The Carp Slam is a fly fishing tournament where the finest professional and amateur anglers in the region (and beyond) match wits with the wily and elusive common carp. Carp are one of the most difficult freshwater fish to pursue on fly – meanwhile the urban South Platte River running through downtown Denver is one of the finest carp fisheries in North America. The purpose of the tournament is to raise money for the reconstruction /rehabilitation of the Urban South Platte River below Chatfield Reservoir and through Denver.
How the Carp wound up in the Denver South Platte and how the Carp Slam started…. In 1879 the German common carp was brought from the reflecting pool of the Washington Monument in a railroad "fish" car by the U.S. Commission on Fish and Fisheries and dumped from the railroad bridge just below the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte. The purpose was to provide fresh fish to Denver since the South Platte had been overfished and polluted. Like many grand plans, the food fish idea didn't catch on in Denver or anywhere else in America. We have all been raised to despise the Carp as ugly and a nuisance.
But in 2006, Barry Reynolds, Denver resident and author of “Carp on a Fly”, convinced his other Denver Trout Unlimited Board Members, that the carp in the South Platte were actually an extremely exciting and difficult to catch game fish which could be used as a basis for a fund raising fly fishing contest. The first Carp Slam was held that year and began the rehabilitation of the reputation of the carp, as the Denver Chapter of Trout Unlimited dedicated itself to the rehabilitation of the Urban South Platte.
The Denver South Platte is now recognized world wide as an excellent carp fishing destination.
Watch for an upcoming August Newsletter which will contain a featured article, River Pigs.