Vltava 27 with Dan and Michal

Srpen 20, 2018 - 7:15 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

During summer, I prefer for fishing Vltava 27 to Vltava 28, there is less canoes in the morning, and also fish stock is more variable. You can catch brown trout, rainbow trout, grayling, brook trout, perch, roach, chub, dace …  I visited this water few times, and also with friends.
Dan Svrček, former member of the Czech Team, always comes with family for one week holiday in the end of summer, and we always go together in the morning to Vltava 27.
And Michal Rypl will join our team for the Erik Eikre Invitational competition in October, so we had the first practice :-)
Michal made a nice video from those morning session :-)

Zander fishing and windsurfing in Lipno

Srpen 10, 2018 - 10:15 am Komentáře nejsou povoleny

lipno-candat In the summer, I fish in Lipno lake for zander, sometimes alone, sometimes with a friend, sometimes with “gumi”, sometimes with life bait. I´m presenting few pictures from the last summer :-)

And if there is windy, I focus on windsurfing :-)

Vltava 29 P with Kristof

Červenec 28, 2018 - 5:35 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1350961 Kristof, my Belgian friend, who regularly attends our workshops, spent a week with family at Lipno lake during summer and we were fishing Vltava 29 under the dam one morning. We chose this water as there was very hot and in the main river, there was a lot of canoeists. In the morning, we were fishing nymphs, but fishing was slow, later we tried dry flies and it was the key for nice catches. I had to leave at lunch time, but Kristof returned in the evening and he reported me, that evening hatch was great.

Květoňov Lake after the European Championship with David

Červenec 15, 2018 - 7:47 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

kvetonov The fishing in the Květoňov lake was the biggest disappointment in the Championship, water had been relatively warm and a heavy rain had brought nutrients to the upper layer of the lake just before the Championship, which triggered growth of algae, so the water was like pea soup during the competition and fishing was nothing special, mainly from bank. But after the championship, the water cooled down and fish became more active, so I visited lake with David. We had about 50 fish in the boat during evening session, including 7 fish over 50 cm ….

First four pictures are from championship, last four from our visit :-)

Practice with team Spain before Euro

Červen 10, 2018 - 7:38 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1340675 Daniel asked me to help his team during practice before championship. They don´t need to learn fishing, but local information and some tips for tactics were hopefully useful, we very enjoyed this few days, which were for me the last relax before the madness, and they gained bronze medal :-) It was great experience for me to see them, how hard were they practising, how they were cooperating. The only problem was to get for them T-shirts in a children size :-)

South Bohemia Fly Fishing champiosnhip

Květen 21, 2018 - 9:22 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1340618 Last Sunday we organised annual South Bohemian Fly Fishing championship, under the very exciting name of the competition, it is hidden very friendly but very prestigious competition between anglers from four local fly fishing clubs. This year, we hosted 18 competitors, and I gained silver medal :-)

p1340614 I very much appreciate success in this competition as it took part in my favourite Vltava river and we have great rivalry among us.

And what was the best method? Nymphing with two jig flies (size 16, tipped 0,10 mm, 2 size rod), and dry fly.  It was caught 389 fish in total, most abundant were brown trout (150), chub (72) grayling (59) dace (58) and roach (41), it was caught also rainbow trout (2), brook trout (1), perch (3) and gudgeon (3). We had size limit 15 cm, but I guess that 60 % of fish was longer than 20 cm.

Große Mühl

Květen 12, 2018 - 9:24 am Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1340517 I was invited by a group of Austrian fly-fishermen to make a small workshop at their club water Große Mühl close to Aigen. They would like to see current Czech style of nymphing and other fly-fishing techniques and also a little talk about the management of the water. Bernd, my host, asked me to show different fly – fishing techniques, and he also took me to different places in this beautiful piece of water to show how to fish under different conditions, in ripples, pools etc.

Manuel and Nicholas, another two Bernd´s friends attending the workshop, were waiting for us at the river. We started with a short lecture and presentation of suitable equipment, construction of leaders and selection of flies, for this size of river I recommended a 3-size rod of 9 feet. I chose my Sage SLT, the Bentley between rod limousines :-) I also presented fishing and luckily I caught few fish :-) In the early morning, the fish were not too active, but a little movement with nymphs was the right trigger for takes.  It gradually improved, and we caught a lot of fish. Manu tried also my rod to see effect of well balanced equipment. He is about to buy a new rod :-)

Morning session ran away quickly and we moved for a local beer and starter to the famous Mackerel Grill grill, and next for schnitzel, of course. After the great lunch I could not move, but the fishing had been so good, so we got up from tables and moved to the upper part of the fishery. Under a bridge on the confluence of the channel from power plant and another small inflow, I had opportunity to present devastating effect of the of well balanced equipment and team of two 18-size nymphs :-) I noticed the significant improvement in the fishing of all the three guys, small changes in construction of leaders, technique and also in reading of water and made big difference !!! And practice, practice, practice!!! And move, move and move :-)

Nik and Manu had to leave at about 5 pm, and Bernd next took me to the uppermost part of the fishery, to the big pool above a weir. I have to say that the last hour of fishing was simply amassing, trout started to rise and used team of wet flies and it was simply devastating. Oh.

I would like to pay a little attention to the management. Bernd told me, that they cooperate with BOKU Viena and a Norwey univeristy, and they got simply advice: not to stock anything, only protect wild fish and let them naturally reproduce, and in suitable places improve habitats for fish by putting of structures, e.g. big boulders and death wood. AND IT DEFINITELY WORKS!!!  I caught several tens of brown trout in the size from of 10 cm till 35 cm, all in great condition. BEST MANAGEMENT’, NO MANAGEMENT!!!

