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Olive Blues
The trout, not to mention grayling, season seems a long way off. Tomorrow is forecast to be the coldest day of the winter, with the temperature in the Sudeten mountains dropping to minus 30 degrees. Yuck. Is there a better way to warm up to the coming seaso...

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PF 2016
The 2015 fishing season was a tricky one to me. The warmest and driest summer and autumn on record had unfortunate, if not entirely unexpected, impact on the Czech trout & grayling fishing. Add to that some family obligations and the result to me was the lo...

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And the season starts in the earnest...
The dry heat of summer is past, and not too missed. Czech rivers are slowly - very slowly - recuperating from this years drought. On many rivers the trout population will take years to recover. But despite all that - the grayling season is finally upon us. ...

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A novel dimension of the Klinkhamer hook
A few years back I somehow acquired a package of #10 Partridge Klinkhamer hooks. These hooks are meant for the famous Klinkhåmer special fly by Hans van Klinken. I fish the "klink" style flies gladly and often, but I yet have to travel to the famous Scandin...

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Hook Size Blues
A recent discussion on a respected fly dressing forum made me think hard about the unconscious choices I make when selecting hooks for my imitations. I like my flies to be roughly equal to the size of the insect being imitated, or slightly above (I subscrib...

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Autumn is coming...
As the fans of the fantasy writer George R. R. Martin are no doubt aware, Autumn is coming! Given the sorry state of Czech rivers this is welcome news, even if the current (still rather) hot weather makes it hard to believe. After the hottest and driest sum...

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Midsummer Kamenice
I have acted as a host to my French friend Philippe & his charming wife on their visit to the Czech Republic. Besides visiting the usual tourist traps such as the Prague castle and the Jewish quarter we had some serious fun fishing. The deep canyon of Kamen...

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Violetta
A violet hotspot on a bead headed fly is one of the worse kept secrets of the Czech trout waters. It might have been a secret a five or so years back, but it is common knowledge by now. Its novelty has sort of passed, and it has become just one of the many ...

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Střela in May
After the false start on Úpa I decided to try my luck on Střela, a river which has brought me my fair share of fishing fun and despair. This river does not flow from a major mountain range, plus it has a dam at its headwaters, and so it has reliable flow ev...

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Red Fox & CDC
A simple variation on well known F Fly theme. I like the structure of fox hair body: spiky, grubby and unruly. Suggestive... The tie: #16 Hanák H130 BL hook Grey 16/0 Veevus tying thread red rooster hackle fibres for tail body of red fox dubbing, wound tigh...
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