Germany May 7th. 2022

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The plans to go trout fishing today where ditched as an acquaintance had posted
a pic of a large chub recently caught on a dry fly.
So it was off to the chub stretch hoping I could spot one of the big ones.
En route I had looked for fish in the surface but every spot I checked was empty.


I had hoped to spot mayflies but did not encounter a single one.
Chub fishing was best with mayflies or hoppers around.
I went directly to what I figured would be the best spot to encounter chub.
When I arrived I spotted two chub just moving out of range in the shallow water.

Lucky for me one of the fish doubled back and came into range.
I dropped a small dry fly in path of the fish and it went for it.
The fish moved to the fly stopped for inspection and then inhaled it.
This time I was patient enough to strike just at the right time.
Not a monster fish but a nice one on the four weight rod.


The weather had been nice but clouds where accumulating.
In the afternoon showers where forecasted so I had to seek shelter in advance.
I went to my old watering hole which I now called the African pub because the
cook named Flora came from there.

Just as I entered the pub it started raining, perfect timing.
I had done some fieldwork and had noticed that the menu was online so I knew
what I wanted to order.
The menu was a bit pricey for the hillbillies of the village (including me) but what
the heck … we had to try.


I opted for the feta cheese hidden in puff pastry and covered by honey based sauce as starters.
The main course was a pasta dish.
To finish it all off I had the gooseberry cake with a cup of cappuccino.
And it was good … I liked it.


When I went out again the rain was heavy and thunder could be heard in the distance.
Ideal conditions to sneak out to a place where fishing was not allowed.
And yes … I hooked that trout but it came off.


I soon was back in legal water and with the rain falling the bite was on.
Nymphing yielded no fish but the squirmy did the trick on the roach as  the water filled with
debris flushed in by the rain.


As I was fishing a shallow pool I suddenly spotted a large fish racing into my pool from
very shallow water downstream.
It had a brown colour and I was pondering what the heck it could be.
A large brown trout in that shallow stream … hard to believe.


The fish hid somewhere in the pool and the squirmy was not intercepted so I had to try something else. 

One of my friends had a lot of success recently with streamers.
I tied on a heavier tippet with a big black woolly bugger and made a cast into the pool.
That one cast was enough to get a hit from the trout and oh boy it was a big one.

The fish took me all over the place and many times I believed it would come off.
Miraculously the trout stayed on and after several hair raising runs I could beach the fish.
60cm of brown trout, my personal best ever and that out of the local stream.
You could not wish for a better end of the day.




























Edited by Marcel_Karssies

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4 hours ago, flyrodder44 said:

Marcel:  Is that a cappuccino?  Hmmm.  One of the best we've ever had was in the Munich airport.  It was huge in a soup bowl.  

It was…

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