I understand where you're coming from. I make my own feeders. All you need is wire egg sinkers and pliers.again. keep everything simple and make it easy. Carp fishing is more of like buying time where bass isn't open and the steelhead run is over.
Yeah, it's also good for when you don't want your fishing to interrupt your beer drinking. Nowadays i usually only target carp when I want to eat some lunch but don't want to stop fishing.
Spinner Fishing for Steelhead, Salmon and Trout by Jed Davis
Spoon Fishing for Steelhead by Bill Herzog
Couple of books to look into. I found the one by Jed Davis helpful. I prefer spinners in rivers/creeks as I can maintain control of depth more easily and better control in general so you don't snag the fish. Use the current to provide the spin and to slow down your presentation.