By Chris Patnode
NOTE: This article reflects is a change of location for this outing.
If you’ve never caught a carp on a fly rod, you’re missing a fun fight. They are tricky to catch, but if you know the right techniques, flies, and skills, you will get a memorable catch.
Join FWFF members at 7 a.m. Saturday, July 1, as Chris Patnode leads a Carp 101 at the Nolan River just south of the town of Blum. We will meet at the Conoco gas station in Blum, 114 S. Avenue C, to discuss tactics, gear up, and then drive closer to the river.
on’t be late! We need to get on the water and not waste time. Expect a walk of 20-30 minutes getting to fishing locations. Bring a walking stick, bug spray, sun protection, water, etc. Be ready for a fun day of fishing.
The Nolan River has a variety of species beside carp: smallmouth buffalo, panfish, bass, catfish, and spotted gar. Recommended rods are 6- to 8-weight with floating line. Leaders should be 0x or stronger (15-pound test). Consider using fluorocarbon tippet for increased clarity and abrasion resistance.
For flies, small, lightweight freshwater Clouser, Egan’s Headstand, Montana Hybrid, Jan’s Carp Tickler, Elk Hair Caddis. For the other species of fish, use your normal bass and panfish flies.
As for apparel, expect it to be hot, so wet wading (no waders) is the way to go, with wading shoes or lightweight boots, neutral color fishing shirt (no bright colors), polarized glasses, buff, hat with dark colored brim. Additional recommendations: wading staff, water for hydration, large net, and sunscreen!.
Keep up with any changes between now and July 1 by watching our website, Facebook page and your email. You can also join our club’s group chat using the GroupMe app. Or you can reach me at: Chris Patnode, 817-819-5510. Hope to see you then!