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Fly Fishing Reports => Warm Water => Topic started by: Dougfish on June 18, 2016, 17:28:47 PM

Title: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Dougfish on June 18, 2016, 17:28:47 PM


Yeah, I'm mainly a trout weenie. But the golden bones have always caught my attention.
Brood V 17 yr. cicada hatch was going on up in the hills. We had hoped a certain lake might be the scene of mass cicada suicide.
And it was so. These pics of mine are over a 9 day day period, 2 1/2 days on the water. Other co-conspirators will add their stories and pics.
It's a truly unique opportunity to catch these normally bottom feeders chowing down on nature's cheeseburgers from the sky. So we took advantage of that opportunity. Enjoy.

Last Saturday with Fin and Mudwall in a high-jacked sloow boat. VaTrout in his yak.

Some commons.

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Mirrors.

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Lips.

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Action shots.

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The fifteen minute skipper. (Navigation challenged.)

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New net came in handy.

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We called it a day and I began a search for a new boat ride for the upcoming week.  :P
I knew my boy driver liked his carp, so it did not take much to entice him. Aaron was sufficiently piqued to make the long drive, too.
The three of us fished Friday and today. We left Aaron at lunchtime to continue the fight with Jacob of the sloow boat.
No camping pics. We were three tired dudes sitting a picnic table drinking and talking fishing. Nothing to see there.

The bait we were imitating. And my flies. Everyone's were a little different. All got gobbled.

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Common.

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Yeah, that grin stayed plastered on his face....
Mirrors.

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Lips.

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Action.

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Cool clouds Aaron was geeking on.

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Most fish were 9 - 15 lbs and pulled like freight trains. 6 - 10 wts were in use. I even used two old 8 wt fiberglass. I enjoyed seeing the 40 year old work horses bent double. The party is about over up there. We heard and saw less bugs and fish today. But a cold front come through last night, too. I think Fin, who has been 3 or 4 times already, is going back Tuesday for another go.
If the word is good, I'll go back again. I'm sure I can find a partner or two. Every 17 years.
0:0


Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Yallerhammer on June 18, 2016, 17:58:52 PM
Good stuff! I have never actually intentionally caught a carp on a fly rod, but have caught a couple over the years while fishing for other species (and had a few on that I couldn't handle.) They are one of the hardest-fighting fish in freshwater for sure, remind me of redfish when you hook one.
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: ptfranze on June 18, 2016, 18:04:24 PM
Damn that was seriously a teaser on the book of faces!  Hate I missed this shindig!  You guys killed it!!  'c; 'c; bd;0 bd;0 bd;0 'c;  Will be MIA for 3 weeks back from Europe July 11th, hope everyone has lots more reports like this for me to read when I get back!  :banana-fu: :banana-fu:
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: VaTrout on June 18, 2016, 21:31:14 PM
 0:0
Sweet!
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Dee-Vo on June 18, 2016, 22:03:46 PM
A lot of rod bending. Righteous.
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: jwgnc on June 18, 2016, 22:18:47 PM
 0:0 I've hooked a couple on Lake Norman, but never landed one.
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: wildmttwalleye on June 18, 2016, 22:21:01 PM
We did that thang too

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Bonus Fish

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Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: wildmttwalleye on June 18, 2016, 22:22:41 PM
Others were camera shy, but they may post up some pics
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 18, 2016, 22:39:59 PM
all y'all sux n!n  :;! 0:0 :banana072:
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: RiverbumCO on June 18, 2016, 22:48:21 PM
No pics, but it was badass. 20 fish for the boat at least, 3 break offs, and probably 40 instances where they went to eat and missed the fly.  I also caught a frying pan sized bluegill.

Big fun, cool lake, they should make a straighter road into it though.
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Dougfish on June 19, 2016, 05:57:27 AM
Congrats to the NC trio. Saturday's winner, winner, chicken dinner!  -+;  0:0
Sorry we missed you. driver and I boogied at 1pm.  b';
It's been a hoot. Fin and VaTrout, let's see some pics!
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: VaTrout on June 19, 2016, 09:21:15 AM
I'll add a few as well.  It's really hard to get a decent photo while sitting in a kayak with a 15lb carp laying in the floor!
I'll also say that SML carp have nothing on these guys!  Bigger fish, better fight all day long!

