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through out my childhood I chased carp on the fly at a small lake by my house in Parker.  AS I grew up, I became very occustmed to their locations and feeding patterns.  A great book that describes what I whitnessed through out my childhood is entitled Carp on the Fly by Barry Reynolds.  You will begin to notice various feeding behaviors, and from these behaviors you will learn which fish are worth a few casts and which should be passed by.  If you see a carp tail up rutting its nose in the mud, it is actively surching for watever aquatic insect is present.  If they are in a cruising mode actively patroling one area then they may be looking for something a little more plentiful like a cray fish.  Just keep in mind however, that in my experience with carp I have seldom had one vigorously chase a streamer.  Instead, I watch their patterns of patrol and try placing a crayfish on the bottom right where they are likely to pass by.  A little trick I picked up on was to place a fairly heavy split shot about 14 inches up from my crayfish. Just make sure it doesn't go "KERPLUNK" when it hits the water. When the carp cruses by, slowly begin to drag the crayfish.  The split shot ahead of the fly will stir the mud drawing the fishes attention.  This is my best advice for the crusing variety.  If there is a a group of carp some of which feeding the others not, don't flock shoot the bunch.  Instead pick out individual fish to cast to. The tricky thing with "groupies" is if you spook one you often spook them all.  The fish worth passing are the ones sitting up on the surface unless you see them sipping something off the top  Carp like a good tan, and will often sit up by the surface.  It's tempting to cast to these fish because they are so obvious and don't spook that easy, but believe me...they aren't feeding.  However, if they are nose up to the sky, they may be pulling whatever they can find off the surface...although this is seldom the case.  On occasion at my neibhorhood lake, thistles from the willows will blow out onto the surface and when this happens its like the arkansas river caddis hatch.  I have a pattern which features some white maraboo and a lot of floatent that works well at these times.  For the most part, the majority of carps feeding takes place on the bottom.  The better you know, what lives in a particular body of water...the greater your chances for success.  I would also suggest days where you dedicate most your time to watching their behavior, this will help you alot when its time for the catchin'. Yes they are finicky at times, but with enough time perusing them you will seldom get skunked.  When I get back this summer, if anyone wants to go catch some carp I'd be happy to go chase em with yall.  Also, if you frequent grey reef, possibly give Alcova a try.  There is a place known as black beech which is the meca of carp fishing!
 
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