Hatches 2010: Dumpster Diving by Alex Cerveniak

Magazine — By on July 1, 2010 9:17 am

There’s an age-old question: What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? I don’t know much about physics, but I do know is that when you combine the two, you get a carp.

Whoever named the common carp obviously never did battle with one, because they fight in a way that is anything but common. I’ll never forget the first time I felt the power of these fish, on a muddy stream in upstate New York. That first fish bulldozed its way into my backing and spun my reel handle out of control, beating chunks of skin from my knuckles. That painful encounter marked the beginning of a new obsession in my fly fishing life.

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  1. Andrew O'F says:

    I hate the title of this article,implying that the old stereotype is true – that these fish are garbage or trash fish. The author and editors should know better.

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  2. FlynArrowFlinger says:

    OH Jeeze!! Lighten up!! A Rose is a rose is a rose….dude! And for the record…these are very destructive non-native fish. They destroy a lot of native habitat for native fish. I enjoy catching them on a fly and letting them go, but on the same hand I’ll kill everyone I see when I’m bowfishing…..but I’ll leave gar alone because they are native.

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