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Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: driver on June 19, 2016, 09:34:26 AM
Wow the bugs were not on the water like that thus weekend.

I forgot my camera and my phone died. So i didn't get many pics. Doug summed out the details.


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Hoping for another shot this weekend.
Hate is missed you Erik and Grayson.  Cell signal is the suck up there.

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Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: wildmttwalleye on June 19, 2016, 09:48:57 AM
Damn, I wish we would have saw you guys.
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Big J on June 19, 2016, 10:01:31 AM
Quote from: DAYUMson on June 19, 2016, 09:48:57 AM
Damn, I wish we would have saw you guys.


I'm glad I didn't see you.

I forgot about the tap house in daleville. Glad you all found that.
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Fin on June 19, 2016, 10:04:28 AM
QuoteDamn, I wish we would have saw you guys.


Do you really or are you just being nice? 

I'll post something following my last trip which will be this Tuesday.  That makes three Tuesdays in a row for me and the the best part is I'm going with a customer so I haven't even used a vacation day!
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Mudwall Gatewood 3.0 on June 19, 2016, 10:14:35 AM
Quote from: RiverbumCO on June 18, 2016, 22:48:21 PM
Big fun, cool lake, they should make a straighter road into it though.



There's a reason for the winding, snaking roads.  It separates the spiritless moaning complainers from those grateful visionaries.   Keep your sorry ass in Dobson if you don't like the lay of the roads!!!!!

The north end of the lake is a stone's throw from my retirement home.   I now have a canoe (found an Old Town in Marlinton WV) and plan on using the lake at will.

I don't expect to see you peckerwoods in the area for another 17 years!!!!!
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Big J on June 19, 2016, 11:42:05 AM
I'm wondering how summer carp fishing is on the lake. Goofy water color and I never saw any good flats in the limited areas I covered.
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: wildmttwalleye on June 19, 2016, 12:02:06 PM
Quote from: Fin on June 19, 2016, 10:04:28 AM
QuoteDamn, I wish we would have saw you guys.


Do you really or are you just being nice? 

I'll post something following my last trip which will be this Tuesday.  That makes three Tuesdays in a row for me and the the best part is I'm going with a customer so I haven't even used a vacation day!

I was just being nice

Buttwipe, I wanted to talk to you dudes
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: wildmttwalleye on June 19, 2016, 12:03:33 PM


Quote from: Mudwall Gatewood 3.0 on June 19, 2016, 10:14:35 AM
Quote from: RiverbumCO on June 18, 2016, 22:48:21 PM
Big fun, cool lake, they should make a straighter road into it though.



There's a reason for the winding, snaking roads.  It separates the spiritless moaning complainers from those grateful visionaries.   Keep your sorry ass in Dobson if you don't like the lay of the roads!!!!!

The north end of the lake is a stone's throw from my retirement home.   I now have a canoe (found an Old Town in Marlinton WV) and plan on using the lake at will.

I don't expect to see you peckerwoods in the area for another 17 years!!!!!


Imma come up and throw wakes at you and your canoe

What kind did you get?
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: shropp on June 19, 2016, 12:11:19 PM
Its been way to long and I needed to get away for a day. Good views, good fish, and good time all around.

Pre game mind clearing

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Title: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 19, 2016, 12:23:27 PM
Beasties!


Fish and fishermen!


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Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Al on June 19, 2016, 15:31:59 PM
Damn, I just had my 77th birthday but I've put the next cicada cycle on my calendar - I'm looking forward to 2033 :o
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Dougfish on June 19, 2016, 16:44:23 PM
Brood IX, Al.
2020. SW VA, including Philpott and Smith.  -0-
http://www.magicicada.org/about/brood_pages/broodIX.php (http://www.magicicada.org/about/brood_pages/broodIX.php)
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Onslow on June 19, 2016, 16:47:56 PM
Damn, this thread is awesome.  River carp > lake carp, but I'll take it :banana011:
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: RiverbumCO on June 19, 2016, 17:34:05 PM
Muddy you ole codger, it was just a lot of damn driving for one day.  To me it seemed that the 6-12 pounders gave you the best ride. The biggins kinda stood their ground.
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Big J on June 19, 2016, 17:47:34 PM
I will say that I did spend the last hour motoring around the lake trying to find you guys. I did see one Jon boat with two guys fly fishing in it. I thought, "those guys are way too skinny to be G and Erik." But I still motored over to make sure. Two guys from Roanoke. I think they said they put about a half dozen in the boat. I think we should of been up the lake like what you all did. You all found the fish.
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Dee-Vo on June 19, 2016, 19:56:37 PM
Badass fish, dudes. Pretty legs, Dayumson.
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Big J on June 19, 2016, 20:11:33 PM

