Species: Common Carp; “Golden Shadows”
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Almost everywhere, native to Asia and Europe. Habitat: freshwater ponds, slow-moving rivers, estuaries. Found across the US and Europe, Asia, and Australia, in temperate waters from 37-95 degrees.
1. Accurate stealthy casts, minimal false casts
2. Finding and spotting fish
3. Line management, ready position, soft presentation
4. Controlling hard pulling fish, drag, applying pressure, landing fish
5. Stealth, stealth, stealth
5wt to 9wt with 6wt, 7wt, 8wt being in the average sweet spot depending on fish size. Lighter rods like a 5wt can be used but they’re not very popular due to long casts, potentially heavy flies and landing large fish quickly.
7wt and 8wt handle fish, flies, and wind without being too heavy, still maintaining stealth.
Floating lines are the most common but intermediate to full sink have applications, too.
Warm water lines are important for summer. Most lines will work, so you can potentially use the fly line you already have.
Scientific Anglers Bonefish is great for summer and warm water.
Match tippet size to fly size and fish size.
Choose the longest leader you can consistently and accurately turn over.
Choose a shorter 9ft leader for shorter casts (easier to control).
Fast action rods able to cast long distances accurately yet delicately are the best Carp rods.
A reel with a smooth sealed drag is best, able to hold at least 100 yards of backing.
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