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Slovakia with Dutch Team before EuCH

Říjen 7, 2013 - 10:18 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1070984 I was invited by Rene Coops, Milan Čubík and Luboš Roza to help Dutch team during preparation camp before European fly-fishing championship in Slovakia. René was the manager of the Dutch team composed mainly by good lake fishermen and he asked us to explain something about river fishing. I agreed as I know Rene, he goes to Hanák open every year, I looked forward to spend some time with friends Milan and Luboš and I wanted to see rivers in Slovakia, which I had visited during my studies at least ten times for hiking in beautiful mountains.
The Tuesday journey to Milans house in Bojkovice, where was meeting point, was nothing special as a torrential rain was moving east together with me. We had great dinner and with glass of great wine in hands we solved problems of fly-fishing world till 2 a.m. Rain arrived at about 2:30. In the morning we headed to Slovakia accompanied by the rain through Hends shop in Hranice na Moravě and River-land shop in Žilina. In the afternoon we reached Tvrdošín and we bought fishing permits. It was nice that fishery manager Mr. Motyčka invited us home and his lovely wife hosted us by coffee and Slivovice while he was  preparing the permits. Next we moved to Hotel Osobitá and we decided not to fish but rest and tie some flies. We met our friend Stan Mankov from Bulgaria who attended EUCH as the individual.

In the morning we went to fish Orava river in Tvrdošín, interesting bigger river with potential to produce big fish, full of coarse fish, grayling and  brown trout, occasionally rainbow and huchen. Water was a little green as it flows from big dam. We caught a lot of fish, both on nymphs and dries and I snapped a fish which did not gave ma any millimetre of line and I had no chance to stop its run under tree. For lunch we went to local restaurant and I had great lamb steak. In the evening started rise of big white may flies (I guess Origoneurila same like in Vltava 24) which lifted from bottom trouts and I caught some nice fish and I saw one fish over 50 cm jumping for may flies,  but it did not take my flies. In the evening Team Spain and Milan Čubík joined us, so we welcomed them with glass of beer. I forget my camera in hotel, so here are only few pictures from my phone.

In the evening we tied again some flies and in the morning we went to Váh river. Nice crystal-clear water full of grayling size about 30 cm. They were rising since morning and I caught more then 50 fish on dry fly, the biggest grayling had 37 cm. Also our Dutch friends improved their river fishing and they caught fish, I demonstrated upstream fishing with long leader and it was very successful. The key was light olive CDC fly size 18 and 0,10 mm tipped. After bowling tournament we shoved to our friends tying of easy and effective dry flies and explained also construction of leaders. In the evening arrived team Ireland, so we had to welcome them with beer in hand.

Third day we returned to Orava river, we were again invited for coffee to Mr. Motyčka before he prepared permits,  thanks again, water was a little lower and we were fishing dries from morning, we also tried nymphs, but it was more difficult, high pressure caused by practising teams was visible. Luboš caught a monster, we did not recognised whether it was lake trout, salmon or huchen. In the afternoon I had to move home as our workshop started on Sunday, the journey home took 6 hours.
What to say in the end, hotel was great, 30 Euro per HB is great price and food was delicious, nice rivers, kind people, nice mountain scenery, it is really worth to visit.  I hope that I will return to Slovakia soon.