Every sport and hobby has its purists. Certain bird hunters believe that only an over/under gun should be used in pursuit of upland game. Certain fans of baseball feel the designated hitter is a disgrace to the game. When it comes to fly fishing, a large number of anglers think that the various species of trout are the only worthy species that should be pursued. However, more and more people are looking at carp as a way of not only wetting a hook but also as a fish worthy of fly fishing techniques.
Easy for First Timers
Fly fishing for carp is similar to bone fishing done in the waters of the Caribbean. Anglers have noted that it is common to see a carp mudding, finning and tailing in the grass near the water’s edge. This makes it relatively easy to cast an appropriate fly and try your luck at landing one. One of the hardest things for new anglers to learn is the patience that comes from waiting for “unseen” fish to hopefully take their bait. Sight fishing offers a bit more action in a way that is easier to understand.
Carp also have a wide variety in their diet. They eat baitfish, crayfish and even insects throughout each life stage. This allows anglers to present a number of different lures with hopes of landing one of the beasts.
Carp are strong adapters. They are found in nearly every type of fresh water, whether it is cold temps, hot temps, stained water or pool-water clear. Most any type of water, from a small pond at the local golf course, up to the largest lake in the U.S. will have a strong population of carp. In fact, they are part of the biggest family of freshwater fish all over the world.
Help Expand the Sport
The New York Times recently posted an article about fly fishing for carp. Regardless of your opinion about the paper, this is a mainstream publication. Articles that bring attention to fly fishing can help expand the sport. A higher number of participants will bring more money to supplier of rods, reels, lines and lures. This makes for more competition which will help the overall industry.
It also means that the various shops around the country relying on trout enthusiasts can expand their offerings to a wider audience. Offering gear and advice for the local carp bite can help these shops earn a better living when the trout bite has slowed down.
If you have the itch to catch something with a fly, and you long for a big fish experience, consider giving the carp a try. It might change your opinion on fly fishing and give you another reason to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature.
Larry Chandler is a freelance writer that loves to connect with anglers and New York Fishing guides. When he’s not working on the latest freelance project he is usually out with his family, making memories.