Spring memories 1

Steelhead season is about to begin so I start the preparations. One very important thing was to empty my camera memory card. Doing that I discovered a lot of pictures that I forgot about. So this is it some of my spring outings:

Sometime during the month of May:

Crossing the woods, triyng to find the river

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Nature art

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And found it

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Start warming up

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…then I start to move some muscles…

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…starts to be boring I guess… 🙂

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Changing the spot … trough the woods again

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And again the Mighty River

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Lunch break with a new friend

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…and back to the fishing

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This was the trip when a hooked up a monster brown in the range +90cm. Was a 20 minutes battle. At the end the monster manged to brake 4X flouro tippet. This is the second time when I hooked/lost a fish like this in the same area. I hope next time I’ll be more lucky.

Then I finished my day like this:

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…to be continued…

Waiting…for the RUN

Hello my friends, I’m back. (pretenii stiu de ce 🙂 )

One more week until the beginning of september. The stellhead run is about to start, so I start the preparations for the steelhead season. Took out my spey rod to shake it a bit. Where is a good place for that? On the mighty Niagara… of course.

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…trying to get the loop…

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For having a drill the main target was the bass.

A drill with something that came off after 1 minute of fierce fighting

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Then I started to land some

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The surprise came with the silver bass

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…waiting for a take…

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Spey madness…the second day

A doua zi dimineata la 7 eram pe mal pregatit sa fac primul cast. La capatul liniei era:

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Cum spuneam mai devreme, venisem aici sa caut steelheads tineri…dar din pacate apa scazuse destul de puternic si toata lumea era inapoi in lac…spre deosebire de prietenii mei brown trout care rezista si la caldura/apa scazuta. Asta e unul din cele mai mari exemplare care le-am prins pe acest rau:

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Sub un pod m-a mai atacat unul

 

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…si apoi am plecat spre casa cu imaginea asta in minte…

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Spey madness

Am promis cu ceva vreme in urma ca voi vorbi si despre muste si tehnici folosite in iesirile mele, acum e cazul sa ma tin de cuvant. Cred ca i-am tinut destul in suspans pe  prietenii/cititorii mei. M-am gandit sa nu mai deschid subiectul atat de monoton al nimfelor, subiect despre care se gasesc pe internet zeci de articole scrise de oameni talentati, care sunt convins ca au uitat mai mult  despre pescuitul cu nimfe decat as putea eu vreodata sa stiu. Asa ca o sa va vorbesc despre spey flies.

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Pescuitul in stilul spey m-a acaparat complect in ultima vreme, un stil care evolueaza inca, un stil in care clasicul se impleteste cu modernul intr-un mod in care eu inca nu am vazut. De la pattern-uri inventate prin  1960  si lansete de 14 picioare cu long belly lines pana la muste spey legate cu materiale sintetice moderne, lansete mai scurte si mai puternice si fly lines care uneori seamana cu cablurile electrice.

Sunt clar trasate cateva linii in care te poti incadra sau mai bine zis cu care poti sa iti construiesti un set-up dar intre astea mai sunt zeci de combinatii posibile. Absolut totul poate fi modificat de la lungimea, actiunea si puterea lansetei, la greutatea lungimea si densitatea shooting-head-ului, la felul runing line-ului sau greutatea mulinetei. De la lungimea sau desitatea sinking head-ului la felul mandrinei care prinde mulineta pe lanseta care influenteaza echilibrul lansetei….ufff ,  deja m-am pierdut si eu. Intre toate aceste teorii, cifre si formule mai vine si fly-tyingul cu alte mii de paternuri care pot fi combinate la infinit.

De ce spey?

Pai am fost vrajit in momentul cand am simtit primul swing perfect urmat de un atac de steelhead infometat. De atunci mintea mea gandeste intr-una noi pattern-uri, alte combinatii de greutati, marimi, linii folosite, etc. Acum ca a trecut run-ul de primavara, pe unele rauri din apropiere au mai ramas steelheazi tineri de 2-3 ani care se hranesc puternic. Pentru ei am pregatit o mica colectie vintage de mini-spey flies.

Royal Coachman. Cred ca e folosita pentru a prinde pastravi de cand e lumea. 🙂

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Un alt Coachman

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Silver Rat asta e de prin ’60

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Un fel de Silver Doctor cu hair wing

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Black Heron…doar ca n-am folosit heron feathers

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Si una din favoritele mele Lady Caroline, pe care ati vazut-o si in prima poza dar  legata intr-o marime spey cu adevarat pe un carlig clasic Alec Jhonson #1. Aici in versiune micro pe un straight de #10

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In urmatorul articol o sa va arat ce am prins cu ele a doua zi.

