Marcel_Karssies

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    Flyfishing Salt and Fresh, Fishing in general
  • What I do for a living:
    Engineering (refrig. / airhandling / drying)
  1. Since the mill pool officially opened today for the syndicate members I scored a permit in advance to make use of the abundance of fish while it lasted. When I entered the premises I noticed a parked car and figured the first anglers would be sitting drowning worms. It was a false alarm as some syndicate members partied on yesterday evening at the mill and obviously had too much to drink to operate a vehicle ... they where collected and brought home. Off course the whole scenario was a re-run of yesterday with bites on every cast in the beginning and then total lockjaw. The crowds came in the afternoon and the worms where effective, figured at least 20 rainbows went out of the pond. Besides a few shiners nothing else was biting, had hoped for brown trout but none sighted. As it had been so dry the last months the normal circular flow in the pool was almost non-existant. Not good when you want to see your nymph travelling with the current ... there was none... Mill pool day number three will be next Saturday and the crowds will probably be there as well. I am betting on the third of October when I suspect the lack of easy fish will turn the place in the spot of peace and quiet I prefer, maybe there may even be time to fish the dry fly for a change...
  2. The first picture is of the the ledge just after the weir, it is a shallow plateau and somehow a few brown trout have jumped onto it to head upstream which is off course not possible. I did have a go at the fish at the end of our fishing match when I was able to get access but only had a follow fish. There is a steep drop off just at the end of the plateau so difficult to make a cast without going for a swim.
  3. It is that time of year again ... fishing the mill pool with the syndicate. At the start the bites came in rapid succession and loads of rainbow where netted. Off course it did not last long and after an hour or so the fish had lockjaw. The otherwise off limit pool is open now for syndicate members who purchase a day ticket untill the end of the trout season on oct. 20th. It will probably will a zoo in the coming weeks as the locals will be eager to clear out any trout that is left. I will have a look tomorrow and then in the last week of october when the crowds and most likely the trout will be gone ... I am betting on a smart holdover fish.
  4. As my intended trip to the HSK region was cancelled due to high temperatures and low water levels the last planned trip was to the Harz region in Eastern Germany. Luckily conditions where not that bad and although the river could have been higher it was fishable. The season up in the mountains was relatively short with an ending date 16 September instead of the usual 20th. of October. With such an elevation late spring and early winter where probably the reason for the early closing. The weather during this three day trip changed from warm and sunny to chilly and rain. With the end of the season near and the river probably being cleared out by the meat fisherman we sticked to our usual haunts on the first two days catching fish on nymphs and sometimes streamers. The dry fly fishing I was hoping for did not materialize. On the last day we gambled on a more secluded spot and found no other fisherman around. Besides the fishing the landscape was breathtaking with the fall colors already clearly visible. After the warm weather on day one and the rain on day two we now had a mix of clouds and sunshine with a steady breeze blowing through the gorge. Bringing the jacket was a good move as it was not that warm when the clouds took overhand. The last day was also the day when I eventually found some reliable rising fish and caught a few brown trout on my favorite sedge pattern. When I was at the end of the stretch I intended to fish one of my old wading shoes was about to loose the felt sole, luckily it came loose in the rear so I could still walk more or less normally. As the time to assemble for the home journey came close I gambled on the path behind me that led into the mountains as the fastest way to get back to the parking lot. As I went higher and higher in the mountains I was not so sure it was a good move but in the end it all panned out and I arrived timely at my destination. All in all a very nice trip to end the fishing season in the Harz mountains.
