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Carp Defined
By: Mark Bachmann
Carp
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

Fly Fishing For Carp In Oregon
By: Pete Gadd
Want something different? We live in a  mecca for freshwater fly fishing in this region. We have it all. Sometimes we want  something different, other than the trout or steelhead, especially if  you don’t feel like driving very far or you live in the city, or you have to baby sit in two hours and can't drive to the Deschutes.
Carp are everywhere in the Columbia and Willamette basin.  They make for a great game fish if you have the patience. They do not come easy, or fast and furious. If you can cast accurately you can catch them.
Remember, carp are more scent feeders than visual feeders so you must be able to drop the fly in front of their nose from five to fifty feet. Fly speed varies from day to day, figure out what they want, and most importantly don’t get discouraged. You will get more refusals than takes; they can act like the most selective spring creek trout on any  given day. The key to catching carp is being able to see the take. You most likely never will feel it. I have witnessed carp inhale my fly from a foot away. You want to be able to cast within a foot of there nose, and this often isn’t close enough.  The fish best targeted, I have found, are tailers (fish that are rooting) or solitary slow cruisers. Fish cruising at a slow walking speed seems to be the easiest to catch. The fish actually seem to quiver when they want your fly.
Fly choice is anywhere from San Juan worms to hares ear rubber legged nymphs. Idylewilde fly company makes some awesome flies as well! Your tackle should be a six weight or a seven weight  rod' a nine foot leader or longer tapering down to a 2x or so, and a reel with a solid drag. these fish will put you in your backing more times than not.
Remember that carp are larger than your average trout. Larger carp can run longer distances. Outfits used for bonefish and redfish are ideal. Long range casting accuracy is a priority.

Carp Bait
This is my small bait fish imitation that
designed for carp. I used to poach a few golf
course ponds that had carp in them and the
carp would cruise the edges and pick off
the mosquito fish that were put in to control
mosquitos.
This fly is designed to get down in a hurry
and be striped in short bursts to cruising carp.

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SIG1070 Hogan's Carp Bait 6 3 for $5.85

Hogan's Carp Daddy
Carp love Cray fish. This is a baby crayfish
pattern designed to be fished to tailing or
cuising carp. This pattern fishes best for
fish that are cruising rocky bottoms or
mudding in mud flats or banks

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SIG1071 Hogan's Carp Daddy 6 3 for $5.85

Hogan's TW Carp Fly
This is my thin water carp fly. I came up with this fly to fish for fish that are cruising
shallow water not necesarily tailing. These
fish are usually much spookier than tailing
fish and heavily weighted flies usually will
spook these fish.
I pick a fish towards the outside back of the
pod and cast about 5’ infront of him so
when I began my retrieve I pulling at a 90
degree angle away from the fish. I let the fly
sit and then as the fish approaches pull
away from the fish. Usually the fish will
either jump on the fly or follow it and then
eat or return to the pod.

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SIG1082 Hogan's TW Carp Fly 6 3 for $5.85

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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