So after showing my wife the pics from yesterday's "before work" excursion, when I asked her the same question I ask every week (Do you wanna go fishing with me tomorrow?) she said yeah, I want to catch a carp, Richeous!
So we got out to the spot this morning and I start showing her what I've learned, how to tell when the carp are gonna bolt or if they are receptive to a fly getting stuck in em. The first hour she was learning a lot, scaring a lot of fish, having trouble learning how to get the fly infront of them and not behind etc...
Then she started to stick em! albiet a little too hard on the set a couple times, couple lost flies and one broken leader. A quick re-rig and she was off again. She was getting the stalk and presentation just perfect now and really starting to "get it".
We rounded a corner and we saw a decent sized fish tailing, she crept up to him, tossed the fly right infront of his head and he sucked it in, she lifted the rod and that fish bolted so hard I thought it was going to pull her in!
This fish was a runner, he just kept pulling line off, I was adjusting her drag getting it tighter and tighter to the point that I could feel it putting a LOT of pressure on the fish but he just kept going... and going... and going... and then I saw the backing start peeling off the reel, I had her put a little more pressure on the fish and try and get some of her line back on, but he was in full freight train mode.
Thats when we heard an odd sound as she was gaining a little line back, a POP, and the rod kind of shook a little, then another pop and no more pressure! She said "Aww, he got off!" and thats when I saw her flyline all 100ft of it floating across the pond. Her backing knot came apart and the fish was just swimming away with her line!
We ran to the other side of the pond where he had gone and we could still see the line on top of the water, I cast out and caught the center of the line and pulled it back in for her. We tried not to put any pressure on the fish until I could tie the backing back onto the line for her. A minute or two later and she was all tied up and taking up some line, and she said "I think he got off" and right about that time he made another run and bent that rod right over, and she got all excited again and started to fight him again.
This fish was determined not to come in, she fought that fish for a good 15min before I was able to get him into the net for her.
She was tired, out of breath, sweating, and smiling like crazy! Her first Carp on the fly(first carp ever) and she was really proud of herself, she saw it, stalked it, hooked it and landed it all on her own, she couldn't stop talking about it, I think she's hooked!
She already asked for more Leeches, lol...