Had a good time.  Already scouting out the locations of the next 17 year cicada hatch.  /'/

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Driver hooked up.

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Some SLOOOOOW cooked burgers.

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Aaron hooked up.

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He got his freak on.

Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: driver on June 19, 2016, 20:47:30 PM
How did those burgers come out? Wish i could have stayed.

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Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Big J on June 19, 2016, 20:54:01 PM
Quote from: driver on June 19, 2016, 20:47:30 PM
How did those burgers come out? Wish i could have stayed.

Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk


Way too long.  Screw charcoal, I'm sticking with my butane grill when in the boat.  Wasted too much fishing time cooking those burgers.  They ended up tasting good though.
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Dougfish on June 19, 2016, 21:13:40 PM
The burgers we got in Daleville at Wendy's probably finished at the same time.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Grannyknot on June 20, 2016, 08:00:59 AM
this is the GOAT thread.
good to see Aaron getting after them.
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: bmadd on June 20, 2016, 08:55:32 AM
Muddy still bashing young folk
Gayson still looking like the third member of the Nasty Boys
RBum still ugly
Dougfish still fishing old rods

boring thread
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Dougfish on June 20, 2016, 09:05:36 AM
bmadd butthurt much?  :banana072:

I want this to go on for weeks, buttttt all obscene things must come to an end eventually. Go Fin, go. Give me a positive recon!
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Grannyknot on June 20, 2016, 09:27:32 AM
Quote from: Dougfish on June 20, 2016, 09:05:36 AM
bmadd butthurt much?  :banana072:



You'll have to excuse him Doug.  He was recently crushed in this years dad of the year competition.

Great thread.   'c;
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: bmadd on June 20, 2016, 09:53:42 AM
Quote from: Grannyknot on June 20, 2016, 09:27:32 AM
Quote from: Dougfish on June 20, 2016, 09:05:36 AM
bmadd butthurt much?  :banana072:



You'll have to excuse him Doug.  He was recently crushed in this years dad of the year competition.

Great thread.   'c;


sigh, tis true
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Fin on June 20, 2016, 10:08:16 AM
Trip 1: June 7

Well, as luck would have it, my number one customer loves to fish and even better, he owns a Ranger bass boat.  And better still, I was given the green light from our company Pres to take said customer cicada carp fishing just as much as he wanted to go.  No vacation days burned!  I had introduced said customer to the magic of catching carp on the surface with cicadas during the 2013 emergence at Smith Mountain Lake.  He was ready to go when I told him Moomaw was fishing well.  He is not a flyfisherman; he is however catching these fish on my flies fished as a dropper off a Tiny Torpedo.  You say cheating, I say inovation.  Works like a charm. 

That first trip was without a doubt the most fun I have ever had with a fly rod in my hand.  Very little boat traffic that day, no one else targeting the carp except for a few bowfishers, who fortunately for the carp, were very poor shots.  The carp were really honed in on the big bugs and had not been stuck enough yet or gorged enough yet to offer refusals.  We caught fish after fish after fish.  Total for the day well over 50 with many fish over 15 pounds boated.

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Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Fin on June 20, 2016, 10:22:39 AM
Trip 1: Back to the story.  Really, no lie, doubles all day and if we didn't have a double it was probably because one of us was holding the net.  As Mudwall likes to say it was EPIC!

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Caught several of these with great/strange coloring as you will see coming up.

