Fly fishing for Carp:
Fly fishing for carp is not easy, and landing a carp on a fly is one of the great fly fishing challenges. The Canadian Carp Registry is a place for carp fly fishing aficionados to say, "I did it."

Luckily most carp fly fishermen have not been jaded by the need to get 'the big fish.' Carp fly fishermen are purists, giving all carp the same level of respect regardless of their size. The Canadian Carp Registry reflects this, as there are no prizes or kudos for the biggest fish, or for that matter the smallest fish. The size of the fish is listed solely for 'interests sake.'

The Canadian Carp Registry is not just for Canadians, Canadian carp or fly fishermen visiting Canada who catch a Canadian carp. It is open to carp fly fishermen around the globe.

The up keep of this page, and the costs associated with keeping the registry working, are covered by the funds generated from the sale of my Scratch and Dent Flies.

How do I register?
1. Send me an e-mail to let me know you want to register.
E-mail: Canadian Carp Registry

2. Send a picture of your fish, and the fly to:
Ian Colin James, The Canadian Carp Registry,
Box 48034, POND MILLS, London, Ontario, N6M 1K5.

(Don't forget to let me know where you caught the fish, the name of the fly, and the weight of the fish!)

You will be listed when I receive your fly and fish picture, plus in return l will send you one of my favorite carping flies. If you don't have a photo that's fine, just send the fly. Please remember, the registry is built on an honor system.

I have said many times that a strike indicator is nothing more than a bobber. Please give carp the respect they deserve and do not use a strike indicator when fishing for them. If you want to scrape the bottom of the fly fishing barrel, stick to fishing for trout with an indicator. Carp are a very tough fish to take on a fly, so improve your angling skills and pursue carp 'bobber free.'

Thank You
I would like to take this opportunity to say 'Thank You' to everyone who has let me know, the list won't be a long one as carp are hard to get on a fly. Nothing like a bunch of fly fishermen, with free time on their hands, who have panache for stating the obvious. I guess the Ask Ian Pages are starting to rub off . . . and may God have mercy on our souls. Naturally, if you are an atheist please disregard that last sentence. You see, that's the point. Had I started a trout registry, I would have had thousands of names on the list in a matter of days.

Carp are a truly wild fish. They were introduced into North America in the 1800s and since then they have done rather well for themselves. Love them or hate them, there is no denying that carp are one of the top dogs of adaptability. They are now found in most watersheds across North America, and all this from a handful of fish. As they are wild fish, they do not possess 'Stockie Genes or Catch Me Chromosomes' which one could argue are responsible for the quick demise of so many stocked fish. Which brings me back to this being a short list.

An important bit
Please don't send me your picture as an e-mail attachment. It will be instantly deleted, nuked, fried, erased or toasted before I get it. I don't accept e-mail attachments, plus I won't even know you sent me the e-mail. Also, if you can't find the fly you used, send me a copy of it.

A good idea.
Someone suggested using a code for the style of fly, which would save space in the table. I think it is a good idea. See, as I have been saying all along, carp aficionados are at the top of the fly fishing evolutionary ladder. A smashing idea. Here are the codes:
Bf - Baitfish
Cr - Crayfish
Df - Dry fly
Ny - Nymph
St - Streamer

So what are you waiting for?
To get registered.
E-mail: Canadian Carp Registry

Blackwells Baitfish
Here is a link to a wee bit of carp fly fishing history.
"The Baitfish."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Canadian Carp Registry. A 100% "bobber" free zone.

