The fish are big. You are sight fishing. This is likely as technical as freshwater fly fishing gets. No, this ain't trout fishing. You probably guessed it, we're talking about carp here.
These fish are technical
Yes. These fish are technical.
There's no sure thing with carp fishing. Best laid plans can be torn asunder by an unexpected windstorm, rain, hail, or host of other meteorological disasters inevitably bound to hit the wide open prairie at any moment. After all, there's nothing between you and the arctic circle save for a few wheat fields and a few Canadians. This year, incessant surprise thunderstorms muddied the waters for what seemed to be weeks at a time making fishing tough.
When I went out, I would spot a fish or two gently tailing in several inches of water, and take great care getting into position as to not spook it. By the time I did get into range, often the fish would be nowhere to be seen. Likely he slid off into slightly deeper water but you would have no idea as to where or in what direction. Blind casting for carp in muddy water you soon learn, is pretty much a waste of time.
As one gentleman put it when I told him what I was doing, "Fly fishin' for carp!? well ain't that somethin'."
I think it is.
|Sometimes Even a Blind Squirrel Finds a few Acorns|
To get these fish to eat requires a pinpoint cast at 30 plus feet. Landing the fly close enough to the fish to get his interest but as to not spook him. Then you have to detect the take, and this is not often an easy thing. Sometimes a tailing fish will turn on the fly, sometimes if you are lucky, you will see the fish suck it in. Often however, all you notice is a brief quiver, flick of the tail, sudden pause, repositioning, or other oddity that alerts you that the fish has eaten something. Many times it's not your fly but when it is...
|The Hybrid (courtesy of John at Carp on the Fly) Strikes Back|
I'm no expert, but the one thing I've learned is... These fish are technical