Monday, July 27, 2009

Troutbumming - The Creeks Of Evil - Day I

Troutbumming - The Creeks of Evil
- Day I
by Stephan Dombaj
feat.: Paulo Hoffmann,
Alexander von Dombois
& Peter Volkensfeld*

It´s a frequent ritual to pack our thing and leave everything except fishing behind for at least two days. The deal was convincing as simple: One tent, two creeks, three guys and two days... time is running! Due to the fact that we spend a whole day at the riverside, it really ain´t a surprise that even the well known water reveals it´s secrets from another point of view. And sometime it is far more than you ever expected.

(The Creeks Of Evil)

The first water we had choosen was more or less frequented by flyfishers. Paulo and I had spend there some time before (Scare Tactics) and the Plan was to introduce trout and co. to Alexander who was the Creek-Newbie in the team. Although he´s used to Zeds, Asp, Pike and some more gamefishes including Shad, Macrele and Striper on fly he was a fly-trout virgin. (Check out his feedback below) The second water is a tributary of the first one and as far as we are concerned... it´s was totally unknown to us. Uncountable examples in the past had shown that water size is never an indicator of fishsize at all, so we were quite excited to blast some casts there...

(2nd day´s water)

1 Day - 1 Bang

"HOLY FUCK, ARE THEY SERIOUS?" - we got it bad. A parish fair... close to the creek! Damn it! Okay, it was time for purpose-lead optimism: A problem is a solution under construction. Sounds much better. Still focusing our goal to get Alex some trouts, we fished the areas upon and below, eventhough that specific part was very good for brutes...


Anyway...especially the upper parts were a blessing since we found some schools of graylings rising for tiniest dries. Item to go: Size 22 "Oarscherl" (Austrian pattern) and 0,08mm tippet. Hell knows why, but these literally highly selective fishes were fighting like a drunk´n pillow - in comparison to their siblings in Austria. Nevertheless we enjoyed this pretty fine intermezzo as long as it lasted. As I said thousand times before, Fortune is a philandering bitch... that sent us rain-pregnant clouds. Long story short: Clear creek turned into coffee = Streamertime aka. time to slam some brutes. Beside the typical brownies we hammered some real nice perches (German Bass) up to 41cm. Alex´s 40cm perch marked a new personal best for his trophy gallery - and of course he lost his virginity. Wicked lockdown for the first day. Now that the stream got high and brown we were even more excited to see the small creek that shall not be influenced by the the rain.


(Peter´s playin´ a nice trout)

(Feisty Brownie)

(0,08mm Crackdown)

(Dark Grayling)

(Paulo and a nice tube-trout)


(Tubeflies rocked the set once again)

(Pete´s rocking on)

(Alex´s first brownie ever)

(Nervous trout)


(Alex is tying some flies while lunch is cooking)

(Tube trout)

(Paulo´s baby)


(A real beauty)


(Release Pt.II)

(Another lil lady)

(The lady)

(41cm Perch)

(Alex holds my fish)

(Alex´s fish)

(Slammed on a USD Leech)

(40cm Perch)

(Releasing a Perch)

(Troutfever has no cure)

(Dinnertime (no fish was harmed - tinned food to go ))

(Till late)

(Guerilla tent)

Click here for PT.II


"It was a great experience fishing small German creeks with the guys from FFN. I learned a lot about fishing and casting under trees and bad conditions. Even though the weather was not that great I had a lot of fun an caught my first browntrout and my biggest (40cm) perch ever!

Thanks Stephan and Paulo for taking me with fishing!"

Alexander von Dombois