Consecutive warm days in the spring are to carp fishing what a freshet is to coastal salmon or steelhead fishing. A freshet brings staging, migratory fish into their natal streams; warm, spring days bring carp into the shallow water.
Two warm days after the stillwater trip the call from my river was gaining volume. During the winter it whispers to me; it reminds me of fish from seasons past and tempts me with visions of captures to come. It calls me when I'm sleeping, it calls me when I'm driving, it calls me when I'm working. To the point of distraction it had been calling me for weeks; a little more loudly and a little more insistently each day. Tuesday was the day I answered my river's call.