Thursday, February 14, 2013
2/13 - "0 for 5....Early Season Carping"
This time of year the windows of opportunity can be extremely small here in my part of the country. Yesterday was 58 degrees and sunny with a light breeze , the kind of weather that had me thinking of big carp feeding in the shallow bays of my local lakes.
With a couple of hours to kill in the afternoon Joe and I headed over to one of the small city lakes I like to fish. In all honesty I didn't expect to find anything , but the possibility had my mind wandering. Of course I went in unprepared...no waders ,the five weight and a couple of flies. Just a glorified walk around the lake with the dog , or so I thought.
After a short walk back to a shallow , mud bottomed cove I started scanning the surface for signs of activity. And to my surprise I saw this...
And then I proceeded to hit the fish in the ass instead of the head where I was aiming. 0 for 1....
We walked a 200 yard stretch of shoreline and encountered a few more active fish , unfortunately the score remained the same.
I managed to hook one fish on a generic black carp fly that I tie but he broke me off before I could get a hand on him , probably from a piss poor knot.
I got some good shots in and just couldn't get them to eat, even though that's obviously what they were doing. I didn't leave until I'd put down all of the fish I had seen , with only the one take. I vowed to be back tomorrow and be better prepared.
Arrive at the same lake today , except it's 10 degrees cooler , the wind is howling and a cold front bringing snow tonight is pushing clouds into the area at a breakneck pace. We make the walk but I know what the story will be before I even leave the cab of the truck. No surprise to me...we don't see a single orange tail today , not so much as a bubble trail.
Joe enjoys it anyway , I'll be waiting on that next window of opportunity to show itself , and next time I'll be ready.
Posted by HighPlainsFlyFisher