The season is ending and not because of the ending year. The last chance to catch some nice pikes. Read More
As bad as now it never was! The pike fishing is a drama. But no! That’s not the full truth. There’s something else, something that is exception going well. Read More
Last week I tried out fishing a complete new location. A branch of a river that is know to its healthy population of northern pikes. I heard from this water already a few months ago but never had time to find try it it out. It is an exclusive piece of nature. Even you have to register to a queue when fishing a single day. Its name… Stempfelbach I was really excited whether it was worth the effort. Read More
It had to happen and has happened!! Before I will unleash a new flood of reports about my recent adventure to Rügen@Germany I do have a story that cannot be deferred. Read More
Saturday, … and we had different things in mind. Actually we planned explore something completely new, fish the weekend in hungary on the lake Theiss. But well, things always end up differently than you think Read More
Thanks god its Friday!. After a hard week at work I thought the time came to use the last hour daylight for some after work pikes. Now with the early sunset the fishery has to become very effective. There is no time for some experiments. Read More
But not too long ago I went with my mate Stefan for some serious trout fishing on a warmer authum day. What should I say. I’m thoroughly a pike fly fisherman but when it comes for raising brown trouts you don’t need to convice me long. Pure dry fly heaven follows, now! Read More
Sunday, again out for fishing on our recently discovered lake. This time together with my mate Mario. Although he is more addicted to spin fishing we tried our luck with the fly rod. The fly fishing on that lake has its up and downs. Recently more downs but the hope never dies. Read More
This Saturday once more it attracted me for some pike fishing in the hope to continue with the excellent fishing I had the last two weeks. When I saw the sun raising in the morning and the first sunbeams shining into my face then nothing could stopped me. Read More
So far I didn’t had luck with the big ladies this season. Now in spring the chance is high to draw them out. They need to feed as much as possible for the upcoming winter and more important for us fishing guys is that the all present water vegetation is dying and opens up area that couldn’t be fished during the year. Now see what happened. Read More
Here’s something you might every pike fly fisherman should have in his fly box at all times. Synthetics are in some situations unbeatable and especially big ones offer a great shape under the water and also create lot of pressure under the water that can be recognized by the pikes lateral organ even in the murkiest water conditions. And never forget the visual imprint! Read More
Fishing with two buddies, nice weather, a lot of pikes, and a real big fish. Just that I’m going to fish with my buddies was clear when I woke up at 0500 Saturday morning. The rest was just pure fly fishing fun for pikes. Read More
Need a fly reel for pike fly fishing? More a must have then a need to have. Seriously you need a fly reel and I will tell you which one is the right one. Read More
Last Sunday, beautiful weather and I went out for fly fishing. Since a the last 2-3 weeks the weather calmed down and the sun came out. This will be my day. The idea was to fish the whole day from sunrise to sunset. And with the nice weather hopefully the pikes will be in good mood. Read More
Work, work and again work. I wish I could go more for fishing. Its Tuesday and somehow I was able to made it for a quick hour fishing to my new lake. This are the hours that can change a hectic business day to a successful and enjoyable fishing day. Read More
Back for some pike fly fishing with my buddy Mario. And the competition was on, who will catch the most pikes?. The spin fishing guy or me with fly fishing. See what happened. Read More
I’m lovin it! Read More
Last Sunday afternoon I went with a friend, Mario, out for trying out a new lake in the surroundings of Vienna. It says, the pure paradise for pike fly fishing. Nobody there is fishing for pike, just a few carp fisherman. Virgin pikes that have never seen a fly before. Read More
Some new tasty pike flies for toothy pikes out there. This one has been tied with a bunch of natural materials like ostrich hearl, icelandic sheep, marabou feathers and given a mix of flashabou fibre for some attraction in the water. The trick of this fly is ….. that it catches pike like cheese the mice. Read More
What is the perfect fly rod for pike fly fishing? Do you thing there is an all satisfying answer on this? Asking this question to 10 different people you can be sure to get some different answers. 8 out of 10 will recommend a 9 weight rod and the rest tend to recommend maybe even a 10 weight. I rarely came across somebody who recommended differently. I love 8 weight rods that fullfill 98% of my pike fly fishery. Read More
Once more I tried my luck, very early in the morning. The water, a real jewel in the middle of a metropolitan city. It offers so much to me. Recreation, Regeneration, and fun. And it holds the biggest pikes you can imagine. Pikes above the 45-50 Inch class. Every year many of those big giant pikes are caught. Read More
It’s the early bird that catches the worm!
In this sense, Philipp and me went out, last Saturday, for some pike fishing in the hope that with the rising autumn the bigger pikes get hungry, leaving behind the pikes kindergarten. With the first sunbeams we were on the water. The water and the atmosphere looked so promising. But did left the pike babies behind us? Read More
Since long time I made it yesterday to the water for some pike fishing. Although I blogged the last couple of months about dreamy saltwater fishery, I still love my pikes. It is a different fishery but still fascinating. I didn’t had time yesterday a lot. Just made it for 2 hours to the water to a lake directly in the city, shutting down from stressful working day. Read More
All Flies out plus 2 Bonus flies!!!. Welcome to my first pike fly collection. Its starts with my all time favorit fly pattern. This fly doesn’t have a name. Its just a very productive pike fly. Sparsly tied this fly is really nice to cast, create a nice profile under water and does have a slinky play.
