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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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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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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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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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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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