I hope that guys enjoyed the day at least like me and I´m looking forward to the next visit when we will more concentrate also on the local grayling. And in September, we will make another small workshop.

Camp with Dutch Team

Květen 9, 2018 - 10:02 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1340378 I was asked by René Koops to organise short weekend camp for Dutch team in Rožmberk. It promised nice few days with friendly people, so I was looking forward to it. We were mainly practising fishing in the Devil Stones, which look easy for leisure fishermen, who always catch a nice trout there, but it is difficult for competitors, who have to catch many fish in a short time and more over after every catch they have to go to the judge. I hope I payed enough attention to everybody and all the attendants finally understand what is fishing in this difficult water about, how to cast, how to construct leaders, how to move, and all of them showed a significant improvement.

p1340333 Fishing in the Vltava river under Vyšší Brod was harder, water which is released from the deeper part of the Lipno lake comparing with Devil Stones is still much colder and fish and all life is not so active. But we caught few fish, mainly on nymph. Dutchmen  asked me also to show fishing with streamer, so brought from Franta Hanák´ shop his brand new line with sink tip, intermediate body and floating running line specially constructed for rivers like Vltava characterised by variable profile with shallows and pools. I prepared leader of 2 metres with two streamers, next I had a short speech about the technique and tactics, and I casted to the deepest pool in the river. To be honest, I did not believe in a success, I had expected that all the rainbows stocked one month ago are already away,  what was a surprise that after few casts I got a strong hit to the line and a decent rainbow of about 50 cm was dancing above the water. I was so frightened that I lost it :-) I had another take, next I lent the rod to John and he lost also one fish. Finally, in an hour, I returned, and I got two good fish to the net. Tino got another nice rainbow one nymph. We both had seen rising them :-)

We really enjoyed the weekend, on Saturday afternoon visited us for the great dinner in Hotel Růže also Thierry Hockers with his friend from Belgium team, and we tasted also some bottles of Chardonay, both from California and Czech vineyards.

On Monday, I  barely could not move, jumping between boulders is not for my old bones and muscles :-)

Lets wake up and back to the work with preparation of the Championship.

CzechFlyFish team on Otava 6 Trophy part

Duben 21, 2018 - 12:23 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1340175 From the year 2018, it has been opened the new trophy part in the Otava River between Čepice and Žichovice. Managers promise trophy rainbows and brook trout and maybe in the future also tiger fish. And also supporting of the brown trout and grayling populations. I noticed some discussion on Facebook about this step in the management of the fishery. This part of the river hosts relatively good populations of wild brown trout and grayling and the stocked fish can negatively affect their reproduction. It is not 100% sure that stocked fish will adapt to river conditions and that they will be able to pray on a native food, like insect or fish fry. According to my experience from Vltava 24, the stocked fish don´t significantly affect wild fish. In any case, wild fish also suffer from the high fishing pressure, which will be decreased by relatively expensive fishing permits. We will see.

p1340153 To have our own experience, our CzechFlyFish Team composed by Patrik, Honza and me decided to test the water. Weather was fantastic keeping in mind that there is still April, which should be cold, windy and rainy, and we burned our faces, necks and hands. The flow in the river was relatively high, but we are not out from sugar :-) During the day, we fished all the parts of the fishery, and we caught nice fish in all suitable places, rainbows from 1 kg to 4 kilograms,  brook trout up to 40 cm, and also many nice wild browns and graylings.

p1340083 And equipment? I like to fish with proper equipment.  For the streamer, I used  rod SAGE Z-Axis size 8, sinking line Airflo 40+ and Hanak Competition fluorocarbon 0,22 mm and team of Cat Whisker streamer on the dropper and black one in the point.  This setup enabled me quick recasting and covering all the water from bank to bank. When I hooked a fish, I kept the fish on its place for few seconds, next I made quick steps forward it, waited a little and next I lifted the fish to the surface and netted it. Rod never let the fish return back under the surface. I had few fish over 3 kg and I had all of them in the net in a minute.  In my opinion, this is the best way to play the big fish as it saves their energy and limits creation of the lactate in their muscles. I used Hanak streamer hooks size 6 so it was ease to unhook the fish and return them to water. For the nymphing, I used rod SAGE Z-Axis size 5 and tipped Hanak Competition 0,18 mm. It was not problem also for the wild fish and I get many graylings and browns and dropper, in the point I had jig blob, which was preferred by stockies, takes came mainly in the end of drift.

I thing, that it is not necessary comment the pictures :-)

Květoňov Lake with Michal

Duben 6, 2018 - 11:22 am Komentáře nejsou povoleny

20180405_184622 I visited our the only trout lake Květoňov in the afternoon with Michal. The ice thawed one week ago, and on Moday they were stocked new fish, so we awaited good sport with fishing of over-wintered fish and fresh stockies. I used my favourite fast intermediate line Airflo 40+ ,  three lures and rolly-polly retrieve, and it was not necessary to change anything. I had takes from the very first cast till the evening. It was only necessary to change the depth of fishing and move a little along the bank to find fish, I caught about 30 fish both stockies and few older fish. Michal tried also buzzers combined with Bibio on the top dropper and he got more older fish which were more selective. The short shower and rainbow created beautiful scenery, what a nice evening finished by a great dinner.