I owe my first flyrod carp of the year to my buddy Jay. I was starting to think I wouldn't get one this year! Its been a weird year locally...carp have been nearly absent from their usual shoreline feeding areas.
Jay was out at a local reservoir looking for White Bass yesterday. Nothing going on, so he switched to his fly rod and tried for carp. He made 5 casts with his fly rod, and caught 3 nice carp within 45 minutes!! Epic battles on his 5 wt! He said he never had to wait long for a strike! He also caught one the previous day. His were decent sized fish....he estimated up to the 28"-30" range.
I made it out during lunch today. I managed to get one (and a bluegill), but not nearly as big as Jay's.
We were both just floating an unweighted white woolly bugger (fly) under an indicator! When they hit, they just...swim off. Not super-fast, but the takes weren't subtle. Pretty fun!
I had two carp try to eat my indicator, and watched another one eat something that was floating on the surface. If I'd had more time, I would have switched to topwater, and probably would have been able to catch one that way!