Denver Trout Unlimited president Cory Stansbury told me a funny story last night at the Carp Slam kickoff meeting. It seems that him and his family recently had an extended stay in England. While there he managed to wrangle a couple of hours on the river Wye.
It didn't take long for Cory to score his first inter-continental trout. This triumph of DIY fishing came on a lime Humpy of all things. Because, well, it's limey right? Had to be done.
Shortly there-after he noticed three very large browns sipping top in the middle of the stream. Now, Cory is a fishermen not a casting champion and despite his best efforts he could barely get within range. It turns out that barely in range was enough though and on his first cast he miraculously placed that same lime Humpy just a couple of feet upstream of the rythmically rising trio. A slurp and a set and an extended battle later and Cory landed the biggest brown of his life.
Bugle-Mouth Brown that is.
Cory lives within biking distance of some of the best carp sections of the legendary Denver South Platte but has had a heck of a time catching his first carp on the fly. It turns out that sometimes all you need is a change of scenery. And a lime Humpy. Who knew?
EDIT: The story gets more ironic. Evidently this is in fact a Chub not a carp! So poor Cory is still on the carp shnide!