Fly-fishing-carp. Catch a monster carp!
Carp are one of the most difficult fish to catch and fly-fishing-carp provides one of the most difficult challenges that most anglers will ever face.
In many lakes there are only a few carp. So much so that the anglers who fish them become familiar with the fish and give them names. They also know each fish's physical characteristics such as colouring and weight.
On certain pits the more wary fish, which usually include the oldest and largest,usually manage to evade capture. This means that those anglers who succeed in catching carp tend to catch the same individual(if you can describe a fish as an individual) fish.
Most anglers soon tire of catching the same fish time after time, so to make things more interesting develop an ambition to catch the largest carp in the lake. A laudable ambition, you may think but how exactly do you hook that monster carp that everybody assures you is in the lake?
Tactics for Fly-fishing-carp: How are you going to approach the matter? You could simply play the numbers game. If there are 12 fish in the lake than the odds of catching the biggest fish are 11to 1. If you fish consistently and are getting bites then it is surely only a matter of time before you catch your big un. Of course this will only work in a low stocked pit where the number of fish is low. In larger lakes where there are fifty carp or more this approach is unlikely to be successful.
The alternative is to concentrate solely on catching the largest fish in the lake and ignore all the others. This means studying the behaviour of your quarry,determining what his habits are and using this knowledge to set your bait so that the fish cannot fail to take it.
You need to keep a wary eye for where the fish is feeding. If you see a flick of a tail or a patch of bubbles then you must concentrate your efforts on this spot.
One factor in your favour is that carp are creatures of habit and frequently feed in the same areas. So if you are willing to ignore general fish activity and concentrate on the areas where you know the big fish like to feed you may be rewarded with the catch of a lifetime.
When fly-fishing-carp the problem with this approach is that to catch the one big fish, you have to ignore all the other smaller carp. This is not so easy when all around you are regularly catching perfectly respectable sized carp. Another problem with this approach to fly-fishing-carp is that enduring night after night of sitting on the bank catching nothing can be very demoralising and downright boring.
One problem i encountered was that when single fishing i had at some point to go home, whereupon another fisherman would take my place. Thus on returning to the spot where i knew the large fish was feeding i found that i could not fish there because somebody was already fishing there.In these circumstances the only option is to move further along the bank.
I suspect most anglers will at some point decide to return to a more normal mode of fishing and return to the numbers game. They will catch as many carp as possible and trust to the law of averages that one of those caught will be the big un.
Fly-fishing-carp equipment should should be simple and made up of components you have faith in. A standard hair rig without tubing or anything is fine. The important thing is the sharpness of the hook. If a carp picks up the hookbait and swims off with it in its mouth and makes contact with the lead it will get hooked. For this to happen the hook has to be very sharp.
The odds of catching that large carp you have dreamed about will be greatly increased by studying his movements and using his habits against him. Add in your knowledge of watercraft and, with a little good fortune, he will be yours.