I started my Fly fishing for Carp earlier this year, having recently had a visit to my 'local' carp water. Fish were a bit slow to feed on the surface and when they did so, they attempted to swipe at the dog biscuits to try and drown them. Previously, there has been little hesitation when they are feeding on dog biscuits and just open their mouths and suck the biscuit in. Not so this time. They were copying trout when they attack daddy long legs by swiping at the fly and returning to take the drowned insect. This is fine for traditional flies, perhaps, but the trouble with deer hair is that it sinks a little and then becomes waterlogged and the carp lose interest. I either had to squeeze the fly and dry it, or replace it with a new one.
I caught 4 Carp, the largest being about 10lb, the others about 6lb or 7lb. I hooked three others but they had other ideas about capture and were obviously not taken with the taste of deer hair, so we parted company quite amicably, although maybe not so much on my part.
I have not experienced this 'drowning the bait' aspect from Carp on previous visits so it was somewhat disappointing. I may have to revise my tying procedure for the deer hair bodies on the next batch.
I intend to re-visit the lake later in the summer. Hopefully the fish will be better clued up to surface fishing! I can only live in hope......