Photos of the Day: Big Carp, Nicknames, and Optical Illusions


Orvis copywriter John Van Vleet shows off a carp that bottomed out his 15-pound Boga Grip.
Photo by Shawn Combs

Orvis copywriter John Van Vleet (a.k.a. “JVV”)—the guy who actually writes the fly-fishing catalog—caught this brute while fishing with rod designer Shawn Combs (a.k.a. “Diddy”) over the summer. According to all parties involved, this beast put up a heck of a fight.


JVV demonstrates the “arm’s length effect” for increasing the size of your catch.
Photo by Shawn Combs

2 thoughts on “Photos of the Day: Big Carp, Nicknames, and Optical Illusions”

  1. Cool. You folks at Orvis have way too much fun. Seriously!

    Why does no one ever mention the pungent aroma of this fish? Is it that only East TN carp smell?

  2. Wow, I’m envious! I landed my first Mirror Carp the other day, it was about 24 inches, nothing compared to that monster you guys caught, congrats!

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