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Trouts Journal

Fish On! Urban Carp Extravaganza TR

Ivan Orsic / Jul 23, 2012

The temperature: 102 degrees

The sky: clear blue

The sun: high and scorching

The fish: present and accounted for

The exchange:

Michael Gracie (MG): “You see the fish?”

Greg Moran (GM): “Yup.”

MG: “Can you make that cast between the two trees?”

GM: “Yup.”

Prior to this Michael and Greg had spent some time talking about carp feeding behavior and the body language of a fish that will eat a fly vs. the body language of a fish that most likely will not participate.

As they stood high on the top of a thirty foot bank and looked at a pod of fish, they thought they had found a player.

After two or three false casts Moran punched out a a forty foot cast and let the Egan’s Headstand drop into the water.

MG: “Perfect. Great shot. Strip it twice. Let it sit... strip it....wait... he’s on it.”

Moran strip-set the fish and lifted his rod tip and the big carp immediately took off. The spool on the Redington Delta 7/8 hissed and line peeled off the reel.

The fish quickly barreled across the wide river and then held in the current for a few seconds. It then turned back toward the bank and high-tailed it back toward the angler. Greg reeled fast in effort to keep the line tight.

MG: “OK, let’s get down the water and land this thing. You good with that?”

GM: “Yup.”

Guide and angler quickly slid down the sand bank, Greg reeled furiously the entire time in effort to keep the fish tight and secure. After a few more bull dogging runs the fish came to hand.

The Urban Carp Extravaganza was on.

We plan to post a full trip report and more photos from the day once we’re fully recovered. A big thanks to everyone who joined in on the fun, fishing, and adventure.

If you are interested in a private fly fishing trip for carp on Denver’s South Platte River give the shop a call and we’ll set you up.

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