Va urma…

One morning…

Walking the river one morning…the water was high

 

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Found this  flower in the forest…White Trillium… the provincial emblem of  Ontario, you can see it one the driver license, money bills or government institutions names.

 

 

 

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Good temperature, not too windy. I found the fish at the edge of the rapids.

Hook-up…

 

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…drill…

 

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…drill…close to the end…the most dangerous last 10 seconds

 

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…and the final moment…the picture

 

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…into the rapids…

 

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beauty of the forest…

 

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This brown had the release of his life…

 

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…fighting…

 

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…with a big shadow…

 

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…that finelly cut my 5 pounds(0.18mm) tippet. But I got another one

 

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All the fly fishermen are friends

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…and sometimes they exchange secret  information…

 

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Four guys, eight rivers, four days – part II

Third day in the morning we split up. One car was going south and the other one north. I was in the north one. A small part of my luggage…

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The day was cloudy and the temperature was low, excellent weather for steelhead fishing. This time we were fishing a bigger river and we needed to use spey rods or switch. My setup for that day…

 

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First fish of the day

 

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Back into the water…

 

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Hari’s turn to land the second one

 

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And Sebastian with his first steelhead

 

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Colors

 

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Going back…

 

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Hari doing what he likes … nymphing…until the end of the day he landed 3 more fish.

 

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Fourth day. Rivers from the south area. Walking through the forest…

 

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Green explosion…

 

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First fish of the day…landed on a sandy beach…

 

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The second good fish … a brown trout…

 

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And in every good hole or run I got two or three of these three years old steellie.

 

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You can see they lived in the lake from the silver/black coloration…

 

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Colors…

 

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An older one…

 

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In his world…

 

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Colors..

 

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In the afternoon I changed the river. This time I was alone, my friends were trying to catch a plane in Detroit, so I was fishing for them 🙂 … The day before the river was too high, but that day the level dropped and the color was gin clear.

 

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View from the left bank

 

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Alone in the forest…

 

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Small angry rainbow

 

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And then in the perfect run I found the perfect fish…the biggest brown I ever landed on that Creek… Long body…

 

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…big mouth…

 

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…strong back…

 

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…beautiful colors…

 

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…going back to the deeps

 

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This spring I started to use a different tactic. I am going up nymphing and I am coming down swinging. Going down…and that tree over the water was telling me that somebody is hiding there…

 

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..and I was right…

 

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…my first brown caught on a Hoh-Bo fly

 

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And this was the end of a four days/eight rivers trip… great time spent with my friends.

Four guys, eight rivers, four days

And the opening day finaly came.This year we kept the team at four guys but we extended the days and the area we usually cover at opening.

So this was the team for this year:

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The start was good, everyone was kind of expecting to get a fish in the first three casts…but that morning was going to be tough…

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We came prepared with food suplies

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But winter was still  around.

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We search for them in deep water…

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…under the trees…

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…under the falls…

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We changed the flies and the setups…

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…and we got just a few of them.

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In the first afternoon this was the biggest fish landed

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Day 2 :

We split in two teams one going upstream and the other  one downstream.

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New aproach techniques

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Start to look around…

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Tried the egg pattern

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…and I put on the fly : little black-something…

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Nice spring signs

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But you never know what is hiding under these beautiful flowers…

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The hiking-fishing marathon continues…

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…through very high and fast water

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In the mean time the other team got to the favorite place…see that look?

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…and started catching fish

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But the day was not finished. After lunch we started  fishing another section of the third river.

And…we found them:

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The day finished  me fighting with a big brown, who after 4 minutes of running-jumping cut my line with his teeth. But I know where it is and I’m coming back… 🙂

Stay tuned, day 3 and 4 are coming with 4 new rivers.

Peche a la mouche au Maroc (2)

Monsieur Kamal Arsalane was my  fishing guide during my stay in Morocco. If you want to catch a fish on the Atlantic coast in north Africa this is the guy you need. In just two days he showed me 100 km of coast between Rabat and Casablanca, two river mouths and a harbour in a quest for good conditions for fly fishing. You can find mister Kamal Arsalane at http://www.jpc.ma/

But as I said before the ocean was not calm at all. High waves on a rocky shore, underwater rocks sharp as knives made my fly fishing very difficult.

