My last flyfishing session in Seltz

Pascal with a nice rainbow, caught on a SFM-3

On 2020 december 18, I went to the stork reservoir in Seltz, to meet my friends Pascal, André, Jean-Marie, Jean-Luc and Raphaël, all happy to be able to share a good time again after this painful second lockdown. We were also going to meet some other nice fishermen of our knowledge on the spot. The weather was downright disagreeable: a fog to be cut with a knife that has not risen all day, in a cold (+ 5 °) and very humid atmosphere. Not a breath of wind and a weak and grayish light, that does not really please the fisherman.

Having a new model of streamer to test, (a woolly burger inspired by one of my favorite models for sea trout, and which would prove to be rather effective) I decided to fish with a streamer on an intermediate line, because some fish porpoises, showing minimal shallow activity. This activity would even allow one or the other dry catch, like this beautiful raibow trout catched by Jean-Marie on a SEP-3.

With a rather slow animation, many trout, stocky and brawling at will, were going to be seduced by our flies. After the first catches, we took a long “improved snack” break in the club house that Dominique had been kind enough to open, accompained with an excellent St Chinian red wine. Fishing resumed successfully around 1 p.m., despite the particularly thick and persistent fog. As for the flies that brought us these fish, it was essentially the streamers CRF-1, CRF-2, SFM-1, SFM-2, SFM-3, WBM-2,, even if the most effective of them for my friend André Muller, is rather a big dragonfly nymph, my favorite reservoir fly, the CRF-2. It has precisely this quality of static fishing, slowly knitted on a floating line or stripped as streamer on an intermediate or sinking line.

This day allowed us to forget for a few hours the vicissitudes linked to the Covid, to experience beautiful emotions and to reconnect for a moment with the strong feelings of friendship.

the famous André Muller with a strong fish
this rainbow trout came on a SFM-2
in the fog

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