Perhaps one of the most beautiful lakes on the planet… heavily defended!
Bit of a brief flying visit to catch up and fish with Carlos and George near Pamplona and then Aitor and Alejandro in Asturias. Followed by a trip to Reading to try the new ONEs.
Today Carlos and I initially started fishing for some trout in a local stream, however Carlos had to quit because he was too warm in his waders and so we went to another water. We’ll call it Mystery River X, not necessarily because it’s a mystery, but because Carlos didn’t tell me its name (he may have forgotten it). It was once a great trout fishery, many years ago. It’s not really a trout fishery any longer however. Now it’s a carp and barbel fishery. And I like carp and barbel – in fact I love carp and barbel. I’ve only caught maybe half a dozen barbel on fly – in my life – and around 100 carp. So it’s all pretty new to me.
Nice to get into some fish. I started trying to nymph them with a bunch of different pattens, from scuds to shrimps – nada de nada. I flung some dries at them – also nada. Then I chucked out a streamer. First cast a follow from a carp, second cast hooked into a good barbel (I didn’t even know barbel took streamers!). I lost that fish eventually but that’s partly because I was messing around with my camera.
Later I took a cruising barbel under my rod tip – on the streamer – and then three carp in quick succession in a quiet backwater – also on the streamer (using Christian Kuchelmeister’s streamers from the EFTTEX) . These carp had to be teased and two took the streamer while speeding up and the third on a pause (I’d run out of room). Fantastic! Carp AND barbel on fly blow me away: sight fishing, it’s not easy, the follows, the takes and of course the fights! Both species fight hard! So much so that I fell in. Gotta blame someone and Carlos was upstream.
Tomorrow we fish with Paco. More soon…
Well so much for the Drava being clear. It was clear, but that was yesterday. Today it’s muddy brown… WTF? Fortunately however I wasn’t there at 4am because I was waiting for Clark’s page to arrive from NZ – thanks Clark! And I can tell you something, I don’t know where it was raining – because it sure as well wasn’t raining here – but somewhere in either Croatia or Italy they got drenched.
Interestingly, there was a bit of a backwater that was clear. There wasn’t much I could do about it – because I couldn’t get to it, but there must be a way, even it means just floating across on a rubber duck. And in that clear backwater, not only where there some fish rising (!), and some others being eaten, but I saw an enormous fish swimming along. I don’t know how enormous, but I’ll say thirty pounds (it could be more – it could have been fifty, basically I have no fucking idea, but it looked big from 50 yards) and I can’t tell you what it was either, but I think it was a catfish. But it could have been a Mugwai… could it be, that the Mugwai lives here? Here in Hungary? Yes, I think maybe it does. And it lives 300m from Latohead.
I don’t know how long the Drava will take to clear, I suspect not very long, but that could be complete bollocks, or just wishful thinking on my part, or both.
I’ll be in Spain the following weekend for a Stillwater course: advanced stillwater flycasting techniques, technical fishing methods AND flytying. That’s what I like about Spain; Carlos always thinks up something new to do – and mostly it’s never been done before.
I hope this is not going to turn into one of those “Don’t fish in Hungary blogs”…