Colliford Carp; and lost BIG trout

Rhithrogena

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Had an evening at Colliford last night. Started at the top of Lord's Waste (great name, eh?).
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Set up for trout but but an hour with no takes saw me switching to carp. They are gathering in their hundreds all along the shore in a pre-spawning frenzy.
There were vees from cruising pods of fish all along the margins and sight casting a l/s #10 John Gale Nymph in front of one, and a rapid figure-8 soon saw a fish accelerate away from the pod and whomp my fly!
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Bloody hell these fish are fun. This one whizzed fly line plus a good 60 yards of backing off in it's first run. It then had the good manners to allow me to lead it all the way back with sidestrain and after a couple more shorter runs and surges and wallows I slid it over the net. After a few more attempts the nearby fish moved away.
If any one wants a chance at a truly wild double figure carp on the fly, get thyself to Colliford now. I cast at (and spooked) a fish that had me quaking, easily 20lbs plus. The boil as it spooked was like a pig landing in the lake.
Now that would be fun on the little Maxcatch 😂
Later on a really good rise started and I had a couple of trout, a small wildie and a stockie and hooked the biggest trout I have ever hooked up there. It took my usual DHS and was a very strong fish, boring down and zigzagging. I played it until I was thinking off the net and with a back cartwheel it flipped the hook. I saw it clearly and it was one of the beautiful fully-spotted golden fish, of maybe 4lbs. Gutted. A few minutes later and another good fish took the point fly, a black Bits, and broke me after a couple of runs. Wind knot. Double gutted!! Bad angling!!
I am making the most of my castabout season ticket for southwestlakes, I can tell you!
 

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Had an evening at Colliford last night. Started at the top of Lord's Waste (great name, eh?).



Bloody hell these fish are fun. This one whizzed fly line plus a good 60 yards of backing off in it's first run. It then had the good manners to allow me to lead it all the way back with sidestrain and after a couple more shorter runs and surges and wallows I slid it over the net.

Indeed they are! Last Wednesday, while waiting for my first group of kids to arrive, I had a speculative cast and caught a Koi Carp of about the same size. First run had the corks creaking in the 9ft, 5wt!
 

Rhithrogena

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Indeed they are! Last Wednesday, while waiting for my first group of kids to arrive, I had a speculative cast and caught a Koi Carp of about the same size. First run had the corks creaking in the 9ft, 5wt!
Aah, is this the well-known school with it's own lakes and fly-fishing club?
 

Rhithrogena

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With a chainsaw and a few hundred stones of gravel you could make that place a lot more fishable, perhaps a toilet block and bacon butty kiosk as well, and a chain cutter would remove some of the reed growth. :whistle:
Don't forget the 'gutting room' 😬
 

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Had an evening at Colliford last night. Started at the top of Lord's Waste (great name, eh?).
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Set up for trout but but an hour with no takes saw me switching to carp. They are gathering in their hundreds all along the shore in a pre-spawning frenzy.
There were vees from cruising pods of fish all along the margins and sight casting a l/s #10 John Gale Nymph in front of one, and a rapid figure-8 soon saw a fish accelerate away from the pod and whomp my fly!
View attachment 39697
Bloody hell these fish are fun. This one whizzed fly line plus a good 60 yards of backing off in it's first run. It then had the good manners to allow me to lead it all the way back with sidestrain and after a couple more shorter runs and surges and wallows I slid it over the net. After a few more attempts the nearby fish moved away.
If any one wants a chance at a truly wild double figure carp on the fly, get thyself to Colliford now. I cast at (and spooked) a fish that had me quaking, easily 20lbs plus. The boil as it spooked was like a pig landing in the lake.
Now that would be fun on the little Maxcatch 😂
Later on a really good rise started and I had a couple of trout, a small wildie and a stockie and hooked the biggest trout I have ever hooked up there. It took my usual DHS and was a very strong fish, boring down and zigzagging. I played it until I was thinking off the net and with a back cartwheel it flipped the hook. I saw it clearly and it was one of the beautiful fully-spotted golden fish, of maybe 4lbs. Gutted. A few minutes later and another good fish took the point fly, a black Bits, and broke me after a couple of runs. Wind knot. Double gutted!! Bad angling!!
I am making the most of my castabout season ticket for southwestlakes, I can tell you!
Do you often target carp? Or any other course fish? I have access to a pond that is full of carp, tench and bream. I would like to fish for them with a fly rod. What flies and tactics do you use?

I was going to target the carp on bread and biscuit flies, on the surface. But it would be good to fish subsurface as well

Thanks
 

Rhithrogena

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Do you often target carp? Or any other course fish? I have access to a pond that is full of carp, tench and bream. I would like to fish for them with a fly rod. What flies and tactics do you use?

I was going to target the carp on bread and biscuit flies, on the surface. But it would be good to fish subsurface as well

Thanks
I often targeted pike, dace and chub on fly many years ago. Recently I staryed casting to the wild carp at Colliford, which cruise the margins and are very visible in the shallow, clear water. I found they will take a John Gale nymph, and this is the only pattern I use but I am sure many different flies would work. I am far from expert, but have landed around a dozen or so up to 10lbs. Very good fun indeed 👍
 
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