Video: How to Make an Emergency Mulberry Fly Kit

Video: How to Make an Emergency Mulberry Fly Kit

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While carp may have a reputation for being dumb vacuum cleaners that eat anything on the bottom, if you talk to a devout carp fly angler, he’ll tell you that’s a total load of BS. By and large, these fish are notoriously picky, and, considering they have a tremendous sense of smell and an ultra-sensitive mouth, it doesn’t take much more than a hint of human odor on a bug, or a teeny taste of a metal hook, to make them spit and bolt. The exception to this snobbery, however, is during a mulberry “hatch.”

In early to mid-summer, mulberry trees produce fruit, and if you find a tree with limbs overhanging a lake or river shoreline, there’s a good chance you’ll find a pile of carp posted up below, waiting for a breeze to knock a few tasty berries into the drink. When it does, these fish lose all inhibition, racing over to suck these morsels off the surface like trout gorging on mayflies.

Now, you could keep a stash of mulberry flies handy for just such an occasion. You can find them tied with a variety of materials, from spun deer hair, to craft pom-poms, to packed foam strips. If you’re lucky, you’ll have one that floats high, doesn’t get waterlogged, and makes the perfect mulberry “plop,” which is often what the carp key in on.

Or you could just carry what I call the “emergency mulberry kit.” It’s simple: Keep a cheap-O purple foam beer koozie, a small pair of scissors, and some loose scud hooks in your fly pack. When you find berry sippers, cut and shape out of the koozie a pattern that matches the size of the real fruit, thread it on a hook, and plop it right in front of an eager snout. To be completely honest, while I’ve tried dozens of mulberry patterns, none have been as effective as a simple piece of koozie foam.

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June 20, 2017 at 06:50PM

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