Fly Fishing For Carp In Maryland

I’ve enjoyed the change of pace exploring warmer water in search of carp and other fish. The really bright, hot days that most trout anglers lament over are perfect for this type of fishing. It shouldn’t be long before these big fish will be taking bugs, seed pods and berries off the surface. “Clooping” is the term for carp feeding on the surface, and I’ve seen them do this often. If rising trout seem difficult to catch….try to get one of these brutes to eat a dry. I haven’t tried dry flies much, but know a few anglers who catch them on hoppers, beetles and other patterns. Larger nymphs imitating damselflies or dragonflies are good choices to present to fish in shallow water. A slightly larger size 8 olive zonker pattern tied with medium weight dumbbell eyes is one of my go-to patterns. I let the fly dive to the bottom 8-10 inches in front of a fish, and wait. I watch waterboatmen and other insects diving into the mud, which may explain why carp suddenly decide to start rooting around on the bottom. Recently I used this tactic where I dropped the fly in front of a fish, and let it sink to the bottom. No stripping, no twitching and the carp decided to dive down to inspect the fly. A flash of the white mouth, one hard strip set and the carp was hooked. This carp had numerous options to wrap me up, but I tightened up the drag and put on a lot of pressure. The fun is usually the long distance runs into the backing, but putting the brakes on a big fish can be exciting. In the latest video I put a good bend in the rod on this heavy carp.