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Denmark – Vejle A – Sept. 2006

Denmark – Vejle A – Sept. 2006

Some members from our club had been to Denmark a few weeks ago and told us that heavy rainfall had made river fishing almost impossible.
With that in mind we decided to visit the upper section of a small stream where we fished with success three years ago.
The stretched we fished boasted two small hydroelectric plants, shallow bypasses lead a minimal flow of water around these plants.
The first look on the river was very promising, a more or less normal flow with very clear water.

A close inspection of the water resulted in the spotting of several fish.
That clear water made it possible to spot fish but the same was true for the fish spotting anglers on the riverbank. 
It was obvious that the fish where extremely wary.
Numerous sedges where moving around the meadows and over the stream but we saw no rising fish.
On our first visit fish where rising all over the place so we wondered why no fish where active in the surface.

Dumping a nymph in the stream and catch a fish right away like
I did three years ago did not work this time.
I could not get the fish to take any of my nymphs.
As a last resort I tied on a sedge and dropped the fly carefully to a stationary brown trout. 
As soon as the leader landed on the water the fish would flee to be never seen again.
Maybe the river had received a hammering by anglers or the cormorants had scared the fish, who could tell.

Since the fish where so spooky I tried to nail them in those parts of the river where they could not spot me, the rapid flowing sections behind the turbine houses.
First I tried the outflow of one of the bypasses.
Although the bypass was a ditch I suspected that the fast moving water would surely house the odd trout.
On the first cast the nymph was immediately intercepted and I battled a sizable fish for some moments.
The first fish threw the nymph but some more casts near the outflow yielded at least a little brown for me.

In the past the outflow of the first turbine house was a spot that yielded many fish for me.
I entered the channel downstream from the turbine house and waded upstream placing
the nymph along the weed lines.

While wading I only scared fish away so I got out of the stream and crawled right up to the white walls of the turbine house.
The stream was only 3ft. wide at that point so all I could do was to drop the nymph including the indicator down in the channel.
The nymph floated only a foot or so along the channel when a fish dragged the indicator down. 
A good brown trout was hiding in the depths and had taken the nymph.

The other guys in the mean time had no luck .
Only Tom had caught a nice rainbow while the rest had skunked.
After a lunch break in the afternoon some of our party wanted to fish another section of the river downstream.
Since I knew it was total swamp down there I wanted to skip that part but I was overruled and so we lost valuable time in a section of the river that consisted of marsh and quicksand with very little trout.

After a while we returned to the place we started fishing and I could continue my quest for trout.
A visit at the first turbine house yielded another small brown trout.
The next object I explored was turbine house no. 2, that place looked very fishy.
To get into a position to cast I had to carefully wade trough a mass of aquatic plants that would not be out of place in the Amazon.

At least the bottom was mostly gravel so I did not sink in to far in the muck.
The fast flowing water from the turbine provided some cover from the wary trout.
I managed to make a few cast through an opening in the brushes and the nymph floated past the turbine house.
The drift yielded another little brown for me, fish nr. 4 was a fact.

Further downstream of turbine house 2 some deadfalls looked like a promising fish hideout.
When I waded out further in the swamp the bottom turned into quicksand so I hastily retreated to higher grounds.
We stayed until sunset in the hope of an evening rise but nothing happed.
My companions had all hooked into trout but one or two fish per angler was just not good enough, even the pretty landscape could not outweigh that fact.

We concluded that we must have been extremely lucky at our visit three years ago.
This stream was definitively scrapped from our “to do” list .
We would surely find some replacement stream since southern Jutland had plenty of rivers to choose from.

Flyfishing Germany – Sept. 23rd. 2006

Flyfishing Germany – Sept. 23rd. 2006

Last Saturday we attended the annual Fisher king tournament of our German fishing club.
This tournament was attended by the senior members of the club and consisted of a few hours
fishing in the river and at the well stocked pool below the watermill.
At 07.00 hours we gathered at our pub annex official meeting place in the middle of the countryside.

The first session on the river left us only 1 hour and 15 minutes to fish.
Time was short and since fly-rods where not allowed on the second part of the tournament
we decided to rig the spinning rods for this session so we where ready for leg two right away.
It was time to break out my ultra-light Fenwick 4’-6” spinning rod.
With a small twister I managed to catch two small perch from the river in a town downstream
of the watermill.


Perch on twister.

After the river session we returned for a solid breakfast at the pub. 
With the breakfast finished the whole circus moved to the pool below the watermill
to fish for the limit of five trout per angler.
People where staring at me when I entered the premises armed with my UL spinning rod.
Most of the local guys where fishing with pretty crude gear which looked to me like it would be better
suited to fish for mackerel at sea than trout in a river.

