Carp as Fly Fishing Favorite

Initially brought to North America in the 1800s as a food source, the common carp soon became a red-headed stepchild to fly fishers in the US. However, in most of the rest of the world, as Kirk Deeter points out (equating carp fishing with soccer) they are a prized game fish. “A staggering amount of money is spent on carp angling,” he writes. “But here in America, it’s just starting to catch on.” American anglers are finally coming around to see the allure of chasing carp, says Chris Santella in a recent New York Times article, due to their fight, intelligence, and challenge presented.

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