A coworker chose to go flyfishing with me during lunch on Friday, June 2, 2017. I had some bass and panfish flies I tied the previous night that I wanted to try out to check on their "action".
For at least the 3rd time in a row, others were fishing my usual lunchtime pond, and so we went to the carp pond instead.
I'm glad we did! I didn't get to test the flies...instead, I spotted some carp in the shallows right away. Some were following each other and splashing in the shallows....typical spawning behavior. Others were near shore and willing to eat a fly dropped near them.
A very good lunchtime would be catching a carp on a fly. Catching 2 or more is really special! I did catch 2 (must be because of my LUCKY SHIRT?), and both carp fought really well. The first measured 25", the second measured 25.5". The second one I hooked just to my left....and then it took off and ran straight down the opposite shoreline to my right for@ 130' before I could finally get it slowed and turned! VERY fun!
Check out the sail fin on this one:
Both hit a pattern called a John Montana's Hybrid Carp Fly:
After the 2nd carp, the shallow area sorta cleared of fish, except for a few spawners. I moved down the shoreline a bit, and saw a shadow in the water near shore. I dropped the fly near it...twitched it, and thought I got a strike. SNAPPING TURTLE! I did manage to land the turtle AND get my fly back, so all is good.