I finally figured out why some anglers are so repulsed by the notion of fly fishing for common carp: It’s a purely communist endeavor, and I have no doubt that Karl Marx would have been an absolute carp freak.
First of all, carp are everywhere, and everyone can fish for them. You don’t have to pay to be in a fancy fishing club, and you don’t have to jet off to some exotic location to find world-class action. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to have perfectly good carp-fishing gear, and some of the ugliest, homespun flies are the most effective. It’s a catch-and-release sport, and let’s face it: if all catch-and-release fly fishing isn’t the very embodiment of socialist thinking, I don’t know what is.
Carp will humiliate any angler with equal measure. It doesn’t matter whether you have the best gear and the sweetest cast in the world.
Lastly, the Europeans are better at it, with a longer tradition of dabbling in it than us Americans do.
I say power to the proletariat! If you want to call me a carp commie, that’s fine. The number of comrades in this community is still growing, and I still think the carp revolution is coming.