Here’s something that’s inexpensive and fun to do at this time of year when it’s too hot for traditional fly fishing. The carp put up a very serious struggle on a fly rod so do not underestimate your quarry when you tackle up! If you’re geared up for stillwater trout you should have almost everything you need already. However, you will need to add an unhooking mat and possibly a larger landing net to keep your carp happy and healthy!
Let me help you catch your first carp. Carp love dog mixer biscuits, they have a meaty smell that will attract carp from all over the lake and it pays to spend time getting the carp feeding confidently in your chosen swim before you start fishing. Throw in a few mixers at a time being careful to encourage competition between the fish but ensuring they are not overfed so they lose interest. A catapult is useful if you need to feed further out.
NEW VIDEO: Allan and JT head to Court Farm Fishery armed with a bag of dog biscuits and some deer hair flies. The surface carp action was hot!
Tackle up with a 9’ – 10’ 7 – 8 weight fly rod although you will need to tailor this to the size of fish you expect to catch and how snaggy the area you are fishing is. Match the rod with a quality fly reel with a smooth powerful drag and a floating fly line. I would generally use a level leader of 10lb co-polymer leader material about the length of the rod. Choose a carp fly from the Fulling Mill range – all of them work well but you will need to keep them buoyant. Carp may refuse the fly if it’s not floating alongside the biscuits you are imitating.
This is great fun and you may find yourself catching more and better fish than the more traditional carp anglers! Enjoy.
Here are 5 top tips for success with carp:
- Always check with the fishery owner that they are happy for you to fly fish.
- Cast accurately to feeding carp and try to avoid spooking them with the fly line.
- Treat your fly with floatant and dry flies with an Amadou pad to keep them buoyant.
- Play carp firmly and use your skill to keep them out of snags and get them to the net quickly. Some carp anglers will expect you to play the fish for excessive lengths of time – this is nonsense you can land carp quickly on appropriate fly gear.
- You will need an unhooking mat and a decent sized landing net with soft mesh to comply with most carp fisheries rules.
A few tackle recommendations:
- Amadou Leather Holder
- Nash Unhooking Mat
- Hardy Copolymer Leader
- Dog Biscuit Fly, Breadcrust Fly, Bonio Dog Biscuit Fly and White Bread Fly
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