This is the first in a series of posts giving some of the results from the fly fishing for carp survey. With more than 200 participants we have enough data to have some fun with the numbers. First we will try and find the regional epicenter of the revolution.
If we look at the raw numbers by state Colorado had the most participants by a very wide margin. I think there is no real surprise to those of us chasing carp in Denver. After all, it can occasionally be difficult to find an open hole on the Denver South Platte. The reasons are pretty easy to understand. First of all, Colorado has the highest concentration of fly fishers in the country. The more trout fly guys the more bored trout fly guys looking for a new challenge. Additionally we have had our own in-state fly fishing for carp living legend Barry Reynolds spreading the gospel to local guys for over 15 years. On top of that, Denver hosts Carp Slam - one of the oldest and most successful fly fishing for carp tournaments.
Instead of looking at the raw participants we should probably look at the number of participants on a per-capita basis though. Colorado still comes out on top but the next biggest (Idaho) may be a big surprise to some . Colorado and Idaho have allot in common though. Primarily Idaho also has many bored trout guys and also hosts a carp tournament with a long and proud heritage.
The next one in line (Vermont) is a big surprise - especially since it sits smack dab in the middle of a region where the fly fishing for carp revolution doesn't seem to have much of a foothold. I have no idea why, perhaps we can blame Lake Champlain which is reputed to be an excellent carp on the fly fishery.
The trend is clear. The western mountain states region is the current epicenter of fly fishing for carp by a large margin. I cannot say how much of this is due to the fishing and how much is cultural but it is interesting.