Happy 19th Wedding Anniversary, Mrs. FishnDave! :)
After getting a car tire repaired on the way home from work, and then making dinner for our kids, I went fly fishing at a local public pond.
It already seems like it is starting to get dark much too early in the evenings. Know what I mean?
Anyway, this is a pond I haven't visited recently. It has some decent bluegills, mostly, but they can sometimes be difficult to locate. I found them to be rather scattered, yet managed to land at least 15 on a black Woolly Bugger. They were fun, and I am satisfied with that.
But there was something even better. This is a pond that has some nice Grass Carp in it. It is also a pond where I've rarely been able to get within casting distance of the Grass Carp. They nearly always see me (and bolt!) long before I see them. I have to admit I was hoping to see some tonight, but it wasn't looking promising. As I was fishing my way along the shoreline catching bluegills, I came to an area I knew to be fairly shallow. There were bubbles coming up in several areas. I thought that was odd. I cast in and around those areas. Caught a bluegill or two, and very briefly had one or two fish on that felt a little better than the bluegills. I moved down the shoreline to another area that had areas of rising bubbles. I cast my fly near one bubbling spot and let it sink. When I began the retrieve, there was weight, so I set the hook. Grass Carp! It ran to the far shoreline of the pond. There was only 2 turns of fly line left on my reel...the backing was staring back at me. I considered taking a picture of this, as well as the big bend in my rod.
After several solid minutes of battle, my hook pulled free. Bummer! Because of the way it fought, I strongly suspect this fish was foul-hooked, probably near the tail. Still, I would have liked to have landed it!
I moved down the shore a few paces more and cast towards more bubbles. Within just a cast or two, I hooked up with another Grass Carp. For this one, I had cast to the bubbles and just let it sink while watching my line. When thw line started to move, I set the hook, and saw the back and tail of the Grassie as it darted away from shore. I could tell this fish was definitely hooked in (or near) the mouth. The fish was easier to control, but was still overpowering my 5 wt fly rod. I wasn't in a hurry, but after a couple minutes of this excitement, I decided to try putting more pressure on the fish to tire it and bring it to shore. Once again, the hook pulled out. This time I was even more Bummed out! I thought I HAD that one!
Oh well...having two Grass Carp on the line in one night is exceptional for me, and I feel I might be on to something in casting to those bubbles. I hope I can find that situation again soon to continue experimenting.