Every day of Carp fishing is not like that. Sometimes the weather conditions might be excellent but there are very few fish around. When the water is not clear that is the worst. When it is windy that is more worse. And when the damn, devil clouds fill the sky that is the most worst. I like clouds and even rain when I'm trout fishing or salmon fishing but NOT when I'm Carp fishing.
Today, Thursday, the sky was filled with devil clouds. There was just a very light wind. That's fine. Was the water clear? How the heck would I know? The damn clouds made seeing things impossible. Okay, the water was actually very clear but the sky wasn't.
I had come over to the Carp Lodge yesterday just before dinner. I was planning to fish with Dan Frasier and John Montana on Friday and I was really looking forward to it. I thought I might actually head to Oregon this morning but I ended up writing a Purchase & Sale Agreement for some clients. I set it up for electronic signatures from the Carp Lodge--it is an amazing electronic world. By the time I was finished with that it was much too late to go to Oregon to connect with Dan and John. Plus, I could look out the window and see pretty easily that there was no blue sky.
I actually took this picture from the Carp Lodge after I was finished fishing but this is what the sky looked like almost the whole day. I don't know what that blue thing is in the lower left corner.
After writing the Purchase & Sale Agreement I thought about going trout fishing instead but thought better of it when I realized that I didn't have any trout flies with me. That meant I was either "stuck" at the Carp Lodge for the day or "stuck" Carp fishing. Even with the devil clouds I opted for the Carp fishing.
There are a few spots that I Carp fish on the river that are very close to the Carp Lodge. (Less than 30 minutes away). It was late in the morning so I went to one of those spots. The first spot I went to is "high water only" spot. The river has to be good and high for there to be fish there. That is because if the river isn't high there is no water at this spot. No water means no fish. It only is good a small amount of the summer. I call it "Ray Ray's" because the first time I went there some years ago I met an extended Cambodian family. As I was gearing up one of the men came over to me and introduced himself as Ray Ray. He was drinking beer and eating a piece of deep fried Carp. They had caught several in the previous few days and had cooked them in a propane powered deep fryer. He was thrilled to see a white guy fishing for Carp. He offered me some deep fried Carp but it turned out the kids had just eaten the last few pieces. We talked for half an hour before I walked down to the water to fish.
Today there was very little water at Ray Ray's. I walked the margins but I knew from experience that even if the sky was clear there wasn't enough water to draw the fish in. It was a nice walk. I walked farther down the river to another spot. The sun peeked out for a bit and I was able to see just a few fish. One of them took the Chocolate Cherry. He actually thumped it good and hard. I released 38 Carp in two days the last time I was out. On a day like today one fish becomes much, much more satisfying than on a day when I catch so many fish. I knew this could easily be the only fish I would hook and I was very grateful for it. Thirty-eight Carp in two days is easy to write about but it is not normal. It is important to also talk about the days that aren't easy or productive.