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November 9th, 1997

Carp on the Fly
A Flyfishing Guide
by Barry Reynolds, Brad Befus, and John Berryman
Published by Johnson Books, Boulder Colorado

Everyone who has fished them accepts the idea that bonefish are a blast to fish. The problem with fishing for them is where they live. Going to places like Christmas Island, Las Roques Venezuela, Bahamas, South Florida and the Keys can be a pricy venture.

So why compare bonefish to carp? Bingo! History is very clear. Back in the 1940's and 50's, fly fishing for in-shore saltwater fish was in it's infancy. Writers then wrote about a trash fish called a "saltwater sucker." That trash fish was the bonefish.

The authors of this book compare the carp to the bonefish with very interesting results.

"Both are usually bottom feeders.
Both feed heavily on shellfish.
Both are schooling fish.
Both are wary and frighten easily.
Both usually aren't eaten and are caught and released.
Both require similar tactical approaches."

"Anglers didn't appreciate the wonderful sport offered by bonefish until they understood the fish. Perhaps, in the case of carp, lack of understanding is a significant factor in the way anglers feel about them ..."

Do they prove their point? Does this open up a new world of opportunity for fly fishers far from fabled trout waters. (Not to mention bonefish camps.) Could an avid fly fisher find happiness stalking elusive carp? Read it to find out.

By the way, the authors don't leave you hanging. The tactics, flies, tackle, and important information on the behavior of carp is all there. Some trophy carp photos and good illustrations don't hurt either. Neither does the appendix by Dave Whitlock of his favorite carp flies.

If you have carp in your region, this book might help you maintain your sanity; or lose it. ~DB

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