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Flyfishing Netherlands, July 5th. 2008

Flyfishing Netherlands, July 5th. 2008

For a change I headed west instead of east to visit one of the larger rivers in
the area I live.
My intention was to take the 6-weight and toss streamers around in a big
murky river in order to catch a nice perch or maybe even an asp (predatory shiner).
When I arrived at the banks of the river and looked at the mass of water I knew it
would be a tough day.


The river

The pilings at a large bridge where my best bet to catch fish.
All those structures in the water should have been a prime ambush spot for predators.


The bridge

I probed the bridge, the pilings and the eddies formed by the strong currents but absolutely
nothing was interested in the streamers I fished.
I did see big splashes in the middle of the river that where probably caused by hunting aps
but then again I might imagined that on this bright sunny summers day.


Signs of summer

The only option left was to fish the many breakwaters along the river.
According to common belief the points of such small dams where a prime spot for predators.
The small baitfish that would try to swim around the points on these little dams had the chance to be swept away by the main river current right into the mouths of the predators.
At least the small bait fish where present among the stones.


The baitfish

Although it was Saturday the amount of commercial boating traffic surprised me.
Every time one of these freighters came along all the silt was stirred up from the 
bottom. 
Still in my book the water clarity should not have been the reason that I was not
catching any fish.



Some more views on the river
After several hours of fruitless casting the idea of getting skunked came up in my mind.
Off course I could not expect to catch something on a river I never had fished frequently 
in the past, the last time I had been there was maybe 5 years ago.
Late in the afternoon I finally had a hit on the fly.
Off course I was happy that skunk had been avoided but it also made clear to me why it
took 5 years to get back to this river.


After a lot of work … mini yellow perch

With the approach of a rain front in the distance and the mission more or less completed I decided it was time to go.
The elusive aps hat eluded me again so maybe in five years time I might return to that river.
Arriving at home I received a mail that some of my friends had plans to head east to fish a 
good trout river, just what I need after this day 

Flyfishing Netherlands, Feb. 24th. 2008

Flyfishing Netherlands, Feb. 24th. 2008

At the end of the month the pike season ends here so today we decided to fish
a last time for Pike at the pond of the local University. 
We arrived at the ponds in the afternoon and met a few fellow fishermen who told 
us of lots of pike activity and catches in the morning hours. 

Although spring like weather and temperatures where forecast for this Sunday it remained cold and grey. 
The pike did not show themselves as they had done on earlier visits.
When I fished a quiet corner of the pond I suddenly noticed frantic baitfish moving away 
from the general direction of my streamer, surely a pike was on the prowl.
When I probed the corner for a second time the streamer was promptly intercepted by the pike.



Pike nr. 1

I was hoping that in the afternoon the pike activity would pick up but several hours
of fishing remained fruitless.
The campus of the University was dotted with ponds so after a while I walked over to
a long shallow pond where I had spotted pike on an earlier trip.


Pond at the campus.

At the end of the pond there was a lot of activity from baitfish so I was pretty sure
that the one or other pike would lay in ambush there.
My first strikes turned out to be debris from the bottom but after a while a pike hit
The streamer instantly and put up a good fight.


Pike nr. 2

I was almost on my way to the first pond when I spotted jumping baitfish at a spot
I had just fished. I could see the broad back from the pike coming out of the water as it chased the fleeing baitfish. 
Thinking it would be easy to catch that pike I doubled back and waited for an attack.
Unfortunately nothing happened and after dozens of casts I decided to go back to the first pond. 
At sunset the sky cleared and the temperature dropped quickly.
Pike where nowhere to be seen, we left when it became dark.
So the pike season is over for the time being, now we are waiting for the opening of the
trout season.

Flyfair Netherlands 2008

Flyfair Netherlands 2008

On Saturday May 24th I visited the Flyfair at Fort Altena here in the Netherlands.
This was the first flyfair I went to after a very long time and I must
say it was a worthwhile visit.

In the past the flyfair was held on the banks of the Ijssel river but this time
they choose a 18th century fort as location.
The majority of the members from my local flyfishing club attended the fair and so did
most of the other flyfisherman from our country.

The organisation had provided a nice program with lectures and fly-casting demonstrations.
The flytying tent was staffed with fly-tiers from all over Europe to even some folks from the USA.
Since I was going on one of my major flyfishingtrips soon it was an ideal occasion to stock
up with gear.
We stayed all day at the fair and had a blast.


The moat with windmills in the far distance


Rows of people waiting at the gate



In front of the fort, my buddies pondering what to tell the wife:D







At the Ids Schukken booth.










Inside the main hall




Flytying tent.



Casting new rods and watching a two hand casting demonstration with
Michael Ladefoged from Denmark.

Flyfishing Netherlands, jan. 19th. 2008

Flyfishing Netherlands, jan. 19th. 2008

Despite the extremely lousy weather today (it is expected to rain continuously for 72 hrs) we went out to our favorite pike pond this morning.
During the low light conditions in the morning we could not spot any action in the water.
Not only the low light but strong winds and continuous showers roughened up the waters surface.

Later in the morning we spotted fleeing baitfish and both managed to hook and land a pike.
I was using the light rod again with a red/yellow streamer which was in fact a steelhead fly from a set I once purchased during a fly sale.
The pike I got was a small one but a welcome sight since action was kind of slow.


Pike on small streamer.

I managed to hook a larger fish in another pond but unfortunately that fish came off at the last minute.
At the end of our session I had another run in with the pike.
While fishing along a wall I missed the strike of a pike, since the fish had not felt the hook I fished the
spot for a second time and once again missed the strike.

So the weather was terrible but the fish was biting and off course almost everybody else wasted time by staying home.