Here you will find reports about my fishing trips elsewhere than in Alsace, my fishing trips C.B.F., my travels in other parts of the country, and my fishery discoveries.
From 15 to 24 september 2020 in Sweden
My client and friend Pascal, passionate like me by grayling fishing, spoke to me in October 2019 during our C.B.F. trip in Austria (see below), from the Giman, a Swedish river famous for its graylings that he discovered in June. We had decided to organize a weeklong stay there to satisfy this passion. Considering that the autumn graylings were the most fascinating, we had planned this trip at the end of 2019. Despite the uncertainties linked to the Covid pandemic and after flights changes to Stockholm, we were finally able to leave for Sweden where life at most near Nature in the forests of pines, firs and yellowing birch trees quickly made us forget the vicissitudes of current events.
The Giman is a wide river flowing from lake to lake with currents winding between large pebbles and numerous rocks, some of which are enormous. It was low for the season and the heat which had not spared Sweden this summer even forced the managers to close the fishery in August. Significant mortality of aquatic insects seems to have resulted from this heat and the draining of 30% of the stones that make up the bottom and the edges of the river. As a result, few insects were present: a few 2nd generation baetis, a few caddis of the limmnophillidae family and small blackish stone flies of the leuctridae type.
With cool temperatures accompanied at all times by strong winds, fortunately from the west, fishing with nymph would quickly prove to be essential for regularly touching the largest specimens. So that’s what we did, selecting a few light or light weight models. No tungsten therefore because otherwise we would systematically have algae attached to the tip of the hook. Here are the models that allowed us to touch beautifully adorned graylings, with a good proportion of fish over 40 cm:: GMS-1, lthis scud imitation was the most successfull, NFL-2, MCA-1, 2 , 3 and MCA-4, LAC- 2, so as TVC-1
We have nevertheless succeeded (irregularly and more often by fishing for water than the very rare gobings) to bring up some very beautiful fish (including 5 trout) on the dry fly. By insisting with this technique, three models were particularly gripping: KMM-2, TOT and PHB-1. But we caught also some nice fish with these models: EBF-1, CTC-1, FMF-2, SAC-1 and SAC-3, SCL.
It is with regret that we left this beautiful region, magnified day after day by its autumn adornment, eyes filled with gratitude for this river which had shown us its treasures, graylings with fins and magnificent hues.
From 06 to 12 septembre 2020 in Austria
As part of a C.B.F. stay, I accompanied Gilbert, Daniel and Christian to Austria. After the cancellation of several fishing trips due to the Covid-19 epidemic, we were able to finalize this trip, which had been booked for 1 years. My clients have not regretted it.
After arriving under a downpour that was to last all night and rivers in flood the first day, the weather improved for the remainder of the trip. Fishing was not easy in these strong rivers where many posts remained inaccessible by wading. It was nonetheless successful, with many fish caught every day, particularly with nymphs.
We fished the small lake Hubertus and the Walster the first day, the Ybbs being in flood, then t 2 days on the Salza and finishing, in style, on the Steyr, which gave us our larger salmonids. They were very combative in this cold and well oxygenated water.
As a nymph, the most effective technique in these strong and rough currents when insects were rare, we caught brown and rainbow trout plus some big graylings on the following models: NTO, NFL-2, MCA-3, MCA-4 (in the lake) , TVC-1 and 2, so as NTJ-1 and NTJ-2. I personally fished more with dry flies than my clients and that didn’t stop me from catching as many fish as they did, or even more at times, which in turn inspired them. With this technique, the models that were the most effective: SEP-2 and TOT (mostly of my fish), SEP-3, KMM-2 (my biggest trouts) and KMM-3, PHB-1, EBF-1 and CBN.
In the end, despite not always very favorable conditions, a great week of fishing, in a very friendly, convivial and cheerful atmosphere.
From 19 til 25 June 2020 in Italy and Slovenia
As part of a C.B.F. flyfishing trip, I accompaned Pascal , Yannick and Jean-Claude to Slovenia. .But France was on a “red list” for Slovenia the day of our departure. Pascal, Jean-Claude and Yannick therefore first found themselves in Italy where we fished the Falschauer. Fishing there was good despite difficult conditions: a strong river, cold rain all day. Each caught at least one trout 40 cm or more. And the next day France was on the “green list” for entry into Slovenia. So we traveled the 350 km early in the morning to be able to fish the Sava Bohinjka on the Saturday afternoon, and so we were the first French people to be able to fish in Slovenia.
