One thing I miss most of all about the warmer days, something I haven't missed in years before this:
Cyprinus carpio, Common Carp.
It is true!
Why be upset about a goofy common mans fish when I could be out catching trout?
They are just fun! They are challenging to hook, they fight like a truck, and they have their own sort of beauty. I know for some carp are just not their cup of tea. And that is O.K. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. And perhaps there is something very wrong with those of us who chase the big one on a fly rod. It just seems like a bad idea until you try it. Heck, it still feels like a bad Idea. I've lost close to one hundred dollars worth of gear during fights with big carp: line (and I mean a whole damn fly line worth over $40), countless flies, leaders by the dozens, and even my first spinning rod.
But I just love catching them, or rather trying to catch them,
so here's to carp!
I'll meet you next year my scaly golden friends!