Two shipments came from Zach Janssen (roughflyfishing.com) and Ben Muraski. They are carpin buddies from Kansas, 16 years old and have already been fly fishing for carp for several years. If these guys represent the future of carpin I am pretty pumped because these flies are extremely well tied and thought out. I am not giving an inch of slack for age in that assessment.
They also both sent a meat pattern and a small finesse pattern with the finesse flies shown first below. I am not sure if that was on purpose and coordinated but is really cool either way.
|Ben Muraski's Slim Pickins|
|Zach Janssen's Alien Shrimp|
|Zach Janssen's Wizard's Sleeve|
|Ben Muraski's Bottom Creeper|
The next shipment came in from Nolan Majcher from Pennsylvania Nolan is a regular on the CarpPro forum and sent in two different worm / egg hybrids. These are relatively small and delicate patterns tied on a size 14. Nolan does quite well on these and they are fascinating.
|Nolan Majcher's Worm Spawn|
|Nolan Majcher's Egg Worm|
The final submission this weekend was from one of my oldest fishing buddies Miles Christmas in Michigan. We started chasing carp together over a decade ago and the Jaimee's Krazy Karper thought up by a guy at one of the local shops was the first fly we knew of that was specifically designed for carp. It is still Mile's go-to.
|Jaimee's Krazy Karper by Miles Christmas|