think BIG !

more for the novelty aspect rather than the finished result or the method, here’s a parachute dry fly intended for carp on a size 2 circle hook. yes, a size 2 circle hook. carp parachutecontrary to what a lot might think, our big slimy friends do come up to the surface to feed on insects and it’s a very fun way to catch them.

so if you’re going after these big slimy fish it might be a good idea to have a few of these flies in your (very big) fly box. as noted in the video and a practical issue that immediately jumps to mind is floatation issues with such a heavy hook, specially if there’s any kind of wind or current. at first we might think that this hook size is overkill but the two carp above photographed last summer had me cautiously underestimating the bigger (top) fish at over 20kg. i still haven’t managed to catch it…
back to the fly: at this level of unsightliness… i can’t imagine it would hurt to add one more hackle around the post and  hackles with the stiffest fibers should help a lot to hold up the half bottle of floatant needed to keep this on the surface. soaking it in Permafloat or similar other permanent waterproofing liquids after tying it should do the trick !

here’s the beast, enjoy !

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meet Mr. 20+

” Mr. 20+, these are my readers, say hi  ! “

20+ kilos is 44+ lbs.
his mate in the foreground is at least 15 kilos and the both of them are just below my window just about every morning waiting for the baguette-breakfast i give them.
now, this is both fantastic and horrible at the same time. a while back i managed to catch, land and of course release ! a 22 lbs carp and although it’s no record, it’s quite an exceptional fish.
ever since, i’ve been wanting to beat that personal best quite badly. it’s not like i’m after records but i’m in serious need of a good tug right now…  ;D
anyway, i have been out a dozen or so times to try to temp it with artificial ‘bread flies’ but they don’t get that big by being dumb so, so far it’s a no-go. no problems there, that’s all part of the fun but there’s other issues. if i manage to hook and fight the beast, the only possibility to release it properly is to net it first and lift it to the bank (this is in town and the banks are a little wall). this net needs to be ridiculously strong, something the commercial nets i’ve been checking out don’t seem to be. sounds like it’s time to start planning a custom home-made job that’ll live up to this quest.
off to the hardware store !