We where supposed to fish with a float and worms but I tied on a small black zonker streamer instead.
I moved away from the crowd to the end of the pool and tossed in the streamer.
By slowly retrieving the fly across the pool I quickly caught my limit of five trout.
At noon the whole circus went back to the pub again for dinner and the weighing of the 
catch. 

After dinner the new Fisher king was officially announced, the festivities would continue in
the evening for the so called Kings ball.
While the locals headed home for a rest or preparation for the evening event we had different plans. 
Driving all the way back to the Netherlands was impractical so we would fish until it was time
for the ball.
The normally off limits pool below the mill was now open to members of the club when they
would buy a special ticket. 
So we decided to buy the extra tickets and off we went to the mill.
This time we entered the grounds with fly rods.
The pool was full of trout and with some luck we might encounter the odd brown trout that
survived last years massacre.


Meadow Saffron, typical autumn flower

When we walked over the weir at the millers house we met the residents, a retired 
veterinary surgeon and his wife.
So instead of fishing we where sitting high above the pool drinking coffee and chatting
with the friendly inhabitants of the mill.


Coffee at the mill

My fishing buddy Joop was seated in such a position that he saw all the trout roaming below
in the pool. 
The sight was too much for him so after a while he made a comment that we had to go fish since there was so little time.



Joop in action at the mill.

In the beginning the action was ridiculous, anytime a fly went in the water a trout would race towards it and grab it. 
The pool was filled with chunky rainbow trout that put up a good fight, many fish went airborne.


Rainbow trout

This action did not last long since the trout pretty soon figured that the shores where an unsafe place to be.
Still the black zonker streamer was irresistible to most trout although the fish became more wary by the hour.



More rainbows

At the end of the day I had caught at least 20 rainbows from the pool and although the action was fun
I wished I had caught them elsewhere on the river. 

I do not have to catch trout every day but just one per session on the river would be nice or at least
the sight of moving or rising trout would be sufficient.

Next year the stocking regime of the river will be changed, fish will be stocked more evenly during the year.
Hopefully in the upcoming year we will encounter trout in the river during all months of the season.

September 28th is the date for a new adventure since on that date the die-hards of our Dutch club
will be off to the Danish Baltic sea coast.

Our mission is to catch seatrout and cod in the sea and grayling and trout in the rivers. 
It will be my second time in Denmark this year and I know it will be good especially if I have the luck to
catch at least one fine strong seatrout again.


To be continued….

Flyfishing Germany – Sept. 10th. 2006

Flyfishing Germany – Sept. 10th. 2006

Joop had been fishing the river some days ago and told me 
about large schools of roach that would attack any dry fly
that landed on the surface.
He even had some shots at brown trout in the upper reaches
of our river.

So yesterday we where ready for another visit to our river.
The sky was cloudless and the weather service predicted a 
warm sunny day.
When we arrived at the river we wondered where all the fish
had gone. 
There was hardly a single fish feeding in the surface.
After a few fruitless casts with a sedge pattern it was time to
go subsurface and tie on the trusty pheasant tail nymph.
The fish where hiding in the brushes but could not resist the nymph.


Roach


The hideout

Surprisingly we came across another flyfisherman from one of the local German angling clubs.
We talked about fishing and before we knew it we where invited for a days fishing on the river that his club had leased.
We knew the river in question but we never had fished the stretch of his club which was located near the source.
The club did not issue day tickets but for us an exemption would be made.
The interesting thing was that the person we met was responsible for stocking fish in his club water.
From the stories he told us it seemed that his club stocked more regularly trout than our own club.

In the afternoon we fished various locations and Joop landed a nice brown trout for a change.
We came across a fellow fisherman and apparently a few trout where stocked in the last month.
I only managed to catch some more Roach from underneath the tree roots bordering the stream.

At the end of the day we fished the upper reaches of the river where Joop had missed three trout
on the previous visit.

The stream flowed through a deep trough, both banks where heavily covered with shrubs and trees.
You had to climb down the steep bank and slowly wade upstream to get to the slightly deeper holes
where fish could be hiding.

Joop coached me to the right locations, casting was done by rollcast or just by flipping the nymph into
The deeper sections of the stream.

At my first cast the indicator went down instantly, at first glance it looked like a trout had took
the nymph but it turned out to be a rudd. 

Rudd where very uncommon in our stream so I was quite surprised to find one in the upper reaches.
The next cast yielded another uncommon fish for this section, a nicely coloured perch.


Perch


Rudd


In the jungle

Near sunset we fished one of the little feeder streams.
Even though the water levels where very low fish where present in the pools and undercut banks of the small stream.


Hardly more than a ditch but it still holds fish.


A little perch


The pool

The pool yielded one decent roach and a few little ones.
I missed one fish that could have been a trout but maybe I was just imagining things.
So we spent another beautifull day at the river and made some new friends and we maybe
have found some new fishing grounds to explore in the future.