The ever present rain has finally decided to go on hiatus leaving hellishly hot weather in it's place. It seems like I just can't get any sort of ''ideal" fishing weather for any substantial amount of time. That being said, I put on the sunscreen, grabbed my dink around four weight and headed to one of my favorite drainage creeks with the intention of chasing some Gar. I had some Maui and rigged up with the classic Dragon Slayer and walked down to a plunge pool under a pipe running across the stream. Gar were piled up everywhere and it wasn't long before I lost count of how many I landed. I don't mess around with rope flies or anything like that... I simply use 1X ARC flouro and set it through their bony jaws. This means that I have to get down near their tooth filled mouths with a stubby pair of forceps to unhook them, so needless to say I got a bit scratched up and decided to move down stream in search of some different species.
I walked down a bit and saw no signs of anything actively feeding except a couple of Buffalo and a Drum which I proceeded to spook with a botched cast. The grassies were extremely prevalent for some reason today. Usually I don't even take the time to cast to them due to their stubborn tendencies but I noticed a group of three or so cruising very close to the top of the water column. I approached them slowly and dropped a cast way closer to the lead fish than I intended. Immediately when the fly hit the water the Grass Carp rose up and inhaled it. I set up and he went airborne then proceeded to rip my four weight line and about 10 yards of backing off in his first run. I retrieved line and ended up landing the fish after about 20 minutes. I was pretty stoked to say the least.
All in all it was a good afternoon. I saw only five or six tailing Carp which is extremely weird for this time of year... Even weirder is the fact that each one of them was extremely picky. Usually the Carp in this section of creek are easily fooled. Water is now low, clear, and ridiculously warm. I guess it could be worse though...