Through a full season the person catching the most carp on the fly on ANY body of water is the one who knows how to induce takes from passive carp and detect subtle takes from all carp.I have fished allot of aggressive carp this year. I spent a week in Lake MI and have found some fun new water here in CO. I have found that even when I find large populations of aggressive carp when I REALLY start laying the smack-down is when I am generously mixing in techniques that I have learned for passive carp.
When I am talking about mixing in techniques for passive carp I am talking about:
- Dead-dropped the fly onto the feeding zone with no action or letting the fly go dead after one twitch or SLOWLY swimming it into the feeding zone.
- Getting as close as possible in order to present the fly very very closely.
- Using indirect presentations in order to present the fly very very closely.
- Switching from crayfish to nymph, worm or hybrid patterns at the drop of a hat.
- Believing that if the carp twitches a quarter inch towards my fly or pulses it's lips in my flies general direction it ate. PERIOD. And then making a point of setting the hook on a hair trigger (often with a small pause).