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    Default Flies for barbel and river carp

    I plan to start targeting some other species on fly once the coarse season opens - namely barbel and river carp. Does anyone have any recommendations for what kind of flies to use, other than the usual suspects (i.e. squirmies and bread-flies).

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
    'Maybe your stature as a fly fisherman isn't determined by how big a trout you can catch, but by how small a trout you can catch without being disappointed.' - John Gierach

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    Default Re: Flies for barbel and river carp

    Have a gander here for some inspiration. Nice article.
    Barbel on the Fly | Eat, Sleep, Fish

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    Default Re: Flies for barbel and river carp

    Quote Originally Posted by trout_bum1 View Post
    Have a gander here for some inspiration. Nice article.
    Barbel on the Fly | Eat, Sleep, Fish
    That is a good article, thanks very much for the link! I've just invested in a fibreglass 8' 6wt which should be a lot of fun for them. Now I just have to wait for the season to open!
    'Maybe your stature as a fly fisherman isn't determined by how big a trout you can catch, but by how small a trout you can catch without being disappointed.' - John Gierach

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    Default Re: Flies for barbel and river carp

    Quote Originally Posted by streamerjunkie View Post
    That is a good article, thanks very much for the link! I've just invested in a fibreglass 8' 6wt which should be a lot of fun for them. Now I just have to wait for the season to open!
    I've only fished for barbel and carp in Spain and Portugal, on the dams and stillwaters both were freerising and would take imitative bug patterns off the top and the river barbel would take nymphs readily, I'd say a #10 guides choice was my most successful fly

    One of the few I photographed

    #flyfishing on Instagram: “A barbel aka golden bone decided to hit the guides choice nymph #no1fly #barbel #flyfishingjunkie #notatrout #catchandrelease #wild…”

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    Default Re: Flies for barbel and river carp

    Tom, I take it that an Abel will be attached to this 8ft 6wt?

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    Default Re: Flies for barbel and river carp

    Quote Originally Posted by T_James View Post
    Tom, I take it that an Abel will be attached to this 8ft 6wt?
    How did you guess Tim? I already have it rigged and ready

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayP View Post
    I've only fished for barbel and carp in Spain and Portugal, on the dams and stillwaters both were freerising and would take imitative bug patterns off the top and the river barbel would take nymphs readily, I'd say a #10 guides choice was my most successful fly

    One of the few I photographed

    #flyfishing on Instagram: “A barbel aka golden bone decided to hit the guides choice nymph #no1fly #barbel #flyfishingjunkie #notatrout #catchandrelease #wild…”
    Thanks for the advice Jay, I'm looking forward to getting involved
    'Maybe your stature as a fly fisherman isn't determined by how big a trout you can catch, but by how small a trout you can catch without being disappointed.' - John Gierach

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