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General RegionPennsylvania
Specific LocationSusquehannah
Time of Day10:00 am -- 4:00 pm
Fish Caughtcarp
Conditions & Hatchescrayfish

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MartinlfSeptember 1st, 2022, 10:31 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3222
Got out with Steve Hancock, a Florida Keys flats guide, for some Susquehanna carp today. We spotted "muds" and treated the carp like bonefish. Some of the most challenging fly fishing I've experienced; Steve gave me some great tips for my upcoming bonefish trip. And we boated a huge carp.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Jmd123September 2nd, 2022, 10:39 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2607
PIGS!!! My buddy Tmac from our Boys Back in Town fishing adventures does this @ 6th Street in Grand Rapids on, well, the Grand River! He does cheat a little though...he uses Shredded Wheat!! I asked him if that qualified as an "organic fly"...he does nail them!

Never done that myself, nor bonefishing. But there's a pond near Ann Arbor that I used to sight fish for bass in, literally dropping flies in their swimpath & teasing them into hitting, sometimes at darned near bayonet range! Since I usually used a 3-weight (tight brush around the pond), it was quite the thrashing battle!

Well done, Louis! I bet you got your rod bent HARD!! Some reel screaming too?

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
MartinlfSeptember 2nd, 2022, 12:26 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3222
My 9 weight was bent double, Jonathon, and some hard runs where I had to get my hand off the reel or get my knuckles busted. It was something!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
MichimikeSeptember 3rd, 2022, 3:52 am
Bancroft, Michigan

Posts: 16
Very cool, I’m wanting to try some carp on the fly. Were you using crawfish patterns?
Mike.
Jmd123September 4th, 2022, 9:10 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2607
I would think a rusty-brown Woolly Bugger in the appropriate size would do...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Jmd123September 4th, 2022, 9:12 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2607
In the Huron River in Ann Arbor they use mulberry imitations! Think three purple "eggs" tied on one hook...one guy even tied a green stem on his!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
MartinlfSeptember 4th, 2022, 12:00 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3222
Hi Mike, I was using a smallish (size 8 or 10) brown/tan Clouser Foxee minnow, with some flash in it. The thread was hot orange. Steve said it's his go to carp fly, and that carp likely take it for a crayfish. He uses more realistic crayfish imitations sometimes, though. When we fished the carp were chasing crayfish into silted rocks, creating "mudds" or puffs of stained water. The flash helped the carp find the fly.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Brian314September 5th, 2022, 5:36 am
Fenton, MI.

Posts: 51
Really curious - how do you fish carp flies ??? When I was a kid we fished carp (dough) bait on the bottom or from a bobber. Back then, I didn't even know you could flyfish for carp. :-)
MartinlfSeptember 5th, 2022, 7:39 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3222
We cast small tan weighted streamers (Clouser Foxee Minnows) into the little puffs of mud where they were rooting for crayfish, and if we spotted a carp on the move led it some so it would swim to the fly. Different conditions call for different tactics, though. I've also caught them on dry flies. There's a good book on flyfishing for carp by Brad Befus, Barry Reynolds, and John Berryman.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Brian314September 13th, 2022, 3:03 am
Fenton, MI.

Posts: 51
Thanks Louis. I did a little online searching and man, carpin' w a flyrod looks super FUN ! I'm definitely gonna give it a go come spring. :-)

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