After a little bit of trial and error I hooked the first fish of the day. I saw a little mud kick-up and put the Carp Mop Fly in the vicinity. I was soon into a flawless little common carp with STUNNING fin color and a super dark head. What an excellent way to start out the carp catching!
Maybe half an hour later Mark and I doubled up with identical twins. Two fish could not look more alike! I thought it was very cool to get such small carp on flies. I've caught many many ten pound plus carp, All of the fish we caught today would have fit between my previous smallest and second smallest. The little guys are usually in perfect condition, as were these ones.
My third carp of the outing came from almost exactly the same spot as the first, and it was a totally blind catch. I didn't see anything to make me think there would be a carp there. I made the cast, looked around for a minute, then lifted the rod to find a fish on the other end!
Mark found a group of carp working one area very aggressively. There were three or four fish mudding in this spot consistently for a very long time. We both hooked and lost fish from this little spot and yet they came back. Eventually I got a good hookup, and landed my fourth and final car of the trip. A couple minutes after I released that fish Mark hooked a second one from the same spot. Though he did not bring the fish to hand it was landed and he had touched the leader before it returned. Six carp in one afternoon... and we both are sure that this pond will, in the future, give up some serious numbers, with 20 fish days being very likely.