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Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Fin on June 20, 2016, 10:32:20 AM
Trip 2: June 11

Found myself on a much smaller boat seated with these two miscreants.  The action was not as fast as Tuesday but was still very good.  The wind was a challenge to say the least.  Doug has already highlighted this trip fairly well so I'll add just a few.

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To summarize, another great trip with friends.  Sorry I yelled at you Mudwall...









Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Dougfish on June 20, 2016, 10:47:48 AM
I mean I got into them good, and I've seen your pictures before, but..... :o I'm still shaking my head.
That first Tuesday with your buddy was off the hook obscene. The numbers were awesome, but the sizes were incredible.
On a 6 wt. The most under gunned one of us all. You are the man.  bd;0
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Fin on June 20, 2016, 10:48:28 AM
Trip 3: June 14

Traveled to the lake again with my fine fishing customer.  He graciously agreed to allow my father-in-law to come along.  I really wanted to expose this young 82 year old to the excitement of cicada carpin'.

After several failed hookups, he was finally into fish.

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We couldn't let him have all the fun.

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Not the biggest but look at that color.

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Now back to normal.

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Cicada gut.  This dude needs to go on a cicada free diet.

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And I'm heading back one more time tomorrow.  I'm expecting things to be much slower but hey, beats working!



Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 20, 2016, 10:59:34 AM
'c; V:; :banana026:
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Big J on June 20, 2016, 11:09:47 AM
Fin has caught more carp in the past month than everyone on this board will catch this year combined.......
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Fin on June 20, 2016, 12:08:12 PM
QuoteFin has caught more carp in the past month than everyone on this board will catch this year combined.


I don't know about that but I will say it is much easier to put up big numbers when you get to go fishing while both working and playing!  Doubled my opportunities!
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Jfey on June 20, 2016, 13:18:16 PM
I strongly dislike this thread.  I was in Wheeling, WV for a wedding this weekend and went on very futile attempt to find river carp eating cicadas.    Cicadas showed up, but the fish didn't get the message.   
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Al on June 20, 2016, 14:35:12 PM
Quote from: Jfey on June 20, 2016, 13:18:16 PM
I strongly dislike this thread. 


Me too - no one invited me :'(

Nice fish guys - envious for sure.  bd;0 bd;0 bd;0
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Fin on June 22, 2016, 09:52:56 AM
Trip 4: June 21

The chime of Brood V is fading and with it the surface feeding carp.  We still had a pretty good day going when a big, bad storm blew over the mountain.  Of course it rolled in right as the action was heating up.  We spent 2:30 until about 5:00 hanging out under the eave of the Coles Point bath house while the rain poured and the thunder rolled.

My first fish of the day was unexpected.  Landed what looked to be one of the mythical steelhead DGIF has been trying so hard to establish in this lake.  The thing rocketed out of the depths as my fly was trailing along behind the boat.  It missed the first time, I cast back, and wham!  The fish was as silver as an Atlantic salmon.  Tried to snap a quick pic but as I was reaching for the camera he jumped one more time earning his freedom without having to pose for a selfie.

Very few cruising carp on this day.  We primarily just prospected along the banks that had been productive on prior trips.  The sunfish would rush the fly and start peck, peck, pecking and then ol'e rubber lips would rise up from the depths to finish it off. 

Brood V has been a blast.  Looking forward to 2033.

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Before the storm.

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And after.

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And that's a wrap.









Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Grannyknot on June 22, 2016, 10:11:36 AM
This thread is the GOAT.
Needs permanent sticky status.
'c;
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Mudwall Gatewood 3.0 on June 22, 2016, 13:01:19 PM
Quote from: Fin on June 22, 2016, 09:52:56 AM
The chime of Brood V is fading and with it the surface feeding carp. 
And that's a wrap.


Good!  Too much attention was heaped on my Shangri-La.  I am glad this 17 year intermittent episode is over!  I will however miss the singing. 
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Aka on June 22, 2016, 14:14:42 PM


DONKEY SHOW


The bugs

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The flies

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The beer

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The boyz

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Hot spottin'

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Bendo

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Donkeys

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Scenery

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Lakeside slow cooker

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A hell of a good trip.

