Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Carp on the fly in Grand Traverse Bay is HOT! It has been a lot of fun in the shop the last couple of weeks, especially the last few days, chatting with people that have been out on the flats fly fishing for carp. This week, Steve from Florida (Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing) went out after a quick strategy session in the shop on Saturday and came back to tell me "I have never seen anything like that!" after catching 9 carp on Sunday morning. Now this is coming from a guy that guides in FL for snook, tarpon, redfish, and whatever else swims down there and he couldn't believe what a great fishery this is. He went back out the next day and landed 15 carp, including one that, based on the picture, easily topped 30 pounds! We also have a guy in town this week from Scotland that came over after reading about our carp fishing and wanted to give it a try, all the way from across the pond to try carp on the fly. I saw a few pictures of him fishing and based on the smile and our conversations, it sounds like it's been worth the trip. Pictured above is a bruiser taken by Jeff who went out on the bay with a group of college buddies on Sunday. Numerous fish were hooked and a good time was definitely had by the gang. The guys came back to give me the report and then went to hit the evening hatch for trout. That's one of the great things about the carp fishing, the best of it is from 8:00am-4:00pm and then it's pretty much done, just in time to go hit the river for the prime evening hatch for trout. I would have to say based on weather and the recent reports that we are really peaking right now for the carp but there should be at least 3 good weeks left to get out there. The smallmouth are moving in shallow too, I know of one guy that hit an 18" and a monster 23" smallie last Friday at Old Mission (of course no pictures, but personally I believe the guy). If you haven't tried it yet, stop in and we'll point you in the right direction, hook you up with the right flies and leader, and eagerly await your report and pictures!
The Northern Angler