Here it is, Issue # 7 of CarpPro Magazine. Check it out; you'll be glad you did. Dang, there's some cool carp flies in there!
Monday, March 31, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
I have participated in some fly swaps through the years for both trout flies and carp flies. I organized a couple swaps myself.
In May of 2004 I put my first carp in the net. My (fishing) life would never be the same. I purchased “Carp on the Fly” by Reynolds, Befus, and Berryman, shortly after that and read it twice. They recommended carp flies in the book and I dutifully tied them. I also experimented with my own flies. A LOT! Within a couple seasons I was getting a good sense of what worked and what didn't work here in Washington and Oregon.
The point of this post is very positive, as such, I reference a couple other swaps only to make a positive point. The first two carp fly swaps I was in had quite a variety of flies. I felt at the time, and really realized even more as time passed, that most of the flies in the swaps had never been in a carp’s mouth and many of them had never even been in the water. I was very open to the possibility that different flies worked in different water. Through email exchanges we all realized that most of the tiers had fished for carp a few times or were hoping to start carp fishing in the coming season. Hence, their carp flies were not field tested. As a result I have stayed away from carp fly swaps preferring to exchange ideas, information, and patterns with people who actively fish for carp.
I am so pleased that I participated in this year’s carp fly swap! I look at the flies in the box and I read the posts that Dan and Trevor have made and I realize that this is not just A carp fly swap it is THE carp fly swap. Man, fly fishing for carp and carp flies have come a long way! Wow!
Many years ago when I sent out the carp flies from a swap I organized I remember thinking I wouldn't fish with the flies because they weren't flies I wanted to use. Now I’m kind of thinking I won’t fish with the flies from this year’s swap because they are flies I don’t want to lose. I know I’m safe though fishing and losing these flies because Trevor and Dan have posted such good instructions and pictures.