|Guide Steve Blair with a LA River Mud Marlin 2011|
Mud Marlin in the parlance of the fly fishing community are in fact carp, big fat, 10lb carp.
Make no bones about it the LA river is a cesspool, it's one of the most degraded habitats in all of the western United States and yet one enterprising visionary and guide, Steve Blair, is now LA's finest hunter of the catch and release Mud Marlin.
And his new website is open for business.
A lot of folks outside of the fly fishing community will not understand why anyone would want to fish these toxic leviathans of the deep, but to understand that you also have to understand the geography of LA.
For an avid fly fisherman in LA the closest trout waters are 10 hours away, in traffic, and it's usually a three to four day schlep to get into the Eastern Sierra where the waters are pure and the trout big fat and happy.
If you can sneak out of work early in downtown LA and bag a 10-15lb Mud Marlin it takes the edge off that "Jones for the outdoors" that all fly fishermen suffer from.
All laughing aside the Urban Carp is a serious endeavor lead by a top class guide into a river system that is in many ways as wild as anything you'll find in the Eastern Sierra.
Leave your spray cans at home and go have some Mud Marlin fun!