There are only a chosen few that actively pursue carp. That's strange considering they typically grow bigger than the average trout, put up a great fight, but of course, they aren't the most receptive species when it comes to taking a fly. Let's face it, they are bottom feeders, but if you know how to catch them or just simply like the idea of a fishing tournament to raise money for the fishery, well then Carp Slam is for you.
Carp Slam will be held Aug. 27. It’s a fly fishing tournament where professional and amateur anglers match wits with the wily and elusive common carp. Carp are one of the most difficult freshwater fish to pursue on fly – meanwhile the urban South Platte River running through downtown Denver is one of the finest carp fisheries anywhere. The purpose of the tournament is to raise money for the reconstruction/rehabilitation of a roughly, two-mile section of the South Platte River below Chatfield Reservoir. The event is organized by the Denver Trout Unlimited chapter.
Teams will consist of a pro and amateur angler. The amateur will pay an entry fee of $250, which will be refunded if they raise $500 in contributions by the start of the event. Teams will be determined by a blind draw on the eve of the event. There will be morning and afternoon sessions. All event rules can be seen online. As for picking a winner, total length of fish is the key to winning the Carp Slam. For more information or to reserve your spot for Carp Slam, go to carpslam.org.
Why not chase carp? The event helps the Platte get better. As a resident of Brighton, I see carp and bass in the section by my house and wonder, what kind of trout would last out east if we made the South Platte a more friendly place for fish and other species. Having fished all over the West, I've seen rivers half the size at lower elevations that offer double-digit browns, why aren't there any of those off my back porch...maybe there are?