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Wednesday 23 July, 2014

Once I was told coastal fly fishing for Sea trout to be for those fly fishermen not wanting to catch much fish. Indeed in my coastal beginning it was tough to hook up with more than 3-4 fish within a full week of fishing all day long each day. Then over the years I got better by studying Sea trout behaviour and fly fishing techniques to catch them. Today it's not a big deal for me anymore to catch some coastal Sea trout within a few days. I think it's fair to say I well understand Sea trout behaviour and how to catch them on fly.

When I for the first time fished the Florida Keys I was told about Permits being the ultimate fish since they are very hard - often impossible - to catch. Often I heard them to be the toughest fish to fool in the Caribbean sea. Then the first Permit I ever saw (in the Fl Keys that was) took my fly on the first presentation. Now am not going to tell you, that these fish aren't tough to catch. Indeed they are very hard to fool. Well, in the Keys that is! Because in those places, in which Permit never saw any fly, they aren't that hard to fool. They like to eat crabs and we pretty well can imitate them! Learn about their feeding behaviour and you will have a fair chance unless you fish for some of those well educated ones they have in such crowded (catch and release) places like the Keys are today.

Of course I also was told all the stories about Atlantic Salmon being the toughest ones to catch. But the simple truth was, that it often was a fight to be in the right (salmon) spot at the right time. But once the right conditions were hit, they (the Atlantic salmons) weren't that hard to catch! It's fair to say pretty often not even a smooth presentation was necessary at all.

And there were many other species of fish crossing my way for a while. Fish like carp, pike perch, barbels, flat fish and a lot more. In the beginning they all seemed pretty hard to catch. But once the code was cracked, it wasn't that difficult anymore.

Right now am in the middle of studying mullets again. Again? Yes, I have done that for more than 1000 hours (meeting them on the water that was), which I think is a fair amount of time. It may be, that I have caught a fair amount of fine mullets. And it also may be fair to say I have learnt a lot about their behaviour. But still for me they are the toughest to catch species of fish I have come across yet. Mostly it needs a hell lot of bloody perfect presentations to a lot of different fish in order to find just one be willing to take the fly! Right now I have fished a whole week again to fool just one single mullet. I think it's exactly that what is fascinating me so much about these fish. The code seems almost incrackable!? And maybe I don't really want to fully crack it! I don't know. :)

What I do know is, that having presented the fly in a perfect very smooth straight cast - using a long thin leader - to the fish and then seeing a 5Kg one taking the fly in slow motion is really fantastic. And it's paying off every single second it took me to hook up with just this one fish!

I am pretty sure everyone of you has his/her own species of fish, which for one or another reason is the preferred species. Maybe some of you would like to share their minds on the board. I am very interested!

Tough to catch fish and a serious take to all of you!

All my best

Bernd


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