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Carpoluzza coming to Reno weekend of Aug. 17-18

The author with a 8- to 10-pound carp taken on a 5-weight.
The author with a 8- to 10-pound carp taken on a 5-weight.
Photo by Lee Novotny

Sure when most people think of fly fishing they think of a pristine mountain setting and rising trout, but truth be known, you can catch just about anything on a fly and some fish pull a lot harder than trout. Even close to a town in that off-color, no-sign-of-life pond lies a chance at a double-digit fish on a fly rod. That's right we are talking about chasing carp. So put away your hot rod after Hot August Nights, and steer your fly rod on over to Reno Orvis for free seminars, tying demos and join our knowledgeable staffers in pursuit of carp on the water.

Carp grow big and pull hard, but have no problem hitting a fly too.
Photo by Brian La Rue

Some will tell you carp fishing with a fly rod is perhaps the most exciting sight-fishing you can do on freshwater. Carping offers fly fishers the closest thing to a near sure thing for catching a ten-pound fish close to home. How many trout have you caught that push 10 pounds and take 15 to 30 minutes to bring in? How about a 15 pounder on a 5-weight?

At Orvis, staffers and company executives see this chance for a large fish close to home and want to help anglers learn more about this less-than-appreciated species. At the Reno Orvis retail location, the crew has organized valuable resources to help better your chances of a double-digit fish this summer.

On Aug. 17, Carpoluzza will kickoff with an introductory seminar by local angler Mike Curtis at 1 p.m. Jan Nemec, author of "A Fly Fisher's Guide to Nevada," will share some carp patterns that he has created over the years and just maybe he will share some secrets and advice. At 3 p.m. the staff will show of Barry Reynold's Urban Warfare video on carp fishing in city waters. Reynolds highlights the fisheries that are hidden within the inner city. Reynolds calls the carp the most technically challenging of all freshwater fish to be caught on the fly, but few actually fish for these double-digit fish, so what are you waiting for?

If the seminars, fly ties and video aren't enough to get you into the carping mode, well, Sunday morning, Aug. 18, join Reno Orvis staffers on the water for a quick morning shot on a local carp fishery. On this outing, you will learn techniques and enjoy a chance at some hands-on carp action. Best of all, all events are free to the public.

Drop by the Reno Orvis location for more information at 13945 S. Virginia St. Summit Sierra Shopping Center, Suite 640.

As a bonus at, you can also submit your carp photos online for a chance to win a Helios H2 outfit. Get carping soon! Check out the latest gear at the store.

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