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Breaking the ice 1 year 3 months ago #7

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Hello fellow Flycasters - I've had the pleasure of fishing with several of you during the two fishouts at the Yuba River this year. I'm a new member as of Jan and really enjoying the club activities, along with the wealth of knowledge you have within this group. I've fished for lots of different species in my 20 or so years of fly fishing, most recently some shad on the American River this past weekend with my new switch rod, which I'm only just learning how to two-hand cast.

I'm hoping that the forum helps with some of those deep, dark topics like "shhhh" CARP FISHING that I have some interest in. I've done some on the Guadalupe River, but I'd like to know more about the local lakes that have larger and more plentiful opportunities. I've actually caught some on a fly rod, believe it or not, but this is far from a reliable method after many, many unsuccessful outings thereafter. Anyone ever try for some of those in Stevens Creek near the casting ponds?

Looking forward to meeting more of you all at another fish out or club activity. Please contact me if you too are a closet carp fisher and would like to do a local fishout sometime (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)!
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Breaking the ice 1 year 3 months ago #10

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I've only tried fishing for carp a few times, and never managed to catch one. I have seen some huge carp in Lexington, Calero, and Lake Ranch Reservoir (Sanborn county park), and I'm sure they are in most of the other big reservoirs around here. The creek that flows alongside the casting pools is actually Los Gatos Creek, and there are some huge cyprinids in there too.

I tried fishing LG Creek near the park during the summer on a weekend ... only once. I think it's a little like surf fishing at area beaches -- go early and be done before the sun gets high and the place gets crowded. I did catch a few fish, but completely struck out on the carp. Also, I'm pretty sure it's only legal during the general trout season (last Saturday in April to November 15th), though anytime of year in the lakes.

I've seen some of these massive carp in Calero leaping like trout. It's pretty impressive, and I'm not sure what they are doing -- I have a feeling they are not doing it to catch mayflies :)
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."
-- Henry David Thoreau
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Breaking the ice 1 year 3 months ago #12

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Los Gatos Creek near the casting ponds is one of the best nearby locations to stalk carp. But a warning, they are a tough catch! As mentioned earlier, the creek is only open to fishing during the general trout season.
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Breaking the ice 1 year 2 months ago #74

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Gil: just read this. I mentioned carp to you at the Wednesday meeting! Im keen, and available on Sunday.
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Breaking the ice 1 year 2 months ago #76

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Dan - I would love to give it go, but my weekend is shot. The spot I've found most promising is not far from the casting ponds. Just walk along the bike path towards Los Gatos and as you near pond #3, gaze over into the creek. There is a confluence of two sections there where you'll see a sand bar and lots of carp feeding. The near bank will hold some feeding carp too and that's where you can almost "high stick" for them. It's a short cast, if not. I've tried a number of patterns so far, so I can tell you what doesn't work.... (Black leech, bass poppers, crayfish,carp candy, black rubber legs, any dry flies)..

If you've not tried for them before, focus on the ones head down and tailing im the mud. Ones cruising around are more difficult to entice, but I've only caught one ever so I'm no expert. If you can put a nymph in their path as they're feeding, that seems to work best. These are spooky fish and if you line one, it'll not only scurry off, but emit a "danger" scent that usually scares off all the rest of the lot. The one I caught was on a hares ear that I put on its nose and after about 10 seconds, it turned and broke me off instantly (5x). I never use anything less than 3x now. I think they can see mono, so stick with fluoro for leader/tippet and resist the habit of wetting knots in your mouth (that water is just filthy). I've seen them chase stripped flies too , but none have tried to eat it. If you do hook one, they're heavy fish and althought they don't take line, they're worthy adversaires when hooked (trying to land them). My buddy has caought them using san juan worms.

Good luck, mate. Keep me posted on your success. Time of day doesn't seem to matter so I fish midday so I can see them.
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