|This fellow took an Elk Hair Caddis like a sipping trout would.|
Today was the most exciting day of my fly fishing for carp life. If only friend Donny Carter could have been there to watch the event unfold. For those of you that don't know Donny... he's the best dry fly fisherman I know and his favorite pattern is the Elk Hair Caddis.
Finding six carp sipping blossoms off the surface, I tie on a size 12 Elk Hair. Only one carp is on the near side where I am and the fly lands about eight inches above his position. He comes up on the fly just like a sipping trout would. The hook-set was easy because it came in a moment of perfect clarity. It was a beautiful experience and my first carp on a dry fly pattern. Charlie took a couple late last season with his Thistle Missile, but, somehow I've kept thinking an Elk Hair might just work. The second carp I cast too also took the Elk Hair, but, in my excitement I tried to set too early.
|A slud (slime and mud) covered Elk Hair in mouth.|