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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Carp on the White Zimmermans Backstabber

Cottonwood fluff  is all around now.  You know, the white fuzzy stuff floating in the air, floating on the surface of your favorite bass pond, and most of all, getting your reels guncked up with white cotton.  Most bass fisherman hate this time of year due to that fact.  However there is one individual that loves the stuff.  Carp!

They just love skimming the surface vacuuming  up the white fuzz. Its not uncommon to witness pods of carp just wallowing and sucking up cottonwood, their funny toothless mouths wide open, hoovering up the white fuzz.  Of course this is the time also to start throwing Cottonwood top water flies if you dare.  I like to tie up a foam parachute with white hackle for my Cottonwood flies.  The fly floats high and I can see the white parachute better than just an all white hackle.   You can see an image of that fly  here.  I have to honest and say, its freaking hard to catch them on a Cottonwood dry fly and when I have no luck doing that, I switch to my backup plan.  A white Zimmerman Backstabber.

This guy turned and followed the fly to the bottom of the pond before sucking in the fly.  That's the thing with this type of fly. The initial splash will often times get their attention and the action of the marabou really makes them want to bite. I have seen carp take the Backstabber as it falls through the water column. 
After a bit your fly kinda of gets beat up. But even then the fly continues to produce.  


I did run into this guy while out hunting carp.  A nice 5 foot or so Bull snake just hunting along the shore with me.  

Lonny

11 comments:

  1. Very nice Lonny again! I had so much cottonwood seed on the water the other day as I mentioned but these fish prefer the midges early in the morning. However, that white Back Stabber is just too promising! Another fly to tie and use soon!

    Gregg

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    1. Gregg, I love those flies. So easy to tie and they just stand up to lots of abuse by the carp. I am sold!

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    1. Thank you e.m.b. I appreciate that as your have some close ties to the creator of 'the fly'!

      What is your favorite color combo?

      Lonny

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    2. I've always been partial to the grey minnow...

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    3. Nice, is there a pic somewhere out there? I would like to tie up a few and give them a try.

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    4. It's the top right:
      http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1170&bih=612&tbm=isch&tbnid=nDlsOW_UN7KpZM:&imgrefurl=http://coloradoflyfishingreports.blogspot.com/2009/06/best-fly-to-use-for-carp-zimmermans.html&docid=LVH4APpuSmpkVM&imgurl=http://bp1.blogger.com/_oLBza3Pgj9U/SIPyi0DR-tI/AAAAAAAAAB8/_9tXxKEN3yY/s400/IMGP0110.JPG&w=400&h=300&ei=lwa4T6r8LYWy8QTphMSbCg&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=527&sig=103646190128904883450&page=1&tbnh=130&tbnw=173&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:14,s:0,i:105&tx=60&ty=65

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    5. Perfect, thank you e.m.b. I will tie some up and try them out. I bet they will!

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  3. OK, see the white parachute in the picture now, thanks that looks like just the ticket. Missed it when you originally posted it a while back. Is that CDC around the post or hackle?

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  4. Trevor, its just white hackle. I was using the fly two days ago, tossing it right on the edge of a natural pillow of cottonwood, but I wasnt able to hook up as the carp would just push the fly away. I think with a bit more practice I can get them to hook up. Being able to predict their movement is key as the floating line really spooks them. Let me know if you have any luck.
    Lonny

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