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Backstabber, Olive


Backstabber, Wine
Carp Defined
By: Mark Bachmann
Carp are only recently regarded as sport fish in the fly fishing community. To most anglers they are not beautiful. Common Carp are close cousins to an indigenous specie in the Columbia Basin and most streams in the Pacific Northwest, the Course Scale Sucker, which is not held in very high regard by many fly fishers.
Yet, Carp are one of the most recently evolved family of fishes. Carp are held in high regard for their ability to adapt, and learn. They will test your skills.
The family Cyprinidae, from the Ancient Greek kyprînos (κυπρῖνος, "carp"), consists of the carps, the true minnows, and their relatives (for example, the Barbs, Barbels, Pacific Northwest Suckers, Chub, Shiners & Dace). Commonly called the carp family or the minnow family, its members are also known as cyprinids. It is the largest family of fresh-water fish, with over 2,400 species in about 220 genera. The family belongs to the order Cypriniformes, of whose genera and species the cyprinids make up two-thirds.

The common carp is a fish native to Eurasia which has been introduced to nearly every part of the world. The original common carp is thought to have originated from the delta of the Danube River. In that region it was domesticated at least 2,000 years ago.  Although this fish was initially kept as an exploited captive, it was later maintained in large, specially built ponds by the Romans in south-central Europe (verified by the discovery of common carp remains in excavated settlements in the Danube delta area). As aquaculture became a profitable branch of agriculture, efforts were made to farm these fish, and the culture systems soon included spawning and growing ponds.

The common carp's native range also extends to the Black Sea, Caspian Sea and Aral Sea. Both European and Asian subspecies have been domesticated. In Europe, domestication of carp as food fish was spread by Christian monks between the 13th and 16th centuries. The wild forms of carp had reached the delta of the Rhine in the twelfth century already, probably with some human help. Variants that have arisen with domestication include the mirror carp, with large mirror-like scales (linear mirror – scaleless except for a row of large scales that run along the lateral line; originating in Germany), the leather carp (virtually unscaled except near dorsal fin), and the fully scaled carp. Koi carp (錦鯉 (nishikigoi) in Japanese, 鯉魚 (pinyin: lĭ yú) in Chinese) is a domesticated ornamental variety that originated in the Niigata region of Japan in the 1820s. They also invaded the Great Lakes in 1896 when the area near Newmarket flooded and allowed them to escape into the Holland River. The history of carp farming is rampant with escapement. In most places in North America carp are considered an invasive specie. There is no management strategy in Oregon except occasionally, eradication. There are no imposed seasons or limits, yet populations are rampant.

Although they are very tolerant of most conditions, common carp prefer large bodies of slow or standing water and soft, vegetative sediments. A schooling fish, they prefer to be in groups of 5 or more. They naturally live in a temperate climate in fresh or slightly brackish water with a pH of 6.5–9.0 and salinity up to about 5‰, and temperatures of 3 - 35 °C, (37°F - 95°F). The ideal temperature is 23 - 30 °C, (73°F - 86°F), with spawning beginning at 17–18 °C; they will readily survive winter in a frozen over pond, as long as some free water remains below the ice. Carp are able to tolerate water with very low oxygen levels, by gulping air at the surface.
Common carp are omnivorous. They can eat a vegetarian diet of water plants, but prefer to scavenge the bottom for insects, crustaceans (including zooplankton),crawfish, and benthic worms.
IGFA All Tackle Record Common Carp: 75 lb. 11 oz., Leo van der Gugten, Lac de St. Cassien, France, 05/21/1987
Fly Rod World Record Common Carp:  42 lb., Paolo Pacchiarini, Annone Lake, Italy, 03/04/2002
Sources of data: Paradoxoff Planet, Wikipedia, IGFA

Backstabber Carp Flies By Jay Zimmerman
Jay Zimmerman has been tying flies and chasing carp since he was a child. Jay grew up in a log cabin in Ohio, learned to hunt squirrels from his mother and learned archery, marksmanship, and how to fly fish from his father. Jay worked as an archaeologist for the Toledo University Anthropology Department before graduating from high school and becoming an infantry paratrooper in the elite 82nd Airborne Division. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Jay worked as a commercial halibut fisherman out of Kodiak Island, Alaska. He later worked as a moose-hunting guide out of Galena, Alaska, and as a bear-hunting guide in Ontario, Canada. Jay worked construction for a time, both as a carpenter and with concrete before he fled to Colorado and the fly-fishing industry and has guided, taught casting, and fly tying classes, managed fly shops and is now a commercial fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and is currently employed by Charlie Craven at Charlie’s Fly Box in Arvada, Colorado

Backstabber, Olive
The Backstabber series, so named because the flies ride with the hook pointed up along the back of the fly, is meant to land softly and sink quickly to the bottom where carp do most of their feeding.

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17500 Backstabber Fly, Olive 6 3 for $14.85

Backstabber, Wine
This dark red variation of the Backstabber is both visible and unobtrusive at the same time.

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17504 Backstabber Fly, Wine 6 3 for $14.85

Rio Carp Fly Line

Combines a medium length head with a smooth front taper for a subtle presentation. Wary carp will not be spooked by either the presentation or the camo olive color of the line.
This may also be the ultimate line for New Zealand where trout are noted to be ultra spooky, and anglers often dye their lines olive color.
Having the perfect fly line for the situation provides an immense tactical advantage for any angler. The Rio Carp Line is the right line for spooky, cold water fishes in a variety of situations. Don't pass on this line for fishing spooky, back-eddy sippers when trout fishing.
Carp Line
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20880 Rio Carp Fly Line, Camo Olive Color WF5F $74.95
20881 Rio CarpLine, Camo Olive Color WF6F $74.95
20882 Rio CarpLine, Camo Olive Color WF7F $74.95
20883 Rio CarpLine, Camo Olive Color WF8F $74.95

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