Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Koi Inferno (Austria)

Koi Inferno (Austria)

by Stephan Dombaj
feat.: Nikolai Prietl

In between our instructions/courses/demonstrations we got a few days off (kinda strange cause it ain´t no work but pleasure). And guess what we were desperately aiming for? Of! Since nearly all available waters within a reachable radius were affected by the heat period that caused a long lasting melt- and high-water level, we had to switch to a decent stillwater. The so-promised trophy trout water turned out to be blessed with a lot of other worthy “chances”…

I fact it was way too hot and bright for serious Laketrout-brutes in that clear water. To our surprise we found a massive amount of carps – including some seldom Koi-carps – feeding the shoreline. Do I have to go one? 2 Hobies and 4 Fisherman... no genius needed to check out that 2 of us were bound to land. Niko and I took the greatfull chance to go for it. Check these pics out.

(6 am - time to get it done)

(Get in where you fit in)

(New grips ´n spacers)

(Kurt is ready to go)

(Niko Pt.I)

(Niko Pt.II)

(Stalking the shoreline)

(Typical Hotspot)

(Active Fish)

(Niko´s turn)

(Hook Up)

(Clearwater carp)

(Niko´s fish - I went down to land it)


(Stalking again)

(One shot fish)

(Got it...)

(Lost it...)

(One and only trout of that day...)

(...will fight another day)

(Another Mudraker)

(Bend that 6weight)


(Brown Bullet)

(Switch Style bend)

(Red-White-Koi on sight)

(Happy landing)

(Sweet fish)

(San Juan Killer Worm)


(and go)

(Niko Pt.III)

(Orange-White-Koi to go)

(...6weight Switch)

(2nd. Koi)

(Portrait Pt.I)

(Once again: San Juan)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wichtrach - Bernhard Fishing Expo

Wichtrach (CH) – Bernhard Fishing Expo
by Stephan Dombaj

Close to Switzerland´s capital Bern some real cool guys meet to complete the flycasting showact at the annual Bernhardt Fishing Expo. Bernhard-Fishing is one of the most impressive shops I have seen so far – one could actually spend a whole week searching thru the rodsection. Quite logical that a whole bunch of people came by to see what was going on there.

(Hans Spinnler´s Show)

Hans Spinnler (G.Loomis)
Michael Mauri (Guideline)
Marc Rädisch and Matthias Meyer (Zpey)
Stephan Gian Dombaj (LOOP)

(from left to right: Michael Mauri, Marc Rädisch, Stephan Dombaj, Matthias Meyer, Hans Spinnler, Urs Bernhardt (front))

Elements of my Showacts:

Singlehand (Basic): Eradicate countermovments. Bodymovement, Pull&Push effect, enhanced linespeed

Doublehand (Advanced): The Scandinavian Basics under comparison to classic (and other) styles. The Underhand-Demandments


Equipment to go:

8# 12,6ft. LOOP Yellow Line II | LOOP Multi Reel 9/12 | 0.32mm Custom Running Line | Opti Adapted Long Front Taper 8/9

6# 12ft. Göran Andersson Signature Series | LOOP Evotec G4 7/9 | LTS Flatbeam | Opti Custom 9,8m 22gr.

6# 10,7ft. Opti Switch Style | LOOP Runner | Zpey 0,28 RL | Zpey Unique 6# (9,9m. 14,6gr.)

8# 9ft. LOOP Opti Salt (X-Grip) | LOOP Opti Runner | LOOP Multi WF7F

5# 9ft. LOOP Multi Pwr | LOOP Dryfly | LOOP Multi WF5F

4# 9,4ft. Göran Andersson Signature Series | LOOP Evotec G4 3/5 | LOOP Opti Stream WF4


(Fly Kid Pt.II)

(Marc and Hans)

(Doublehand-Hans with a Singlehander)

(The Pool)

(Matthias and the Fly Kid)

(From 3 to a 5weight)

(Wild living bees that came by)

(On my way back)

Special Thanks to Marc Rädisch & Matthias Meyer
and of course Andre Gumz