Czech beer, broken rods and high rivers

Czech beer, broken rods and high rivers

t.z. | Friday, 27 April 2018

Last week i was at the EWF (Erlebniswelt Fliegenfischen) near Munich. The show is a very nice and pretty big event one should not miss. Many years ago I had visited the purely fly fishing show. It’s a healthy mix of sales stands, casting demonstrations and fly dressers. The setting is in an beautiful monastery. The weather was very nice so many hundred visitors were using the typical Bavarian beer garden setting outside. This facilitated getting in contact with other fishermen very much.I also met a few of the fellow Sexyloopers and got good help with my roll cast from with Mark Surtees and Mike Heritage.

After this eventful weekend with lots of fly fishing talk, fantastic company, good food and few beers I travelled on to the Czech Republic to meet with Czech champion fisherman and fly shop owner Jan Šiman. "Czech" out his website ;-)

Jan had invited me to the opening of the fishing season at the Otava river. The 112km long Otava river flows through Bohemia until she confluents with Czech biggest river, the Vltava. The river flows through several towns, including Sušice, Strakonice and Písek. The fishing was very demanding as the river was very high. I managed to trip and break my beloved HT4 in the process. Lee is working on fixing it.

On Saturday Jan had arranged for a get together with casting and fly tying on the program. I was given 3 hours to show the book and demonstrate some fly tying techniques. Many showed up, despite the fantastic weather. I’ll go back to Jan’s after a week in Prague. The forecast says the river will have dropped by then and Jan suspects that even dry fly fishing is possible. Let’s see. I’ll keep you posted and have another one of these fantastic Czech beers in the meantime.

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(c) t.z. - 2018

on a side note - I'll be hosting a weeks fly fishing fun @Skålestrømmen in Norway. Sign up quickly, there's only 6 rods total - here's the link


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