Sort of. The water is too cold, and there is too much of it so the fish simply are not where I want them to be...but they are still out there.
This girl tipped the scales at just over 17 lbs...much fatter and better shoulders than she looks in that picture. The take was painfully perfect. The soft hackle drifted to the bottom just inches in front and to the left of her head and with an ever so subtle turn she picked it up.
I got to fish with my friend David today, always a good time. David is a perfect companion for a day like today, because we spent more time driving and looking without fly rods in hand than we did stalking through the water. Eventually we found some areas that were warm enough, and got down to some carping.
Today was all about the soft hackle. Between the two of us we landed about 14-15 carp, all on green soft hackles. A few big fish were spotted, but as usual, the big ones got away. Most of the fish were 10 lbers, with a few 13s and 14s thrown in there. With the water so high, we both felt like we came out of today pretty well.
Big thanks to David for heading out on a wild goose chase in crappy conditions and being patient enough to stick with it until we found a few fish. Any day in the water is a good day, but good company and a little carp action never hurts!