Fly-fishing camp for Team Hungary

Květen 1, 2022 - 6:09 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

group My friend Zsigmond, captain of the Fly Fishing Team Hungary, asked me to help with organisation of small camp for Hungarian fly fishermen connected with competition, which we called “Vltava Cup”. I booked Penzion Hebertov, our traditional fly-fishing base, arranged all necessary documents, permission from our board and discharge in river. All participants of the competition contributed 10 euros to our Fund for the support of youth sport. I also tried to arrange weather, but it is beyond my competence :-) .

Some people arrived already on Thursday, but main practice day was on Friday, I presented main important methods for competition – nymphing, dry fly and streamer. Morning was cold so fish were not active and did not cooperate well, but we caught something. In the afternoon, after a typical April shower, massive hatch of olives started and fish responded immediately, so we enjoyed also dry fly action. Saturday competition was not easy, but nobody blanked and winner caught 11 fish in two rounds by 90 minutes. On Sunday we again practised different methods of nymphing, mainly dry-dropper system. It was nice early season weekend with great friends, see you next time.

The Opening Day

Duben 18, 2022 - 9:26 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1040842 Some of my friends asked me last week where  I would going at the opening day of the season. April 16th is the opening day in our trout waters. My answer was, that I opened this season on January 1st as Vltava 24 offers great fishing whole year around. I don´t like the  rush along our trout waters during the first weekend of the season. On Saturday the 16th morning, I looked out of the window, it was cloudy and 5°C, I made breakfast for my wife and returned to bed. Next we were watching a ladies tennis match between Czech rep. and UK which we won :-) . At the lunchtime, the weather improved a little so I decided to visit Vltava 24, discharge in the river was low, maybe it could show up a hatch of something.

When I arrived at the river, my friend Honza, owner of the local restaurant, had just finished grilling of chickens, so I started my fishing trip with half of the chicken, coffee and small Pilsner, not a bad start.  During the lunch, I talked with other fishermen who came to the pub to warm up after the morning session, all of them caught something, and they told me, that morning was very cold and very busy, they estimated at least 20 people fishing in the stretch in the town.

I decided to visit lower part of the fishery, maybe there could be still some fish from last Autumn. I was welcomed by a massive hatch of the spring olives and by Sun which had just broken through the clouds. I was fishing for about an hour and a half, and I caught 5 nice overwintered fish in size 45 – 60 cm, all of them were in the great condition, but all of them had some injuries from predators, probably from otter.

Rest of the weekend we spent at our cottage at the Lipno Lake with whole family, I prepared windsurfing gear for incoming season, we also underwent some Easter customs (painting of eggs, making of whip, carolling, drinking, overeating …) and I also tried carp fishing and I made some pictures of yachtsmen and of the spring nature.

Fish are finally rising !!!!

Duben 11, 2022 - 8:45 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1040769 Reduced discharge in Vltava River and warm weather resulted in a massive hatch of Stonefly and March Brown and fish finally started to rise, I was fishing with Tobi and we caught about 30 fish together on dries, 50% of catches was created by big chub and rest was rainbow trout and brook trout. Peter caught another 15 fish, half on dry, half on nymph, mostly rainbows. Its a pity that the reduced discharge is only during weekends, but we hope that Lipno Reservoir will be on required level soon and the discharge in the river will be reduced for a longer period, the second half of April is usually famous for lunch time hatch of small light sedge.

Květoňov lake with David

Duben 8, 2022 - 8:43 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1040717 Winter still has not gave up yet, moreover I caught COVID for the second time three weeks ago and it slowed down my fly-fishing activities. I had to cancel first competition because I could not recover enough, so I missed nice day in blizzard :-) . But after two weeks I was feeling better and I visited Květoňov lake with David, who has there a small boat.  Weather was typical for April in our region, 30 minutes sunshine, 30 minutes snow fall … But we had over 30 fish in the boat including few nice brooks, so it was great day, the best method was pulling of lures, but we caught some fish also on dries and also on nymph under bung.

