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Stillwater autum 2016

Říjen 28, 2016 - 10:19 am Komentáře nejsou povoleny

knapek hooks 2016This autumn I attended few competitions. I was leading a project aimed on fish-passes in the opposite part of our country, so I organised my field trip to the week before the local bank lake competition called “Knápek Hooks Open”.

The lake “Nebesák” has no inflow and it was created in excavated surface coal mine, so all water comes either from rain or from a ground water. Lake has area of about 5 hectares and its relatively deep, the maximal depth is about 10 metres. Clarity of the water changes there according to different conditions,  water is sometimes relatively clear, but last October water was dirty after heavy rain which had flushed the coil dust from banks into the water. Lake had relatively steep banks full of sharp stones and also coil, so any type of ground cloth is must have thing.

On Friday before the competition, I helped to my friends who organised the competition to prepare pegs, and in the evening I made all leaders. I never judge draw whether it is good or not, I simply accept it and thing how to utilise it. The day was very windy. I always fish with two yellow tadpoles in the point and in the upper dropper position and black one with fluo-green bead on the middle dropper. In the first round I started with Airflo 40 + slow intermediate line and  lure with tg bead in the point but I found out, that I was too deep, so I changed the point fly by same pattern, but with brass bead and it worked well. In the first round, I finished with 9 fish on the third place, it was good start. The 40 + line gives me always advantage of few more meters over my rivals, which is important mainly during bank competitions with short pegs. Water surface is always literally flogged by lines and fish immediately escape far away from banks.

In the second round I was fishing the place, where is a shallow shelf which finishes about 5 metres from the bank by a steep slope, so I expected fish behind the shelf,  I decided to take the Hanák Competition Hover line. This round I was not fishing well, I was a little tangling and lost few fish. After rotation I moved to deep place, so I took the Airflo 40 + fast intermediate line, I get fish from distance, but on the very last cast, I hooked good fish again in the casting distance, I lost it immediately, and on the hang of the same cast I hooked another one, but the fish was escaping to the side and jumped and I lost it again, and the bell finished the second round. I finished with 8 fish, but four people had also 8 fish and I had the smallest fish …. so I was sixth.

In the last round, the fishing became tough as usually, I got finally 2 fish on the Airflo 40 + fast glass line and washing line system, both fish took viva – booby on the point. I had again smaller fish than another competitor, but 6 place was not bad and in total I finished in the third place. Milan Šenkýř had also total score 9, he also caught overall 19 fish, but my biggest fish was by 5 mm longer than his fish :-) so after bad luck in the second round I was little lucky in the end.

I was fishing Hanak Competition fluorocarbon 0,20 mm whole day,  I use rods size 7-8 and very often Airflo 40 + lines, I tie flies on H 250 BL Hanak hooks and except the second round I did not lose a fish.

Competition was friendly and well organised, fishing was also good, I thing, that 19 fish a day is not bad, Jindřich Knápek donated nice prices for all attendants, I get nice real, the only problem was 4 hour journey home. Next year I´m back and hopefully I could win :-)



Surprise at Malče reservoir

Únor 11, 2013 - 1:20 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1030830 We manage few small trout reservoirs. Malče reservoir with area of 3 hectares is the newest one, we get it to rent only 6 years ago. The reservoir was drained due to a technical maintenance 4 years ago and therefore all fish were taken out and we stocked only trouts during next seasons. During following years, nice weed-beds full of natural life were created along the banks, the reservoir was famous for the nice trout-fishing in almost clear water, it is probably the only still-water  in South Bohemia when you can fish trout on natural flies like small olives and sedges. But last season was nothing special and there were caught few bigger pikes. In the beginning of September 2012, we obtained request from the Vltava River Authority, the owner of the reservoir, that it is necessary to drain the lake again to test the stability of the dam.  We prepared the action for the beginning of November and we looked forward to see the residual fish stock. I personally awaited few trouts and pikes and some of coarse fish, what a mistake!!!

The total catch from the 3 hectares was:

- 445 kg of mixture of coarse fish with dominance of perch and roach, including perch of 1,5 kg and also some big bream, ide and tench
- 7 pieces of raibow trout including one fish of 60 cm  (we stocked 300 kg in spring)

- 20 kg of brook trout (we stocked 150 kg in the end of August)

- 30 kg of brown trout including some nice fish (we stocked 150 kg in spring)

- 20 pieces  - 45 kg of grass carp, it was stocked in spring to control weed

- 70 pieces/109 kg of pike including two monsters over 1 m (the biggest one had 8,4 kg), 15-20 pieces of the length +-70cm, 20-30 pieces of the length +-50cm and 20-30 YOY fish +- 30 cm.

All fish besides of trout and grass carp came to the lake from few small pounds in the catchment area and the predation pressure of pike to the trout is unexceptionable. I had to a little change my opinion on the usefulness of pike in trout-lakes as the predator of the coarse fish and the damaged trout and “trophy-fish” for fly-fishermen, during the day we found about 10 brook trout digested and brought up by pike…

It is clear, that the regular draining with 3-4 years cycle  is necessary to keep the required trout fish stock in this lake, and probably in all our trout lakes.

A Passion for Trout

Únor 6, 2012 - 10:27 pm No Comments

cover My friend Mick O´Farrel published very interesting book titled “A Passion for Trout” last year, which covers his long term experience from fishing for trout both in rivers and lakes. I met Mick few years ago, when we were boat partners during Grand Final of  Lexus International competition held at Chew Valley lake. Mick is Irishman, but he has been living in England for a long time and he has applied experience from fishing for brown trout in Irish lakes to reservoirs in UK and he has created his own original stile of flies and fly-fishing methods. When all anglers fish for rainbows with blobs, he has the same success with dabblers and diawlbachs. Book is richly illustrated and mainly more than 400 pictures of flies tied by himself are fantastic. Each fly is illustrated with colour photography and each has a precise and detailed recipe to make sure that the reader can tie the fly exactly as he intended and in doing so enjoy the same success.
I can highly recommend this book to everybody interested in fly fishing and fly-tying. More info you can find at