Saturday, May 3, 2014

Fishing the Alps

This past long weekend I had the chance to head to Mittersill Austria. I am going to try to keep this short and to the point and let the pictures do the talking. We got into the valley around 0830



We were able to see a sign of the National Park Hohe Tauern


We stayed at the Hotel Braurup, the service was out of this world, the food was amazing, and the fly shop was top notch, even the views were great


The Hotel had access to something like 90 miles of various streams and rivers, and multiple lakes. It would take you months upon months to fish all of the access they have. Be sure to visit their website at the Hotel Braurup


The first place we hit was the Hintersee and every where we went there was water from every direction



The views from the lake were out of this world



We heard and saw two very large avalanches in the back of the valley


After several colorful Brookies and Grayling we called it a day. Our second day started on the Felberbach. I spent the first part of the day watching and taking in the sites.



After a short bit we decided to head up to the Leni See



We went from there to a neat little restaurant and had a killer lunch and finished the day fishing the Stausee



The last day I got to fish there we passed by the Kimmler Wasserfalle




We headed up to the Finkau See, which no one in our group had ever been to. It did not disappoint. Though the weather was not the best in the world and it snowed a little bit the fishing was lights out. I see now why certain folks love Brook trout. These were the bigger of the fish we caught this trip, and they had some eye popping color and a ton of fight in them. We also found a cool little alpen haus up in the hills. 








We are thinking of heading back down in August and hike the higher mountain lakes. Slovenia is on the radar as well, stay tuned








Monday, March 3, 2014

Open Season

Our season fully opened here in Germany on the 1st, so now pretty much everything is fair game. I took a day off of work today to head down to the river and try to get some fishing in, and I was not disappointed at all. 

I had all of the gear I needed for the day


I got all geared up and went at it. The rivers here are a mix of rivers like back in the states. The Black forest has everything from free stone streams, to rough and clear chalk streams. 





I sure had some slippery hands today, I could not keep the several fish that I caught in the net. I did manage two, because the game warden was around, and hes a great guy, he showed me quiet a few places so when I caught the rainbow and brown I of course had to keep them. The rainbow and brown I kept to eat went about 16 inches each, nothing stellar but good table fare. 

Of course after such a rough day of fishing its good to have a cocktail at one of the local watering holes




Saturday, February 8, 2014

A quick day of fishing in Germany

I finally got done with my provisional license and now have my regular German fishing license. It really was not difficult to get, but it was not easy by any stretch of it. Fishing is vastly different here in Europe, and rules and regulations can change in a matter of feet on stretches of river. There is no such thing as public water in Germany, all water and fishing right are owned by someone, you have to find the person and get permission. Also, nothing is free in Germany, everything is pay to play. Land owners can not ease rules, but they can restrict them even more. We fish the Nagold River in Baden-Wurttemberg, and the land Baron states, all legal sized fish caught shall be killed immediately. The minimum size limit for this time of year is 38 centimters or 14.9 inches. Anything smaller must be released. After the written test you have 2 hours to complete a practical test. You have to catch and kill a fish in that time frame. In about 15 minutes I did that two fold

One of the fish sure had some pretty color to it for a Rainbow


The next fish was a tank, I will let the picture do the talking, both fish passed the 60 cm mark


As you can see by the blood I had to kill both fish the second they came out of the water because of German law, that's just the way it is, but these fish will not go to waste, I have plenty of folks at work that are already asking for them to eat. More to come later.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Back in Europe

We have finally made it back to Europe and are settled in. With the season currently closed here in Germany I have been hard at work trying to get m handicap card so I can play St Andrews, in Scotland. Once the season opens back up, we are making a neat little trip that I will write about later, stay tuned.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Well, it's still outdoors related

I have not been fishing for a little bit except two times in Colorado. I fished 11 Mile, Spinney, and the Dream Stream for a total of 7 hours over the span of two days. In that time we were able to bring several fish to hand but only one stood out. Granted it was maybe 18 inches long, but it needs to lay off the stone fly's and eat more trico's


I have been playing a ton of golf, and I use the word "ton" lightly here, I mean I have been playing 3 to 5 times a week and hitting range balls everyday. I have not been going light on the range either, I am hitting between 300 and 700 balls a day. 

