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


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