What is worse than a small, shaky nutshell? A sunken small, shaky nutshell!!. Read More
I bought a new play tool. Already when the Method was launched I was very interested in it. Why. hmm.. That’s a good question. Maybe because it’s red. Read More
Today I want to tell you about big pikes, really big pikes. Since I began fly fishing for pikes I was dreaming about the big ones. The internet is full of happy fisherman with big fish smiling in the camera. All this motivates the ones sitting behind the screens. The tales from the old generation fisherman about descent pikes been fished centuries ago doesn’t make it better. Wouldn’t they have killed all them in the past there would not be only dreaming but also a serious fishing for them. Read More
Last year I got a recommendation for a new fishing water. A water in the middle of a metropolis, Vienna. The city I’m living. It sounded like a fairy tale. No long rides to the water, no high expenses driving around for hours, no wasted time that could be better used with a fly in the water. But is this water really that excellent as many people say? Yes i heard from many people about that water. So I gave it a try …. see what happened during Season 2013 …. Read More
This is the third issue of my pike fly fishing trilogy. Unfortunately it was also the last day for this season. I felt getting sick and the season was close to the end. Only a few days left. For me the last chance for a last pike. Read More
This is the second part of a fly fishing trilogy. Again out with a friend for pike fly fishing. And it is getting harder and harder. The water is not very big and since it is pretty new to many fisherman all head for the same, PIKE. The spinning fisherman got already frustrated, somehow the pikes got used to their baits. Anyhow spinning lures, especially those from the old generation fisherman, are not that good. Usually its either a Meps blinker or some kind of rubber fish with a 50 grams lead. You can imagine in a habitat with a lot of dead trees those guys have to lure ultra fast not to snag a tree or something else sunken. But the pikes love it in winter much slower than usually, therefore they don’t catch that much, only suicide pikes. Read More
Recently Stefan, a good friend of mine and also one of my pike on the fly fellows had a fish of his lifetime at the other end of the line. As my addiction are the pikes, his is the Huchen or Danube salmon (Hucho Hucho). He had already some of this bigger trouts last year but all from the smaller category. So a decent fish was still missing.
This is a trilogy about some pikes i had end of January a few days before the closed season started. Day 1, Saturday i went out with 2 friends for fishing. It was a nice, warm day and the sun was shining. The mood was excellent that day and we had our joy. Read More
When the season is about to finish every minute on the water counts. So yes I took the chance for some fishing. The weather was cold, like real winter should be. The driving to my fishing spot took ages. When you head out for fishing you want to put the fly in the water, not spend 2 hours on the highway driving. But as a city dweller I’m in the unlucky position to drive a lot. I got used to it.
Check out my latest creations i tied up for my new trip planned for May this year. Yes its going for salty shores for some really toothy critters.
A very long time a I forwent around glitter flies because I was the strong opinion that they are not as good as natural looking flies. They don’t make a big imprint, they are spooky for the fish, they are for those fisherman that have no fantasy.
All bullshit and I will tell you why. Haha!!!
Why is an animal that eats wood like we do the same with a BigMac the best friend of a fly fisherman? Because it cuts down trees. This trees fall in the water and build perfect habitats for bait fish and their predators like the pike. So the beaver creates structure in a water.
This winter was very calm and warm which is excellent for pike fly fishing so there was plenty of time to explore unknown waters. As i already described in my Blog “Top Secret #1” this can be very exciting and also productive if you find the right water.
The last days this winter before the pike season ends were very exciting. My fellows and me went some days out for getting some descent pikes before the season closes for 4 months. Just by writing this article a drowned in tears what to do for such a long time. But that’s OK, the pikes also need some rest and spawn so that there will be a new generation of small pike critters out hungry for our flies.
It was the 5th of January and i didn’t thought about fishing that day. But i got a call from a friend that told me that there is a new section to fish in a water that I have discovered pretty late last year. The new water has not been fished for a long time and is now available to fish for all license holders. It was not hard to convince. By the motto, the early fisherman catches the biggest fish, I was at 8 on the water with my belly boat. The water seemed on the first glance like a paradise. Even without fish I would have been very happy about that day.
It didn’t take long and the first small pike took my fly
Austria is a country with a lot of waters, lakes, rivers and meadows. That could mean something good in terms of fishing. Could!!! Since a lot of older guys went out in the past just for meat fishing each caught fish died. When over centuries the ration between released and killed fish tent more to killig the stock of fish decreased over the last decades. So except for Trout and Carp fishing there is no much room for extraordinary fishing in Austria.
But there can be still some magic moments on the water when hit the right spot where long time no fisherman put his hook in the water. With 8 million people you can be sure that every part of the country has been discovered many times. But most of the fisherman are lazy and our for an easy catch. THe modern technologies like Google Earth also offers some backyard exploring right out the living room.