Video Tuesday Tip: The Basics of Catching Carp on a Fly

Carp fishing, while available to nearly anyone close to home, is not easy. It’s challenging, which is why people love them so much (in addition to the fact that they fight like demons.) To help you with your carp-fishing techniques, we’ve made a short video on the basics of fly fishing for carp. Hope you enjoy it.


These fish are hard to fool and tough to land.
Photo courtesy Tom Rosenbauer

2 thoughts on “Video Tuesday Tip: The Basics of Catching Carp on a Fly”

  1. You got me convinced. We have carp and buffalo in the Lower Illinois River in eastern Oklahoma. Caught a couple of buffalo which are similar to carp. Good fighters. Great video Tom!

  2. I hooked a carp accidentally. I was pitching an olive colored Wolly bug for bass on a local river. I drifted it down and a carp from no where smashed it. I set the hook. I was using an automatic fly rod with no backing. The carp took all the line and broke the reel. I never landed that one. A week later in the same spot I was trying to catch a carp on purpose. Regular fly reel with backing. I threw everything I had until I got to a leach pattern. There was interest in it. A carp moved at it and then turned away. So I put it back out there and drifted the leach straight to a carp. It rose from the bottom. I saw lips. The fight was on. He took me to the backing. But I won. I landed him. He wasn’t a monster. But bigger than any bass I’d ever caught. I’ve tried a few times since with no luck. This video will help me improve. Thank you.

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