Carp, like all white fish, have long been neglected, if not downright despised by fly fishermen. One would be lost in conjecture to try to elucidate why, but it is certainly an injustice. Of all the inhabitants of fresh water, the carp is certainly one of the most evolved. They rely heavily on the delicate touch of their lips and a highly developed sense of smell to select their food. It is also a fish that is easily paranoid when surfacing or skirting the edges. For these reasons in particular, it is often a difficult fish to catch on the fly.
There are, however, excellent reasons for wanting to tackle this difficulty. First of all, it must be said that salmonid populations are in bad shape in France. The cyprin population is in better shape, these fish can tolerate warmer and less oxygenated waters, and their diet is more varied. On the other hand, almost all carp fishermen release their catches, which they take good care of. Carp are therefore relatively abundant. And these are fish that have the good taste to grow to impressive sizes. A carp of ten kilos is not exceptional. And what kilos! At the same weight, only salmon, which is basically a sea fish, can compete. The carp is a tough and powerful fighter, with great tactical skills: it knows how to make the slightest obstacle work in its favour. Anyone who takes up the challenge of tracking large cyprin can expect to have a memorable fight.
You have to have walked the shallow beaches of the lakes in summer, looking for schools of marauding carp, you have to have placed your nymph with precision, hooked it at the appearance of the caudal, felt the power and the weight at the brutal start of the first rush, to understand why the carp has been nicknamed the bonefish of fresh water... In sight nymph or dry fly, the carp is clearly a very big sport fish.
Let's take a look at how to select the ideal rod components for this fascinating stalk.
The right blank for fishing must be capable of performances that are difficult to combine. On the one hand, you need a rod that excels at casting. Fish are not always at close range, and you have to be able to present a heavy nymph accurately to hope to fool them. But once a fish has been correctly cast and the fight is on, the rod needs to show great authority in the face of a powerful fighter who systematically looks for obstacles, and will therefore often have to be bridled in force.
RedNeck F866-4 #6
8'6 4pcs Soie #8
9' 4 pcs soie #10