and lost it all in the span of about 10 seconds. Carp lovers don't get too excited. I am not sure if I loved it or not but I will say it was interesting. As apparently is the story of my life currently, work has kept me from tying and fishing. I have been busy which has left little time to do anything else. I had off for once on Tuesday, 08/02/11, and I had a look at the weather. Wednesday looked like it would be raining, which it did, so I decided to head out for a couple of hours Tuesday evening. I decided to go back to the Monocacy River. Shocker I know right?? Anyways, I settled on working a small run while the wife and youngest played on the play equipment at the park.
I worked my way down the run without much success. This area is easily accessed and therefore sees a lot of fishing pressure. On the far side of the run close to the far bank there is a rock wall and a "deep" hole. This area usually produces red eyed rocks, smallies and long ears. Last year this spot produced my biggest smallie of the year. The last few outings where I have gone here I have actually hooked up with some catfish. I made my way across the river and got in a nice position to cast to this spot. I started picking up long ears and one red eyed rock on the Monocacy Bumble Bee here. As I was casting, I happened to look down and out about 7 feet from when. I noticed a rather large white object making its way up the river. I then started to see puffs of dirt come off the bottom. I knew it was a carp. I stripped in my line and decided to try a white Road Kill Nymph. Here is when I screwed myself so to speak. I use a bastardized version of the improved clinch knot to tie my flies to my tippet. My tippet was rather rough looking so I of course didn't replace it. As I tied the Road Kill on instead of doing the usual 15 or so wraps around I only managed to do four. I don't know why. I think maybe it was carp fever not that much of a difference from buck fever for you hunters out there. I know I rushed and I remember saying to myself that there was no way this knot was going to hold and then convincing myself it would work. I threw it out right in front of the carp. I stripped it once and watched my line rocket down and up river. I knew I had the carp. The problem became that as soon as I put pressure on the line, it broke and the carp swam off. This all occurred in less than ten seconds. I watched as the carp swam up stream turning on its side to try and get the fly out of its mouth. I just sat there and watched and thought to myself "Laziness cost you the fish!"
I tied on another white Road Kill Nymph. I short while later I managed to hook and land a decent sized catfish. As soon as the fly hit the water, he took it and ran. I was quite surprised to see it was a cat. It did put up one hell of a fight. I worked him back across the river and then up the river until I could find a place to beach him for a photo. I might have gotten a new camera for work but I am not taking it out with me. So, these photos were taken by my cell phone camera. Eventually I will get a camera for use on the water but until then.....sorry for the crappy photos. I ended the night with 14 long ears, 2 smallies, 1 red eyed rock and 1 catfish. Most caught on the Monocacy Bumble Bee.