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Old 06-16-2010, 10:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Favorite Carp flies?

I was introduced to fly fishing for carp this year and I am totally hooked. Currently I enjoy tying and fishing the Clouser swimming nymph in rusty brown and black.

What other patters are out there that work really well for our Colorado waters, especially in northern Colorado. Ex. Douglas, Union.

Thanks all for your suggestions, and thanks to Frontrange Anglers for their incredible blog.
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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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.
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When nothing else works large (8-12) Prince nymphs always hook fish!
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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)
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I caught a carp in Union with a white crazy charlie.
As far as flies goes, you'll need to prepare different sink rate for different depth and conditions. Crayfish, demsel and dragonfly nymph works well for bottom feeder. For cruising carp, you'll need lightly weighted flies for presentation, such as clauser minow and other saltwater flies will work.
I have not been chasing them seriously, take me advise with a grain of salt.
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