ďI must not do anything with it naturaly. Even concerning do not reflect. Also not just a try out. I donít have to do that at all. Even if I do write about it, I donít have to try it out.Ē
Thus I started approximately a year ago a column in the Polder nymph, the booklet of the Polderfly. I am for many years member of this fly fish club and also for many years member of the redactie of the polder nymph. We on the club just have had a couple of evenings concerning fishing in Czechia and then particularly fishing with heavy nymphs and hardly a fly line from your top eye. The members who had fished there themselves were for and the others in its general against. Some had participated to masterclass in Czechia. They could at least from own experience tell what there is so special about Czech nymphing. They could indicate also what kind of nymphs you canfish preferably. Except my normal assortment I have also made a flybox full with two colours (naturel and olive) Red Butted Hares Ears, rising in weight. The heaviest with tungsten and a brass bead.
We, Frits, Martin, Hans and I, have been a week to Czechia. We did not want participate to a masterclass. We do not love such a class if we will fish. Rather we find it out ourselfs. Catching less this way we donít mind. As long as the number of fish does not approach the zero, we donít mind if we catch not to much fish: nothing as terrible as a fishfriend which becomes chagrined if he catches nothing.
We stayed a week in Rusalka, the pension on the border of the Kamenice, pretty well-known in the Netherlands. After a successful travel we have a beer in the sun: the reception was very kind. We were this week the only guests. Bart and Borri were the complete week very well host and hostess. Donít expect to much of the dinner and there is in the morning no breakfastbuffet. We prearranged bed and breakfast but considered there that we wanted prepare also a packed lunch. It was all possible. In the evening we went out to eat in restaurant in the naberhood. There was no evening rise either in the week that we were there. In the pension was beer and slivovitsj and a place to bind "necessary?" supplements on our assortment flies. Bart has arranged also extra light.
Fishing was especially in the beginning rather laborious. The Kamenice seemed what on the Ourthe at Houfalize in Belgium. Nicely through the forest and now and then rapidly flowing. Especially upstream of the pension there are very very beautiful pieces of river. Deep ponds varied with fast pieces. Do not expect easy water and also the sides are rather steep. You climb of one pond to the other. Most of the time I have fished with a nine feet rod for 5/6 lines. I fish it with a five line. When I fished with nymphs then the upperone was heavy and on the point the light nymph (Killer bug or RBHE) and they did not sit too far (30 cm) from each other. The heaviness of upper one depended of the depth of water and of the flow speed. I have also fished with spiders and have caught. That was when the trout was high in the water but they refused a dry one. I had still a CDC Fratnik sedge on† my leader and catched a trout when it was wet: spidertime. Especially the Grayling that we caught were beautiful. My largest was 35 cm on the last day.
Obviously you must get used on a river to improve your fishing. That last day I fished with my seven foot splitcane rod for a five line. This one has been built by Joost Stolk. I threw about three meters of fly line with a leader of about the same length. In this way you cannot throw a heavy and light nymph real nicely. After the drift I lay the line with the leader and nymphs downstream and with one movement of my arm and pulse came the nymphs about five meters upstream. The Kamenice is in e general a left hand river so I had to make backhand throw. Nearly immediately I put the rodtip high and so with as little as possible flyline on the water followed a deaddrift. At the end the nymphs came up in the water. Especially the adapted way of casting worked very well: the rod was charged by the fact that the line sticks a little bit on the water.
Sometimes you could fish dry. Generally between 15.00 and 18.00 h. CDC and deerhair was generally the only fly that worked for me. They rised to the other flies, have a look at it but no catch. If thers was e rise you caught both grayling and trout.
It was a beautiful week with three pleasant fishfriends in beautiful surroundings and a welcoming pension. I do not Czechnymphing but I have, however, adapted in the course of week my nymph technique to the circumstances. There flew rather many dippers, but I have not seen a kingfisher, so that is a good reason to return.