Saturday, September 01, 2007


I got back to my carping roots today. I had an hour to fish with JJ along for the ride in the backpack. We hit our go to local pond and managed four carp. A pretty good outing, though the biggest fish was only 7 lbs. This is distinctly different carp fishing that what I have been doing the last few weeks. These small ponds don't require long casts and tons of backing, but they do up the need for stealth. I put the sneak on all 4 fish, hooking three of them with no fly line out my guides, just 5 or 6 feet of leader. My normal technique on tiny water is to sneak within a rod length of the fish dangle about 3-4 ft of leader out the top of the rod and literally set the fly next to a feeding fish. If you can get on top of them without spooking them, it is deadly. The best part about today? Every time I hooked a carp JJ would just bust out laughing. Good stuff...

2 comments:

JM said...

Good stuff, John. I have used that technigue on the C&O canal west of Wash, DC for years. Passing cyclists often ask if I'm OK when they see me on my hands and knees. Stealth is paramount.

JM

the reel john montana said...

still say that kid has ears that will allow him to hover if he learns to flap them just right...love granddad!