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  1. #1
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    Apr 2011
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    Default Carp fishing 'naturally'.....

    Do any members fish for carp using a single fly i.e. no baiting etc? The imitative approach seems to be well established in other parts of the world.

    I am originally from a carp fishing background so I am well aware of some of the challenges presented by most carp fisheries (other anglers, vegetation, poor water clarity etc).

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    Default Re: Carp fishing 'naturally'.....

    Having spent plenty of time fishing imitation mixers and bread flies in amongst freebies - it's an easy way to open your account with carp and adjust your tackle and techniques to suit - these days I catch the majority of my carp on single dry fly or alternatively a duo of dry and nymph/'buggy thing' suspended below. My own most successful dry patterns are daddy long legs, dung fly, grey wulff, olive wulff, bluebottle, floating snails and ants. PTN, buzzers and bloodworm patterns make up the majority of my nymphs, but wet flies like invicta and black and peacock can also do surprisingly well. All patterns are of a fairly large size incomparison to trout fishing typically 8 to 12 on strong hooks. You might be surprised at how effective the duo is in open water as a searching technique when nothing seems to be stirring - the dry can hold your nymph at your estimation of the carps cruising depth whilst it swings in the breeze/tow. I'm not certain but would bet that the dry is a good attractor but the carp see and take the nymph 1st most often. However it's not to be recommended for anything other than open water. If they are on the surface then it's single dry or slow sinking wets/nymphs. Any snags, lily beds etc and it's single fly only to minimise the risk of hang ups with a fish on. I'll use an indicator/bung instead if I want to drift a subsurface fly but often carp will mouth it! The carp on my local ponds don't grow particularly big with a double being exceptional, but they fight hard so it's a powerful 9fter minimum of #7 and 8lb bs, but more often #8 and 10lb, stepping up to 12lb bs if targeting the snags

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    France, Picardy
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    Default Re: Carp fishing 'naturally'.....

    I do not use bread flies or other "flies" like that, always imitative pattern (crayfish, tadpole, gamarrus, etc ...)
    Caught that 11 kg last week on a tadpole for instance :
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    May 2019
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    Default Re: Carp fishing 'naturally'.....

    Had a few smaller carp (under 5lb) on a beetle pattern. I'm loath to fish anything sub-surface on my local pond as it's quite heavily stocked, I'd likely foul hook something. I will, however try a daddy-long-legs next time.

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    Apr 2011
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    Default Re: Carp fishing 'naturally'.....

    I rejoined a club who's lakes I fish on conventional carp methods a number of years ago. One small lake is fairly well stocked, fairly turbid but has a section of closed canal where the water is shallow and a lot clearer than the main lake. I have fished two half day session and a couple of two hour sessions and have landed two fish up to 13lb or so.

    The first was on a slow sinking white fly (a hook with white ep fibres whipped) the second was on a black marabou pattern that I tied with foam on to slow the descent. The two fish I caught were hooked after I cast around 2ft in front of the fish - the difficult part was knowing when to strike as visibility wasn't great!

    I am using a 9ft 9wt Helios2 underlined with an 8wt line and a rod's length of .25 Stroft GTM.

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