It still does not bore me :-)

Březen 25, 2018 - 10:16 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1330813 I had another great day in Vltava 24, this time with Michal Rypl, who was novice at the fishery. So I took him to the all interesting places, showed him all the secret flies :-) and also how to fish in this water. It’s not as easy as you would expect, fish change their position, last week they were only in the deeper and the slowest parts, this time they moved a little a stayed in the end of riffles in mouths of pools and along sides of the main current, still relatively deep. Nymphing is still the most effective fishing, streamer is too quick, I was fishing with nymphs behind another colleague who was using a D5 line and streamers, he was without a take and I caught 7 fish after him. Not only blob-jig worked, also PTN with an orange or pink neck, in the sunny periods with a gold bead, in the cloudy periods with a silver one. Size 12 was the best, leader 0,18 mm HC. Michal is a good pupil and he took my advice quickly as you can see in the gallery.
I had a nice story, I tried two colours of the blob-jig, one in the point and the other in the dropper, I hooked a rainbow of about 2 kg on the point fly, the fish was jumping a little and took about 15m of line, but next it calmed down and I pulled it to me. I could not lift it from bottom in the strong current, so I moved a little downstream to be under the fish and I was preparing the net, and suddenly two rainbows jumped from the water, both of them had a blob-jig in the mouth and I was clear. For this case, 0,18 mm is not enough :-)

Somebody could say that it is boring to fish for stockies ….

Březen 18, 2018 - 10:19 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1330684 .. but I don´t thing that :-)  After one week of skiing holiday with kids I had enough “home points”  so I was checking possibilities where to “wet a knot”during weekend. The strong cold front was moving through our country from north east during Saturday, but the temperature in the South Bohemia was above zero whole day whilst the rest of our country was gripped by blizzard. The discharge in the Vltava river was ideal, our fishery Vltava 24 was stocked by fresh fish on Thursday, so it was no doubt where to go. We met with Honza at the railway bridge at 10 a.m. and we decided to check the lower part of the fishery. There was already several fishermen in the water and I noticed a few bent rods. I helped to one funny guy to land his good fish as he had too small net (we say, that is was just good for butterflies …)
To cut a long story short, we both caught about 10 rainbows within approximately 3 hours, all fish of size 45 – 55 cm, both overwintered fish and stockies. I tried several colours of blob, and also nymphs and squirmies, all flies worked well.

On Sunday, it was too could for me (-8°C), but Tobi, who returned from skiing on the Sunday afternoon, could not resist and persuaded Jirka to go fishing and they also caught over ten fish. Jirka get the fish which smashed my leader two weeks ago. Next week it will be warmer …

Back in Vltava 24 after almost 6 weeks

Únor 25, 2018 - 12:29 am Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1270493 The Lipno Reservoir was almost full after Christmas and in the mountains, there was almost 2 m of snow, so the Vltava River Authority decided to release water from the reservoir and make enough space for the spring melting. The discharge from the lake had been 20 m3/s for the last 4 weeks, which resulted in the value of over 30 m3/s in the Vltava 24 in Boršov, although the weather was relatively mild during the last weeks, the flow in the Vltava river was too high for fishing. So I paid attention to finish some work, to preparation of the European Championship and also to tying flies. Till last Friday ….

On Friday, the discharge from the reservoir was decreased to 10 m3/s and the weather forecast promised for the weekend sunny and temperatures above zero  …

p1330490 On Saturday morning, I watched the phenomenal performance by Ester Ledecká during the Winter Olympics (I was windsurfing with her in the same bay in Greece last summer :-) ) and next I got two very similar messages from Tobi and Honza, who also noticed the drop of the discharge. We settled the meeting  in the camp at 13:30. I was there 13:00, Tobi 13:05 and Honza 13:10 :-) . We always compete and who is the first in the water has always an advantage :-)

