Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Carp On The Fly

By June 25, 2014 No Comments

Carp are omnivores and eat berries, seeds, fish, crayfish, and just about anything eatable that falls in the water.  A variety of flies can be used to fish for carp depending on what the fish feed on in your area: woolly buggers, trout nymphs, bonefish flies, or carp flies.  Carp feed in shallow, clear water along shorelines and in shallow bays, so they are often spooky and can be picky.  The key to catching carp is to find fish tailing in shallow, clear water, being very careful not to spook the fish.  Once you have located feeding fish, get a cast in front of the fish and let the fly lie on the bottom until the fish gets close twitch the fly along the bottom.  Depending on how aggressive the fish is and what you are trying to imitate will the determine the speed of your retrieve. Carp are big, strong fish so you will want a 7 or 8 weight rod and a reel with a good drag.  They can be spooky fish, so you will want to use lighter tippet, such as 4 or 5X, but a fluorocarbon tippet will help you have enough strength in your tippet not to break off fish. Check out this great video on carp fishing by Orvis: See All Orvis Learning Center Fly Fishing Video Lessons]]>

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