A couple of days ago I was invited by a friend to go and do a little carp fishing. I love carp fishing and was excited to give it a try, especially since I have never caught a carp during winter. I had a lot of fun catching them last spring and was hoping for the best. We arrived at the river a little after noon and were on the water shortly after. The spot we picked to go fish also holds a lot of nice trout. Chris headed over to a spot where he has seen carp before and found a few sitting on the bottom. He started casting and ended up hooking into this beautiful rainbow.
I was excited to see such a nice fish and was hopeful that we would get into a few more. We were not disappointed! While Chris was taking a couple pictures and releasing his fish, I took a couple casts into the new found honey hole. As I was walking away and dragging my line, I hooked into a decent 16″ rainbow, which ended up being pretty average sized fish for the day. I continued working my way up river in search of some carp and spotted a few. They weren’t real interested in what I had on so I switched to my old standby. By this time, Chris had come up and was fishing to the carp too. He managed to hook into a nice one and invited me over to join him. A few minutes later I hooked into the fattest carp I have ever caught in my life!
After Chris and I each landed a carp, the fishing for them started to slow down a little. Chris had a couple friends with us that were doing really well bow fishing. Together they got at least ten and had a lot of other missed shots. We started fishing for trout a little more and Chris ended up with a couple more nice rainbows.
It was getting close to time to leave and I was really hoping to hook into a good sized rainbow. Chris let me use a streamer pattern he had been catching them on and I went on the search for a big trout. I headed over to the first hole Chris was fishing and started throwing out. A few minutes later I had a huge hit and knew that it wasn’t another small rainbow. I ended up landing this great rainbow!
Overall it was a great day of fishing, by far one of the best fly fishing trips I have had in a while. I can’t wait for spring to show up, but in the mean time I’ll keep trying my hand at winter carp on the fly.