Posts Tagged ‘Vltava 24’

Christmas time

Leden 1, 2022 - 9:56 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

img_20211230_152829 We say, that weather was like on a swing. Few days frost, few days warmer, and finally, before the New Year Eve, temperature records were falling with temperatures reaching 15°C.
On 24th morning, I had everything prepared and finished, and I found myself unnecessary at home :-) so I jumped to my car to visit the river. I met few friends with the same experience :-) , so we wished each other all the best and also soaked our flies. I caught few rainbows, surprisingly, the best was the active fishing and I caught also few fish on streamer.

During Christmas, the temperatures dropped down and rain changed to snowfall, so the winter mood was simple irresistible, so I simply could not resist a I went to the river for at least an hour on 27th morning.

We have new colleague Jakub and he started with fly-fishing this autumn, he has never fished with nymphs, he has fished mainly with wet flies for chub and other coarse fish in the Otava River close to his home. I gave him one day fishing on Vltava 24 on Dec 30th as the Christmas present. I prepared for him my new Hanák Superb XP 5 size rod and french leader with two smaller nymphs. There was a little busy in the town of Boršov, so I took him to my favourite place under the town, I demonstrated the technique and I gave him some tips how to move in river and send him to first pool, and after few casts he hooked rainbow of about 3 kg :-) I thing, that he is hooked :-) . We finished day with about 12 fish between us, one of the fish had injury on its tail, probably from otter, hopefully it will survive the winter, fish was in relatively good condition.

p1040484 The opening day of our fly fishing season is usually 1st of January and we did not missed this date. More over if the date looked so magical and the air temperature was over 10 °C from the morning. We met with Honza, David and Franta at river after lunch, we caught some fish (the biggest fish caught Franta as usually and my first fish of the year was roach :-) ) we told some stories, exchanged some Christmas presents, drunk some drinks, and in the evening, the town hall held fireworks in honour of the start of the fishing season, so I made few pictures. What a nice start of the season.

Last visit of Vltava 24 before Christmas

Prosinec 20, 2021 - 8:47 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1040336 After few days of frost, it came relatively mild weather and Peter and me found time to again visit Vltava 24 for a short afternoon session, it was the best way to face the pre-Christmas stress :-) , we caught few rainbows and also small barbel. Peter was fishing with small nymphs, I was trying also a combination with a little bigger and more bright files :-)

Winter time in Vltava 24

Prosinec 11, 2021 - 5:30 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1040254 After 6 days of high flow and bad weather, in the end of the week the discharge in the river was decreased and  sun shone on a beautiful day, simple irresistible conditions, I thing, that it is not necessary to comment these pictures. I met Peter and Tobi and I estimate that we caught over 20 fish between us.

Vltava 24, winter is coming slowly

Prosinec 5, 2021 - 11:33 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1040244 Winter is coming slowly and therefore fishing in Vltava 24 has been still perfect. On Sunday, we met with David after lunch and we enjoyed two hours of nice fishing, we caught some fish on streamer and some on a nymph. At the end of the day we decided to invite the last fish for dinner. I was a little luckier, David lost a big fish, and finally he caught his 50 cm nice rainbow and decided to finish, and when he moved out from the water, I slowly arrived to his place and from the same spot I got the 3,2 cracker (62 cm). December is not bad, and water forecast is promising at least for next week :-) .

Vltava 24, end of November

Listopad 30, 2021 - 11:00 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1040213 In the end of November, we had first snow and first night frosts, I hate the morning scraping of the windows of my car :-) But…. during these days, we still have temperatures above zero in the afternoon and this is great time for fishing in Vltava 24. Not big traffic in the water, and fish are in the great condition after few weeks in the river. Discharge in the river is usually also low, so the only problem are short days. After few snapped big fish during last days, I use 8 size Sage Z-Axis rod, one fly only and 0,20 mm tippet as every day I can meet a fish over 3 kg and the minimal size of fish is about 1 kg. There are some pictures from last days, my best killing fly was a small zonker-imitation of bullhead.

Early spring on Vltava 24

Květen 14, 2021 - 8:08 am Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1040903 Despite of all the restrictions connected with Covid, our government did not prohibited movement in nature, so we could go fishing. Only travelling between districts was prohibited, but we have the great water on the border of our town. Vltava 24 was great because of mild winter and early arrival of spring, discharge was relatively low, water clear and overwintered rainbows and brooks were rising from the end of February, at first for stonefly, next for olives, next for march brown and finally, in the beginning of April, for daily sedge. And if fish were not rising, we still had nymphs, squirmies and blobs in our boxes, of course :-) In April we started with stocking of fresh fish, mainly of good size of about 50 cm and 1,5 kg, and surprisingly, this fish started immediately rising. I also enjoyed few afternoons with wet flies, mainly different patterns of March brown, on 5-size rod and 0,18 tippet …..