We fished the next day, in the heat and in great sun, the big Sava, where a release of the dam associated with a very strong wind made fishing particularly difficult. the Radovna, still very cold and always with a very strong wind, even stormy in the morning, welcomed us the next day. Fishing was difficult there but this gem rewarded us with the most beautiful fish of the stay: a brown trout of hybrid type (marmorata according to the dress, possibly lake trout according to our local Slovenian correspondent), in any case a superb trophy fish of almost 60 cm, which forced Pascal to follow him over forty meters passing between large rocks. The fish had taken his NTO while fishing downstream.
The next day we had an excellent day of fishing on the Sava Bohinjka, despite the still strong wind. The fish were active and several large specimens let themselves be seduced by our dry flies, like this 50 cm grayling, which had quietly mounted on a large SRC, a 50 cm rainbow taken with the crossbow, on a SEP-2, or this 44 cm rainbow which put me on the backing after having violently taken my TOTpresented along a rocky bank in a strong current. A one-day extension having been voted on unanimously by the participants, we ended the stay with a day on the Krka. the fishing there was sumptuous, with many rainbow trout and some brownies. The evening hatch, when the caddis flies came to lay on the river was particularly intense. The fishing was generally good during this adventure-filled stay.
here the flies which hade the most succes: As dry fly, CBF, KMM-2, KMM-3 , TOT , SRC, PHB-3, TTC-2, and SEP-2 . On the Krka , also the big mayfly EDM-2 was succesfull bevor the caddis came on the beginning of the dark. As Nymphe and wet flies, we caught some very nice trouts on NTJ-1 , NTJ-2, NTO, and TVC-1 and 2.
The atmosphere of this very convivial week was excellent, despite the icy rain of the first day, the almost permanent strong wind, the strong heat and the program changes. My three fishermen were delighted with their stay, the discovery of new fishing sectors, which allowed them to touch many trout and several graylings, of which a return noticed on the gravel pits of the Sava Bohinjka is a pleasure.
From 29 september til 05 Oktober 2019 in Austria
As part of a C.B.F. flyfishing trip, I accompaned Alain, Pascal and Christian in Ost-Tyrol. We stayed in the pleasant Hotel Rauter, hich manages several fishing areas on the Isel and Tauernbach, between 1700 and 1000 m above sea level.
An overall pleasant weather for the season, with a big rainy day. The fishing was not very regular, but overall pretty good, with many fish every day, usually with nymph in the morning, and dry in the afternoon, including the last afternoon that has earned us a beautiful hatch of Baetis Rhodani of 2nd generation on the Tauernbach, to check the beautiful density of the fish. They were very combative in this cold water and well oxygenated.
As dry flies, the models that have been particularly effective: : CBF, SEP-3, KMM-2 , TOT, PHB-1, EBL and SAC-3, the last three especially on the occasion of the aforementioned hatch. As nymph, we caught brownies and rainbows and a dozen graylings on models always reliable: NTO, NFL-2, MCA-3, MCA-5 , TVC-1 and 2.
In the end, despite conditions not always very favorable, a beautiful week of fishing, in a very friendly and cheerful atmosphere.
From 15 til 21 september 2019 in Italy
We generally fished with dry with some success, even though the activity of the fish was sporadic. But even when we were fishing the water, we managed to get some nice fish. As in the previous stay, the SEP-3 was the fly that caught the largest number of trouts, including several trophy fish above 50 cm. The other dry ones that succeeded us: KMM-2, KMM-3, CBF, PDR and TOT. With nymph, my TVC (n° 1and n°2) , NFL-2 and NTO allowed us to touch very beautiful trouts, including several marmoratas.
I personally caught my finest marmorata, in dark blue-gray color, on nymph, with a small “brassie” on hook 16. This is one of those flies that I have been testing regularly for several years. As part of the new 2020 catalog, you will find 3 models (natural copper, red and olive) in the C.B.F. collection, specifically in the serie of ” Micro Casque Argent”: These are the MCA-3, MCA-4 et MCA-5.
In conclusion, again a very beautiful week of fishing, with a flawless conviviality, a lot of emotions , in short a happy week.
From 25 til 31 august 2019 in the italian Tyrol
As part of a C.B.F.flyfishing trip , I accompanied Gilbert, Jean-Marc and Jérôme in northern Italy, in southern Tyrol. Given the warm weather of end august, the Adige and Isar were still too strong. We thus fished essentially Valsura and Passer (Passeria in Italian). The Passer, powerful and rocky, not always easy to access, but so rich in beautiful fish was the most appreciated by my fishermen. Fishing was not easy, but we caught beautiful fish every day, each with his favorite technique, the downstream wetfly for Gilbert, the nymph for Jean-Marc, the dry fly for Jerome and myself.
