Germany 21.07.2018

Germany 21.07.2018

There had been a change it the weather pattern on this day … it was even hotter than usual and humid. I was again off to the chub spot but could not get much responses from the fish. The water table had even got a little lower and fish would run for cover if the leader hit the water. I did get a few small chub but the bigger ones were just milling around showing no signs of feeding. The only…

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Germany 15.07.2018

Germany 15.07.2018

Fishing is getting tough down here … it has not rained for ages … hot and sunny weather only. It is the first time that I have seen one of the feeder streams run dry and I guess the fish in there were lost. As the upper stream that I fish is low on water I have ventured downsteam and to be more exact to one of the feeder streams that still carries some water. The main attraction are the chub…

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Germany 24.06.2018

Germany 24.06.2018

The weatherforecast for the weekend was not that good considering the fact it was nearly summer. A strong breeze and rather low temperatures made it look more like fall. No blue skies but clouds and now and then some sprinkles or rain. As I had not visited the chub spot for a long time that would be my first port of call for this day. I did made a stop at a weir but the water was shallow due to…

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Germany Harz 2018

Germany Harz 2018

It took some planning but we managed to get to the Harz mountains once again. Part of the problem was that I had to get time off from work and as I had recently switched employers I did not want to start my first day at work with asking for free time even though this trip had been long in the planning. One major hurdle was the fact that our interpretation of off season did not reflect the reality of…

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Germany 03.06.2018

Germany 03.06.2018

Had the honor to once again mess about with the sluice gates of the mill to get rid of some accumulated debris from the flooding. Amazing how much power the water has even though the gate was just lifted a little. Next job was to remove the stranded pallets in the mill pool, I discovered my el cheapo waders are not watertight anymore… The time left was spend with fishing and with a mix of small dace, a gudgeon and…

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Germany 02.06.2018

Germany 02.06.2018

It was not so long after the flash flooding at my fishing spot and the water was still very murky. As usual the banks of the river were slippery as hell as the deposited mud had the consistency of grease … My descent from the bank to the waters edge  was rather uncontrolled and ungraceful. Grey skies and drizzle dampened the mood somewhat but despite the murky water a very decent dace decided to take the nymph … amazing. Today was…

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Germany 27.05.2018

Germany 27.05.2018

Another hot day and as those hordes of fish in the stagnant water above the mill haunted me I tried for them this morning again. Unlike yesterday the fish were not stacked up on top as the day before … it took a while before I spotted them. The fish where not cooperative … whatever fly I used it was in vain. Carp where spawning and making a lot of racket, they ploughed through the schools of shiner scattering the…

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Germany 26.05.2018

Germany 26.05.2018

It has been hot around here for the last couple of weeks and with the absence of rain the stream I fish is slowly reduced to a trickle. The big mayflies are still around and allthough fish are on them I usually prefer to fish a small sedge as these are more often accepted by the fish. The big mayfly pattern came out when I spotted a nice brown trout. I made a sloppy cast which resulted in a dunked…

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Germany 20-05-2018

Germany 20-05-2018

After my last attempt to go fishing was torpedoed because of perks of the new job I was able to get out at last. The fact that Mayflies have appeared has not gone unnoticed, not by me … the birds or the fish. Quite some hits on the dry fly today although the nymph worked its magic like usual. The stream was low so at some spots I just could not get the fly to rising fish without spooking them…

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Germany 06.05.2018

Germany 06.05.2018

A bright sunny warm day … very nice to be outside. The water table was low, tons of small flies on the water but not a lot of surface action. At my former hot spot I managed one roach and wondered now that the water was low where the heck all the fish had gone. Fished the end of the pool last and noticed a big swirl in the water of a hunting fish. I had seen that fish before…

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