Archive for February 1st, 2009

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Feb
09

Taimen Run Up Danube Basin & Slovenia, too

Taimen in Danube R. System (Austria)

 

Taimen in Danube R. System (Austria)

http://www.visionflyfishing.com/page.php?page_id=342

“The taimen is also called “Danube salmon” in Europe, because he is only found in the river Danube and all the rivers which run into the Danube like the rivers Mur,Enns, Drau, Lech, Inn and a lot of smaller streams. That means that you will find them in Austria as well as Germany, Poland or Slovenia.

The taimen was close to die off some years ago because of shore lining, weir systems and pollution. The taimen is like all trout a fish who wants to go upstream to spawn, which was not possible anymore in a lot of rivers. Nowadays conditions have become much better and also the number of taimen in our rivers is increasing.

Another reason of that is that the number of grayling, which is the favorite food of taimen, is also increasing. The average size of our taimen is from 90 to 110cm and about 16 to 30 pounds weight. But every year there are several fish caught up to more than 130 cm and more than 60 pounds weight.”     

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http://www.emeraldwateranglers.com/slovenia.html

As you head south into central and southern Slovenia the mountains gradually fade into rolling hills and pastures. This heavily forested landscape is divided by numerous rivers, from the largest river in the country, the Sava, to the countless smaller chalk streams and spring creeks like the Unica and Krka. In these rivers you will find the Hucho (relative of the Mongolian Taimen), European Grayling, native Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Northern Pike and Carp. With so many high caliber species, beautiful scenery, fantastic food and a strong and unique culture, its easy to see why fly fishing Slovenia is a must!

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Taimen Fly for Mongolia

http://www.fishmongolia.co.uk/

01
Feb
09

Steelers Win! Good Game, Great finish (Congrats to Steelers)

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They barely fit within the frame!

01
Feb
09

Superb French Fly Tying Visuals~Jean-Paul Dessaigne (travail étonnant)

La Clipe Emerger

La Clipe Emerger

http://www.jpdessaigne.com/Lesemergentes/Emergentes_sommaire.htm

bulleguepeI have highlighted the superb work of French Fly Tier Jean-Paul Dessaigne before. The photography is very good and the tutorials are perfect. You can easily (well pretty much) make sense of the French descriptors.   http://babelfish.yahoo.com/translate_txt

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01
Feb
09

Ants (When the wind blows-Summer staple on alpine lakes and low land streams)

Simple to tie and often forgotten the Ant should be a staple in any fly box. The afternoon winds on mountain lakes are along stream edges provides a ready source of food to the fish. Now, I am not saying I have enough ant patterns in my boxes. But, I do have a dozen or so, mostly black and not too fancy. I have watched fly fishers walk the shores of lakes on windy afternoons and simply work the ant pattern out 20-30 and do well. This would be a perfect effort on a back packing lake, where it seems most often you are trying to cast to the middle of the lake.   

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FISHING MOUNTAIN LAKES
The secret to understanding Summer fishing in mountain lakes is to remember that the wind blows up hill. What is he talking about I hear you saying to yourself. What on earth has that got to do with fishing? It has everything to do with Mountain Fishing. Terrestrial insects like grass hoppers, beetles and ants make up 80% of the summer diet of trout and grayling in alpine mountainous environments. They are carried up the mountain by the wind and deposited in the high altitude lakes. (the biologists call them ‘upslope blow-ins’) Combine this with with the amount of emergent or adult forms of aquatic insect life taken in the surface film then you find that 90% of their food comes from the top. The mountain lake trout cruise and search for food on the water surface film and this is where you should be fishing.

The upslope winds occur when the high ridges receive the morning sun whilst the valleys are still in shade. The cool air of the valley bottom is sucked up to the ridges as the layers mix in an effort to equalize the air temperature. The greater the temperature disparity the stronger the winds. Bug falls are greater in the afternoon. The lake is a heat sink as it is cooler than the surrounding land and therefore creates a thermal variation and downdraft.

Ants are easily plucked from the surface by the winds even by mild winds. They are often the most numerous insect dropped on the water surface because of their low weight.

http://business.virgin.net/fly.fishing/ant-red.html

 

http://www.riverbum.com/Ant-Fur-Black/

And, for the more complicated pattern…the Chernobyl Ant

http://www.southcom.com.au/~scatch/chernobyl%20ant.htm

01
Feb
09

Fly Fishing Fever (The oddities of mechanical breakdowns even with periodical maintenance)

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Piscatorial Interruptus

  I hate motors. That goes for cars, airplanes, boats, tractors, electric tooth brushes, whatever. Probably stems from my total conceptual failure to understand how they work. The technology is supernatural to me. Practically, though, what gets me the most is that in any motor-intensive adventure situation, your whole well-being is reliant upon tiny mysterious pieces of a massively complex fabrication, working perfectly in unison. If they don’t, you’re SOL. I prefer simple, and motors aren’t.

http://thebigpull.wordpress.com/2008/09/23/the-company-jet/

For me, it is tires. Whether on the rig or the trailer, I have most often had not just a flat tire, but sometimes multiple flats….going where no tent trailer should be pulled. With family in tow, you can be guaranteed it is either the hottest day of August or an unusually cold day for May. I have also had a blown clutch while towing a trailer and the good old dead battery. Now, if you strive to separate yourself from the rest of humanity, while camping, this presents a problem…I have the jumper cables but….   Ryan at The Big Pull expressed my mystical perceptions of all things mechanical, electrical or computerized.    




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