Carp On The Fly

Carp on the Fly: Five Blind Casting Techniques to Help You Catch Carp All Year Round

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It’s starting to get warmer in Eastern Idaho, but old man winter isn’t leaving quite yet.  Most backcountry roads are still heavily snowed in, most of our lakes are frozen, so why would I be writing about chasing carp when all of our tail waters are in prime trout condition?  Perhaps it’s because I finally knocked January off the list. For many years, it was the only month of the year a carp had evaded me.  Maybe I just like fishing for carp a little too much.  Either way, I hope the thoughts I share here might help you find more confidence in fly fishing for carp, as well as dispel the myth that you can only catch carp you can see…

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Year of the Carp

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A few years back I set out with a goal to learn all I could about catching carp on the fly.  Carp have always been an intriguing species to me, mostly because of their massive size.  My first experience with fishing for carp came sometime around the age of 8 or 9.  I was blessed to grow up in a neighborhood with several fishing ponds.  Most of the ponds had bass and bluegill, but a couple of them had a small population of very large grass carp.  Day in and day out, I did all that I could to try and catch these wary fish…

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Balance

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Trying to balance life is a funny thing.  Just when I think I’ve got it figured out, something unexpected gets thrown in the mix and that delicate balance quickly become chaos.  Spending a meaningful amount of time focusing on my faith in God, my family, my friends, and my schooling are all part of the balance…

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Calculated Risk

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Fishing is full of choices. Some are easy to make, others not so much. Eastern Idaho has so many different options this time of year and that often makes it difficult to choose where to fish. After a pretty serious warm front rolled in last Thursday, I had one fish on my mind. The mighty carp! As I sat inside sick all weekend, I day dreamed of warmer days on the carp flats…

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Carp Overload – Lessons Learned in Carping

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At the beginning of the year, I made a goal to improve my overall level of skill at fly fishing for carp. With fall beginning to set in and cooler nights becoming the norm, the carping season is slowly slipping away. I already know that I am going to be going through some major carp withdrawals when the dead of winter sets in. By focusing more of my time on carp, there are many important things that I have learned about carp and their behavior…

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Playing Catch Up

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This semester is by far the busiest that I have experienced in my college career thus far. School work has taken priority over fishing, and my trips to the river have been much further apart than usual. For those of you who follow the blog, I apologize for the lack of content over the past month and a half. Trying to keep everything in balance has been a little tricky to say the least…

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In Search Of Carp

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Walking the flats in search of carp never gets old to me. Slowly working my way towards the “Nervous Water” and seeing a huge tail slowly break the waters surface always gets my heart pumping. Launching 70+ feet of line to a feeding fish in the middle of a pod is always exhilarating. As I slowly retrieve my fly, the line is nearly ripped from my hand, and I strip set as fast as I can…

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What Can Walmart Do For You?

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After several years of use, my faithful Cortland Pro Cast finally bit the dust. It was by far my favorite rod that I have ever owned and was responsible for helping me land some of the best fish I’ve ever caught in my life. What is a fly fisherman to do when one of the most important pieces of their arsenal is no longer in working in order? They are to head straight to walmart and pick up the best rod $2o can buy of course…

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Winter Gold

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Have you ever got a wild hair and thought to yourself, “I know there is supposed to be a blizzard today, but how about we go chase some carp!” Brent did and I was all over it. Carp might not like the cold as much as they like the warmer waters of Spring, but they still have to eat don’t they…

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Head Hunting

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Despite the warmer weather, fishing has been pretty decent for me. As of late, I’ve become obsessed with catching big fish. In fly fishing jargon, some would refer to this as “Head Hunting”. I’m not out in search of every fish in the river, I’m looking for the biggest fish in the river. I think I caught the bug in March when my friend Chris and I hooked into multiple monster bows on what could only be described as an epic day…

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Faith and the Land of Giants

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Blackfoot Reservoir is one of those places that I have always struggled catching carp at. I have no problem getting into trout there, but the carp have always seemed to evade me. I have always showed up when it was too cold or the fish were not actively feeding at all. Early last week my buddy Chris invited me to go and do some carp fishing with him at Blackfoot. Adding to the excitement, we would be fishing with John from “Carp on the Fly” (www.carponthefly.blogspot.com) and Jim from Mr. P’s Blog (themrpblog.blogspot.com)…

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This Week in Review

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Earlier in the week I started typing up a long report only to have it all get deleted when my internet connection dropped. I’ve always felt that pictures tell a story better than words anyways. The long story short…Salmon flies on Monday, Carp on Wednesday, Bass and gills’ on Friday, and a big ol’ skunk on Saturday…

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Carpin’ and Creek Fishing

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One of my favorite things about Idaho is the diversity of fishing opportunities it has to offer. One day you can be out catching monster carp and the next you can be on a small stream in the middle of nowhere catching beautiful wild trout. This is pretty much the story of my weekend…

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Another Epic Day of Idaho Fly Fishing

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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…

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Carpin’

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Last Saturday I had a family reunion down in Soda Springs and decided I would try to do a little carp fishing while in the area. As I pulled up to the lake and got out and looked around the carp were everywhere…

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