Posted by Dan Blanton on 2018-11-30 15:31:40
in reply to Carp posted by Luke R on 2018-11-29 16:23:45
Most carp devotees prefer to wade-fish/bank-fish for carp. It's a 'sight-fishing' game and wading is a really fun approach. Bob is also right - serious carp fly fishers are not going to give up their spots - lakes, rivers, canals, ponds. Carp are very wary and learn quickly not to eat a fly and flush from the slightest movement.
One this you really need to do before you head out on your own is to get a copy of The Orvis Beginner's Guide to Carp Flies by Dan C. Frasier. The book not only has 101 patterns and how to use them, it covers what carp feed on and how to know what they are eating and what flies to use to mimic that food. I learned a ton from that book. It's my 'carp bible'.
All the Valley lakes and streams and tidal sloughs have carp but the SC Valley creeks and rivers are all closed this time of year - steelhead protection. They open the last weekend in April, I believe. Check the regs.
Lots of lakes in the Central Valley have great carp fishing and if you really want to score on them, head north to the Columbia River, the Umatilla area. Lots of great flats and a ton of big carp.
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