Today is my first almost classic blog entry where I present you a fishing technique which is not used that often but is active and damn successful. I’m happy about feedback, just write me a comment if you like it! 🙂
Tailoring on the trout stream
At noon today my fingers itched again, the sun was shining and the blue sky lured me outside with already mild 8 °C. First I went to a small trout stream, where I tried my luck with artificial bait, but there were absolutely dead trousers and nothing to get except wet feet in my slightly licked waders.
Plan B at the river with natural bait
Good thing I was prepared for plan B and last night I collected some rope worms which I took out of the fridge and put into the car before starting fishing. Because I saw a section of the small river that is perfect for an exciting fishing trip that I haven’t done for a while. Namely, just let a lively thaw worm drift down the river with a fine pose or lead shot and free line.
This is a very natural bait presentation, which even clever chubs and other river fish have often succumbed to. It is also a very active fishery, similar to spin fishing and I wore the waders anyway, because in shallow river sections I can position myself as I like. So I can always fish in the current where I want and I don’t have huge line bellies in the water.
On the river I quickly noticed that the water was a bit murky: perfect conditions, because then the fish don’t perceive my pose and the lead so well. Also the slightly higher temperatures of the last days should do my success rather good.
No sooner said than done, I tried it with a completely free line with only a small 2 g lead shot and a swivel in front of my ~1 m long fluorocarbon leader. As bait I always used a whole thaw worm, but I only skewered it twice, so that most of the worm flutters freely in the current. Problems with small fish that bother my worm are not to be expected in the river, otherwise I would probably hook it a bit tighter. After a few casts I quickly had a hang, because I was fishing from the bank and so the current pushed my assembly towards the bank bushes while pulling in and my first leader was gone. So I just changed to a small locking position with ~3-4g load capacity and went on. But this time with waders out of the river.
In the about 50 meters wide river there are already some interesting spots behind gravel banks and near small islands, which I fished extensively. In the hard current at 20-50 cm deep water there were rather less fish to be expected. Therefore I limited myself to the usual places, like sweeping currents, current calm areas. All rather mini spots with a few square meters of surface, where I suspected fish.
The fishing technique: drift fishing
So I let my worm drift past these spots at the edge of the current again and again or threw directly into the calmed areas. Sometimes I tug a little on the montage to set it in motion or
I put my line into the current, which then causes movement. Unfortunately there was nowhere to get anything here and I decided to run down the river which is dammed up again after this shallow spot to look for other spots. Unfortunately the river becomes less fishable for me as a watangler, because the water is deeper and the embankment makes it difficult to get to the water. Here and there I let my pose assembly into the water but also here again without success. Unfortunately one exciting spot was completely taken up by swans and ducks, so fishing was impossible. Thank God the swans are very peaceful here and when I dared to cast near here, they all arrived, so I quickly cranked in before anyone was interested in my swimmer or even hook bait and moved on. Unfortunately there were no really good and fishable spots left for my fishing method.
Another spot change
Then I remembered a fishing spot where I had already seen activities of a big trout or chub on two days, which just didn’t want to bite my plugs and spinners. The place was only 5 minutes away by car, in between I went to the kebab shop to get a small snack and so I found myself at the promising fishing spot: an inlet of a small creek with small rocks piled up inside. So, full of hope and half crawling and crouching on the rocks, so that the fish don’t see me. And off I went for my worm into the current of the little stream and into the river.
After the plop the pose goes under
But nothing happened: I tried it again and again and again and let my montage drift sometimes left, sometimes right and sometimes in the middle and also carried by the current into the river, but nothing happened to my swimmer. A little frustrated I tried it again close to the spot but again nothing. Ready to go I threw my remaining worms into the water because the
had been on the way for a while and I didn’t want to put them in the fridge with the rest. A bit frustrated I sat down afterwards to take a turn. But what was that? Suddenly my pose was not to be seen any more and she could not be far away. Maybe a bite? I picked up the bow quickly and struck gently and I felt a lot of weight in the rod and occasional head butts. Suddenly a few thoughts went through my head, whether the 18′ line would hold a good fish? What if that was a carp. But after some resistance and a little escape the fish was easy to reel in. At first I was not quite sure what it was: A trout ? But soon it was clear: it’s a chub, even though I had another carp in my head when I saw how thick the fish was and especially scaled carps can be quite lean in the river. But what was in my landing net had no barbels, but a thicker belly – clearly a clever chub. The joy was huge, I was a tailor for almost two days of fishing. After a short photo the fish, which was exactly 50 cm long, was allowed to swim again. I am not a fan of chubs in a pot.
This was my first chub out of the river and I grinned like a honey cake horse for at least another 10 minutes.
After every fishing trip, whether successful or not, I ask myself: what did I learn or do wrong? How did my success or failure come about? So I always try to improve myself and learn from my mistakes.
What I have learned
I think the worms thrown into the water were absolutely crucial for the success of the catch. It wasn’t the first time I wanted to get rid of my bait just before the end of the fishing trip and suddenly got bites. Fish react very strongly to food falling into the water, as they often know the sound only too well. There are two possibilities why I fished at this spot all the time and still didn’t catch anything: either the fish was there all the time and fell into a feeding frenzy when the many worms came and suddenly became careless towards my hook bait too. Or the chub was lured by the familiar sound from further away.
Have you ever experienced something similar? Write me a comment.
A few tips for the technique in summary
- As light as possible, as heavy as necessary: applies to the rod, reel, line but also the lead and the pose. If barbels are to be expected, I can only fish with 18`er mono with difficulty.
- The technique can be done actively: moving the lure towards the surface with short stops sometimes brings bites. You can also move the lure away from the bottom by plucking it when it lies down.
- When the pose goes down, it is not always a bite, because especially in the strong current our hook can get stuck on the bottom.
- Before you start fishing, always crank in some line and get a feel for it
- If you are fishing without a pose, just hold the line in your fingers to have an even finer bite indicator. If you feel a bite, give the fish 3-4 seconds. If the fish can manage a thaw worm in that time it will be hooked almost all the time, everything else will be small fish which you probably don’t want.
A few days later – An unexpected catch
Somewhat later the method was confirmed once again. At almost pleasant temperatures we went back to the river and again to a completely new place. This time a very unexpected catch: after I saw a vortex of a fish on the surface, I set the pose as flat as possible and cast the fish. Quickly the pose went down and with the fish’s resistance it was quickly clear – no chub! The result was a beautiful and very well-fed brown trout in complete silver. Rather a rarity in this river and therefore I was very happy.
For this kind of fishing every rod is suitable, which is a little bit softer and has the right length for the water. It is a matter of taste how long the rod should be and again depends on the water. In some places today I would have wished for a longer pose rod, in others, when I’m standing in the middle of the water with my wader, an ice rod with 50 cm would have been sufficient. I find too long rods a bit annoying when wading, especially when they are top-heavy. Sometimes you have to remove the line that has wrapped itself around the tip. So I found my 2.4 m long Balzer magna magic lure at the upper end of the acceptable, but still long enough to position my lure well in the river.
As a reel, any reel that fits your reel will do. You should only choose it a little bit according to how fast the water flows. I was very happy with my Shimano Sedona with a 6:0 ratio, because it made it easier to fish the river from bottom to top or to catch up with a faster line.