troutseason started... few impressions

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troutseason started... few impressions

Postby Stephan Dombaj » Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:05 am

Hey Guys,
March 16 - a red marked date for every flyfisher in germany - troutseason in most parts of germany starts. At the latest two days before your hand starts shakening, sometimes a nervous twitching - you feel like a junkie who needs his periodical dose of flyfishing. Years ago you got infected - and it took only a few moments to relized that you were lost in troutfishing.

Wedding anniversary? Your birthday? Saving the planet? Doesn´t matter at all when it´s on that specific, red marked date - March 16.... your
personal holy grail...

I carefully selected the destination for my first shot this year - a medium size river where I have never been before, harsh currents, elevated waterlevels and... access to a huge reservoir. Considering the last point, I can simply overview and -hear that this part of the river looks quite urbanized and if you have read the entire article you´ll know why!

Access to a lake or reservoir is the keyword which is intrinsically tied to "migratory salmonides" - the term itself sounds sexy as hell! MIGRATORY Trout has that delicious tinched undertone of Seatrout or even Steelhead...
and it´s a matter of fact that these fishes behave quite alike. In my eyes it´s quite exaggerated to call these fishes Steelheads aswell, because in fact they are not searunning - but lakerunning.

Great Lakes Rainbows aka "Great Lake Steelhead" is the keyword - it´s the same phenomena: the fishes are lakerunners who spawn in the rivers:
"Migratory Rainbowtrouts or Salmonides"

Gray sky, snow and rain... definatly no weather for "Sissy-fishing" but I really don´t care about it since I saw the river from the street upon - I feel like a unleashed bloodhound, ready to blow. Christian, Paulo and I are ready to celebrate the first shot of the year....

A electricity engine regulates the waterlevels, what finally means that the waterlevel can raise and fall 100cm within one single hour! So we equiped ourselfe for every condition - from lightweight singlehand rods (weight 3) to light 7weight double hand rods with diffrent shootingheads - expect the unexpected!
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Items on this picture from left to right:
MULTi 7120-4|OPTi Speedrunner|OPTI Adapted DH Intermediat 7/8
LTS X1 590-4 Packlight|OPTi Dryfly|OPTiStillwater WF5F
MULTi 696-4|MULTi 3/6 Prototypereel|OPTiStillwater WF6F
MULTi 590-4|OPTi Creek|Master Wet Tip Express 150 grains
lateron OPTi Creek 388-4|Evotec G3 FW|OPTi Creek WF3F

The fishing itself legitimates the amount of equipment, from classical upstream nymphfishing to classical Steelhead or Salmonswinging...but have a look at the pictures.

I really thought that some fish are still quite exhausted after the reproduction-period but hell no! These fishes really ran their tails off!
Massive attacks on, rodcracking hookups, backingruns... fishporn at it´s finest!

First thrill!
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Damnit... almost forgot how good it feels:
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Here an exclusive shoot of the latest MULTi Reel Series - Still a prototype, the endversion will look alike except that it will be a bit more narrow...tried to hold a bigger fish in strong current after it has ripped of 20 Meters of backing (I´ll soon post the video) - what a blast...unfortunatly lost that fish that has cut a deep wound in my hand with tecbraid backing:
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Smells fishy - perfect place to unleash the lightweight DH Rod:
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BIG Bang:
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A better one... it takes a while in the harsh current of the engine:
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Damnit, a beauty:
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could a seasion start better than this? 6 pounds - silverblank mirgatory rainbow! Fly: Crystal Conehead Woolly Bugger
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We went on: I hooked another Fish from same size...jumped few time for the video and hooked off then...shit happens, but I cant complaine ;-)
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Meanwhile Christian hooked up with a nice 50cm Brownie:
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Paulo with his first trout of this day:
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Christian again:
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another nice rainbow:
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fine 42 brownie:
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LTS with light nymphs kicks ass aswell:
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Prince nymph prevails:
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ripping off the line:
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another fine Brownie 43cm
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get bend again:
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damnit...each fish a beauty:
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another price rainbow
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late that day:
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This are a few impressions of my first day of the season - I´m looking forward to see yours here.
Cheers and tight lines,
Stephan Dombaj
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Postby simpson H » Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:13 am

Nice post Steph, as always. Beautiful fish! Nice season start!
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Postby EsoX » Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:02 pm

I see that you guys have a lot action on first day of trout season. Like always, very nice photos Stephan. New Loop MULTi reel looks very interesting...

p.s Sorry for bad spelling I correct my self... :D
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Postby Alexa » Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:06 pm

Hello Steph!

Thanks for this fantastic overview and kicking ass action photos!

Keep that work!

Hope to see you sometime over here. I plan to fish in Croatia and south east of Bosnia, second half of April. Especially look forward for River Neretva in Bosnia and its endemic trout (nowhere else found in the world!), called "soft mouth brown trout". The fish is shaped like ordinary brown, but has lips and mouth like grayling! Although, still fighting like steelhead - never stop jumping and shaking head!

Cheers,

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Postby skeg » Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:01 pm

Stephan,

all you have to do now is PM- me the location.... 8) :P

My hands are itching looking at your DH-shot. :roll:
Peter

...one more last cast


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