I have had the chance to play at some great courses


I have also had some AMAZING shots, such as this shot. This was a 301 yard par 4, I took one shot to put the ball literally inches from the hole with my 5 wood.


When I started playing around the time I came back from Lake Powell (see way below for that trip) in May I was shooting around 115 on 18 holes. Me being me, I could not allow that to fly, and I set a goal to shoot par on any course I play. I have inched closer and closer every game and after alot of reading and watching videos, I am nearly there


Fall is just around the corner and water fowl season is inching closer as well. Also don't forget about the brown spawn, the kokanee run, and a certain lake we like to visit alot that is far away that is on fire in the fall, stay tuned more to come.



Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Looks like we are outties!

It has been a busy few weeks. A few trips into Idaho yielded some nice fish, along with a camping trip in the North Slope of the Uintas with my shop.

We found out today that we received an assignment back to Germany. For those that did not know I came to Utah from Germany 4 years ago.

I guess we will see what challenges are going to head my way

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Another trip that's now a tradition

I am just now getting back from another trip that has become a tradition for myself and my buddies Steve and Craig. We have been making this trip, every year, about this time, for several years in a row now. This trip proved to be a little interesting, you will see why below.

As usual, on the way up, I ran into a high desert traffic jam


That happens to me, every year. I am usually the first one up there every year as well. This year I made it on a Tuesday morning. Here is something else that happens every year. Every single trip out to this place, on my first cast, I nail a fish, and sure as hell, it happened again. A nice colored bow


The fishing was non stop the entire time we were up there. I had 20, 30, 40 and even 50 fish days. All of the fish were in great shape and were stuffed fat


Wednesday my buddy Craig made it up, and it was raining like a mad man. We probably should have paid attention to the rain and thought things through. On Thursday morning, we decided to go float a section of river. On the way down we hit a very muddy patch of road. I made it down, though sliding every where. Craig slid off of the road and almost made what would have likely been a fatal mistake. He stopped his truck with his back left tire, 3 feet off of the ground, and we attached a tow strap from his truck to mine in case his decided to move and roll.



The pictures do not do it justice, this was one close call. I think the big guy was watching out for not only Craig, but for me as well. Had his truck rolled and he had been in it, it would have likely killed him, and took my truck with it. Craig started to hike the 13 miles out to get a tow truck and by chance the DNR passed him and gave him a ride. While he was waiting for the truck to come the DNR passed on some interesting info Ill share with some folks on a certain fishing forum. Once Craig got back with the tow truck, the truck driver said this was the scariest tow job he had ever attempted


But he was able to wrangle it out of its precarious position, and saved the day, and Craig's truck


We got back to camp and decided that we would stay put and on dry roads and we started fishing right away after we both called the wives and let them know what happened, and the fishing was still on fire


 With Thursday finally over, everyone was beat to death from a long hard day of not only fishing, but dealing with that slight mishap, even my buddy Moose was tired



As Moose and I were relaxing with a cold silver bullet, I walked down to the water and saw Craig wrestling in a fish, and took a quick photo


Apparently I received some sort of reputation as "The guy on the red boat" More on that to come. 
Friday morning we fished some more while waiting for Steve to show up and still nailed a ton of nice fish


That after noon we decided to take off to some where else for a change of pace


The scenes were out of this world 



We made it all of the way down to the Green, which was a muddy mess, and I managed to pull one, 14 inch rainbow out of the Green, in the Canyon of Lodore, the lowest I have ever seen or heard of a trout coming out. Granted, it was along the stain line from the creek we were fishing, but in the Green non-the less


And here is a look at how muddy the river was looking into Colorado


And here is looking into Utah


Saturday I fished until I caught 30 and than decided to call it quits. As usual this place kicked out nice fish, with quiet a few pushing past 24 inches several times. I said before about a reputation. As Steve and Craig were fishing other parts of the lake, several folks asked them how they were doing, and they both replied they were doing well, and the other folks said "The guy in the red boat" has been killing it. They would laugh. This continued as I went into Dutch John for beer and ice, and ran into some folks that asked if I was "The guy in the red boat" which I replied yes and we chatted about fishing for a bit and showed them my rig and how I was fishing it. I just find it comical that happened is all.


Another great year, with some great fishing buddies and as usual some memories that will last a lifetime  Can not wait until next year!