The river looked great, only the cold front coming from the north partly covered sky by clouds, so the temperature stayed under the zero for the whole afternoon. I was going upstream from the camp with Tobi, Honza decided to go a little bit downstream. I was fishing with blob in the point and nymph on the dropper, same Tobi. I found a suitable place in the first pool, and during the third cast I saw visible hit to the line, I struck, and I was missing the point fly, probably a monster fish. I took another blob from my fly box, and after a few casts I had the second take, and on the blob was another fish with the first blob in its tail. So the story about the big fish was away, but the decent rainbow in the net warmed my frozen fingers and the first blob returned to the box. Next strike I got a few casts later, and it was a silver full finned rainbow over 60 cm, we were observing each other eye to eye for a few moments, I saw the blob in the corner of its mouth, and I imagined great fillets, the fish understood what I was thinking about, and ran upstream, took all my leader, nymphing line, a few metres of backing and smashed my leader over a stone. So I went to the bank to make a new leader and let Tobi the hot spot. He had another three takes and 2 fish in my hand. Great start of the day.
p1330504 Next we moved downstream to the next pool and we caught there another 7 fish between us. While we were having a break on the bank in a short sunny period to thaw frozen reels, rods and leaders, Jan Čerkl, owner of the local pub in the camp and keen fly-fisherman, brought us espresso and small beer. What a great service and a great life :-) . Honza had also few takes in the downstream part.

The best fly was orange blob jig as usually in this time of the year, but we got a few fish also on the “traditional” jigs like Orange tag and PTN. I was fishing extended Hanák Alpen nymph rod size 5, I started with 0,16 mm fluorocarbon, but I replaced it by 0,18 after losing the big fish.

Vltava 24 again not bad

Leden 6, 2018 - 11:31 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1320962 We could not resist another nice day although the water in the Vltava River was high and a little muddy  after heavy rains … we knew what to do … to use the native imitative patterns  …. the orange blob and squirmy worm :-) Tobi caught 2 rainbows on the blob, same me, and later in the afternoon we saw a few rising fish, we thought that there are rainbows, but I covered one rise with my team of “flies” and I get good nase on the squirny, so I thing, that it was not a rising fish, but the nase splashing water while raking the bottom. Not a bad day, 5 nice fish in 2 hours.

Next I went to Lipno to check cottage and I made few nice pictures


New season is coming, Vltava 24 scores

Leden 1, 2018 - 9:54 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

pf-2018-mh-eng Dear fly fishing friends, first of all, I wish you Happy New Year full of love, happiness, contentment and, of course, fishing. From the upcoming year 2018, I will cooperate on all activities connected with fly fishing with Patrik Jedlička under one brand Patrik Jedlička is my friend, great fly-fisherman and owner of the luxury hotel Annín at Otava river. If you would like to visit us, let me know and we can arrange details.

January 1st – first trip of the year to Vltava 24

p1320833 Mild weather on 1st of January was simply irresistible, so I called Tobi after lunch weather he had already bought fishing permit for the Vltava 24 and if he was already sobering. Answers was “YES, of course, Im just packing my gear” ….. and we met at the bridge in Boršov with Šindy in 15 minutes. After the windy morning, the west wind calmed down and sun was peeking out of the clouds, it was about 8 degrees above zero, simply ideal conditions for the winter fishing. p1320844 In 1,5 hour, we hooked nice 11 rainbows of size 45-55 cm, a few barbel and coarse fish, not a bad start of the season, what do you thing? I saw also few hatching olives and midges and also a rainbow rising. Do you know another water in the Czech Republic where you can catch fish such quality in January? As the new year, so throughout the year :-)

Vltava 24

Listopad 26, 2017 - 1:57 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1320688 We aimed last few visits of our trophy part in Vltava river on the pike fishing. I did not have a special pike rod, so I asked my friend Pavel, who is rod-builder, to cat my old lake rod by 20 cm and “sharpen it”. Tying of big streamers is interesting and fishing with them is hard work and strong rod helps. I was not so successful like Franta and Honza, but I caught few smaller pikes and rod worked well. One week ago we observed with Honza a big crocodile from bridge and estimated its length of about 1 m, and last Thursday morning Honza called me that it is exactly 96 cm :-) .

Last Saturday was not so cold, so we went again to Vltava with Honza, this time to the lower part of the river stretch. We started with pike fishing, but I had only few follows of smaller pikes.  In the end, I decided to wet also some trout streamers because the place looked like a home of a big rainbow, my leader was not ideal :-)   sink tip line,  1 m of fluorocarbon 0,50 mm, 30 cm pike wire, and next 2 m of 0,22 fluorocarbon with two black-orange streamers. After few casts I got strong hit to the line and decent rainbow was jumping above the surface of the river. What a surprise, finally I missed another take and one fish broke my leader, so it was time to go home. Hopefully we we’ll be lucky for few more mild days before the end of the year.