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Short deep holes were the perfect traps if you were not aware…

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… full with sea urchin

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My  guide caught a fish  to show me where they stay

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I’ve also learned that in the  Atlantic every 5th or 7th wave(depends of the ocean level) is bigger than the previous ones. That’s me fishing in a little golf and in the background is the 7th wave coming…1 minute after this picture  I was soaking wet.

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Another fisherman on the other side of the golf…fighting a fish

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…this fish is known by the name ” le sar”

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Walking on the beach

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At the entrance of Mohammedia harbour, eating what they call ” the poor man sandwich”

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With mon ami Kamal during a coffee break

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Fishing in the afternoon around the old city Kasbah of the Udayas

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Fisherman getting out in the ocean for night fishing

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..another coffee break…

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Another day…driving to the Atlas mountains

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Into the Atlas mountains

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Traditional Moroccan food named tajine.  Tajine,  a Moroccan dish  named after the special earthenware pot in which it is cooked.

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The oldest 4×4 for mountains

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and the 4×4 for desert

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Peche a la mouche au Maroc

One week in Maroc(Morocco), two full days of fly fishing on the Atlantic coast. First day, the public beach in Rabat, the ocean was not so bad for fishing.

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To  the  old city

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Walking trough  it

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The river that separates Rabat from Sale

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Traditional moroccan tea  to cool you down  from 35 degree C.

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The second day:

Drinking the tea in the morning and getting ready

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The ocean is higher than the day before

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To be continued…

Czech Nymphing clasic

La ora la care scriu abia ca s-a sfarsit furtuna de 2 zile in care a plouat cu galeata iar vantul inca mai bate cu vreo 70 km/h, dar acum 4 zile am prins o zi cu temperaturi peste 10 grade C si cateva raze de soare. Pentru astfel de zile echipamentul sta pregatit in masina, lectie invatata de la prietenul  meu Dan Bucatarul. Fly fishing urban, pe raul care traverseaza orasul. Locurile de anul trecut au fost la fel de productive si anul asta.

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Stilul: Czech Nymphing clasic cu snurul afara, 3 nimfe pe leader de 0.18mm.

Primul servit, un mascul agitat:

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Culori frumoase

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Cei mari erau mai finuti in muscatura

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…muscatura e impropriu spus, de fapt nimfele tarate pe fund la 1 metru adancime, erau culese de acesti suckeri iar la suprafata totul se transmitea intr-o oprire aproape imperceptibila a firului. Daca intepai era acolo…daca nu…ratare!

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Am avut peste 15 pesti intepati dar nu am scos la mal decat 6. Parte din ei nu i-am intepat la timp si carligul a fost superficial fixat iar o alta parte au plecat cu montura cu tot, erau “locomotivele”.

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Cei mai spectaculosi au ramas masculii care si aveau un atac mai pronuntat pe nimfa.

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O zi superba, perfecta sa te scoata din amorteala iernii care nu se da plecata.

 

 

 

Iarna grea?

Salutare la toata lumea! Vreau sa va spun ca nu am murit…inca, nici “cerneala” nu s-a terminat doar ca iarna asta grea m-a tinut ocupat. Asa cum ziceam in ultimul post am iesit la pescuit in ultima zi din 2012. O zi superba de iarna, un rau cu apa cristal si pesti sfiosi. Dar povestea si cele cateva poze o sa le pun intr-o postare viitoare.

Sa revenim la iarna grea. Rauri inghetate si temperaturi de -15 in medie m-au tinut in casa 3 luni si 2 zile…probabil inca 2… ca joi voi iesi sa caut salaii. Ce face un muscar “inchis” in casa? Pai in primul rand face planuri pentru sezonul urmator. Concediul este deja impartit cu grija, combinat cu long-weekend-uri, avand destinatii exacte. Totul este planuit in functie de run-ul diferitelor specii de pastrav, primavara steelhead si brown, vara atlantic si brown, toamna-iarna stellhead din nou.

Dupa ce planul este facut trebuie vazut echipamentul. Totul trebuie curatat, revizuit, reparat daca este cazul sau inlocuit. Aici intra si complectarea locurilor goale din cutia de muste. Probabil cea mai importanta activitate, a unui muscar, din timpul iernii, legatul de muste.

Asa ca in timp ce “cerneala” se usca in calimara, se umpleau cutiile de muste. Luat separat fiecare stil de pescuit avem asa:

Steelhead flies:

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In principal pentru spey, sunt muste mari contruite pe spey-hooks, tubes sau Stingers.