Opening of the season 2021 in Vltava 24

Leden 15, 2021 - 10:22 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1030840 Short thaw on Sunday January 3rd was irresistible and after lunch I went to Vltava 24 to open the season 2021. Water was low and clear, and I was surprised, that river was relatively busy, there was a fisherman in every good pool. I the camp I met Honza, owner of the camp, he was just finishing fishing, he caught two rainbows and one small pike on streamer, and he boasted to me that he caught on the first of January a nice rainbow of 60 cm in the most fished place in the middle of the camp :-)

I decided to move to the upper part of the fishery as there was nobody. I caught four fish in 20 minutes on a black streamer, what a great opening day, first fish was edible, but it was first fish of the year, so it had a lucky day :-) Next arrived Jirka, we were fishing pools under weir together, but without success. I decided to go home, and at my car I caught last fish. Jirka caught 6 fish and the last rainbow had 56 cm, so he invited him for dinner :-)

I wish all to have a better year than the past one, however fishermen are modest, if we can go fishing, everything is all right and we accept all restrictions :-)
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December fishing and Xmas time

Leden 15, 2021 - 9:59 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1030429 In the first half of December we were facing Covid, but luckily we caught a mild version, so I had one day fever and chills and next I was OK. So I still had time in the second half of the month to visit Vltava 24, sometimes alone, sometimes with Honza or Tobi, I caught every time 4-6 trouts in one hour and half, few fish had over 50 cm. I also tried spinning rod and used different baits and streamers and I caught few smaller pike. It was nice, I´m always satisfied if I catch at least one fish in this time of the year. Weather was relatively mild, but after Xmas it cooled down and during my last visit, the river was very cold, on the surface was floating ice and I had not any single take. Not a bad closing day of the year :-)

But my friend Tobi was very successful in December, in one week he caught three fish over 90 cm on a twister, one pike of 115 cm, one carp of 90 cm and another pike over 90 cm. Franta Hanák added nice barbel, I borrowed pictures from their FB profiles.

During Xmas holiday we visited our weekend house at Lipno Lake, we enjoyed ice skating and I made nice pictures of ice floes washed ashore, and what was my surprise, that there was a smaller place without ice on the surface and there was a fishing boat on it, are they brave or mad? :-) We call them patients :-)

Vltava 24

Listopad 17, 2020 - 9:43 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

p1030159_1 I went again to Vltava 24 to the middle of the town of Boršov. I decided to start with the pike-fishing and next to try to catch a rainbow. I started at about 1 p.m., river was dirty because of the “river works” upstream and I did not have a take from a pike for an hour, so I decided to catch a rainbow. I had no take for another half an hour, I was hot and thirsty as the sun peeked out of the clouds and I was “over dressed”, I had a lack of caffeine in my blood, I was simply out of sorts and decided to go home and never return :-) At the car I met a colleague and he told me, that the day before, river cleared before sunset and fishing was not bad. So I took off my jacket and jumper, vent to the local bistro and bought small beer and double espresso “to go” and I headed for the ripples between two bridges in totally different mood. A slip remained me that the local dog-breeders like to use the path along the river …. but nothing to do, I hoped that sand and gravel could clean my felt sole and it could bring me luckiness. The river was really clearing quickly, the low sun illuminated the surface, simply paradise. I had first take on the very first cast and finally, I landed 8 rainbows in the last hour before the sunset. I took the last rainbow home and exchanged it for two pheasants with my colleague from work who is hunter :-)

So what is the lesson? You never know what could happen during fishing and if a fly is in the water, a take can always come …. and water and sand wash shit even out of the felt :-)

Vltava 24, the pike fever also struck me

Listopad 4, 2020 - 3:20 pm Komentáře nejsou povoleny

Days are shorter, so I prefer to visit Vltava 24 located backyard to save time. Moreover, fishery has been regularly stocked by decent rainbow since September and hosts also big pike. I usually take two rods, one spinning rod with a big streamer and one fly fishing rod with team of nymphs (one of the nymphs has usually big orange or pink collar from fritz :-) .

I usually start with pike fishing, I decided to use spinning rod with brained line, to cast big streamers with fly fishing rod is exhausting and I thing, that strikes with spinning setup are more save. I caught few pikes up to 65 cm, it is interesting, that pike always stay under bank under grass or a tree, and takes immediately after streamer falls to water, or on hang, when you start lifting the fly from water surface or change direction of movement. Never in the middle of the pulling. One fish of about 1 meter jumped from water just when I re-casted the fly and it closed his mouth empty, I had almost heard attack and full underpants. I will be back soon ….

Rainbows takes honestly, average size is 1 kilo, so I use 5-size Z-Axis and 0,18 mm tippet. The best combination is orange tag on dropper and blob on the point, water is unfortunately not clear as there is some “river works” upstream, so dry fly fishing is nothing special despite the high season of olives, it is better only during weekends, when the machines rests.

Heavy rain during the last three days raised the discharge in river, so next weekend I will probably visit river under Vyšší Brod, where the water is clear, or Květoňov lake.