Imperial Valley carp.. Help?

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  1. Werfless

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    Ok people.. Was out in the imperial valley. Saw thousands of carp everywhere feeding on insects on the surface. Loads of a tan insect, body with dark stripes. About size 12? Lots of moths with purple black wings too.. And saw a caddis in my back window too.. What kind of bugs are like mosquitoes, but lighter with banded bodies? Been looking at pix online, but can't seem to find the one I am looking for.. Help?
     
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    Damn dude, sounds like that could be an epic fly fishing scene. Maybe stop by one of the local fly shops to "match the hatch". Strouds on Morena Blvd in Bay Park or the Fly Stop in Mira Mar might have something similar. Some good high floating flies that sound similar to what you are describing might include yellow or white humpty's, parachute adams, parachute blue winged olives, or a tan elk hair caddis. You may need a 8 to 10lb leader to muscle in one of these beasts which can make it tougher if they are line shy.
     
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    The bugs that look like mosquitos are probably some type of chironomid, also commonly referred to as a midge (because most species are small). They come in all sorts of colors and sizes and are a significant part of them acquatic biomass. Fish feeding on them will often become very selective and ignore other foods. You would be seeing the newly hatched adults on the waters surface or flying above.

    One of the best flies for imitating these is the Griffith's Gnat, which looks nothing like a gnat or an adult midge but often works really well.
     
    #3 CraigSmith, Mar 20, 2017 at 10:42 PM
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    Looking at photos, midge seems about right. If I were a fly fisher, I would head out there and lay the beat down.. Size 12 or 14.. Just saying
     
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