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Started by Woolly Bugger, May 26, 2018, 10:29:21 am

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Woolly Bugger

May 10, 2019, 11:43:24 am #165 Last Edit: May 10, 2019, 17:50:35 pm by Woolly Bugger

I've been checking the pond from time to time, an hour here, an hour there! Lately I've been seeing a few of them feeding on the bank in the muddy turbulent water, it's hard to see them and impossible to see the eat. I've been carp blocked by bream and bass, and my own bad cast! But today, an overcast sunless day I managed to hook up with a mirror that was just off of the bank. I could see the mud and the swirls of disturbed detritus but it took me a few minutes to see the tail and on my second cast the carp took the fly and ran in a short hard burst of energy. I fought the fish for several minutes and then got the net ready, but the fish hand other ideas and swam back up along the bank and under cover and into treacherous waters with many submerged obstacles. I was worried as the 12lb tipping rubbed across and around limbs and branches. Fortunately it came back out of the trouble after many valiant attempts to break me off!

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FYI net is 20 x 24

ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

Woolly Bugger

Well the carp are spawning. They are banging up against the bank under bushes and mudding up the pond. It's impossible to see them most of the time. I dapped at a few of them but there was no interest at all. I did see a couple feeding and fired off a shot at them again to be ignored. I spent two hours in the morning and then another two in the afternoon. The biggest carp in the pond, pushing 3 feet, and I'm guessing 30 pounds, was cruising out and about. I got a good shot at it at about 50 feet, drew the fly into its face. Boom, the fish hit the fly or leader and exploded off in the opposite direction. It reappeared and I had several more shots at this beast of a fish, but alas it swam off into the depths. Maybe tomorrow.
ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

Woolly Bugger

June 11, 2019, 13:35:50 pm #167 Last Edit: June 12, 2019, 11:09:10 am by Woolly Bugger
Went to take a look at my carp pond to see what it looked like after all of this weather!

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This large oak got blown over and I wonder how long if ever it will take the state to remove it, the roots are on a trail.

On other parts, I guess to compensate  Someone trimmed the shrubbery from under the cedar trees opening up more room to cast.



Look closely and you'll see a tailing carp

ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

Woolly Bugger

The other morning I was at the carp pond and there were thick in the shallow end among the downed branches that litter the bottom. Silly carp ignored my fly several times before one took it and took off across the pond. The Ross reel on the six weight doesn't have as much drag stopping power power as my other reels and I ratcheted it down to help wear the fish down. I wasn't making too much progress and then it reversed course in a long arc until it got under the overhanging brush. I was sure it would break off there, but I kept the pressure on and finally got the fish in close enough to net!

Here's a pic of number five of the year!

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ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

Woolly Bugger

Spork and I went looking for carp up on the new, it was high and muddy and we saw no carp

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ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

Woolly Bugger

June 29, 2019, 13:33:01 pm #170 Last Edit: June 29, 2019, 13:35:49 pm by Woolly Bugger

I was just about to call it quits. I had been walking the bank and watching the water for an hour without seeing any activity. I was sitting on the bench sipping on the last of my now lukewarm coffee when I saw some feeding activity 50 - 60 feet out. I made my case and was denied. I sat back down for a while and then spied one in closer. It was turning this way and that and I made a good cast but by the time the fly sank the fish had turned 180 and moved off. I sat back down and watched some more. Another mud plume developed out in the middle of the pond and I cast out that way. Le the fly sink and then strip... strip... strip... Whoa! Like a shark out of the depths came a carp chasing after the fly. Don't stop stripping I thought as the fish continued to close the gap and suck in the fly. OMG! Strip set and game on. The tiny trout Ross Evolution Reel with its puny drag somehow managed to slow the fish's run out and down into the deeper part of the pond. The Sage One 6 weight was putting a lot of pressure on the fish and we got it stopped and then it arched towards the bank where I was sure it would wrap the leader around a snag and break off. The Sage enabled me to keep it out and turn it back into the open where the fight was in the last rounds and the fish was netted!


But before all of that, I went to a vinyl night at the local audiophile shop. With a top notch system that cost more than a lot of homes! Sounded fantastic...



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ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

dhjunkie


Big J

Nice work on the carp  V:;
"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." Hemingway

Woolly Bugger

July 12, 2019, 14:51:08 pm #173 Last Edit: July 12, 2019, 15:02:25 pm by Woolly Bugger
Went to the pond for the first time in a week. I only saw one feeding close to the bank, it saw me before I could get into position.


 -+; Their behavior is completly different than last year. n!n


I'm not the only one chasing after carp:

Fly fishing for 'sewer salmon' in the L.A. River

QuoteAt 6 a.m. on a recent Saturday, I donned a borrowed pair of waders with a hole just above the butt, wrestled some waterproof boots over my feet and stepped into the muck of a particularly deep patch of the Los Angeles River
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I came in search of Cyprinus carpio, the common carp, a.k.a. sewer salmon, mud marlin, pond pig, river rabbit, dumpster dolphin, ghetto grouper and septic steelie. If an accumulation of nicknames can be a metric for the amount of affection -- however begrudging -- that we humans have for a particular animal, it makes sense that the lowly carp is swimming in sobriquets.


https://www.latimes.com/food/sewer-salmon-and-the-secrets-of-the-l-a-river-story.html

and NO, I'm not going to eat pond carp.... jis say'in
ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

Dougfish

I dub thee Ghetto Grouper.
"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change? " <br />-Oddball, 1970

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