First Carp of the Year
I recently went to Clinton Lake to chase some carp for the first time this year and didn't come up disappointed at all. I saw a ton of fish and hooked into three and landed one. Most fish were between 5 feet to as little as 6 inches of water along the dam face. I will admit my largest problem was getting my fly stuck in the rip rap and I lost several flies and even more opportunities. To solve this I started using a hopper/dropper style which kept the fly elevated above the rocks. Once I switched to that I had much more interest from the carp and even had a few drum take interest. The only problem after was an almost immediate spit prior to gaining the hook set. Further, of the three I caught one broke my line, the other came free after a few minutes and the final I ended up catching a tad deeper water with a wooly bugger. It was great fun and I cannot wait to catch more in the coming weeks. I think I am going to try more hopper/dropper style rigs and may tie up some with circle hooks to reduce misses. Also for those wanting a fast/good time with carp and cats, feeders are on at Clinton.