Carp on the Fly

The beautifull thing in fly fishing is that every now and then something truly unexpected turns up. In this case, I was wandering around at my home river in Southern Styria searching for rising trout or grayling when I saw a huge group of carp, roaches and other fish I normally don’t really care for in an abandoned meander. Bored of not having caught a single mentionable fish this day I sat down looking at them swimming around and thought of a useful approach. After the second cigarette I haven’t had a better idea than just casting a quite big nymph right in the middle of these clutter of fish and because of the lack of any current, strip it back in as slow as possible.

 

The old meander
The old meander

 

So I climbed down the bankside as quiet as possible and found myself standing twenty centimeters deep in disgusting, stinky mud. But still I haven’t scared any fish. My first cast landed right in the middle of the meander and I started retrieving my nymph as slow as a dead snail, that I nearly regretted the fact that I found this group of fish. The only thing which motivated me to get on, was the hope for catching my first carp on the fly.

Lucky me, it only took a few more casts and I hooked the first fish. Although it seamed pretty small I needed to play it pretty hard to keep him away from all the sunken trunks and other driftwood which was lying around. I finished the game and landed a small but well fed carp.

Still a bit excited of that catch I got back into the water and only two casts later I hooked into the next fish which turned out to be a tench!!! A tench on the fly! Has anybody ever tried to do this? I don’t know but I was absolutely impressed by the goldish green shivering beauty of this fish, which I never caught before. I released her back into the water and sat down on the riverbank to have a break and one more cigarette.

 

A tench on a nymph!
A tench on a nymph!

 

In the end I tried another casting position and hocked one more carp which turned out to be 50cm long and quite heavy for my 0,17 tipped! But I got him out there!

 

50 cm of carp on lightweight tippet!
50 cm of carp on lightweight tippet!

 

I´m sorry for these ugly pictures!

 

Equipement used: Nothing special, just a Winston GVX 5# 8,6´  and a  Rio floating line / 0.18 tippet

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