name will make things easier.  Lets call this fish Kahn.  Genghis Kahn that is.  I know that seems like a pretty vicious name for a "vegetarian" but I know first hand that this particular grass carp craves protein.  Why not? When you are at least 4 or 5 times bigger than the other fish in the pond and you are hungry you eat what you want when you want it.

Today Kahn was busy defoliating this poor innocent fallen tree.  Vicious beast.  I had no credible shot but it was nice to run into an old friend.

Grass carp eating leaves from a downed tree 1

Grass carp eating leaves from a downed tree 2

Grass carp eating leaves from a downed tree 3

Grass carp eating leaves from a downed tree 4
 

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  1. That is one big monster carp!

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  2. Have you ever caught him/her?

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    1. Nope. Seen it 5 times, had shots twice and both times Kahn attacked the fly more like a pike than a vegetarian. The first time I watched the fly go in and set the hook at what I am still sure was the perfect timing and came up mysteriously dry. On the second the attack was just so vicious over such a long distance with such a huge fish that I totally freaked out and froze and didn't set the hook at all.

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  3. Cool stuff. What fly were you throwing at this grassie?

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    1. The two takes I have gotten were on an orange-bodied soft hackle and a huge ostrich-hearl beastie of a fly. I had the soft-hackle tied on Sunday but couldn't for the life of me figure out how to get it to him through the tree.

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  4. That fires me up for my grass carp! You'll get that guy.

    Gregg

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    1. We will see. I think I have a little bit of an idea of some of his habits, if I can time when he is in shallow eating moss like last the second take last year my odds will be good. I think it was about a two to three week window.

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  5. Stay after that beast (Khan). Try one of Vargo's flies tied on a # 6 Gammie SL45. Don't use a hook with even the slightest curve in the shank, or a down-turned eye for that matter. They are infamous for skipping right over a grasser's lips. If he's that aggressive, you will catch him sooner or later.

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    1. That is pretty good advice, thanks JM. I got lots of flies on the SL45 I will keep them in mind.

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