My story on fly fishing for carp (and those pesky largemouth bass) using cicada flies ran in Sunday’s Roanoke Times.
By the time I hit the lake, a week ago today, the droning of the cicadas at the lower end of Smith Mountain Lake was already fading. It’s quieting down throughout the Brood II hatch zone.
While I haven’t been back to the lake to confirm this, I suspect the fish that have been feeding on cicadas are still looking up. Can anyone confirm?
A caller who read the piece mentioned another good “hatch” that can trigger carp feeding — falling mulberries. I’ve heard of that before. Has anyone fished under a mulberry bush?
Whatever you use to fool them, be it dough balls, corn or worms, carp are worthy fighters probably deserving of more of our attention. I still can’t bring myself to eat one, though.