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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dry Flies for Carp

Well, slop on Lone Lake or no slop, I want to catch a Carp on a dry fly. Here in Washington and Oregon I virtually never see a Carp feeding on the surface. I have seen Carp in Banks Lake just resting at the surface of the water with their mouths in the air. It is as if they are looking to see what the heck goes on outside their watery world. I have seen several of them in a group doing this at the same time. I have caught them but I feel that what really happened was that I cast the fly in their mouth. They weren't actively feeding on the surface.

Having heard stories of Carp feeding on the surface in other locales I have decided to travel to far away Montana in search of clooping Carp.

Eight or nine years ago I fished for trout in Wyoming. There were so many bugs around the lake that it was eerie. On the surface, we fished some foam hopper imitations and large caddis imitations. Below the surface we fished some minnow imitations stripped quickly and erratically. Here at a lake in eastern Washington I have used an adult Dragon Fly imitation with some success. Like many dry flies it only works when the fish are feeding on the natural.

Hearing that there are millions of Hoppers and even more Caddis near the river we are traveling to, I am tying up some of my old Trout patterns for Carp. I have decided against tying any Foam Hoppers. I am going with the Caddis and the Dragon Fly imitation. The Dragon Fly can double as a hopper or even as a Stone Fly. Well, I think it can; we'll see what the Carp think.

This caddis imitation is called a Skitter. It is meant to imitate the skating caddis, as the Canadians say, the traveling sedge. It was taught to me by Bob Simm in the middle 70's. I have caught many trout on this pattern and am going to see if the Carp will eat it. I grease this fly so it will float better. This is not a dry fly hook I am using for this pattern because the Carp will straighten it out. Well, they will straighten out the hook if I can catch one. We'll see.

Hook: Tiemco 3769 size 10 or 12
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail & Body: Deer hair Hackle: Grizzly
Wing: Deer Hair

I tie down for the tail and then wrap the deer hair around the shank for the body. I also tie it exactly the way Bob showed me with the head showing the ends of the deer hair.

I originally tied this next pattern for a couple lakes in eastern Washington where we see dragon fly hatches in the late summer and early fall. There is a species of dragon flies that we see that are about half the length of many other species and they are orange. When they are buzzing around the water the trout will actually take them out of the air sometimes. I hope the Carp will do that.

Hook: Tiemco 5262 size 6 or 8
Thread: Black 6/0
Body: Nylon Cord
Wing: Deer Hair
Hackle: Black Saddle
Collar: Fine Black chenille

The body of this fly is attached by slipping the hook through the inside of the nylon cord.

This fly could double as a hopper or a stone fly. It could double as a Volkswagon for all I care if the Carp will eat Volkswagons.

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