Big Dries, Laughs and Hungry Fish

It all started out with a text message from fellow guide Bryan Eldredge asking me if I wanted to go check out a nearby stream the next day to see if the bugs were hatching. I looked at my schedule and saw that I had a morning full of things I needed to get done before I could even think about leaving to check rivers. But we had a group of fisherman coming in, so I needed to get the most current fishing report first hand. I woke up early the next morning and hurried to get my to-do list done, so I could make my way to the river. As soon as I sent my last e-mail, I texted Bryan to let him know I would be meeting him on the river. His text back to me said "I'm already here and the bugs are out!!!" I drove the short...

Fly Fishing for Carp

With fly fishing for carp growing rapidly in popularity, many fly fishermen and women, from the die-hards to the weekend warriors, are coming to appreciate the difficulty and tremendous enjoyment this prolific specie can provide.  While some find success in enticing carp with a prince nymph under a strike indicator, or by stripping a bugger blindly, I have grown to love the challenge and thrill of sight casting to feeding carp, watching the take and enjoying the long, powerful runs these fish are known for. Joe Ferber of Orvis in Leawood, Kansas introduced me to the guerrilla tactics he had developed to sight cast to both common carp and grass carp that inhabit the creeks that flow through the hairy, overgrown hardwood forests of  Kansas and Missouri.  The first common I landed was a bow-and-arrow flick through an arc of vines and branches; a twitch of my leader as the carp...