March 2, 2012

Big Meat

Landing Strip
Now THIS, is a Lake Michigan carp fly, the John Holmes of carp flies. The Landing Strip proved me well out on the flats of Lake Michigan and Beaver Island, mimicking a round goby, the forage of choice. The fly also managed to put me on some carp and smallmouth here in Minnesota too, likely representing a sculpin, frog, or juvenile smallmouth. Those smallies are indeed cannibals. Careful around those pike too, as I've had a few of these bit off by those toothy critters. Better use a wire leader in esox country.

Landing Strip
Yes, that fly really is four inches long, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. And yes, carp do eat flies that big. Big carp.