March 2, 2012
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.
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.