About five months ago Orvis sent me a prototype carp line in the mail. In the past I was never really a "line" guy, generally just fishing whatever the fly shop recommended at the time. As I fell farther and farther into the carp addiction, I realized just how important a fly line really is. Accuracy became crucial, and lets be honest, the line is as important as a rod when you go from talking about accuracy in terms of feet to talking in terms of inches. Yes, when it comes to carp...inches matter.
So what exactly do you need in a carp line? Unlike most modern lines, you do not need a cannon designed to shoot line for 100 feet. To me, the most important aspect of a carp line is the ability to make short, accurate casts, quickly. Most of my shots come between 20 and 40 feet and not many fly lines on the market really hit that sweet spot.
Orvis's new Hydros Carp line does. It only took one outing for me to fall in love with the line. I took it to a flat early in the season, and realized quickly that I was making short flips and one pick up 30 ft casts with no effort. Any carp in my optimal range was in danger. It simply casts with ease in that 20-40 foot range.
I have fished this line exclusively all season, from the flats of the big C to the emerald waters of Lake MI. I have thrown size 8 hybrids to picky fish and chucked 2 inch long streamers to meat eaters...all with the Orvis Hydros Carp Line. I liked it so much I told the Orvis people that when they released it (assuming they didn't change it) I was going to buy a couple more lines and switch them out on all of my reels!
Well, Orvis just released the line and the only change is the color. They switched form a grey head (which I disliked...not sure why really) to a perfect, muted olive color. If possible...I like it even more now. If you get a chance, check it out here.
Caught this guy with it!