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LPCrowRiverFisherman

First Carp on the Fly

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3wt flyrod, had a pannie leader on the first fish which was a bit smaller, and while trying to land it it snapped of, went back and put on a heavier leader and got myself this 24" carp out of the Crow River in Hutchinson.

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Nice fish! That first one is always the hardest. wink I don't think I've gotten one over 24" yet flyfishing.

i got one today, 9lbs. my first carp from that lake of the season. the first is ALWAYS the hardest. take your time getting to the 30" mark, you want to build up skill so you know you can successfully control a carp of that size, and land it. my largest is over 36" but im not sure of the exact length. was a very long fish caught blind casting.

btw what rod and reel are you using? looks like a good setup.

my fly rod is literally falling apart after 5 years, and i need a new one. lol

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What kind of flies are you using?

most flies that imitate nymphs work well.

i was using one of my own designs which i call "crazy legs"

winona is a very stained lake. true sight fishing is nearly impossible. but carp come right along the shore (its 2 feet right off the bank!) and they tail. i place the fly within a foot of them, in the direction they are going, and wait for a reaction, whether is a change in angle, or its tail starts waving like mad, or any other action that signals a take. then i set the hook

flies i use there are usually BIG and really dark, or really bright, crazy legs is tied on a size 6 bait holder hook. (i dont use fly tying hooks for tying carp flies, i like the extra weight that comes from using regular hooks), bead chain eyes (spray painted red). grey fox fur for the tail, grey fox dubbing for the body. 2 orange rubber legs. and then a webby hackle behind the eyes. and more dubing to cover the thread over the eyes, and all that.

the 9lber was actually feeding on the surface. sucking on some pencil reed shafts. i dropped crazy legs in front of her, and BAM. nothing to it.

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hey jake,

what flies would you recomend for ultra-clear water?

i fish a little trout stream (vermillion river) and i've tried just about everything and all that happens is a quick follow but they always turn away

any tips would be great

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Wow and At-A-BOY.

On a 3wt!!

I like the classic reel. Who would think you need a drag with a 3wt rod? Nice job!

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hey jake,

what flies would you recomend for ultra-clear water?

i fish a little trout stream (vermillion river) and i've tried just about everything and all that happens is a quick follow but they always turn away

any tips would be great

any fly that imitates a crawfish, damselfly nymph, or dragon fly nymph. the more realistic the better.

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