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Netherlands 03-01-2020

Netherlands 03-01-2020

I had a black cat feeling about my first fishing day of the year … spotted one in the field on my way to the water 🙂Then again that sudden temperature rise would surely put the pike in feeding mode despite the rains that where predicted.To put it short … total blank today … not a single bite and halfway the session it began to rain seriously. Fished the border stream again and the water looked pretty good, did not see…

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Netherlands 30-12-2019

Netherlands 30-12-2019

Last chance to get a pike this year so I fished a stream on the border.Pretty strong flow but good visibility. The shortcut through the preserve meant dealing with the highlanders but luckily they did not seem that bothered by my presence.  Managed to hook two pike but on both the hook did not stick so I am afraid I was skunked again.Then again it was a huge improvement over the session before when I did not see any action at…

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Netherlands 28-12-2019

Netherlands 28-12-2019

With the end of the year in sight it was time for our traditional venue to close of the flyfishing year,the so called “oliebol snoeken”.Where “oliebol” stood for the deep fried raisin bun, a traditional end of the year treat in the Netherlands.With “snoeken” pike fishing was meant. The location for this year was a polder, a piece of low lying reclaimed land littered with small canalsand ditches used to drain the land by means of pumping stations.It was cold…

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Netherlands 09-06-2019, trying for shad.

Netherlands 09-06-2019, trying for shad.

At our local flyfishingclub plans where made for an outing to Rotterdam to pursue shad.At one of the club meetings the neccesary flies where tied and dates where picked for the venue.The location was the ” Nieuwe Waterweg” which was in facto the artificial mouth of the Rhine with the North Sea.The best time to fish for shad was towards the low tide when the shadwould gather in the lower part of the waterway as they entered from the sea.The…

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Netherlands 16-02-2019

Netherlands 16-02-2019

A day ago I walked past an innercity canal and spotted a bunch of large perch lying on the canal floor hiding under some floating plants.I was there “unarmed” so I vowed to check the place out the next day. Off course I went back to the canal and checked the location of yesterday … no one was at home. I then went looking for the perch at the other bank and noticed one fish on the move. Once cast…

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Netherlands 28-12-2018

Netherlands 28-12-2018

At this time of year my fly-fishing friends usually gather for the last official fly-fishing session, the so called “oliebollen snoeken” .Where “oliebollen” is a treat during the fishing (deep fried dumpling with raisins usually coated with sugar powder) andthe “snoek”  stands for the northern pike as target for the fishing. One of us suggested to do something different for a change and go to a put-and-take pond instead.The plan was accepted so we would trade pike for rainbow trout at…

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Netherlands 12.11.2017

Netherlands 12.11.2017

I had planned some river fishing today over the border in Germany but with the low temperature and constant rain I decided to ditch that plan. It was quite cold and so I made up plan B to go to my perch spot at the end of the day when the temperature would be at its highest. My hotspot was a canal and although that water held perch and also pike you had to find the fish otherwise the exercise…

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Netherlands 08.06.2017

Netherlands 08.06.2017

As the Asps where still milling in my head I had to go back to the big river. A little search on the internet revealed some information that should have been helpful  to improve my chances. One of the things written was be early on the water and so I was at the big river somewhere around 5.30 ish. Off course no people, no shipping traffic and thus clear water. What I noticed where fish in the surface … small…

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Netherlands 05.06.2017

Netherlands 05.06.2017

With all the low water at the home stream I decided today to head in the opposite direction aka west to try my luck on the big water. I opted to go to the Ijssel river or as the Romans called it “Isala”. Big, wide, strong current and so on, a whole other dimension than what I am normally used. My timing was a bit off meaning late as it was a beautiful day and the spot I picked was…

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Netherlands 25-04-2017

Netherlands 25-04-2017

Today my friends and I tried to catch a seatrout (searun browns) at a coastal lake that is part in a pilot project to reintroduce migratory fish to the northern part of the Netherlands. We where hoping to run into one of the searun browns or at least get a flounder or an ide (shiner) but the weather was against us. It was cold, the wind had stirred up the sediment of the lake causing the visibility to drop to…

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