I was able to squeeze in 1 hour of flyfishing (after driving time) this weekend. I fished a public pond about a 40 minute drive from home.
I started out flyfishing for panfish. I caught 2 Bluegills and a Largemouth Bass. Then this 9" Hybrid Sunfish hit. What a fight, and what a beast! All fish were caught on a #8 yellow Boa Yarn Leech.
I had seen a few Grass Carp swim by in the shallows. One nosed up to the surface to touch my floating fly line. I tried dropping flies ahead of them, and they showed slight interest, but mainly they just continued swimming on their way. So, I tied on a "MissouriFlies.com"-style deer hair pellet fly. I tossed it out and soon had a (previously invisible) grass carp come up and check it out. It nosed the fly, but then swam away. A few casts later, another Grass Carp (that I had not seen before) came up and nosed it, then tried to suck it in, missed, and then tried to suck it in again. I watched the fly disappear into its mouth. I set the hook, the fish thrashed its head, and my 2x tippet snapped....with a sound like a pellet gun firing. CRACK!
DANG IT! I have hunted Grass Carp more diligently this year than ever before. With complete failures too numerous to count at this point, I still have hooked more grass carp this year than ever before (including a couple years ago when I actually landed 3 Grass Carp!). I've even had some pretty good fights. But I haven't landed ANY of them this year! I know my 5wt is not matched to such a task...but I also know Grass Carp CAN be landed on it, because I've done it before! Ug. Another miss. But this one was especially exciting because I actually got to see the fish come up and suck in that fly. THAT is a first in my Grass Carp experiences. It will be a confidence builder for future situations, at least, knowing they will come up and hit this style of fly.