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Nothin seems to beat sweet corn Aldis .49 a can. I also like to mash up some corn flakes with condensed milk and koolaid. Just mix it in a coffee can and throw out around fishy area.

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my flies. pretty dang effective for me. one of my favorites is my version of the san juan worm, and PT nymph.

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Nice photos! How do you get focused that close? What size hooks are they tied on?

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Is that a Dora the explorer rod in the back ground of the pimped out San Juan worm? Did you give up on the Scott fly rods? grin

I catch most of my Carp on Swim jigs and crank baits. They tend to me on the big size with these baits, 15 lbs and up. I did use corn last year but most of the fish were 12 lbs or less. I have never cought a Carp in a lake with a Nightcrawler but most of the Carp I've hooked in moving water were on Nightcrawler.

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darn you muddog! actually it was my daughter's princess pole.

hydro, the photos were taken using a macro. I believe all those patterns were tied on size 10s.

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I like corn, because it's cheap and usually works. A little flavoring, like kool-aid, jello, anise, or vanilla can help. Oatmeal is also a good one. Crawlers are great in rivers, but in lakes, you have to contend with lots of bullheads.

Strangely, my biggest carp of last year hit a piece of cut shad. And later in the year, when the water was cool, I caught a couple good ones while dragging a big shiner on a lindy rig.

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... actually it was my daughter's princess pole.

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Ha!!! I have the same pole in my avatar laugh

On toppic:

I like a can of baked beans, the sweat ones, with extra brown suggar. Family size of coarse.

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Deadhead I've been reading your post for a while I think I'm gonna try the fly this year. I just have a fly combo from Fleet Farm. Maybe gonna have to upgrade is there a fly rod for beginners?

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I'm not gonna lie to you, you may have a hard time with that fleet farm rod. I'm not saying you can't catch fish on it, but it will likely give you more frustration than it's worth, and hopefully it won't discourage you from the sport.

The good news: there are a bunch of high quality rods with lifetime guarantees being made in china and korea, starting at a $100. Redington, Temple Fork Outfitters, Echo, to name a few. St. Croix makes a decent rod if you want to buy domestic, but they are a little more expensive than the starter rods made abroad. You can go the cabelas route; their rods are very affordable, but I don't like the action or feel of their rods. It's a personal preference.

Having a decent rod is only half the solution; you need a good fly line. The fly line is is what casts your fly. Even a high quality rod matched with a cheap fly line won't cast very well. A good starter line would be Rio's Mainstream lines or Scientific Anglers HeadStart line. Both were around $35 or so.

If you get an opportunity, go to the Fly Angler (Thorne Bros), Cabelas, or Bob Mitchell's in Lake Elmo and cast a few different rods. Cabelas would likely have the biggest selection. Compare casting a high end rod, a mid range rod, and then compare it to an entry model. You'll see the difference.

If you buy a sensible reel with a good drag, you could probably get set up with an entire combo for under $200. Might seem spendy, but you're not paying for a boat or gas or bait to go fishing wink Plus you will have a rood and reel that can last a lifetime.

Good luck and let us know if you have any more questions.

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Thanks for your knowledge. I've tried casting with the combo I have now and your right very frustrating. I'm gonna look around for some second hand stuff before I go new hopefully I can find something decent.

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I was at cabelas this afternoon (Rogers) and they did have a few rods in the bargain cave. being in a bit of a crunch....... and having no plans on buying a rod, i did not look too closely at the brands, line designation, but there were some there anyway.

as much as I hate spending money, i wish I would have bought a better rod and line when I first learned to cast. I was self taught, and would have been better served to have bought a nice line and a broomstick!

Many years later I still like to hold on to my money, but also have learned my lesson. If you can try to cast a few rods before you buy them, that was sound advice and the shops he mentioned are good places to do that. You will not only get some casting tips from the staff, but also be able to feel the difference in rod action. I prefer slower action rods for the most part, which is nice because i have been able to get great rods for a great price (the newest and fastest rods tend to be the most costly), except for my sage spl 7'3" 3wt, but even then it was a good price.

anyway you slice it, you will enjoy the sport if you allow yourself to. Relax, enjoy the process. Carp on the fly is an awesome rush. It has the ability to make one into an increadibly well balanced fly angler when pursued in multiple waters/environments. I spent HOURS last season stalking one single 3lb carp in a glass clear 2' deep stream near my house. In and under logjams..... man just like tight brookie water up north....... but this was an urban stream within spitting distance of THOUSANDS of people. What a resource! I spent several days over a two week period two seasons ago staking one single female blue and white koi. She was spawning with the wild carp in a local creek. talk about fun with a fly rod.