We have often been able to fish with dry fly, which has allowed us to raise beautiful trout by fishing the water, sometimes using a single fly throughout the day, the SEP-3. But other fish came on the KMM-2, KMM-3, CBF or PHB-1. The TOT was also very succesfull. As nymph, mostly trouts were gaught on TVC-2 and NTO, the latter allowing Jerome to capture several big fish, including a beautiful rainbow of about 50 cm (see picture infra). It was with this same fly, used as wetfly, that Gilbert and Jean-Marc also caught a lot of trout, including several hybrids, Gilbert thus catching the only “true” marmorata of the stay, a unfortunately small specimen.
This beautiful week of fishing, with a friendliness and a good mood at all times, will leave all four of us an excellent memory.
26 may – 31 may 2019 in Slovenia and Alsace
the Sava Bohinjska was already strong when we arrived, and we fished it on the first day in the rain. The rest was going to be frustrating, since the rain did not end, and after a day of tourism and tying flies, it is the heavy heart that we had to resign ourselves to return to Alsace.
If the morning fishing was difficult with reduced activity, the afternoon we were treated to a beautiful hatch of large and small may flies, brown caddis and small yellow stone flies, during a lull of showers . The fishing was then excellent for all, with many trouts including some beautiful specimens, on CBF, SEH-1, KMM-2, TOT and EBF-1, the most regular, and with which I had the chance to capture a very beautiful rainbow of 64 cm (see photo below). In nymph over, we also caught some fish on NTO, NTJ-1 and TVC-1 and 2
Back in Alsace, we fished the Bruche a day, and the Thur the next day. The fishing was good on both rivers and the fish were regularly interested by our flies, nymphs in the morning, and dry mainly in the afternoon. With nymph on TVC-1 and 2 and even on HNC-1. As dry flies, KMM-2, TOT and EBF-1 provided the greatest number of catches in the day. But at the end of the day, when the brown caddis came “to dance” above the current, the CBF was one of the safest values.
The atmosphere of this very convivial week was excellent, despite the rain, the climatic hazards and the modifications of program. My three fishermen were delighted with their stay, the discovery of new fishing areas, which allowed them to touch many trout and some graylings.
From 28 april to 03 may 2019 in Slovenia
The rivers we fished, the Sava, the Radovna and the Krka, were very
strong. The Sava Bohinjka particularly tinted on our arrival. Rains and
snow had preceded us and came back at the end of the week, which was so
complicated. The fresh snow melted did not improve things, stalling a
little more fish.
Pierre discovered in my company the subtleties of mending for dry flyfishing, nymph over and wetflies. He was going to catch fish with all these techniques, which did not seem to have won at first. As he was very attentive, always enthusiastic, his perseverance would allow him to take beautiful fish, with heavy nymph, over or wetfly, mainly on NTO , but also on TVC-1/T and NTJ-1.
But despite these difficult conditions, we also managed to touch beautiful fish with dry flies, with even a trophy trout of 61 cm. We were also fortunate enough to experience a beautiful hatch of brown caddis flies on the Krka, which allowed us to fish on rising trouts for several hours. During these moments of pure happiness, the fish were rather selective and we had to target the effective models: CBF, SCL, SRC on the Krka, EBF-1, KMM-2 on the Radovna, the same + SEP- 3 and TOT on the Sava.
The atmosphere of this week, shortened by one day because of new heavy rains, was excellent and my friendly Pierre was delighted with his stay, which allowed him to live his best moments with the fly.
In October 2018 in Austria
As part of a C.B.F Holiday I accompanied Alexandre to Tyrol, despite Jerome’s defection for health reasons. We stayed in the very nice hotel Rauter, which manages several fishing areas on the Isel and the Tauernbach, between 1700 and 1000 m altitude.
A mild weather for the season, as in the whole of Europe, associated with low water but tinted by the melting of glaciers has not been very favorable to the activity of fish. Nevertheless, the fishery was still quite good, with many fish every day, usually as a nymph over the morning, and dry in the afternoon. The fish were very aggressive in this cold and well oxygenated water.
As dry fly, three models were particularly effective: SEH, KMM-2 and 3, SEP-3, was particularly successful for me on the 3rd day, with 17 trouts including 2 large rainbow. With nymph, we caught brown and rainbow trouts on heavy models, for harsh conditions and tinted waters : NTO, CBH, LAC-2 as good as TVC-1 and 2.
