Craig Mcdonald in the Czech Republic
Fulling Mill consultant Craig McDonald along with his six angling friends Donald Forbes, Campbell Morgan, Patrick Muir, Donald Macphail, Grant Robertson and George Mackenzie made their annual pilgrimage to the Czech Republic, Northern Bohemia to fish the Jizera and Kamenice rivers.
The first day they were met with very low water levels and extremely high temperatures for September, which fishing wise is a poor combination for Trout and Grayling anywhere in the world… Stealth was going to be the key for success for the duration of our stay so fishing fine leaders far off was going to be the order of the day. The duo technique fished with small sedge patterns and micro nymphs sized 18’s & 20’s with 2.11lb FullingMill Co-polymer tippet produced many of the fish for the group, as well as the Kamenice Klinky working its magic by bringing up the fish up blind.
Fly life was practically non-existent but with the odd sedge buzzing around the margins – their appearance, believe it or not – brought the local bats out in broad daylight to feast…
After the first few days the temperature plummeted and we were met with morning frosts. As in the UK, the rivers switch on and the fish obliged with us catching a good number of Grayling, Brook, Rainbow and Brown trout with the odd chub making an appearance.
The boys have already booked up for next year so back to the vice it is for us all so roll on 2016 it can’t come quick enough.