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thanks for sharing Eric. Carp on the fly is definitely addicting.

The Owatonna Cabelas always seemed to have better bargain deals than the Rogers store. Maybe because it's closer to trout water, or doesn't get picked over as much from metro folk. Either way, no need to rush into a purchase. Relax was definitely a good piece of advice. Patience is probably the biggest piece of wisdom I can impart on an new fly angler. Trying to force a cast typically never ends well. Take your time, and let things fall together. It will come, eventually. Might as well enjoy the ride getting there.

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I've been fly fishing for 30+ years, but am pretty new to carp fishing. DEADhead seems to know of what he speaks. Certainly a bad combo will ruin the sport for someone new to fly casting. His suggestions for inexpensive outfits are good. I am partial to St. Croix myself, but other brands are also very good.

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I believe we did.

i like st croix rods too. I have owned 3-4 over the years. I like the idea of a "local" rod, and the warranty folks have been awesome when I have had to send in a broken rod.... the folks at sage could take some advice on this (imho). I don't think any of the rods I have had of theirs have been "slow" action rods. pretty snappy action, good prices and even better prices for the blanks, if you wanted to build your own.

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Bottle fish,

canned corn has to be the universal carp bait. I love corn for carp, especially in the spring. like Ben said, simple to spice it up too. I usually have a bottle of vanilla and some jello or cool aid to put in the can. Plus, you can get a can of corn almost anywhere, even gas station convieniance stores. I also save the plastic parmessian cheese containers. works great for putting a can of corn into. just open up the wide mouth side......

One of these days I m going to get a 50lb bag of field corn and boil it up.

It is fun to experiment with other stuff too. I used hair rigged dots once, and they worked great. These were fairly tight lipped carp from cold water late in the season. plus, dots are about 75 cents a box and better to snack on then canned corn (although I have snacked on canned corn while fishing. sometimes when hunger calls.....)

by the way, i like your signature saying, even more now than I would have if I read it last year, if ya know what I mean!

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When you go to the bargain cave at cabelas looking for a rod or reel, always ask the person behind the counter if that is the best they can do. They will do better.

I find that a fast action rod is alot easer to cast with. They always say that a fast action rod is for more advanced casters but I just find they better and easer.

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thanks for sharing Eric. Carp on the fly is definitely addicting.

What weight and length rod do you favor when going for big carp?

I just recently became interested in carp on the fly last year after inadvertantly catching a small one on a 5 weight. Since then an 8 weight has been my weapon of choice for carp averaging 10 pounds or so. BTW, the blog looks very nice. Bookmarked

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thanks Raff, and welcome to FM! I typically use an 8 wt for bigger fish, though a lot of carpers like the 7. I think it all depends on where you fish. If you're on the flats, it might not matter that much what weight rod you have, as long as you can cast the fly with it and have plenty of backing. I fish the rivers, often with heavy current, so an 8 just about fits the bill for needed backbone when turning fish in the current. During high spring flows, I'll occasionally grab the 9 wt when fishing deep and heavy. to make matters more interesting, I have a couple of two handers for fishing large systems.

The main thing is to use a rod that you feel comfortable casting. It does you no good to fish a stick that feels wrong in your hands.

Feel free to ask any more questions you may have.

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Not a fly fisher, but corn is my fav way to go.

Cheap and no effort. Grab a 79 cent can of whole kernel sweet corn, some line and a hook and you're good to go. Rod/reel/sinkers can help too but not exactly necessary.

Other typical carp baits, dough and such for example, take more time. I haven't had a bad day carp fishing yet, and until I do I'll keep to what works.

