Trip #30 – Carp on the Fly
This was a trip that I went on whilst home in South Wales in the autumn of 2012.
I have been talking to my brother recently about his most recent fishing trips and he has done his best to gloat about his extraordinary catch rate using this particular method. On a recent trip back to the Welsh valleys I thought, what better an opportunity to try it out. So my father, brother and I made our plans and I looked forward to trying out this method for carp. Our venue was a small two lake fishery, which I have fished numerous times in the past, called Riverside. Normally when I go fishing, even if it’s a short trip, the car is full of everything fishing, from waterproofs, to carryalls, and rod bags to bait buckets. So when we got to the lake with just a bag of chum mixer biscuits, 3 fly rods and a landing net I was sceptical about what we were in for.
|Plenty of fish this size or better at Riverside|
|Imitation dog biscuits should do the business|
|My brother with his first of the day|
It wasn’t quite a double hook up, but more like a continuous flow of reasonably sized carp. It wasn’t long before my brother was in again. He banked the one fish within a few minutes and was back out amongst the feeding fish before he hooked up again! We had been fishing no longer than 30 minutes and had 5 carp between 3.
|The old man had a few too!|
For anyone who may think that fishing may be boring, they should try this type of fishing and will be instantly hooked (excuse the pun). It is one of the most exciting forms of fishing for the following reasons. A fly rod is generally more flexible than a normal rod and coupled with the fly line, when you catch using this method is it one of the most exciting fights you will have and I haven’t even mentioned watching the fish take your fly. Unlike conventional fishing where you are sometimes likely to sit and wait, staring at a float or the tip of your rod waiting for that elusive bite, this method enables you to watch the fish as they take your fly. As you can see everything, it only adds to the excitement.
|My brother showing off with another fish!|
I was also amazed at the continued ferocity which with these fish were feeding. Normally when fishing, it is not uncommon to have a quiet spell or to change tactics to keep catching fish. This was not the case here. Every pouch full of chum biscuits was met by a queue of hungry carp. After an hour of fishing we were well into double figures of fish caught. Spying a gap in between some biscuits I cast out the fly and began to wait. A few seconds later and a fish was on! This one was bigger than the previous fish I had caught; furiously fighting away, the fly rod I was using was bent double. After 5 minutes of tug of war the fish began to tire and I brought to the bank a fish tipping the scales at just over 10lb.
|Biggest fish of the day!|
But the action didn’t stop there. The three of us fished for just over 3 hours and we totalled over 20 fish between us, all weighing between 3 and 10lb’s. It was an unbelievable morning session and one I cannot recommend highly enough. It was definitely one of the mostly exciting fishing outings I had had in some time, and I will certainly be trying the catch some carp on the fly in the near future. As a fishery, Riverside has almost everything you need to have a great day’s fishing. There is a small shop, which sells basic fishing tackle and bait, as well as a cafe serving warm food (which makes a difference when the winter arrives). One thing I think it would benefit from is having definite pegs. In this instance an open banking suited us perfectly, however it did mean that those anglers who weren’t free to roam up and down the bank had a free for all when it came to getting a position around the lake.