Author: Will Rice
The temperature: 102 degrees
The sky: clear blue
The sun: high and scorching
The fish: present and accounted for
Michael Gracie (MG): “You see the fish?”
Greg Moran (GM): “Yup.”
MG: “Can you make that cast between the two trees?”
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?”
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.