Do carp actually eat flies?

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Do carp actually eat flies?

Post by funcfish on Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:28 am

Well since a carp fly won the MFC fly tying contest I figured I'd post a warm water fly fishing question I've had for some time. I've seen a lot of "carp flies" floating around on the internet. My question is: Do carp actively eat flies or are they acquired while hoovering the bottom?

From what I've seen of standard carp fishing many times people throw a handful of corn to active carp and include their hook in one of the pieces of chum. When the carp hoover up the other junk they also take the bait.

My theory is, if you have a sinking fly that will rest on the bottom and you throw it to an actively feeding carp, as long as you get it into his hoover zone he will take it regardless if it is a "carp fly" or a Pepsi can tab.

So educate me. Are there really "carp flies" (that increase the chance of specifically catching carp) or should we be calling them crap flies? (no offense to any carp fly fisherman or tiers) scratch
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Post by Floggin Water on Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:53 pm

Carp will eat dry flies, in addition to stuff on the bottom - so I'm gonna say they will actively eat them.

I once watched a huge school of carp destroy a school of baitfish also - they're not just nature's vaccuum cleaners!

I have yet to hook a carp on a fly - it's on the list of things to finally accomplish this year...

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Post by Finewater on Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:18 pm

They absolutely will eat a fly. Put that fly in a feeding carp's field of vision and you're likely to get a take. The fish will dart forward to grab the fly as it falls through the water column or pick it up off the bottom. If you can get the fly in front of a pod of feeding carp, you'll often have two or more race to eat the fly.

Um, this sounds far easier than it actually is by the way.

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Post by Clif on Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:11 pm

I've seen crap move in a b-line straight at a fly and take it.

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