8.22.2012

Upping the Ante

So far the bamboo fly slinger has landed many awesome fish. Trout, gills, largemouth, and smallmouth all have fallen victim to the boo.

I felt the need to be different and to add some "less glamorous" fish to the line up. The one I was most excited for was a carp. It seemed to be the most fitting species as the rod is a true piece of art and a result of one man's blood sweat and tears. It could be said, and I am sure that some do, that the rod is one of the purest types of fly rods in the sport of fly fishing.

My goal was to tarnish that purity and the carp was the fish that I felt would do it best.

With my mission in hand, I went out and did just that - I landed the first carp that fly rod had seen. It is officially dirty.

Since I already accomplished my goal, what was left for me? Should I send it on to the next guy? Go catch more carp?

All good ideas that I will do over the next week, but what I wanted was to further expand the smearing of purity.

What I wanted was a fish that, like carp, had a reputation as a trash fish. I wanted to up the ante a bit though and find a fish that had a mouth full of wicked teeth, a bad attitude, aggressive nature, and deemed to be evil by some.

I went out in search of that very fish and officially upped the ante. Welcome the newest species to fall victim to THE bamboo fly rod.

Say hello to Mr. Bowfin
© 2012, BrookFieldAngler

18 comments:

  1. This bamboo fly rod has to be a work of art to handle the runs of a wild carp---a job well done. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Nice! Looks like you're giving the rod a pretty good workout.

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  3. Where might you be fishing for Bowfin at? Missouri Boothill by chance?

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    1. Nope...a backwater area of the Des Plaines River about 40 minutes out of Chicago

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  4. NICE!!! I love it when people push the limits of their equipment. It reveals just how good the stuff really is. And this rod is standing up to everything being thrown at it.

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    1. I completely agree! This rod is impressively capable

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  5. Carp have become kind of glamorous to some people and while I'm sure glad the rod stood up to that kind of power, I think the bowfin is a real nice touch. Best I could do was get bird poop on the case.

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    1. They are starting to come around in reputation. I thought the bowfin would be a nice touch. There are still a couple of species I would like to add to the list if I can. One I have caught plenty of...the other I have never caught on the fly.

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  6. Impressive!
    As the "next guy", I say go for it and fish for some carp! I'd hate for you to not be able to utilize the rod until you have had it the full time.
    Brian

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    1. I'm just getting it warmed up for you!

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    2. Sounds great! I'll need all the warming up I can get considering how my fishing year has gone so far!
      I am really looking forward to fish with this rod!
      Brian

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    3. It will take you a few minutes to get used to it, but once you do, it is generally a pleasure to fish.

      Just make sure that you really lock the reel down. The feet on the reel seem to be a hair to big for the reel seat. Whoever ends up with it, will probably want to grind them down a bit to make them fit better.

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  7. carp and bowfin... Illinois is turning that bamboo into a real slut!

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  8. Wow, nice fish! You don't see too many of those being caught.

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    1. Unfortunately, many of the times that do hear about it, the angler usually kills the fish due to misidentification as a snakehead or other form of ignorance.

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