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    • This was my experience, may be completely different than others. I put up a house in my back yard, less than 40 feet from my house, pole was about ten feet tall. Had to remove a lot of sparrow nests until the martins found it, but I did have martins move in. They were beautiful to watch fly for sure. Unfortunately they would dive bomb anyone that came anywhere near, maybe with a taller pole that would not happen? They would fly silently up behind you, then squawk right as they went past. I knew I would not put up the house the following summer when I saw my neighbor, who was working on his boat in his driveway, swinging his landing net at one that was diving at him. From watching them, they would mainly catch dragonflies to feed to the young ones. By the time the mosquitos came out at dusk, the birds were all done flying, so they did not help with mosquitos. This was just my experience. A lot of people have houses and enjoy them, my guess is that if the pole was higher maybe the birds would not see people as a threat. I still have the house, if I ever move to a lake I will try it again.
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      River level at Lansing has bumped up to 8.2 feet. Backwater ice is variable with around 2 feet; use caution accessing the ice as shorelines and sloughs may become unsafe with warmer weather. Ice cleats may be needed as snow disappears. Walleye - No Report: Access to tail-water areas is difficult with large areas of ice flows. Black Crappie - Slow: Occasional crappie being caught in just 2-4 feet of water just under the ice. Yellow Perch - Good: Late ice can be a good time for perch fishing with some of the larger fish being caught this time of year. Sauger - No Report: Use jig and minnows fished off the bottom in the tailwater areas and deeper side channels. Bluegill - Fair: Ice anglers are catching bluegill. Use small teardrop jigs tipped with waxies in 4-5 feet of water with no current. Northern Pike - Fair: Use tip-ups baited with shiners along the edges of deeper cuts with vegetation. Largemouth Bass - Good: Both rod and reel and tip-up anglers are catching several 15-18 inch bass using red spike waxies through the ice.  Mississippi River Pool 10
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      Water levels are stabilizing at 8.7 feet at the Dubuque Lock and the RR bridge is 11.4 feet. This is up several feet from last week. Ice fishing is treacherous with open water now formed along the edges of most backwater areas. Mississippi River Pool 13
      Water levels are stabilizing at 12.4 feet at Bellevue. This is up several feet from last week. Ice fishing is treacherous with open water now formed along the edges of most backwater areas.  Mississippi River Pool 14
      Water levels are still rising and are 9.4 feet at Fulton, 12.4 feet at Camanche and 6.7 feet at LeClaire. This is up nearly five feet from last week. Ice fishing is treacherous with open water now formed along the edges of most backwater areas.  Mississippi River Pool 15
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      Tailwater stage is 9.6 feet at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine and is rising. Tailwater stage has risen close to 5 feet since Monday. Tailwater stage is forecasted to reach 10.9 feet by the weekend. River stage at Muscatine is 11.7 feet and forecasted to reach 12.7 feet. The ramp and parking lot at Big Timber is closed due to flooding. There are unsafe ice conditions due to recent rains, warm weather, and rising river levels.  Mississippi River Pool 18
      Tailwater stage is 12.18 feet at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston and is rising. Tailwater stage has risen close to 6 feet since Monday. The current forecast has the tailwater stage reaching 14.7 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet. Unsafe ice conditions due to recent rains, warm weather, and rising river levels.  Mississippi River Pool 19
      Tailwater stage is 7.90 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is rising. Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 18 has risen close to 5 feet since Monday. River stage at Burlington is 12.95 feet and forecasted to reach 14.9 feet. Flood stage at Burlington is 15 feet. Unsafe ice conditions due to recent rains, warm weather, and rising river levels. River stages have been on the rise this past week with the recent rains and warm weather. Water clarity is poor. Tailwater fishing for walleye and saugers has been slow. There are unsafe ice conditions with the recent rains, warm weather, and rising river conditions. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062. SOUTHEAST Big Hollow Lake
      Unsafe ice conditions. Lake Belva Deer
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      Drained for renovation work scheduled for later this year.  For more information on the fishing at the above lakes and rivers, contact the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430. Central Park Lake
      The lake is drained for the renovation project that is going on now.  Coralville Reservoir
      The lake is holding at winter pool of 683.4 feet. Ice conditions are deteriorating with the runoff and increase in flow. Water clarity is poor.  Diamond Lake
      There is open water around the lake and ice conditions are not safe.  Grundy County Lake
      There is still 12 inches of ice, but the edges may be getting soft by the weekend.  Hannen Lake
      There is 10 feet of open water around the edges. Ice fishing is not recommended.  Iowa Lake (Iowa Co.)
      There is open water around the lake;  ice conditions are not safe.  Kent Park Lake
      The lake is drained for the renovation project that will take place next winter.  Lake Macbride
