Sunday, April 22, 2012

Have you hugged a carp today?

Carp can be a bit tricky to land, especially without banking them.  They are tough buggers that don't quit even after a good fight.  I usually take a large net, but forgot to bring it this time around. 

Who needs a net?  Shane showed us how it is done with his patented "carp hug." 

This also was Josh's first time chasing carp on the fly.  I'm pretty sure that he is now "hooked."  I love seeing people's first reaction to how strong a carp fights on a fly rod. 

Josh with his first landed carp.

Josh's first carp fought on the fly.

The triple.


Sight fished this behemoth.  Quite enjoyable.

Taking a step back...

While driving home from our carping trip I had the strong impression that I needed to do some rearranging.  I'm a husband and a father.  I believe that God has blessed parents with the inspiration to teach and guide their families down the best paths in life.  I can take a hint when it's given.  So I am doing a media fast.  That means cutting out the internet for entertainment purposes (wasting time) and spending more time with my wife and children.  I will also be cutting back considerably on my fishing so I can focus on what should be my top priorities.  I believe this is what needs to be done so my kids and wife can see they are more important, because they are.  I have only set the fast to last a month, but who knows, maybe it will last longer. 

On that note, see you in a month, maybe.


  1. You have your priorities in line and I for one appreciate that. And what goes around comes around, you will see. Your family is a lucky one. Last, you all upstream of me have very pretty mirrors. They are going no place, you'll be harassing them soon.

    Best, Gregg

  2. Great post Chis. Love that last Mirror picture. Good on ya for the "media fast". In the blink of an eye your kids will be teenagers--blink again and they will be out of the house. You will always be glad for all the time you spent with them.

  3. Hi...would you do me a favor and come over to my blog and tell me if my fish is a carp or a sucker fish? It was the first time that I have hooked into not quite sure. Whatever it took me for a ride!

  4. Great photos as always man. Nice job.