I seem to be better at finding exotics than catching them lately. My carpin buddy Mike doesn't seem to have a problem.
Me "I had half an hour to scout that lake you told me about and had a good shot at a totally awesome pure white KOI"
Mike "You mean the white and grey one?"
Me "Uhhhh, I thought it was all white but how did you know?"
Mike "Southwest Corner?"
Me "Uhhh yeah...how did ya..."
Mike "Gotta go" Click.
Less than 24 hours later -
Mike "Yeah they were both back in that corner."
Mike "The all white one you missed and the white and grey one I stuck."
He didn't mention it was a white and grey MIRROR Koi until he sent me the pictures. How freaking cool is that! Just one small line of scales down the back. Which would officially promote him from lucky to lucky bleep.
If something seems odd about that picture, well Mike is what I call "spin-curious" and he caught this fish on a black leach fly on a spinning rod. Mike is a life-long fly fisherman, teaches fly-fishing and even makes the occasional fly fishing video, but when nobody is looking he carries around a long noodly spinning rod which he over-hand fly-casts freakish distances with. How does that work? More importantly WHY? Beats me man, but the first time I met him I opened the conversation with something like "that would work a whole lot better with a fly-rod" At which point he cooly and casually dropped his fly within inches of a carp a good 30 feet away.