the summers best carp fly

This has been my go-to fly for the summer. Fast, easy to tie and because their thinly tied, they sink like a rock. Tied on a size 1, Daiichi 2151 this is a bigger fly than the picture may lead you to believe, they end up being about three inches.

My most common tie is brown with x-large lead eyes and pink or yellow accent but you can certainly mix things up. The thin tie combined with the heavy eyes does cause one problem though, carp often miss it. It seems to be so heavy with not enough materials that they cannot always hoover it off the bottom.

The only remedy we can find to this problem is using a short strip set when you see the take. The carp will often chase and make another attempt. To the carp it probably seems like a stubborn crawfish clinging to the bottom for dear life.

While we’ve never given this simple pattern a name, we have started calling them “pimps” or “carp pimp” for their bright accent colors.

Carp Pimp with materials in tying order:
Hook- Daiichi 2151 in size 1 (but you could certainly downsize)
Eyes- silver lead eyes
Tail- brown marabou
Body- tan yarn
Accent- pinch of marabou
Flash- one inch light blue tinsel just in front of accent
Collar- brown schlappen


Alex Landeen was part of Beaver Bash 2014 and the photos he took while on the island were incredible. I often start thinking that I’m really coming along as a photographer until I spend a day with a  pro like Alex.

In talking with Alex and reading his posts it becomes obvious that Beaver Island now holds a special place in his heart, as it does with most who spend any time here. This may be us guides favorite content on Beaver Island fishing and is well worth reading.

Below is a list of Alex’s posts and a small sample of photos:
The Boys of Summer
Six days of Beaver Island – A preview of things to come
Six Days of Beaver Island – Day one: Our People
Six Days of Beaver Island – Day two: The Island
Six Days of Beaver Island – Day three: Night Moves
Six Days of Beaver Island – Day four: The Fishes
Six Days of Beaver Island – Day five: The Gear
Six Days of Beaver Island – Day six: The End of the Beginning

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One Spot Left

The first outings in June were a huge hit. Evan just sent me an email to let me know that there is one spot left for one of the July outings.

The open spot is in Group 4 and the date is July 5-8. Please take a look at the site for more details or to contact Evan about joining the group.

As an added teaser I could mention that the fishing has been great and is still improving, so the timing for this outing could be perfect.

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As the number one co-host of Beaver Bash 2014, Cameron at The Fiberglass Manifesto wrote 7 in-depth posts about the outing, island and fishing. Below are links to Cam’s posts and the two photos are just a sample of the many that Cam has of the outing.

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6

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