Friday, June 1, 2012

April Showers Bring May Flowers


APRIL: 

During the month of April my stubborn ass decided to fish my favorite spots over and over again. The fish had become wary to say the least, any tippet size greater than 4x was easily identified. Trying to haul fish out of the weeds using 4-5x gets old after awhile...It became clear that I needed a change of scenery. 












Where's your lips??? 



Nothing like getting screwed out of your own photo...


A miracle on 5x...

MAY:

I started off the month of May by adding a new tool to my carping arsenal...Google Earth. I spent hours soaring around like a vulture in search of carrion...hunting for new carping grounds. Lets just say I found what I was looking for...



Got Weeds?









I added two new locations to my small list of carping spots. Both of these locations were fished heavily by other anglers and I feared the carp would be quite savvy. I soon found that this was not the case at all. I got multiple chances to present my fly to a single fish to the point where it disgusted me a little. It was clear that these fish hadn't been properly acquainted with the fly angler.

Sadly, I took advantage of these poor carp...I feel a bit bad about it too.

Towards the end of the month Mark and I fished our favorite carping grounds together and we were both rewarded with our first canal carp of the year... 







The Fly of the Month: My original "Carp Damsel" in hares ear (#10 TMC 2457). Responsible for the largest koi and common for the month...





Merritt, R. W., K. W. Cummins, and M. B. Berg (eds). 2008. An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of      North America (4th ed.). Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co., Dubuque, IA 1158 pp.


A Bowl of Inspiration... 


A Captive Emergence... 


Gotcha!


My first attempt at a Libellulidae nymph...


Bright white legs after a few fish...cheap rubber


15lb tippet...were not in Kansas anymore...











It's whats for Dinner










Articulated Damsel FTW



Battered and Bruised


Carping in the month of May is going to be VERY hard to beat...


Later.

7 comments:

Ms. Erdosy said...

So. Much. CARP.

John Montana said...

Love the koi!

Brent Wilson said...

Damn, that was chock full of carpy radness.

Shoreman said...

Wow.

Mark

Jerry said...

awesome to see you collecting nymphs to then imitate and tie from. so cool. well done

Gregg said...

I SUPER appreciate your attitude toward these fish! I've yet to catch a mirror or koi, but I'm not jealous, someone such as you deserves those fish! Keep it up, the catching, the trying, the tying and the great photography.

Gregg

Brookfield Angler said...

I just carped in my pants