I haven't targeted carp in a little while. With plenty of daylight left to kill today and the perfect weather for it, I went out to fish flies for the golden ghosts. They were a lot easier to see than ghosts today. It was about 20 minutes before I hooked up. A decent fish was cruising, I sunk the sucker spawn pattern I had on a foot in front of him, he slowed, sucked in the fly, and the fight was on.
I have yet to get into the backing this year. don't get me wrong, I got a hell of a fight out of that fish. Short runs, splashing, even a little somersault out of the water on the hook set. But the cold water still means these fights will be shorter and less grueling. I released the fish and looked around hoping I could get another, but the flat had been vacated.