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Carp on the Two-Hander

I know this may sound like blasphemy to some people, but I wanted to share some pictures that I have of it. All of these fish were taken on a swung fly. I know sounds hard to believe, but when conditions are right carp will chase down a fly. The flies that I use range from crayfish imitations to Clouser Minnows. The lines that I use include skagit lines with any thing from type 3 15ft. tips to 20ft. of T-14, to AFS heads with poly leaders.




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That's awesome! Those are some real fatties too.
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This is very cool.

I tried catching carp last season and so far I don't any luck

Can you please post pictures of your fly patterns

Good luck
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Carp on the swing??? That is sweet!
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Ya-hoo!

Some exceptional "Bugle Trout" there. I second (or third) the request for more info.. patterns, sizes, timing, and tactics. The whole enchilada, por favor.

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Blasphemy Slasphemy. There's no shame in the "whale with scales". Those are some beauties.
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dry fly fishing them with bread balls on the surface!
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Here are some of the flies that I use.

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The tan, rubber legged, bead heads in the top right of the fly box looks identical to my favourite carp fly. I've copied it many times from two that I bought years ago somewhere -- totally forgot where -- and what the fly was called. Do you have a name/source?

I've since done it in olive as well so that I can fish the appropriate colour for the water conditions.

I've only targeted carp with the swung fly a few times and I didn't care for the results even though I caught some. I've also hooked carp and occasionally big suckers while swinging for smallies. Most of my carp are caught while stalking and sight fishing, using a single hander. The accurate, close ranged casts needed aren't suitable for a two hander.

So, are you fishing blind for carp when swinging?

Here's one of my first carp caught in '98 or '99, on a two hander (actually a switch I made from a 10' 6" Lamiglas blank). It was caught on a Partridge and Orange of all things . . .
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The tan, rubber legged, bead heads in the top right of the fly box looks identical to my favourite carp fly. I've copied it many times from two that I bought years ago somewhere -- totally forgot where -- and what the fly was called. Do you have a name/source?

I've since done it in olive as well so that I can fish the appropriate colour for the water conditions.

I've only targeted carp with the swung fly a few times and I didn't care for the results even though I caught some. I've also hooked carp and occasionally big suckers while swinging for smallies. Most of my carp are caught while stalking and sight fishing, using a single hander. The accurate, close ranged casts needed aren't suitable for a two hander.

So, are you fishing blind for carp when swinging?

Here's one of my first carp caught in '98 or '99, on a two hander (actually a switch I made from a 10' 6" Lamiglas blank). It was caught on a Partridge and Orange of all things . . .
The name of that fly is the Rubber Leg Squirrel Nymph from Umpqua.

I am sight fishing when I am swinging for the carp. I do agree that single handers are better suited for carp. Of the over 400 I landed this past year, 75% where landed using a single hander.
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Hey, you're in my spot(I think)
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That is a beautiful thing

We pull weighted cray fish / wooly buggers across the bottom but your way sounds like way more fun.
Thanks for the heads up.
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The name of that fly is the Rubber Leg Squirrel Nymph from Umpqua.

I am sight fishing when I am swinging for the carp. I do agree that single handers are better suited for carp. Of the over 400 I landed this past year, 75% where landed using a single hander.
Thanks for the name, bit of a mouthful, I was hoping for 'carp killer'.

Your water looks to be a lot clearer than mine, so you'd be seeing them farther out. I'm almost stepping on them before they're visible (not really, but it seems that way). A two-hander on my water is a clumsy thing at my usual ranges.

Here's my last one on a two hander. The water colour is clear compared to what I normally encounter.
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Cool - thanks for posting the pics
Have taken a number of carp on single handers and dragonfly nymphs when growing up in Africa - did not know about doublehanders back then but could think of a number of situations where they might have worked
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