Saturday, June 30, 2012

Road Trip!

June has been my worst carpin month not named November, December or January in several years and I am pretty pleased to see it gone.  I have honestly gotten a little frustrated and felt stagnant and burned out with my fishing this month and when Mike proposed a half day road trip to Greeley to visit fellow carper Mikey I was all-in.  The change of scenery was just what I needed.


There looks to be some great carp water in Greeley.  There are allot of small bodies of water scattered through town.  We checked out two small lakes and two ponds.  Two of the three were busts, one had serious big-fish potential and one was flat-out sweet.  This lake had a good variety of bottom structure with some really nice flats and decent clarity.  The fish seemed to be on the smaller size but there was a steady stream of singles moving up and onto a 100 yard stretch of flat and tailing in inches of water.  Each time I would walk up and down that stretch I was rewarded with 1 to 3 good shots.

I was getting great shots but these fish were ultra-spooky.  I was hitting my spots really well (pumped about that) and the fish were feeding hard but almost every single one of these fish ran from the fly in sheer terror as soon as they saw it.  I suspect they get quite a bit of pressure!

I don't care.  I haven't been getting many days with lots of shots this month.  I had a blast and felt quite satisfied to finally find a fly (drab brown egan's headstand) that at least one fish didn't spook on.  Of course Mike and Mikey both did a fish or two better than I did chucking small un-weighted egg patterns.  This has been a trend lately and if it continues I am going to have to give in and take the egg pattern more seriously.            

Thanks for showing us some new water Mikey! 
This week we are headed up to our Cabin in the Mountains.  If I can find my trout gear I might go kikin some babies.  We will see, it is a family vacation and I seriously don't know where my trout gear is.  Another nice change of pace / scenery regardless.  The week after that I head to Oregon to visit John Montana for a serious hard core fly-carpin change of pace!  Yeah baby!     

11 comments:

  1. I can safely predict more than one or two good shots per day McTage!

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    1. Now that is what I wanna hear baby! I am guessing it is going to be harder and easier than last year... I am really looking forward to experiencing a totally different fishery. Like I am visiting a whole new location all over again!

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  2. I hope for success as well in OR! It almost made me feel good, almost, to see someone else finding possibly people conscious carp spooky as hell. I said almost. Eggs? I know they differ from mine but still, one of 2 rods always has one on to begin with.

    Gregg

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    1. Pretty similar really. A little smaller and less dense and certainly not as absolutely perfectly round with a slightly more muted peach color but same idea. He has pretty much switched to fishing them for any carp shallower than 2 feet (including sunners and deep topwater cruisers) this spring and has been having shocking success.

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  3. Hey Trevor, I wonder if some really small flies, say #18 or smaller, would work on those pressured fish. I know the necessity of the smaller tippet makes that a little problematic, but I've been doing some experimenting around here with tiny flies and they rarely spook the fish.

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    1. I was headed in that direction if I didn't get a take soon! I am a little low on small nymphs in my box though, yet more crap I need to add to my ridiculously profuse fly box.

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  4. The carp have been extra spooky at my usual spot here in Tennessee. Lots of extremely shallow water there. Might have to give in and try the egg. Most of my success has been with a size 16 hi-vis stubby pink worm I like to call, My Pink Thing.

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    1. So I am a little late on these comments (been outta town). If you come back I am curious is your Pink Think weighted at all?

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  5. " I had a blast and felt quite satisfied to finally find a fly (drab brown egan's headstand) that at least one fish didn't spook on. "

    Thats great.We the people who are fond of fishing, Carp fishing get the ultimate pleasure when we get a big Carp.This joy removes all the pains,expenditure . However, the picture of Carp fish and Carp fishing, are fantastic. thanks for this nice blog and the post.keep posting on fishing.

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  6. I love hitting new water as well, that's the best part about some of these fisheries. Can't wait for some cooler temps, man has been Hot out there!

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    1. Hey CarpDawg. This weather has had me all messed up. we gotta get out man, I feel like a putz for not getting ahold of ya.

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