Although fishing with flies is most popular with trout and salmon anglers we also find carp fly fishing and fly fishing of an even tougher variety amongst deep and saltwater fishermen and women. Fly fishing for carp is not your average sport because there is nothing which is average about these fish.
It’s all about spotting the fish first and for this reason the correct tackle is required. The rod has to be able to make an accurate cast from 3 to 15 meters so the type of rod used is probably the most important piece of equipment. These fishermen have to be accurate and fast so a graphite rod of a 6 ‘ 8 weight which is between 8’6′ and 9’ is ideal.
It should have a medium tip and good backbone in the butt. The 9 foot rod would be a better choice if the water where you fish is snaggy and the carp weigh between 16 and 25 pounds.
A hard rod will not give an accurate cast and a soft rod will not stand up to the fighting vigor of a carp. They have a reputation for being notoriously dirty fighters, but this is obviously the reason why anglers enjoy fishing for carp, it definitely isn’t the delicate flavor.
Exposed rim reels of the larger variety are the best reels to use and this energetic and tricky fish will give the reel a workout. It needs to have disk drags, and approximately 150 m of backing line. Fly fishing for carp will see the reel’s maximum capacity put to use at times.
Micron or Dacron line of a 9kg or 20lb weight is best, push this up to 30lbs for snaggy waters. Use a 10 pound tip, tapered leader and get a feel for the amount of additional tippet you require. They are not that choosy about flies as carp are traditionally insect eaters, but experts find that they are easy to catch with wooly buggers of all the different colors, muddler minnows, Daves hoppers, and many more.
Because fly fishing for carp is about speed and accuracy, it is essential to wear polarized sunglasses. The brown or amber variety are recommended as these create contrast, while still completely blocking out glare off the water. But these lenses are recommended for all types of fishing and as this particular sport is about spotting the fish first, you won’t have much luck if you can’t see what is going on in the water.