Name: Location: Pattern and Size:
Weight lbs:
Aherne, Brenda Speed R. Ont White Puke Fly, #8
9.5
Allen, Gary Thames R. Ont Outcast Cr, #6
5.0
Ambrose, Ron Thames R. Ont Caddis Ny, #12
5.5
Blackwell, Tim Grand R. Ont Blackwell's Bf, #8
5.0
Bowring, Marc Grand R, Ont Hare's Ear Ny, #10
6.5
Chambule, Borys Georgian Bay White Puke Fly, #8
7.5
Ciliberto, Ben Maitland R. Ont Bullcreek Cr, #6
15.0
D'Amelio, Silvia Thames R. Ont Muncher Ny, #8
4.0
Dietrich, Andrew Grand R. Ont Damsel Ny, #8
4.0
Dietrich, Chris Georgian Bay Damsel Ny, #8
20.0
Duffield, Todd Grand R. Ont Outcast Cr, #6
6.5
Eichelberger, Ray Lancaster, PA Puke fly variant, #10
5.5
Esez, Stephan Lake Ontario Muncher Ny, #8
10.0
Feris, Cory Kettle Cr, Ont Olive W.Bugger, #8
3.0
Flear, Scott Georgian Bay, Mackerel Ny, #12
8.0
Forgeron, David Niagara R, Ont Czech Nymph, #6
8.5
Freele, Debbie Thames R. Ont Muncher Ny, #10
7.0
Geddes, Ken Lake Ontario Leech Fly, #8
30.0
Gilpin, Jim Beaver R. Ont Mugwump, #4
8.0
Hirmer, Gerhard Lake Ontario White Puke Fly, #8
8.5
James, Ian. C. Eramosa R. Ont Hare's Ear Ny, #8
6.0
Kevin The Lucky Hamilton Hb, Ont White Puke Fly, #6
25.0
Kiriluk, Rick Hamilton Hb, Ont Olive W/Bugger, #6
15.0
Klepp, Mart Guelph Lake, Ont Klepp's Killer, #10
6.5
Lacy, Paul Un-named lake, Ont White Puke fly, #8
6.0
Langenfeld, Lynn Bayfield R, Ont Crayfish, #8
10.5
Lee, Brad Thames R. Ont White Puke Fly, #8
6.5
Loney, Don Lake Ontario Muncher Ny, #6
8.5
Makaran, John Thames R. Ont Michaela Special, #8
12.0
Manning, Len Thames R, Ont White Puke Fly, #8
5.5
Martino, Gildo Lake Ontario Merkin Crab #6
11.5
Mc Alpin, Ron Guadalupe R. Tx White Puke Fly, #8
12.0
Mc Gregor, Graham Thames R, Ont Marabugger, #8
6.0
Mc Lean, Doug Thames R. Ont Outcast Cr, #12
6.0
Mc Phail, Allen Grand R. Ont Blackwell's Bf, #8
8.0
Moore, Don Thames R. Ont March Brown Ny, #12
4.0
Murray, Dean Detroit R. Ont Hare's Ear Ny, #10
8.5
Nisbett, Owen Trent R, Ont White Puke fly, #8
8.0
Noble, Paul Thames R. Ont Fire Pupa, #8
7.5
Norcross, Steve Detroit R. Ont Outcast Cr, #6
12.0
Ornato, Rick Thames R. Ont Ice Cube #8
6.5
Piland, Rick Apache Junction, AZ Un-named fly, #8
23.0
Pitfield, Keefer Thames R. Ont Muncher Ny, #8
9.0
Primeau, Brian Grand R, Ont Pheasant Tail, #14
8.5
Rada, Jordan Private Lk, WA Mulberry, #10
10.0
Recker, Keith Lindsay Dam, Ont Woolybugger, #6
12.0
Robbins, Keith Thames R. Ont Muncher Ny, #8
4.5
Ron The Unlucky Hamilton Harb White Puke Fly, #8
12.0
Rood, Kim Grand R, Ont Streamer
5.5
Sapirman, Yossi Thames R. Ont Blackwell's Bf #8
12.0
Savin, John Thames R. Ont Black Stonefly, #10
3.0
Savin, Lynn Thames R. Ont White Puke Fly, #8
3.0
Sheaves, Karla Detroit R. Ont Muncher Ny, #6
18.0
Stark, Mac Private Lk,, NWT Seal Bugger, #8
3.0
Tanner, Ian Turkey Cr, Ont Hybrid Worm #10
10.0
Theriault, Shawn Bronte Cr, Ont R. Coachman, Dr, #14
11.0
Thompson, Ian Thames R. Ont Outcast Cr, #6
5.0
Tightloops, Tate Thames R, Ont Puke Fly, #10
8.5
Todd, Aaron Conestoga R, Ont Pheasant Tail, #14
4.0
Troup, Ian Thames R, Ont Crayfish, #8
10.0
Ward, Heather Thames R. Ont Smack em Spey
5.0
Waters, Andrew N.S.W, Aus Yetti fly
5.0
Whitehead, Dave Detroit R. Ont Hare's Ear Ny, #10
10.0
Wright, Russell Kalamazzo R, Mi Damsel Ny, #8
6.0