Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Catching carp on the fly in the winter? It just can't be true

Written by Brian P. Shepherd

As an economics graduate student years back, I spent a lot of time studying the theoretical underpinnings and mathematical reasons for various economic assumptions and why they hold true, ceteris paribus.  Conversely, I spent an equal amount of time studying the reasons why these various economic assumptions do not hold true (yes, that is a contradiction, we are talking about economics after all).  Before listing off any number of economist jokes, my point here is to introduce the idea of conventional wisdom.  As in economics, life in general, and fly fishing for carp (you knew that was coming), we all have a number of assumptions about what we expect to happen based on previous observation or experience.

As it relates to fly fishing for carp, the conventional wisdom holds that it is doggone near impossible to catch carp (on the fly or other methods) when the temperatures drop and stay low for months on end. This assumption, admittedly, is fairly reasonable to a certain degree, however it is somewhat misleading.  I would be so bold as to say that catching carp on the fly in the winter time is, simply put, only slightly more challenging than during the warmer months.  It is far from impossible.  You want proof?  Look at the graph from my carp log below.  The pictures might help too.

In my next post, I will give you my top ten tips for catching carp on the fly in the cold winter months, though given the weather here in Colorado lately, the tips may not be useful to you until next winter.

No, this is not the Denver South Platte.
Yes, 12 months in a row of carp on the fly!

Recycled from earlier post but how often do you see carp and snow in the same picture?

Forrest Gump pose.

Loving that baby craw nymph.

Is winter over?  Only time will tell...

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