|Blanket of leaves make a difficult jigsaw puzzle.|
The last two days trying to carp by fly have been most difficult. Right now, I think taking carp by fly is the most difficult it's ever been. Conditions are simply against us whether it be the wind creating a constant hard riffle, the gray skies decreasing visibility, the lowering water level, or the jigsaw puzzle patches of leaves the carp hide under. I'm not looking for excuses - we should be able to adapt. However, I haven't figured it out yet and Charlie may have to take up my slack once he gets back.
Yesterday I fished for three hours covering a lot of water, but come home empty handed. I cast to probably fifteen carp yesterday, but the riffle prevented me from sight fishing these creatures. I found carp under the blankets, but getting the fly through that weave was next to impossible.
Today, I took a beer with me and decided to gingerly sip my beer and wait for the carp to appear from underneath the blanket of leaves. About twenty-five foot across the water, one carp emerged from the fringes of the blanket and I rolled a Backstabber to him. He was slow in coming to the fly... but he ate it.
|Backstabber fly took this carp.|
|43 carp needed to reach our goal.|
I so badly wanted to go to the river Blue this weekend, but just couldn't get there.
Think I'll go look for a beater pickup so at least I can get to the water.