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Killer Blueberry Fly

by Vic Velasco
(Reston, VA)

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Chris -

If you recall, over the past few months I've been picking your brain about equipment for targeting carp. Well - armed with a Kiyose 43MF, number 4 level line and 15 pound flurocarbon leader, I added another species to my caught list. I tied up a couple of "killer blueberry" flies on size 10 SL45 Gamakatsu bonefish hooks - I figure the standard hooks I use would straighten under the strain. I hooked three solid fish, but only brought the second one to hand for a BFC qualifying picture. This one was 14". The other two were way bigger, and unfortunately my landing net was 6" too short to get the carp safely into the net - and they were way stronger than the one I landed - they decided they weren't going to be landed and broke the tippet before they could be netted. AWESOME fishing action!!!

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Aug 04, 2013
1 carp tip
by: John Tenkara Guides

First tip is get a bigger net. Bank/beach landing large carp is really hard. Cool flies! Welcome to the world of Tencarpa!™


Aug 03, 2013
Blueberry... I like it
by: Levi Cain

Digging the name of that fly. Impressive catch as well. Eight years back I managed to hook one or two carp on a fly (western style fly rod though). But as soon as they toke the hook, they ran and broke the tippet immediatly. Carp on a fly are no joke. Nice work.

Aug 03, 2013
Very nice - and only the first!
by: TenkaraBum


Initially, I had thought that the contest would be won by someone catching a striped bass, but I now think a carp is more likely. I would suggest that you (and anyone seeking to catch carp on a keiryu rod) send an email to John or Erik at They've probably caught more carp on keiryu rods than anyone - and are even offering guided trips for carp. I'm sure they can give you some tips that can put a larger carp in your net.

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