In the end, despite unfavourable conditions, a week of fishing largely positive, in a very friendly atmosphere, with Alexandre, more and more efficient in dry fly fishing.
In September 2018 in Slovenia
As part of a C.B.F Holiday I accompanied in Slovenia Jean-Michel and Christian, two habitueted flyfishermen, eager to (re) discover the beautiful rivers and the Slovenian trout.
The Sava Bohinjska and the Radovna, were of a pleasant level, low without being too low, and clear. We also fished a day of heavy heat the Krka, disappointing by this sunny weather, and the funds still clogged with brown algae. Faced with very selective fishes and with the exits of tiny black gnats several times, we had to deploy all our know-how to deceive some (rare) graylings and finally a lot of trout, including several large fish, some of More than 50 cm, on TOT, CTC-1, RTR, KMM-2 , OPK, SEP-2 et 3et CBF. In nymphs, heavy nymphs were most effective, like NTO, CBH, and TVC-1 + 2, LAC-1, LAC-2 andt 3, LGC -1, CNC-2 and 3.
The atmosphere of this week was once again excellent and my two fishermen, who did not know each other initially, became very complicit, delighted with their stay, which allowed them to touch very many and beautiful trout.
August 2018 in Slovenia
As part of a C.B.F Holiday I accompanied in Slovenia Gautier, Alain and Philippe, a group of flyfishermen from 30 to 73 years old, eager to confront the beautiful Slovenian fish.
The rivers were very low, including the Sava Bohinjska, which we fished with the Radovna. It was hot, like everywhere this summer, but the relative nocturnal freshness kept the fish in shape.
My “Favorites”, all three good fishermen, managed to catch some beautiful fish. In these low waters and less oxygenated than in spring, with very selective fish, fishing was not easy. But we managed to catch a number, with dry flies, on, RTR, SEP-3, KMM-2, PHB-1 and 2, SHP-1, and TOT again the most regular. In nymph, over or sighted, we also caught some nice fish, on NFL-2, NTO , LAC-1, LAC-2 et 3 , LGC-1 et TVC-1 et 2(tungsten or not)
The atmosphere of this week was excellent and my three fishermen were delighted with their stay, which allowed them to indulge themselves, mainly with beautiful trout, the graylings having been scarce for 2 years on the Slovenian rivers as on many Other rivers in Europe.
In July 2018 in Slovenia
As part of a C.B.F Holiday I accompanied in Slovenia Jérôme and Daniel, two flyfishermen, eager to discover the beautiful slovenian rivers and trouts.
The Sava Bohinjska and the Radovna, were of a pleasant level, low without being too low, and clear. We also fished a day the great Sava, a little more tense because of a dam, but as the water had dropped around 14h, we were entitled to it in the late afternoon to two hours of surface activity of the large fish that populate it.
NB: This activity earned me an hour of memorable success, with 4 fish hit successively on emergent EBF-1 and EBF-2, with 2 graylings of 48 and 49 cm and two + rainbow of 50 cm caught. Difficult fishing in deep water, facing suspicious fish, but then what fights and what emotions.
My “favorites” were not accustomed to confront the difficulties of the medium and large rivers, controlling both the fly fishing in the streams of their region of origin (Valserine in the Jura for Daniel, Corsican creeks for Jérôme)
After a first day a little complicated, handicaped more by rods poorly adapted to this type of rivers, they learned a lot, improved their technique and tactics over the week and different waters. In the Face of very selective fish and the fallout of Black gnats on several occasions, they managed to take their first (rare) graylings and finally quite a lot of trout, including several large fish, some more than 40 cm, on EBF-1 et EBF-2, KMM-2, SHP-1, FMF-2 , RTR and TOT once again the most regular model, with the CBF. After an initiation to nymph fishing, both also caught their first trouts with this technique, on NTO andt TVC-1 + 2
The atmosphere of this week was excellent and my two fishermen were delighted with their stay, which allowed them to touch many fish.
In June 2018 in Slovenia
As part of a C.B.F Holiday I accompanied in Slovenia , Christian, Lionel, two Alsatians, and Joerg, a German fisherman, in short an international group of fishermen, eager to confront the beautiful Slovenian trout.
The Sava Bohinjska and the Radovna, were still a bit ‘ tense ‘ on our arrival like all the Slovénian rivers, but found little by little a good level, because if we had daily thunderstorms, these remained measured.
