Two years ago, while targeting walleye, a big common took me completely by surprise and ate my chartreuse and yellow Woolly Bugger. The conditions were ideal for giant walleye that night and the fish didn’t fight that hard, for a common carp. It really had me thinking I’d just hooked the next IGFA fly tackle world record walleye. Instead of spending the rest of the night trying to get a 15 pound walleye on a certified scale so I could submit it, I instead was wondering how the f*** the 20 pound carp I caught managed to find my streamer in dark, murky water at night. Carp clearly aren’t only scent-based feeders, and I suspect they aren’t sight-based either. I think that fish felt the fly. I know very well how they react to anything hitting the surface of the water. In fact, the right sort of “ploop” can trigger a pretty aggressive response from some feeding carp. Of course, it sends others packing.
Until next time,