The response was awesome - thank you so much everybody who responded on this blog, facebook or the CarpPro forum!
What was shocking to me was how many times hoppers and cicadas and other larger meatier dry flies came up in the conversation. I have mainly been thinking (with significant trepidation) that the main thing that would work would be the same little itty bitty cute classic dry flies that I grew up catching Trout on or even smaller in the case of midges. While those are on the list it would seem to be not absolutely necessary.
Here were the recommendations - x4 would mean that at least 4 people mentioned that fly:
- Small Hoppers (x6)
- Adams in several variations, recommended by many (x4)
- Cicadas (x4)
- Mulberry Flies (x 3)
- Elk Hair Caddis (x 2)
- Deer hair pellet fly (x2)
- Cotton wood seed pattern (x2)
- Small Stimulators
- Small Muddler Minnows (grassies)
- Size 16 Griffiths Gnat
- Damsel Flies (picture below)
- Small black ants
- Small black beetles
- Floating eggs
- Gray Drake
- Skitters (picture below)
- Madam X
- Suspender Buzzer
- Inch worms
The Skitter (Compliments of Mr P at Got Backing)
Spearyhopper sent some pictures of super sweet damsels tied with furled flash foam from craft stores. The version he has caught carp on is the single (non-mating) on the left. I like these allot.