  5. I think they are all chub,
  6. The strong wind and overcast skies did not make it easy to pursue the chub. Nymphing only yielded small tiddlers so it was off into the fields to find the fish. I missed some good shots on the big ones but finally got a good fish lined up that took the sedge textbook style. Now that I had the fish on I had to land it which posed a problem as the banks where steep and the net way to short. So I went in ... tad deeper than expected but besides filled up wellies and wet pants all good, afterall it is summer
  7. With the drought and high temperatures around here I had to move my fishing activities further downstream in the open countryside where the many chub seem to thrive in the hot weather. The open country side and high banks prevented a sneaking up on the big fish and usually the landing of the fly caused the big fish to move and the small ones to attack. At one pool I saw a fish that had eluded me for several sessions now. It saw me and slowly moved to the start of the pool out of my visual range. A few probing casts to the front yielded the desired reaction and at last I had caught\ one of the better chub of the stream. I checked out some other spots I had not fished before and behold they had many good fish present. Missed a few shots but also got some of the fish I targeted. Now I only hope for rain and cooler temperatures so that we have some water left\ for the fish to swim in.
  8. With the drought and high temperatures around here I had to move my fishing activities further downstream in the open countryside where the many chub seem to thrive in the hot weather. The open country side and high banks prevented a sneaking up on the big fish and usually the landing of the fly caused the big fish to move and the small ones to attack. At one pool I saw a fish that had eluded me for several sessions now. It saw me and slowly moved to the start of the pool out of my visual range. A few probing casts to the front yielded the desired reaction and at last I had caught\ one of the better chub of the stream. I checked out some other spots I had not fished before and behold they had many good fish present. Missed a few shots but also got some of the fish I targeted. Now I only hope for rain and cooler temperatures so that we have some water left\ for the fish to swim in.
  9. Clipping from the Naples daily news Environmental experts say Southwest Florida's algae blooms may not ease until winter Chad Gillis Naples Daily News Published 6:07 p.m. UTC Aug 7, 2018 Southwest Florida's water quality stinks. Literally. Dead fish and sea turtles have been washing up on local beaches and into area passes for the past two months, and there are no indications that the red tide is going away anytime soon. About the best residents and visitors can hope for is offshore winds that could push the red tide away from the coast. Experts say the bloom likely won't go away until water temperatures drop in the winter. More: National Weather Service issues beach hazards statement for red tide in Collier County More: U.S. Rep. Brian Mast to file bill seeking federal money in toxic blue-green algae fight So now that we're going to be living with these conditions for a few months, here is the latest on Southwest Florida's water quality. A dead grouper is seen on Bunche Beach on Thursday 8/2/2018. A suspected red tide outbreak is killing marine life in parts of Southwest Florida. Andrew West/The News-Press, Andrew West/The News-Press Red tide counts are still over 1 million cells per liter The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released a report Friday that shows high counts of 1 million cells per liter and higher along the Southwest coast, from the north end of Sarasota County to Marco Island. Fish kills and breathing issues in humans can occur when levels reach 10,000 cells per liter, according to the FWC. More: Florida algae crisis: What's the difference between red tide and blue-green algae? More: Florida's algae crisis: How is it affecting tourism and other businesses? Counts were close to 2.5 million cells per liter at the Sanibel Lighthouse on Sunday, according to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. This red tide started in October and has lingered along the coast since, growing and shrinking in size. The bloom has stayed well offshore at times, but in the past two months, it's come closer and closer to the beaches and coastal bays. Red tide occurs naturally in the Gulf of Mexico, but some water quality experts say nutrients from agriculture and urbanized areas are making the situation worse. Sea turtle death numbers still climbing The number of dead and stranded sea turtles is nearly three times higher than average, according to the Florida Wildlife Research Institute. More than 450 stranded and dead sea turtles have been recovered in Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Sarasota counties this year. FWRI estimates that 250 to 300 of those turtles died due to red tide poisoning. Some local governments are collecting dead fish and debris from area beaches. The city of Sanibel started gathering dead fish and other marine creatures from beaches and canals on July 28. All dead sea life is being disposed of in area trash cans or off-island, according to the city. Three tractor trailers are moving dead animals across and off the island. Many of the larger critters, like the whale shark and larger turtles that washed up, are being buried onsite or at a nearby beach. More: Hundreds of sea turtles washing up dead on SWFL beaches; red tide likely killer More: Red tide causes fish kills on Collier County beaches The forecast The National Weather Service has extended a beach hazard advisory through Thursday evening for Lee, Collier, Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Winds are expected to blow out of the east at six to eight miles an hour over the next few days, which could push the toxic conditions off local beaches. The University of South Florida's College of Marine Science is predicting that the bloom will move northwest over the next few days, toward Charlotte and Sarasota counties and slightly away from the coast. Blue-green algae The blue-green algae that's choking up the Caloosahatchee River and attached canals is persisting as well. It started on Lake Okeechobee in early June and quickly showed up in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers. Some of the blue-green algae has moved to the Caloosahatchee estuary and died because it can't tolerate higher salinity levels.
