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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 31-05-2020

Germany 31-05-2020

Another early outing over the border in bright conditions.We have a drought in spring for the third year and the stream is at it’s lowest flow possible.The perdigon yielded the first trout of the day while the squirmy pulled a small perch from under the tree roots.Trout nr. 2 got away and since I spotted another angler near the spot I fished I moved to a quieter place. At the spot where I had seen several trout last week I encountered…

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Netherlands 30-05-2020

Netherlands 30-05-2020

I fished a local stream late in the afternoon.The perdigon nymph yielded the first fish quite early in the session.I caught a good size roach and hoped for more of the same.Alas it stayed quiet for a long time.I tried the squirminator but only had a few hits of small fish. I switched back to the perdigon as the worm did not perform that well.The perdigon was intercepted by a gudgeon, fish species 2 of the day.I tried several other…

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Germany 24-05-2020

Germany 24-05-2020

Despite rain, chilly conditions and lots of wind the mayflies where out in numbers late in the day and fish eager to feed.In the morning surface action was non-existent so the perdigon did its magic.  Next weapon of choice was the squirminator which yielded a trout from within a maze of sunken trees and debris.Further use of the squirminator brought anything from gudgeon, dace, roach to trout.  Late in the afternoon when it started pouring the mayflies where appearing en mass and fish…

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Germany 22-05-2020

Germany 22-05-2020

Another early outing to the stream yesterday.I only saw a brief glimpse of the sun in the morning as the weather was changing.The weather change had impact on the insect life.It stayed quiet on top for most of the morning. The Perdigon did a good job but I lost more to the trees than I liked.At least I had the materials to tie my own which would be required soon.A passing cold front made the weather let’s say interesting.At times it looked like it would…

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Germany 17-05-2020

Germany 17-05-2020

An early start trying to find the trout I spotted while fishing last week. Insects where on the water early but no fish where rising.I did a field test with some newly bought Perdigon nymphs and they worked well. The roach seemed to like them and one small trout came for them.The nymphs where heavy so no subtle entry in the water but they got deep and caught fish. I had planned a break at the pub as it reopened…

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Germany 10-05-2020

Germany 10-05-2020

Today’s fishing session was to become a short one.The nice weather we had would come abruptly to an end.Predicted was a drop in temperature and an increase of the wind. I started on the stretch where I missed so many trout on the previous session to no avail.I later found out from reliable sources that they had been cleared out.The only fish I managed was a small brown trout on a woolly bugger. The second spot I fished had feeding…

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Germany 05-05-2020

Germany 05-05-2020

Yesterday was a public holiday around here and with the promise of good weather I crossed the border to my fishing haunts.Goal was to catch a trout and it turned out better than I had hoped. The first mark I fished was the barren sand pit as usual but the third position yielded a solid hookup of a big fish.I was still fishing with my usual guppy setup aka roach setup tossing a size 16 nymph on light tippet.The trout nailed…

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Germany 26/27-04-2020

Germany 26/27-04-2020

Last Sunday I crossed the border to visit the chub section of the stream.The recent warm weather motivated  me  to check out if the fish where starting to appear at their summer haunts.My first trip to that section this year remained fruitless so maybe things had improved. I made a stop along the way as I crossed the upper section of the stream.The particular spot outside the village had been improved with some fish passages a few years ago.I was…

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Netherlands 19-04-2020

Netherlands 19-04-2020

Another trip to the local stream on a bright sunny day.Since it was Sunday a lot of people where out in the outdoors.Even though the border should be only open for essential travel it looked like people on both sides disregarded that fact.With a steady east wind fishing was difficult, hardly any bites.The bites I had where from tiny tiny fish.When the sun was setting I feared another skunk but in the last minutea small roach went for the nymph so…

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Netherlands 18-04-2020

Netherlands 18-04-2020

I took a short trip to the local stream in the Netherlands as the border was semi closed.I only blanked on this stream this year so far but with the warmer weather maybe conditions would be better.Ader flies and St. Marks flies where about but surface feeding dace wheretotally absent.In the past this stream boasted a Dace population but the water looked dead.The stream although shallow was also pretty murky.In the end the small nymphs did the trick and a…

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