Saturday, April 12, 2008

Carp #2 for the year succumbed to a "wedlock" nymph. At least that is what I call it because I first tied it for whitefish on the Flathead system during the winter, right before my wedding. It is a really basic fly. A short, clipped green marabou tail, peacock herl body with palmered grizzly hackle. I tie them weighted so they get down fairly quickly. Yesterday I managed about an hour in the sun at a local pond, and there were fish all over, but they were starting to think about spawning. Typically I'd see 1 big female, followed by 2-3 males. No real spawning taking place, but you could tell what was on their minds! Most of the fish were completely uninterested, and I only saw one tailing fish the entire time. I managed to get one of the little males to eat the wedlock, probably more fluke than anything else. It was a tiny little 4 lb carp...It still makes me laugh to say things like "tiny little 4 lb carp." Those trout fisherman don't know what they are missing! Heh heh...

Two weeks until the MN trip with Wendy Berrell. I can't wait.

4 comments:

Jean-Paul Lipton said...

Sounds like a nice fly. Any pictures of it? Do you suppose the carp think it's vegetation or a damselfly?

The buffalo started moving around in the streams up here. Hopefully you'll tie in to a mess of them with WB.

john montana said...

I hope you are right about the buffalo! I'll look for a picture of the wedlock, but it is as simple as it sounds. It fishes pretty well for trout and whitefish as well.

Wendy Berrell said...

I remember you gave me a fly called the "wedding band" I think... black and gold bugger. Must have been from same era.

Glad you got out. No tails here yet.

Anonymous said...

What might be the best rig for catching carp? 8wt? 7wt? I have only a 5 wt...