  10. I have seen so many red tide reports that I am skipping SWFL this year. Guess the other coast might be the best option.
  11. Mondays were usually not days I would go fishing but this Monday was different. It was not that long ago that I had quit my job after roughly 20 years because of a takeover when things went south for me. The new job … well … not exactly an improvement either but you only find that out once you have worked for a while at the new company. With rumors of outsourcing work / closing the department I worked for in combination with general understaffing I decided to jump ship… again. So on a Monday morning I had my second interview with a small company that was in the same line of business as my older employer of 20 yrs. It was a good interview and I left the premises shaking hands with the CEO as a new employee. To clear my head I thought it would be best to seek out the solitude of the stream. As the heatwave continued and it had not rained for months I figured I could at least make the most of my spare time while the stream still carried some water. The stream was dangerously low, never seen it like this before. There was some flow but if the weather would stay dry for much longer there would be a possibility that the stream would dry up completely. The deeper pools yielded some of the smaller shiners for me but no trout. My goal was to get a trout though and this would require some poaching to get the job done. As it was Monday and all good people were at work I figured I could try fish a certain pool that was off limits to me … nobody was around so I fished it. With the water so low I did not expect trout but after a few shiners I finally got a nice brown trout on the bamboo rod. The mission was accomplished so I had now all the time of the world to visit the pub. I settled under a shady tree in the beer garden zipping away at a few cold ones and pondered what challenges the new job would throw up in the future. At least there was one certainty for me that I would always find piece of mind while fishing my beloved stream.
  12. Best wishes Dick, hope it all works out in the end. Keep inspiring us...
  13. There had been a change it the weather pattern on this day ... it was even hotter than usual and humid. I was again off to the chub spot but could not get much responses from the fish. The water table had even got a little lower and fish would run for cover if the leader hit the water. I did get a few small chub but the bigger ones were just milling around showing no signs of feeding. The only shot I had at a good fish was when it positioned itself under my dry fly and was about to inhale it, to bad it had second thoughts and moved away. With the land so scorched right now insect activity was low, maybe the fish are feeding at other times. I had to make a visit to the clubs hatchery in the afternoon and by now the heat was unbearable and clouds massed in the sky - thunderclouds. When I left the hatchery the sky was rumbling and sooner or later a thunderstorm would come. I took my break at the pub as usual and waited for the rain to come ... it took a while. I was already on the water when it started to rain, it was not much but at least it flushed the dust away. I was lucky enough to end the day with a few small trout, the rainbow trout was the best fish.
  14. The cane rod was built by a gifted friend, it is the second one I own now. This rod is a 6'3" three piece #4 weight. Since I needed a suitable reel for this rod I again got in touch with Speyco as I had sourced a reel from them previously and was very contend with it. I had the reel delivered to my hotel in Florida last fall but was dissattisfied with it, it had flaws and frankly should not have been shipped out. Having said that I got in contact with the manufacturer, stated my grief and in the end (it did take a long time) it was all sorted out and now I am as happy with the second reel as the first reel. It is btw a 3" single spey reel ... by Speyco.
  15. Fishing is getting tough down here ... it has not rained for ages ... hot and sunny weather only. It is the first time that I have seen one of the feeder streams run dry and I guess the fish in there were lost. As the upper stream that I fish is low on water I have ventured downsteam and to be more exact to one of the feeder streams that still carries some water. The main attraction are the chub and although I have hooked a few of the biguns I have not landed one yet. Might give it a try tomorrow and toss some blue damselflies to the chub as I have noticed that they try to intercept them whenever they come close to the waters surface.