      The lake edges are either open or soft. You need a plank to access most areas. The remaining ice away from the shore is 6-8 inches in most areas, but use caution. There have been a few anglers around the main ramp, under the highlines, across from the beach, and on the south arm. A plank may be needed to get on. Some people have been walking off the boat rental docks; use caution. Bluegill - Fair: Use a jig/waxie around any brush or deeper rock. Size is marginal at best as these fish top out at 7.5 inches. Black Crappie - Fair: It is day to day on good catches. Some days have been good and others are slow. Fish over deeper wood or stumps or look for suspended fish over the deeper basin with a jig/waxie.  Otter Creek Lake
      The edges are soft and open in some areas. The remaining ice is reported as about 8-10 inches. There was an angler out yet on the 21st; use caution.  Pleasant Creek Lake
      The lake is still 8.5 feet low from the restoration project. The lake came up some with the runoff, so shorelines are bad and accessing the ice may be extremely difficult. The remaining ice may be fishable; use caution.  Rodgers Park Lake
      There is 6 feet of open water around the edges of the upper end. The lower end is a little better. Ice fishing is not recommended.  Sand Lake
      Ice fishing is not recommended. Union Grove Lake
      The edges are soft and open in places. The aeration hole is very large.  Wapsipinicon River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
      Ice conditions on the river and backwaters are not safe.  Most of the smaller lakes are unsafe to ice fish. Some of the larger lakes have decent ice, but the edges are soft or open; use extreme caution. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. Lake Miami
      Unsafe ice conditions. Getting on the ice is not recommended.  Lake Sugema
      Unsafe ice conditions. Getting on the ice is not recommended. Lake Sugema is about 25% open water and Tug Forks West is open.  Lake Wapello
      Unsafe ice conditions. Getting on the ice is not recommended.  Rathbun Reservoir
      The current lake level is 903.19 msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels, so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. The ramps at the Rathbun marina are closed for the season and all the campgrounds are closed. Unsafe ice conditions. The main lake has areas of open water. Getting on the ice is not recommended.  Red Haw Lake
      Unsafe ice conditions. Getting on the ice is not recommended.  Unsafe ice conditions across the district. The district includes Mahaska, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis and Van Buren counties. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.   SOUTHWEST Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
      Rainbow Trout - Good: Use spoons or small panfish jigs tipped with waxworms or live minnows. Trout tend to swim the perimeter, so set up close to shore in 3 to 10 feet of water.  Big Creek Lake
      Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers fishing mid-lake, generally out from the beach area and marina area in 25 to 35 feet of water are finding a fair crappie bite.  Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)
      Walleye - Fair: Anglers are catching fair numbers of walleyes below the Saylorville spillway slowly fishing jigs tipped with twister tails and/or minnows.  Don Williams Lake
      Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching crappies suspended 10-15 feet down in 20-30 feet of water in the late afternoon and evenings. Midday they are also being found shallower near sunken habitat in 10-15 feet of water. Two size ranges are being caught. Expect to fish through many 5-7 inch fish for the 9-10 inch fish.  Hickory Grove Lake
      Bluegill - Good: Catch 7-8 inch bluegills over brush piles and suspended in deeper water. Move around to stay on active fish. Black Crappie - Slow: Most anglers are finding the crappie fishing to be slow, but when fish are caught the size is good. Crappie catches have been mostly limited to dawn and dusk.  Lake Petocka
      Rainbow Trout - Good: Trout were stocked Feb. 10th. Fish the perimeter of the lake with small panfish jigs and jigging spoons tipped with waxworms.  Ice thicknesses in Central Iowa are staying in the 8 to 14 inch range with some edge deterioration from rain runoff. For more information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.
       
        Lake Anita
      Ice has started to deteriorate on the main lake. Use extreme caution. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing is best in the afternoon. Catch fish up to 9.5 inches. Black Crappie - Fair: Best bite is late afternoon and after dark. Fish will average 9 inches.  Littlefield Lake
      Anglers report 6 to 8 inches of ice and fair fishing. Use extreme caution this week as ice will start to get soft and be unsafe. Bluegill - Good: Fishing is good around the cedar tree piles for bluegills up to 9 inches. Morning and late afternoon bite is best. Be prepared to sort for larger fish. Black Crappie - Slow: A few 10 to 12 inch black crappies are being caught around the tree piles.  Prairie Rose Lake
      Prairie Rose still has fishable ice, but it will start to deteriorate this week. Bluegill - Fair: The best bluegill fishing has moved to the morning bite. Fish will average 8.5 inches. Black Crappie - Slow: Black crappie become active just before dark. Fish are 9.5 inches.  Lakes and ponds in the southern part of the district are unsafe to fish. Use extreme caution; ice will start to deteriorate this week. For more information, call the Cold Springs District Office at 712-769-2587.
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