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Old 02-14-2020, 11:19 AM   #1
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Carp flies?

Since the flood of 2018 there has been an increase in large(5-10lb) carp up here in the Llano river. I would like to target them this summer. Does anyone have a good carp fly for Texas rivers. I've seen several on u-tube and plan on tying up some but was looking for any local knowledge?
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:32 AM   #2
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Danny Scarborough of DFW Flyfishing ties a great carp fly called the brass hawk.
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carp flies

Carp basically eat nymphs and crayfish. My favorites are buggy, short rubber legs, colors brown and olive, weighted lightly, size 6-8. But they will take a white or grey offering sometimes. I mainly try to get close enough to them to actually see them pick up my fly. Occasionally body language will indicate a take when I can't see the bug. They spit anything fake out in an instant and I rarely feel one hold on long enough to strike, so I strip-strike whenever they even appear to pick up an offering. I like to use a color that contrasts with the bottom enough to see it settle directly in front of the carp. They are spookier than bonefish. Learning curve longer than most fish, but so worth the effort. If any of you have figured out grass carp please post. I see some giants.
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Old 02-20-2020, 08:01 AM   #4
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The only carp I’ve seen where I’ve fished are grass carp. Those I’ll see occasionally either sipping dead bugs or grass clippings off the surface of the water or nosing around the shoreline on the lake I live next to.

I’ve caught a few with black Booby straggle flies I got off Big Y. Those flies look like big horseflies that float low on the surface of the water, like a drowned bug. The grass carp will wake and move along slowly just below the surface and stop at bugs to sip those in. It’s just a matter of getting a perfectly still fly to be in the right spot and the right time. The carp seem to be somewhat random in their movements and they will not chase down a moving fly. Stripped flies, in my experience, are repellent to grass carp. If the carp happen upon a still fly and suck it in, there’s only a fraction of a second to set the hook before they spit it out.

When the grass carp are along the shoreline nosing around the vegetation and rip rap, I toss over some little bead head nymph and just hope the fish come along and find it. Worked a few times.

Grass carp, in my experience, aren’t something that will aggressively chase down anything. I’m not sure the fly choice is so critical, but the presentation is. Grass carp seem like big cowards and avoid flies that swim or move fast like maybe would draw an eat from more aggressive fish like bass or redfish. On the lake I live on, grass carp are very attuned to any movement along the shoreline so slow, low key movement of the fisherman is pretty necessary. I often hide behind trees or bushes and like short glass rods to work better around the foliage.

But, there’s way more non-eats, missed hook sets, missed casts and the like than success with these fish. Not any margin of error really or a fish that’s going to help you out much. Grass carp and tilapia are the hardest fish in the lake I live on to get an eat from. LMB, catfish, sunfish, yellow bass, gar and crappie are all infinitely easier to get to eat a fly where I fish.
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