You've paddled across a bay to a nearby flat that you suspect has grass carp feeding on it. On the way you noticed more boat traffic than usual on the water. You also managed to spook a couple carp that you did not see.
As you stand to scan the flat before moving further, you notice a grasser tailing at the back of the flat. This is exciting because tailing carp give you a fighting chance. As you begin to push pole across the flat being cautious not to make a sound, you see one swimming towards you. Do you cast at it or try to avoid it? From experience, I know if I spook that carp it's more than likely going to put that tailer down also. Here's what I did.
I backed off and avoided the potential land mine. I knew my best opportunity for getting an eat was getting a fly near the tailing carp. The moving carp was also an opportunity but the odds were not in my favor. It was moving towards me and I wasn't sure if it was one of the carp I spooked earlier. If you present to every grass carp you see you'll likely have a tough outing. Being selective sometimes increases your odds of success. This was one of many tips I provided to Orvis found here:
Here are two flies I use:
Grass Carp leech pattern
Be sure to check out the dry fly tying video I made here:
And a short video from the pursuit: