Friday, January 17, 2014

Ambush Style

This was one of the first things I filmed with my new GoPro the day after Christmas.  As a result it is a little rough, but the presentation is cool, you can see the fish tailing and moving on the fly (if in 720P) and it happened to be one of the biggest carp I have ever hooked on the South Platte. 

I hadn't published it before because of the quality (I will learn) and I lost the fish shortly after a botched net attempt.  I am fairly certain it would have been my DSP personal best common carp if I had landed it, so that had me a bit bummed out about the video.

Eventtually I decided I have to publish it because it should give fans of Fly-Carpin a better idea of what I am talking about when I talk about "Ambush" style carpin.

The fly was an Olive McLuvin presented with a one-handed bow and arrow cast followed by a short drag and drop.  Notice that after I dropped the fly I never moved it again until I set the hook.  In the winter I rarely impart much action, and the tail of the McLuvin sticks up and waves in the micro-currents on it's own without imparted action anyways.


10 comments:

  1. Super good try! Bummer about the netting. I figure if the fish is in the net, and then flops out to become unhooked, I still had him. PB South Platte perhaps, next time.

    Gregg

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    1. Yeah, it wasn't quite in the net. It was big, the net was small, it bounced off of the frame.

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  2. Were you fishing in NYC? The spot you were fishing is a lot like what I fish here; Lots of trees and brush, no backcasting, and no wading. I've lost a few carp in places like that!

    Bill

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    1. That is going to be the best part about the GoPro. I don't think many people really realize how much of my fishing goes down like this.

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  3. Trevor I'm pretty sure Ive fished that same spot, except I had felt boots on and slipped all the way down that embankment. Somehow my 7wt arrested my slide before I hit the water and without breaking. I tied up some red trouser worms, you think the mcluvin is a better winter fly or is it more about prsentation.? Slick bow n arrow cast BTW.

    Josh


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    1. In general in the depths of Winter (January and December) the McLuvin seems to work better than the Trouser worm and has been my best winter fly the past two years. I don't understand why. The rest of the year it depends on the situation and varies from day to day but the thing to keep in mind is that on those days when the Trouser worm is "on" no other fly I have used comes close.

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  4. Ha ha, that was awesome. Hate that you lost him. That bow/arrow cast is money. I've used it a lot on mountain streams.

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    1. Oh I hate it too, but if we caught the ALL it would take a little of the magic out of the process.

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