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River Rat (dan)

small river carp tactics

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any tips/tricks for smaller river with slightly faster current for catching carp? I have seen a few at the local dam but they dont seem to bite just circle all day

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Generally carp that are circling all the time are in a fairly negative mood toward feeding. Try looking for lone individuals who stray from a school, or have their nose down, tail up. These "tailing" carp are active feeders. If you can peg a crawler or some corn to the bottom in an area where you know they travel thru, you should entice one eventually

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One option would be throw a swimbait like a mimic minnow. Swim it back slow right along the bottom or on the bottom. It doesn’t work all the time but when it works you usually catch bigger fish.

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throw a nymph on with some weight and nymph like you would for trout. Another option would be to put more weight on and "jig" a fly up and down. I've caught plenty of carp in the situation you described. Just have to try a few things until you find out what works.

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Look for a current break, seam, or eddy that appears to have decent depth. Hammer it.

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I'd try drifting weighted nymphs, san juan worms, carp woolys, or other carp flies. Drifting a crawler on a split shot rig would probably work too. If you can find a slow current area, using some corn on a slip rig might work.

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