Catching Carp on Fly Tackle
Carp are both bottom and surface feeders, consuming a variety of plant and animal
tissue. Angling methods range from inexpensive dough balls to the fanciest of fly tackle. World renowned fly anglers, seeking the elusive carp, use the same tackle they use for trout. One popular pattern includes the Bristle Leech, which creates a puff of silt when retrieved.
Other patterns include those representing scuds, worms, crayfish, nymphs, and fluffy cottonwood seeds. Tom Conner, a fly fishing pro, notes the following, "Carp are very sensitive to taste and smell. Before you use a fly for the first time, rub it with mud or algae from the bank or bottom of the river or lake. The mud will come off after the first cast but your fly will have a "natural" taste and smell that will help mask your own odor and keep the fly in the carp's mouth a little longer before it tries to spit it out.