Tubes:

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Pentru ape mai calde din locuri exotice cateva saltwater patterns:

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Si bineinteles “legiunile” de nimfe care fac ravagii in rauri:

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Sper ca v-am captat atentia si sunteti curiosi sa vedeti ce fel de pesti vor sta agatati in carligele mai sus prezentate. Si eu sunt foarte curios despre cateva modele noi. Probabil ca anul acesta voi incerca un nou format  de articol, unul in care sa va prezint si mustele folosite. Ce parere aveti?

Christmas eve

In ajun de Craciun gospodinele fac prajituri si chiftele, barbatii fac cumparaturi, copii fac bradul,iar pescarii…merg la pescuit. Bineinteles si noi, pescarii, facem cumparaturi si brazi si cookies inainte de Craciun…dar din motive subiective nu putem spune cand au avut loc ultimele doua iesiri. Asa ca o sa le numim iesiri in ajunul de Craciun.

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Retzeta e simpla, o puteti face si voi: se iau doi prieteni, la ora 6 dimineatza, se baga in masina impreuna cu tot echipamentul plus trei cafele, lapte si zahar dupa gust. Se adauga mustele legate obligatoriu cu o seara inainte, daca se poate cat mai devreme cu 2-3 ore inainte ar fi perfect. Se pun la clocot cu povesti despre monstri care traiesc sub ape si care rup tippet-uri de 0.35 mm fara sa clipeasca si dupa aproximativ o ora, o ora jumate’ de drum se scot din masina, se echipeaza corespunzator si se introduc in apa proaspata de rau. Cu cat mai rece apa cu atat mai bine. 😀 Sunt convins ca multi dintre voi o stiti…si va place…

Dar sa trecem la lucruri serioase… una dintre iesiri a fost pe un rau de talie mare, pe o vreme superba pentru pescuitul la steelhead, ploaie usoara, temperaturi de 2 grade C , vant moderat, si apa usor crescuta, vizibilitate 40 cm adancime.

Pescuitul la nimfa pe o astfel de apa e o placere

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Sau streamer…sau nimfa…

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Peisaje superbe

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Obstacole la tot pasul

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Nature art

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Razboinicii cazuti

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A doua iesire pe un creek, aceleasi conditii de temperatura, la fel apa la un nivel bun. Pescuitul a fost mai tehnic de data asta…cautam alta specie(prietenii stiu de ce)

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Mai ne loveau cei din lotul de juniori

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…sau alte natzii…

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Dar cei la care visam, au aparut

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…in numar neasteptat…

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…sau din echipa adversa, aceasi categorie

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…sau chiar din categoria grea

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As putea spune ca ne-am incarcat destul pentru cele trei luni de “intuneric” care urmeaza. Totusi planuim o iesire in formula largita pe 31 Dec ultima zi a anului si a sezonului inclusiv. Ne raman deschise doar foarte putine sectiuni de rauri pana la sfarsitul lui Aprilie 2013.

Sa speram ca furtuna de zapada asteapta pana dupa 31 … pana atunci :

Craciun fericit!

Zile de iarna

De obicei ultimele 2-3 saptamani din an sunt foarte bune. Saptamana trecuta a inceput ninsoarea in nord. Cararile de acces nu mai erau la fel de usor de parcurs.

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Asa arata o apa perfecta pentru pescuit la steelhead

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Iarna pe rau

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In swing cu 2 minute inainte sa ma loveasca “trenul”

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Va prezint…”trenul” :

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Ca pe orice “tren” … e greu sa il bagi pe tot in obiectiv

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Eliberare

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Mai sus cu 3 km la o nimfa egg

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Anotimpul in care nu mai gasesti belti si carari

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Vanatorii nu servisera in acea zi

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Clear water

After I crossed the corn field…

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…found the small valley…

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…headed to the swamp…

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…after 45 min of hiking(with all the gear and waders)…the river at 8 am

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Nice weather, sunny with clouds, temp -3 C, wind 15 km/h. Low, clear water, spooky fish. I used nymphs only, natural colors, fished at 10-12 m distance.

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Nature art

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Low water

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Beautiful steelhead

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Still waiting for heavy rains…

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Finally … winter steelheading

Finally low temperature and snow. Now you see only real steelheaders on the river banks.

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Last time there were 50 “fishermen” now only three.

Nice sunny morning, temp low -6 C , wind 30 km/h

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Storm coming…

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Before the battle

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…storm arrived

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Temp low -15 wind 50 km/h

The steelhead love this weather…the proof…

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The water was cold and clear…again big streamears for big guys

Somone’s postal box…

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Thanks to a “Jedi” brother we have a group picutre

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