My “Favorites”, two of which were not accustomed to confront the difficulties of the rivers, however good fishermen, managed to catch many and beautiful fish, essentially with dry flies. Although the fish were selective, we managed to deceive many specimens on CBF, EBF-1 and EBF-2 , KMM-2, PHB-2 + 3, SHP-1, and TOT, the most regular. I had the chance to finish my last day, fishing discreet rises under the branches, in the rain and in the deep water, to capture on an emergent EBF-1 A very beautiful rainbow of 58 cm (see picture supra). While fishing with nymph, we also had good times, with some trophy fish on the key, like this rainbow of + 60 cm that I caught on sight, on an NFL-2. The NTO was formidable, and some fish were also taken on
LGC-2 and TVC-1 + 2 (tungsten or not). Christian, also tried successfully with streamer by sequence, whether with a CBO, or a SFM-4 and a mini Zonker.
The atmosphere of this week was excellent and my three fishermen were delighted with their stay, which allowed them to touch many beautiful trouts.
May 2018 in Austria
As part of a C.B.F Holiday I accompanied to the Tyrol, Philippe, Jean and Patrick. We stayed in the very nice hotel Rauter, which manages several fishing areas on the Isel and the Tauernbach, between 1700 and 1000 m altitude.
A mixed weather associated with water often tinged with snowmelt has not been conducive for dry fly fishing. The nymph over the wire ensured most of the catches. Each flyfisher caught many trout, some exceeding 40 cm, particularly combative fish in this cold and well oxygenated water..
With the dry fly, it was only on the last day that each of my favorites caught trout, either with CBF, or SRT. And, as far as I’m concerned, I’ve brought up this last day about fifteen trouts, against the rocks on the edge, on a SEP-3.
With nymphs, we all caught brown trout and rainbow trout on my favorite heavy nymph model for very difficult conditions and strong, cold and dirty waters, the NTO which once again proved particularly effective in these conditions, where the fish were propped up. When the water was a little clearer and a little less strong, we also tcaught some nice fish on TVC-1 and 2 .
In the end, despite very difficult conditions, a week of positive fishing, in a warm atmosphere and conviviality, and beautiful memories for my favorites, which impressed me with their perseverance and their efficiency, with a technique in Which they began little or more.
May 2018 in Slovenia
As part of a C.B.F Holiday I accompanied in Slovenia, Christian, Gilbert and Raphael, three Alsatian flyfishermen eager to get acquainted with the Slovenian rivers.
The rivers that we fished, the Sava and the Radovna, were very strong and tinted upon our arrival like all the Slovénes rivers, and they will swell even a little more the last two days because of big thunderstorms shooting down on mountains still well snowed. As a result, once is not customary for early May, no evening hatch in the week.
My “favourite” flyfishermen, good fishermen, still managed to catch beautiful fish, on heavy nymph, mainly on NTO , but also on LGC-2, TVC-1 +t 2 and HNC-1. Christian, who became a fan of this fly, caught many fish, including a rainbow of 50 cm, on a tungsten jig with olive body, which regularly was effective in the river
The last two days of the stay, which we were forced to shorten by one day because of heavy rains, we were also able to fish some moments of activity with dry flies. During these brief moments, the fish were very selective and it was difficult to find the few effective models: CBF, EBF-1, SAC-1, KMM-2, and theTOT.
The atmosphere of this week was excellent and my three fishermen were delighted with their stay, which allowed them to catch trouts above 40 cm.
April 2018, in the North Sea in Denmark
After a fourth experiment in 2017, my brother Bernard, our friend Simon and I decided to go fishing, on the fly, sea trout in the North Sea, along the coasts of Denmark. This year, Jean-Pierre, a fourth thief, was also tempted by the adventure.
Convinced of the possibilities of this island, we returned to the island of Mön, which is famous for the size of the sea trout that can be taken in the spring. As for the weather, it was, as often, complicated: after 1 day of great sweetness (20 °) The freshness returned (between 17 ° and 9 °), the wind blowing with gusts of 30 to 60 km/h, a water a little less cold than last year (from 6 ° to 7.5 °) , more or less strong waves, but with a few trout approaching the coast to feed.
This is how we fished for five days, and we had 18 bites to the four of us in five days of fishing. My house made Polar Magnus proved to be the most effective during these five days. We managed to get 6 trouts to the net, all the others dropping out. We decided to keep the 2 finest specimens, a 61 cm sea trout that I had the pleasure to catch (see picture supra), and another of 52 cm, taken by Jean-Pierre. The others, though a corect size, and even the very first of Simon’s fly, had the joy of going back to the sea. (See picture infra )
This fishing, hard mentally and physically demanding, is really addictive and forging character. A week that will once again leave great memories, and that will maintain hope for a forthcoming session.
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