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Month: January 2018

Germany 28.01.2018

Germany 28.01.2018

The dilemma of the early season …. either cold and dry or warm and wet.
Both situations not exactly ideal to go after roach, dace and the like.
Currently the weather pattern was warm and wet, the stream never got near to a decent
fishable level.

The long term forecast was in the cold and dry department so I choose this day with
a balmy 12 degrees C as my fishing day for the weekend.
Since it had been dry for a longer time I had hoped the stream would be fishable but 
the level just would not drop towards a more fisherman friendly level.

With so much water pushing through the stream it was hard to find a spot that was
fishable and would likely hold any fish.
I again tried the current seam of a deeper pool but the nymph did not track well
with the current picking the nymph up after a short drift.
All the effort was finally rewarded with one dace, only after I had tied on a heavy dropper
to get to the fish holding depth.

The second spot in the forest looked good but again to much turbulence in the
water for a decent drift and so no hits on the fly.
With the big storm from a week ago many trees where downed and on a windy
day such as this I took care not to be in harm’s way as trees could still be
unstable and come down.

The last and final spot for the day was messed up because a big branch had fallen right in the deeper pool
where I wanted to fish.
As the branch likely provided cover for fish and a narrow seam of the current was relatively calm I tried
anyway and was rewarded with fish number 2 of the day, a small brown trout.
I tried one pool upstream but even there the current was blasting through the otherwise calm section of
water. Normally you would find dace and roach here and maybe a stray brown trout.
The dace and roach did not show up but surprisingly at the end of several drifts the indicator went down
and I was into a brown trout.

I was happy with the three fish I had caught today as the last outings where single fish ones.
All that fishing made me thirsty so it was off to the pub for some cold ones and a good meal.

Germany 14.01.2018

Germany 14.01.2018

As I generally have a dislike for Stillwater I opted to fish the German stream instead of the Dutch canal today.
With the stream still returning from flooding stage and a temperature around 2 degrees C or 36 F I knew
it would be difficult to get my first fish of the season.

The current at my usual haunts was still too strong meaning the eddies with calm water
where not present, it just rushed over all the deeper pools I liked to fish.
Even at the slower dammed sections upstream nothing was happening.
I tried nymphing first and then a small streamer hoping to get a yellow perch.
Since the previous nights had clouds the temperatures did not go below freezing but it
was still too cold for decent action.
In the afternoon the skies cleared and a weak sun appeared.

My plan for the day was to end up in the local pub for dinner and since there was a good
pool nearby I tried it for a last ditch effort to avoid the first skunk of the year.
I fished a ptn with an orange bead and hoped that at least one of the shiners would have
a go at it … I was pleasantly surprised when my indicator went under and I noticed that I
was connected to a (be it out season) brown trout.

The barbless hook was not well connected to the fish but the soft action rod dampened
the run of the fish and It stayed on … pure luck I guess.
Mission accomplished and off to the pub 🙂