Fly Fishing for Carp – Kirk Deeter Book Reveiw

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Fly Fishing for Carp – Kirk Deeter Book Review. Photo Louis Cahill

With technology moving forward at a pace that’s constantly increasing, it’s having a huge impact on the way readers acquire and digest information. Some argue that hardcopy books are soon going to be a thing of the past, and electronic book purchasing and the internet will be the future for readers. Although I won’t argue against this notion, for me personally, I’ll never give up on hardcopy books unless they disappear completely. I take pride in my book case located next to my fly tying table that’s crammed full of all kinds of fly fishing and fly tying books. Those hard and soft bound books are my trophies. They’ve done wonders for teaching and guiding me to fishing success on the water, and I hold a personal attachment to many of them. I like that I can highlight important gold nuggets of fishing information in the hardcopy books and I love the freedom of scribbling notes in the side margins when I feel the need (example: try this tactic in december on the tailwater or use this tactic on points 4 and 5 on the lake in the spring). You can’t do that kind of stuff when you’re reading a book on a tablet. For those reasons, and for the simple fact that you can’t easily pass on electronic copies of books to your kids with your added touch, I’ll always support authors that make a point to publish their writings in hardcopies when I have the option.

I recently picked up a copy of Kirk Deeter’s book, The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing for Carp. If any of you are familiar with the author Kirk Deeter, it should be of no surprise to you that I read this book cover to cover in one sitting. For a guy that struggles with a serious case of A.D.D., that’s an accomplishment that happens very rarely for me, and also a huge compliment to Kirk’s writing. I know it’s probably going to sound like a horrible cliche, but The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing for Carp in my eyes, is a book that’s written by a fisherman, for a fisherman. There’s a fishing story here and there, but for the most part, it’s packed full of the how to’s of chasing carp on the fly. Its well organized, carries an inviting writing style cover to cover and it has tons of detailed illustrations throughout the book to help paint a clear picture of the author’s explanations.

In my opinion, a lot of fishing books on the market try to cover too large of a fishing scope, and ultimately, they fall victim to only being able to skim the surface on many of the fishing subjects they cover. That often ends up leaving the angler with enough information to get on the right track out on the water, but not enough information for the angler to get the job done. It quickly became apparent after only reading a few pages into Kirk’s book, that the Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing for Carp was going to be far more than just an introduction to tackling carp on the fly. Kirk provides more than enough meat and potatoes throughout the book for anglers of all skill levels to drastically step up their carp game. You’ll find great insight from Kirk on the behavior of carp, their diet and where to locate them in different types of water. I really was happy to see that Kirk dedicated a good portion of the book on fly fishing scenarios for carp. Anglers will find this very helpful for understanding how to find and approach carp, how to choose the right fly for the situation, and when and how to make the highest percentage presentation. All of those areas are super critical when it comes to consistently catching this technical gamefish. Plain and simple, this book will allow you to build a solid foundation for tackling carp on the fly and I feel strongly it will also live on as a valuable reference tool for troubleshooting past carp fishing trips. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kirk’s book and I can’t wait to put all I’ve learned to work moving forward in the coming years.


An Excerpt from Kirk Deeter’s Introduction to the Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing for Carp

[If you learn to fly fish for carp and do that well, you will inevitably develop skills that can be transposed to any trout river, or any saltwater flat, in America and beyond.

Now, I’m not naive enough to think I’m going to convince everyone to love carp. You either get it or you don’t. The “why” of carp fishing boils down to two things: Because carp are virtually everywhere, and because carp can make you a good fly angler.

This is a “how” book designed to help anglers who already get at least one of the two reasons “why.” I think the more trial, error, and ultimately, success you experience with carp, the more apt you’ll be to consider them “golden gods” rather than “trash fish.” In other words, all the pieces come together, and the rest takes car of itself.

As such, I hope the lessons to follow will start you on a journey that changes your perception of fly fishing. It’s worth it. Trust me.] Kirk Deeter

Purchase Kirk Deeter’s book by clicking the link below.

Fly Fishing for Carp

Keep it Reel,

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Kent Klewein
Gink & Gasoline
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4 thoughts on “Fly Fishing for Carp – Kirk Deeter Book Reveiw

  1. Fished for Carp for the first time this summer up in Michgan on the Huron River. If you’re ever around Ypsilanti, it’s definitely worth the drive over to Schultz Outfitters for some local intel. The smallmouth and carp fishing is awesome around that area. I was wading around one of the local park areas one morning and had the entire stretch of river to my self. Landed 9 smallies and 7 huge carp. The carp are insane! Every one of them took me well into my backing during their downstream runs, to the point that I was so wore out after the last one I landed that I called it a day. I’m definitely a big fan of carp now, and look for any opportunity to fish for them. Carp are definitely not trash!!!

  2. Kent:
    I share your affection for “real” books and also have LOTS of them that I use for reference, enjoyment, etc. To me the electric book will NEVER take the place of real books. Hey, what if you are reading an electric book and you’re right at the good part and the power goes off and the battery on the book is dead? You’re hosed until the power comes back on that’s what!
    I was fly fishing for bass on the Guadalupe River in TX this past summer. The bass fishing was slow and I spotted a small school of carp. I quickly tied on a small ugly “pink flesh” salmon fly that just happened to be loose in my fly box and caught a really big carp on the 2nd cast. At first he just locked down and it was a Mexican standoff. Then he took off down stream like a shot and stripped off 60 to 70 yards of line in the blink of an eye. After several minutes I got him back to where I could net him and we went through that line stripping run again. I finally got him landed & set loose and caught another in a few casts who acted just like the first one. Then this went on for 5 or 6 carp! I understand Justin’s comment about calling it a day because I was tired. The experience gave me a new view of carp.

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