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Flyfishing small streams on the Dutch / German border.

Flyfishing small streams on the Dutch / German border.

Introduction The idea behind this site is to document my flyfishing exploits.Living at the Dutch / German border in Enschede offers interesting  fishing opportunities. The streams over the border are well suited to flyfishing.That good fishing resulted in memberships of German fishing clubs soI could have access to several small streams.The major attractions are chub and dace but with in addition brown trout. Allthough I prefer to fish small rivers saltwater flyfishing has always been of interest to me.Saltwater flyfishing…

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Germany 05-04-2020

Germany 05-04-2020

I made the most of a sunny spring day knowing the border might be closed down soon.It was dark when I left and the only crowds I encountered where numerous deer.At my hotspot the water was clear and cold.Early in the morning it was still pretty chilly. I fished a team of nymphs to get deep and soon got a small roach.After some more bites and a few lost fish it got quiet. I tied on a streamer hoping to…

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Germany 28-03-2020

Germany 28-03-2020

The last time I crossed the border was two weeks ago.My fear of a closed border came not through. Restrictions where in set in place though. I decided to fish the river as the last day of fair weather was upon.A week of sunny clear skies would come to an end.Instead colder weather with the mention of frost and snow would roll in.The first mark yielded some bites but no solid hookups.I hoped to encounter a brown trout but could…

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Netherlands 22-03-2020

Netherlands 22-03-2020

As a master of social distancing I slipped out for a few hours to check out the local stream.Took the back roads and a path that was just across the border to reach my fishing spot. The stream fishes bad in early spring and with a frosty morning and a steadily blowing east wind my hopes for finding fish where not that great.It was a short session so I choose a spot where I had lost two pike the last time…

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Germany 15-03-2020

Germany 15-03-2020

I decided to make a quick dash over the border into Germany.The river pushed a lot of water but it was dropping as you could see fromthe sediment on the banks. Today I had my priorities sorted so I headed for the pub first.Just as I was zipping my second wheat beer the major called and asked the owner to shut the place down.He declined because voluntarily shutting down meant no compensation.I was thus able to order the Mexico burger, a new…

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Netherlands 07-03-2020

Netherlands 07-03-2020

I had hoped the rains would stop so my favorite stream would be fishable again but last Thursday and Friday the skies opened again.The river was up in flooding stage in no-time so I tried another canal session at my side of the border. Goal for today was to catch a perch.The last two sessions at the canal remained fruitless, I came no further than hooking a fish.Today I finally had a solid take of a good perch and was able…

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Germany, 01-03-2020

Germany, 01-03-2020

I am happy that the water table has finally reached a decent level after two years of extreme drought.It would be nice however to have some dry weather for a change.The river has been not fishable for a month and every weekend a storm is blasting through. I was a bit too optimistic today to pack the long rod and head to the river. Even at the watermill all gates of the weir where still pulled.I went to the pub…

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Germany 08-02-2020

Germany 08-02-2020

The stream was still high from last weeks downpours as I looked at the online river gauge.I decided to go fishing anyway as a big storm out on the Atlantic was predicted to hit us on Sunday. The day started cold but warmed as the storm came nearer.I even fished the dry fly for a moment when the sun came momentarily out and fish started to rise. The rising fish where small though and where not able to drown the…

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Germany 02-02-2020

Germany 02-02-2020

An ongoing story in this winter, rain … and then more rain.The river was just returning from the last high water when it started raining again.I had the choice to fish for pike on my side of the border or try the river anyway. As I despised pike I went for the river. A look at the high water made it clear to me that fishing would again be tough.The calm water sections I looked for where almost non-existent.To get…

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Germany 19-01-2020

Germany 19-01-2020

Again a late start as the temps where around freezing in the early hours. The reduced flow made fishing a bit easier. Plenty of takes despite the low temps. I got several small roach on deep fished nymphs. Since I had reserved a table at the pub I had to leave a bit early.

Germany 18-01-2020

Germany 18-01-2020

I had pretty much luck with the weather untill I arrived at my fishing spot.The clouds had followed me and hail thunder and lightning broke loose.I got out of my waders asap and headed for the shelter of the pub. When the worst weather cleared I headed back out and had one bite … .A small dace took one of the nymphs I was fishing.Temperature around 40F, not comfy at all.Spring is still far away but I have spotted the…

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