I know... priorities.
Oh, I love me some trout. Trout fishing is my passion--it started it all for me. Cold, clean water meandering through a backcountry meadow in the middle of nowhere ... that's Heaven's doorstep in my book. But carp ... well... carp pull hard.
I've given this a lot of thought. And I think it boils down to that. I've never had a trout take me to my backing. Carp expose my backing regularly.
|Better test your backing knot|
But carp water... most years around here, the persistent fly fisher can get on carp as early as mid-April, if we can get a couple of warm days in a row.
In addition to opportunity, carp in this corner of the world are truly unique. In a landlocked state with no salty shores to readily visit, carp offer fresh water's best answer to saltwater fly fishing. I've done my share of salty casting lately--I'm basically addicted to it, largely because of the challenge and the fact that I have so much room for improvement. Carp offer a salty fix without ever leaving Idaho. Or having to mess with sharks.
|Salty ... without the salt|
So, continue to discount carp at your own fishing peril. No, they're not much to look at, and the grip-and-grin at the end of a battle is a little underwhelming. But the take, the fight and the experience of it all--especially when the backcountry is still cold and foreboding--make the carp a worthy fish to pursue.