Germany / Netherlands Dec.14th./ 15th. 2019

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Another week with again lots of rain and wind.
On Saturday I visited one of my sure shot perch spots in the Netherlands hoping to catch a large perch.
It was very windy, chilly but dry when I arrived at the canal in the afternoon.
I wanted to test a WF4 sink-tip line and soon found out that I did not get the fly fast enough to the required depth.
I finally ended up exchanging the floating leader with a fast sinking poly leader and a weighted streamer.
The canal was ultra-clear as it was each fall / winter and I could see the fly from quite a distance moving in the water
... just the fish where missing in the picture.
With the perch it was always important to find them as they usually on the move.
Eventually I found them and could see several big striped fish following my streamer ... but they always stayed
a few inches behind the fly and did not strike.
I tried for them until sunset but with the light fading and rain pouring I soon called it a day ... skunked again.


Sunday was not planned as a fishing day, but I took my flyrod with me anyway.
It was time for the annual Christmas casting meeting with the German fly fishermen on the other side of the border.
A social meeting with smoked salmon and certain Scottish drinks at a pond near the river I usually fish.
As usual we had a good time and interesting fishing information was exchanged.
I left in the afternoon as I still had the intension to fish the river but when I saw the state I noticed that the water was even
higher than last week and that the stirred up silt and leaves would make fishing impossible.

Off course it was not a total waste as there still was the pub.
I was informed beforehand that the special of the day was the Goulash soup with a side order of choice
plus a salad with cream dressing.
I choose as side order Spätzle, egg noodles usually a dish in Southern Germany.
This dish was very good and thus my plate was empty quickly which prompted the landlady to give
me an additional bowl of that delicious Goulash soup.
For dessert I was given the opportunity to taste a new dish with ice cream and well it was nothing short of excellent,
vanilla ice cream with a sauce of peach and mango ....
Not a bad day at all.












Edited by Marcel_Karssies

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