Breaded Carp

or, a Bread Fly for Carp.

ok, bread isn’t a natural food source for animals but a lot of them like it. a lot.
as far as our scaled friends are concerned, whether they find access to it because people like to toss bread crumbs in urban lakes and ponds for ducks or whatever other creatures that might be in there, or if crumbs are used to lure them in by fishers, they somehow find it irresistible so it makes all the sense in the world to use bread imitations even if those imitations don’t look in the least bit like bread… but that’s another story in itself i suppose.

so, today’s nifty tying tutorial by Yuu Cadowachi shows us how to tie a nifty crumb. accessible to tiers of all levels and requiring few materials, the usual variants such as not adding weight or varying colours and sizes should put you in the right ballpark for your local fish. lastly, carp aren’t the only fish that enjoy bread. mullet, catfish, bream and even trout (and i’m sure i’m missing out on a whole slew of other species) can all think it’s a tasty snack so having a few of these patterns stashed away might come in handy even if these species aren’t usually at the top of your list. enjoy !

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 !