Sunday, February 23, 2014

CARPTORIOUS: Kicking it Still-water style

I caught a carp today.  Two of them actually.  Both small and no big deal really, and hardly worthy of a blog post but these carp were interesting to me for several reasons.



First of all, I need an excuse to post about something NOT fly swap related.  Any old excuse will do and since it has been over a month since I have had the time and gumption to give carpin a go this is a pretty good excuse.

Secondly, I have now caught a carp every month for 24 straight months.  Thank god for small victories.  I am one miserable January of 2012 from it being 36 months but who is counting.  I am counting.  Stupid January.

Thirdly, these count as the first two still-water carp of the new year for me and that might be the earliest still-water catch for me yet.  I measure Winter a little differently than the traditional method.  I figure it this way: If I cannot catch carp in still-water it is Winter.  If I can catch carp in stillwater it is not-Winter.  I really really hate Winter.  I really really really like not-Winter.  As far as I am concerned Winter is officially OVER.  That is a bold and foolhardy statement in Colorado and will probably result in several blizzards in the next three weeks but to heck with it.

And finally, I caught both carp on the headstand leech I have been working on which has been tweaked just a little bit from where it was in this post.  As a matter of fact every carp I have caught in the past three months has been on various subtle tweaks and prototypes of this fly.  As such, I think it has finally formally earned it's name which will be "Chubby Chaser Leech"!

McTage's Chubby Chaser Leech Carp Fly

McTage's Chubby Chaser Leech Carp Fly

McTage's Chubby Chaser Leech Carp Fly

10 comments:

  1. Very nice McT. Unfortunately for me it's still winter here. Getting swallowed up by the "polar vortex" again this week. Sick if it.

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  2. I am going to commission some of those leeches for lake MI. Love that fly.

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    1. I think it might kick some major butt erhe.

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  3. That is mean leech! And, to me, my honest mantra is "Any carp is a good carp." (And worthy of a blog) This is good as I have a pond trip planned very soon. You don't want to know my monthly record.

    Gregg

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    1. I am feeling good things for your pond trip.

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  4. Immediately going to throw this at drum and reds. Well played sir, well played.

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    1. Yeah, well, I think it is going to fix the issue the black trouser worm had for the black drum. It has quite a bit more profile to it.

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  5. Had my streak broken last month by a similarly miserable January. February ain't looking so hot either. Liking the looks of that fly, btw.

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    1. Weather has been weird this year. Colorado has had a milder than usual winter. Much of the rest of the country has been much much colder than usual.

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