Originally Posted by shutupandfish
You already use my favorite, the clouser swimming nymph just flat out works. Try tying some with a clump of rabbit instead of hackle for legs. I like a sz.8-10
My second favorite is the halfback nymph, also around a sz.8-10.
Yup-o! 2 great ones - I love to tie those Clouser Swimming Nymphs and that halfback nymph was the winning fly at the '09 Denver TU Carp Slam! No brainer, dude!
Though I have heard that if you do some CDC on an emerger hook, it's a dead ringer for clooping carp who are sucking down cottonwood seeds - some will color the thread on the hook side just a hair brownish - though plain white works well too.
Anybody have any success with damsel dries? I have a few I got several years ago - one in particular that I haven't tried to tie myself, but it's fairly straightforward - Blue and black 'body cord' body on an emerger hook, with a parachute type hackle spun around a wing post of blue antron yarn, that's then pulled over the top and tied off on the head. Sits just perfectly like a damsel cripple in the water (trout liked it - doubt a carp would turn up it's nose)