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    Default first carp of the year





    almost 30 inches long and fatter than it looks

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    Nice! What fly did it take? I'm going to give carp on the fly a serious try this year.
    -Jameson

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    Sweeettt!

    That beast must of given one heck of a tug on your fly rod!

    Lets see the secret fly of yours.

    Chris

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    Phew, a nice fight with that one, I bet.

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    Bill, congrats on a super nice fish. She looks heavy indeed. I chase the carp pretty seriously with a fly rod and have caught carp on the fly in most months of the year even in Wis. The big secret is location. Find the fish before you even wet a line is the key for me. Congrats on a very nice fish. You made me jealous.

    I do have to comment on the fish gripper. If you are going to eat or harvest the fish then it doesn't matter. If you want to release the fish the grippers are made for toothy critters and the tool will damage the soft tissue of the carp's mouth.

    Again there are many carp in the world and if you want to take some fish to use, I have no issue with that. But if you want to release the fish, the Boga style or other fish grippers are to be avoided. Check out this discussion: http://www.carpanglersgroup.com/forum/index.php?/topic/55150-carp-care-needed/


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    Very nice fish!
    There have never in history been so many opportunities to do so many things that aren't worth doing. - William Gaddis

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    I have been catching carp for a long time. The reason I used this this hard plastic grip is that it does not tear the fish's mouth when used correctly. I only apply the grip to a very small area in the front. I will not apply the grip any place else. Incidentally, this fish was was actually netted. I used the grip for the photo only.

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    I used a 7 wt fly rod ( 6' 10 " Fenwick fiberglass fly rod)

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    This is a kind of " pop up" the fake corn does not lay on the bottom but floats about 2 inches above the muck at the bottom of the lake. I am an urban fly fisher.

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