Becoming highly popular world-wide carp fishermen use a range of carp fishing fly patterns to imitate everything from biscuits to bugs (often carp patterns are called Zigbugs). What do we look for in flies for carp? Buoyancy is important as we most frequently have Common Carp taking flies off of the surface.
We have used a fly cast between the reeds and just 6 inches from the bank and had large carp hit our flies, the leader was just draped over the bank! Try the margins as the crucians, commons and mirror carp which will often be very close to the edge or cruising around the surface. Try some of the many foam based flies which give tremendous sport watching these magnificent fish take the fly from the surface. The great news is that there are many specialist carp fisheries where we can go fly fishing, especially over winter.