So I had a pretty good day today. Good enough that when I walked into a unique situation late in the day I goofed around and intentionally did not set the hook...more on that, but first, two fish that stood out from earlier in the day.
But the really cool part came later. I walked into a nice, soft but firm bottomed weed bed just loaded with sunning carp. The bottom was perfect for a stealthy approach, and since I was waist deep my outline wasn't too terrifying. In short, I was one sneaky SOB...and I got RIGHT on the sunning fish.
All told, I saw about ten good eats. The fish would simply extend their mouth like a tube and suck the fly in from a couple of inches away...really cool to watch. Not one fish hooked itself. In fact, not one fish ever took the fly in deep. For the most part they just mouthed it with their extended lips, and only for a split second. Granted, these were not "positive" or feeding fish, but it was still amazing to see how delicately they ate that fly. Most fish immediately spit the fly, and then hard spooked out of their like their tail was in fire. One fish though...poor dumb bugger. He ate the fly, spit it, then moved forward and ate it again with this confused look in his eyes. The second time he held on for maybe a full second then spit and spook like the others.
What a cool thing to witness. Carp are an interesting fish!