Vltava in Český Krumlov

Listopad 26, 2017 - 1:31 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1320634 Maybe one of the last fishing days in the season. After few outings of pike fishing with big streamers, I was missing light nymphing with my new Hanák superlight rod, and also looking forward to test new colours of beads. Nice weather was irresistible, so I went to Vltava river close to Český Krumlov, at first I caught few graylings in the town, it was good message, that grayling is able to survive and to growth after stocking. We stock them regularly in the age of one year and size of about 15 cm inside of the town, where they are sheltered against cormorants. Next I moved a little upstream and caught few browns, chub and also about 20 rainbows. Not monsters, but nice fish in good condition, three of them I took home and made dinner for our family.

People visit in this stressful time psychologists, psychotherapists, therapists, life-coaches, or church, I go fishing, river is my church, therapists and coach :-)

2 hours at Vltava 24

Říjen 24, 2017 - 5:31 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1320580 I was tying some big pike streamers yesterday evening (the best one will be definitely combination black and fluogreen with orange blob on tail :-) so i could not resist to test them today after work. I took also nymphing rod to catch a rainbow for dinner. Weather was nice, nobody was at river, but fish did not cooperate well. On nymph, I caught only a few monster dace and roach, not any take from rainbow. With big streamers I explored all suitable pools and windows at banks, but I recorded not any interest, I did not even see a pike, but finally, like Jakub Vágner, I caught one smaller pike by the very very last cast, however, it was not like Jakub, he always catches on the very last cast a monster fish :-) p1320582

Team Finland Ladies

Říjen 22, 2017 - 6:47 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1320532 I was asked by Maria to help ladies team Finland during practice before EUCH. Maria, Kanerva, Aino and Petri arrived in night and I was waiting for them in České Budějovice and next we headed to Herbertov. We arrived just before midnight, and after we took our things to rooms I opened some Pilsner beer and Slivovice from my Slovak friends and we started “Welcome party” which transformed at midnight to my “Birthday party” and I got nice hand-knit socks in Finnish colours :-) .

Next morning we started fishing at Herbertov, I presented my own setup of nymphing leader and nymphs and also nymphing technique, luckily I caught few browns and brook trouts, thanks my friends :-) . Girls and Petry also caught many fish, foggy morning changed to nice sunny day, fish were also occasionally rising, so it was beautiful morning. For lunch I prepared “Czech traditional burgers” from meat loaf and Pilsner beer and after lunch we mover upstream, when I also presented dry-dropper system, and luckily again caught a trout during demonstration :-) Tiina arrived after lunch by train and she was so exited to be there, that she jumped to river and she was swimming for few metres :-) I have to say that she was not whimpering and she was fishing till evening (next day she came in swimming suit under waders :-) ). In the evening we went for dinner to Český Krumlov to Gipsy pub and we also make short sigh seeing walk.

Next morning we visited Květoňov lake, and Tiina and Aino for the fist time tried fishing from boat. There were some fresh stocked rainbows, so we caught about 30 fish, mainly under surface on roly-poly, the biggest fish get Aino. In the afternoon we returned to river and I took them further downstream, to the place when I had peg with my team during Hanák Open. It was interesting, that in one pool we caught in the second round of competition 10 rainbows (in the first round was caught 16 and in the last one 6),  and with finish ladies we caught in the same place 11. I have to thank you girls and Petry for nice two days and see you next year.

Three friends from Spain

Říjen 16, 2017 - 10:52 am Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1320442 I was asked by Daniel Barrachina from Spain for help during short trip aimed on practice on waters where will be the next European championship held, so I arranged accommodation, all documents and I was fishing with them for three days to show them all the competition sectors and also to explain different rules modifications relating to our championship. I picked Daniel, Ruben and Luis at airport up and through short visit in Hanák Shop we were hurried to check the river. We were staying at Penzion Herbertov which will be the main base of the Championship. Guys jumped to water just in front of the Penzion like cormorants and Ruben caught first fish, a nice brook trout. Finally we were fishing all sectors in Vltava, also half day in Květoňov lake, where I rent boat from my friend David (the bet “who catch the last fish pays beer” lost Daniel :-) and I also took them to Devil stones, which had been already closed for fishing from October 1st due to spawning of brown trout, but we were walking along the river and I explained basic tactic in this difficult water. They also tasted our traditional cuisine including Becherovka, Svíčková na smetaně and Czech version of hamburger with big piece of meat loaf :-) .  I hope it was useful for them and I´m really looking forward to meet this friendly guys next year, maybe I will start to study Spanish to understand their flaming discussions :-)