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Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Dougfish on June 22, 2016, 14:30:50 PM
My man.  ' :banana072:   0:0
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Grannyknot on June 22, 2016, 15:45:21 PM
aka is back.    /'/

:banana072:

Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: bmadd on June 22, 2016, 16:48:44 PM
Shit. Y'all had that good of beer with that good of fishing??

Shut the board down. This thread will never be topped.
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: wildmttwalleye on June 22, 2016, 20:20:36 PM
I miss AKA. Glad he's back
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Jfey on June 22, 2016, 21:03:21 PM
Get lost newb  0:0 :banana-fu:
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: driver on June 22, 2016, 21:17:11 PM
This thread is so epic, it killed crapatalk..

Nice pics AKA. Was an epic time!
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Dougfish on June 23, 2016, 06:31:16 AM
One more roll of the dice to come..... -0-
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: wildmttwalleye on June 23, 2016, 06:48:10 AM
Quote from: Dougfish on June 23, 2016, 06:31:16 AM
One more roll of the dice to come..... -0-


May the carp gods bless this trip and the odds ever be in your favor
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Dougfish on June 23, 2016, 07:27:37 AM
Thank you, my son.  bd;0
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Dougfish on June 26, 2016, 09:56:03 AM


http://youtu.be/xEkB-VQviLI


It had to end. It did. With a thud.
Driver and I headed up Sat. AM for the final try. Fin had a productive day Tuesday and hey, it's only 5 days later, right?
Well, they call it fishing, not catching for a reason.
The highlands and WV got pounded by rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The lake level website showed it up 6" on Friday morning.
We get there and it's up 3'.  :o
But bugs are singing up on the ridge. Tallyho!

Well, we saw bugs in the water but few fish. Most we saw were suspended or deliberately slow cruising. No love.
I caught 3 smallmouth to keep the stink off. And we only had one hungry, feeding carp. He ate my fly, took me into submerged sycamore limbs and stayed on the line when I horsed him out. Nice fish! Five seconds later the line goes slack. Spit the bit. Fuck.
And that was that. We burned some gas, exercised the batteries, drank many beers, got checked by the friendly CPO's (all good, whew) and finally slunk on down the road.
Every 17 years.  0:0

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High water back in the shrubbery. Here's the grilling location from last Sat.

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Frustration personified. The man of a thousand casts.

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Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Dee-Vo on June 26, 2016, 10:02:59 AM
All good things must come to an end. Shit was badass for you boys.
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Mudwall Gatewood 3.0 on June 26, 2016, 10:36:05 AM
Quote from: Dee-Vo on June 26, 2016, 10:02:59 AM
All good things must come to an end. Shit was badass for you boys.


Yes it was!  It was truly cipe!
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Fin on July 25, 2016, 08:31:57 AM
The wife and kids attended a birthday party Saturday evening presenting me with a window of opportunity to chase river donkeys.  I loaded up the kayak and headed out. 

Paddling along the first good rocky flat I spot my first target.  Anchor, secure paddle, cast, and BAM, fish on!

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I spent the next 4 hours paddling around, hooking up with only one more donk that quickly unbuttoned.  I realized I had fallen victim yet again to the first cast/first fish curse.  It is real people...believe it.   
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: wildmttwalleye on July 25, 2016, 09:43:00 AM
Yummy
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Onslow on July 25, 2016, 19:58:45 PM
Beats all the Brian Williams/Smith River drama 'c;
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Big J on July 26, 2016, 07:55:25 AM
I applaud you.  Was out last Saturday on SML looking for carp.  It was hot.  Found a couple nice flats and found two feeding carp but blew both of my shots. 
Title: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 29, 2016, 16:54:31 PM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160829/003fc49947606c0def0c18361e089af6.jpg)

Bugger's new Rx polarized sunglasses !


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Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: wildmttwalleye on August 29, 2016, 16:57:40 PM
Quite proud of the bugger
Title: Re: Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.
Post by: DRIFTS on September 03, 2016, 05:57:30 AM
Quote from: Woolly Bugger on August 29, 2016, 16:54:31 PM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160829/003fc49947606c0def0c18361e089af6.jpg)

Bugger's new Rx polarized sunglasses !


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cool pic there...need to get me some /'/