Dry fly is still not working too much in Vltava

Březen 21, 2022 - 10:20 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1040663 Higher flow in the river and relatively cold nights slowed down a little bit the spring development of the life in the river. The flow is temporary decreased only during weekends, so last Sunday afternoon I arranged date with Tobi to find out if anything is going on. Stoneflies roamed all around the water and above the water and I saw one rising rainbow during preparation of rod, and I caught it ten minutes later. It was the only rising fish which I saw. I caught few fish on nymphs, also on blob, including the perch, and Tobi, who was fishing only team of dry flies all afternoon, finally caught two rainbows rising just before sunset. Weather forecast for next week is nothing special, so we will see what will April bring.

Vltava 24

Březen 6, 2022 - 9:52 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1040623 It had looked like it wouldn’t be real winter in our country this year, but it finally arrived in the end of February, we had nice spring holiday with family on mountains, and the cold weather didn’t attract me much to the water. Květoňov lake froze again. But on Sunday, the withdrawal symptoms were too severe and I set off to the river despite the air temperature that barely climbed above zero. I started with blob and 0,18 mm tippet as there were stocked some fresh fish one week ago, but I had no take for about 30 minutes. So I decided to change my tactic and I used 0,15 mm tippet and 16 size nymphs and PTN nymph made my day. In two hours, I caught 12 trout including nice overwintered rainbow, few brooks and also one small brown. I met Tobi and few other friends, we talked a little on the bank during warm-up breaks, simply nice afternoon. When I returned home, I was in the bath for an hour :-)

First visit of the Květoňov lake

Únor 23, 2022 - 9:12 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

img-20220223-wa0020 Warm weather with strong warm wind and rain caused melting of ice on the Květoňov lake and I arranged “refreshment” of the fish stock immediately, we had nice rainbows and brooks in our hatchery, so there was no reason to wait :-)
I visited the lake with Michal and we had a nice afternoon there, we caught about 30 fish together, mostly on yellow flies, a bigger fish smashed my 0,20 mm leader, it was probably an overwintered fish as few similar fish were caught by my friends, who were more lucky or better prepared ( I borrowed two pictures from FB). It was great practice before the first lake competition which will take place at Jestřabice lake on April 2nd. We are ready!!!

Spring is knocking on the door even though it’s February

Únor 17, 2022 - 1:29 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1040587 I visited Vltava 24 for three times in January, it was always not bad, but I made no picture. Blobs were not working well as fish were a little smarter after high autumnal and Christmas fishing pressure, therefore it was necessary to use smaller nymphs and also to reduce diameter of tippet to 0,14 mm. During first two weeks of February, there was high discharge in the river, I had too much work and we also paid attention to other winter sports (indoor beach volleyball, winter windsurfing, fly tying, …. :-) . The drop of discharge together with the warming pulled me back to the water yesterday afternoon. I was fishing mainly with dry dropper system, I finally hooked 9 rainbows in two hours, majority in the range of 45 – 50 cm and in the great condition, the best fly was PTN with orange bead. I saw one fish rising and one stonefly hatching, and also first spring flowers blossoming. Spring is coming, I expect first hatch of stonefly in two weeks !!!

Last trout was invited for dinner, meat from the tail was marinated in the lemon juice, mixed with teaspoon of Dijon mustard and herbs and served on toast, from the front part of the trout I made pasta with vegetable, white wine and Feta cheese, simply great two-course meal for five people from one trout :-)

Winter windsurfing on the Lipno Lake

Únor 14, 2022 - 10:02 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1120759 Fly fishing is not the only winter sport which I like. I constructed home made Ice-Snow-Wind Board (or sledge), I was studying Google and YouTube, I was soaking experiences from our colleagues from Canada and Russia, and next I exchanged old ski for a bottle of wine with my friend and visited OBI to buy all components and I made the board in our living room during one evening. Last weekend we were testing it on the Lipno Lake, which was frozen by solid layer of glassy ice, and the test was successful. If there had been a little more windy and a if a small layer of snow had lay on the ice, it could be fantastic.

But, some fishing wouldn´t be bad, we will see what this week brings :-)

Happy New Year

Leden 1, 2022 - 10:18 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

I wish you all the best in the New Year to be better than the previous one, especially health, time for fishing and a good wind in the sails. I hope to see you by the water and wish you to have as much enthusiasm for fishing as the two guys in the boat on the picture (the picture was made at the Lipno lake on December 31st 2020:-)) Don’t let your fishing boots dry!!!

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