The beautifull thing in fly fishing is that every now and then something truly unexpected turns up. In this case, I was wandering around at my home river in Southern Styria searching for rising trout or grayling when I saw a huge group of carp, roaches and other fish I normally don’t really care for in an abandoned meander. Bored of not having caught a single mentionable fish this day I sat down looking at them swimming around and thought of a useful approach. After the second cigarette I haven’t had a better idea than just casting a quite big nymph right in the middle of these clutter of fish and because of the lack of any current, strip it back in as slow as possible.
So I climbed down the bankside as quiet as possible and found myself standing twenty centimeters deep in disgusting, stinky mud. But still I haven’t scared any fish. My first cast landed right in the middle of the meander and I started retrieving my nymph as slow as a dead snail, that I nearly regretted the fact that I found this group of fish. The only thing which motivated me to get on, was the hope for catching my first carp on the fly.
Lucky me, it only took a few more casts and I hooked the first fish. Although it seamed pretty small I needed to play it pretty hard to keep him away from all the sunken trunks and other driftwood which was lying around. I finished the game and landed a small but well fed carp.
Still a bit excited of that catch I got back into the water and only two casts later I hooked into the next fish which turned out to be a tench!!! A tench on the fly! Has anybody ever tried to do this? I don’t know but I was absolutely impressed by the goldish green shivering beauty of this fish, which I never caught before. I released her back into the water and sat down on the riverbank to have a break and one more cigarette.
In the end I tried another casting position and hocked one more carp which turned out to be 50cm long and quite heavy for my 0,17 tipped! But I got him out there!
I´m sorry for these ugly pictures!
Equipement used: Nothing special, just a Winston GVX 5# 8,6´ and a Rio floating line / 0.18 tippet