Craig Phillips (FlatsLanderCP)
2 - Good
Carp are starting to come off the spawn and move to the usual haunts. The water is crystal clear, and still a bit cool, so the fish are really spooky. They are also in slightly deeper water than in summer, but they will soon move up.
Right now, one of the most challenging ways for fly fishing for carp is under way - presenting dry flies to fish eating cottonwood seeds. Find a place where the seeds are falling on the water and look for fish sipping or grazing on them.
Try a size 10 or 12 dry fly, preferably white. If you tie, make some bivisible style flies tied with two white saddle hackles (save the Whiting grade one neck hackles for those little Colorado trout!). Use krystal flash for the tail and wing. White CDC flies will also work.
Use 6# (3x) tippet - no larger - and make your cast softly so the fly lands close to the feeding fish.
For cruisers (those not feeding, but visible near the surface) try a chartreuse or yellow woolly worm, size 6 or smaller.
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