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Headed out for some Carp today on a nearby stream. First day I've seen them really actively feeding. Seems like winter may finally be over! Saw about 20 carp, many inaccessibly due to limbs and trees. Managed to hook 3, landed 2. The first hookup was gorgeous, my dream carp experience. I saw a little pod of two carp mudding, heading upstream towards me. I silently crouched down, and flipped a trout slayer about 5 feet ahead of them and let it drift down. The one saw it immediately, and without hesitation inhaled it into a gaping white mouth. Last one was a nice one! I was in a really deep pool, and could just barely see his shadow. I cast 10 feet in front of him, waiting for him to get near the fly. As he neared it, I saw him turn. I waited, and basically guessed when to set the hook, because it was too deep to see. I got really lucky and hooked him! I was using Trout Slayer, and on the last one, a fly called the "Fleeing Crayfish", with a trimmed tail.

The landing job is sketchy. As you can notice, the net was too small.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VBqI2LMFFI

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That's a lot of fun on light tackle. I sight fish several every summer in a local creek while I'm catching catfish bait. On an ultralight and 4lb test any size carp is a workout! I just use a 1/100 ounce jighead with a piece of a grub to catch my bait and the carp seem to love it also.

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