Germany August 3rd. 2014

As my first attempt to catch chub was a failure due to the fact that I could not find any
feeding chub I tried again a couple of days later.
At one of the new spots I had visited I tried again and since the stream at the new spot
was shallow and without any cover I had to find a proper ambush spot.

Some scouting on satellite imagery made me conclude that a small weir would be
the best spot to catch any fish.
Unfortunately when I walked up to the weir I could not spot any fish at all.
The type of weir was what I call a bad one.
The first was the drop off from the higher level, the second was a row of concrete poles
several feet after the weir.
Allthough there was deep water right under the weir the concrete poles caused a 
strong countercurrent towards the weir, very arkward to fish.
Fortunately the stream is still being improved so maybe they will do some work on
the remaining old type weirs.

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Shallow and clear.

As the weir was an obvious barrier I concluded that any kind of fish would be located downstream and
that is exactly where I found them.
Now I could have sworn that I had seen chub on the previous session but all the fish I encountered 
where bream.
When it comes to bream I am no good as I only caught one till now on the fly and allthough I caught
that fish on sight any later attempts failed.

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Bream

The trick to catch bream was to actually spot the feeding ones, the majority of fish I saw where just
cruising and alarmed by my presence.
Still I found one or two tailing fish but whatever fly I tried they just would not have it.
In the end I had to leave the bream alone and move downstream below the hydroelectrical powerplant
in the stream that still functioned as a fish barrier preventing any exchange of fish from the upper
sections of the stream.

At one of the small feeder stream I noticed a lot of fish moving about and feeding on the surface.
When I took a closer look it turned out that they where all chub, mostly small ones but also some
larger fish.
I think the feeder was off limits for me license wise but I sneaked in anyway and tried to toss a 
dry fly amongst the rising fish.
The small size of the feeder, steep banks and bushes prevented me from making a presentation
that did not scare the fish so I gave up and tried my luck elsewhere.

The next stop was at a junction of another feeder and the main stream.
I head never fished there but when I came at the junction I saw big bream moving in and also
plenty of small roach or dace.
A friend had told me of this spot and mentioned that it was also good for perch.
A closer look into the water indeep yielded a few of a good speciment.
I managed a small dace and perch but could not get into any good fish.

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I left the spot mentioned before when on two occasions cormorants came swimming out of the feeder
stream. The feeder stream was small and heavily overgrown but contrary to folklore not a hindrance to
these black bandits.

All and all it was not going that swell so to save the day I headed back to the upstream sections of the
stream where I had more expirience in finding the fish.
The regular haunts where teeming with fish be it all in the small department.
I caught small roach on nymphs and dace on the dry fly.
I spotted one trout but could not reach it with the fly due to all the shrubs and debris in the water.

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As it was late in the day and I had not eaten anything all day I made a stop at the pub.
After my dinner I made a final attempt at getting some larger fish or maybe even a trout by fishing
the stream in the forest.
From a high vantage point I spotted a large school of dace and roach and did my utmost best
to hook any fish.
Curiously the fish where terrified of my strike indicator which doubled as a means to control the
depth of the nymph in the shallow water.
Every time the indcator flowed towards the fish they would back away.
With some tinkering I caught one larger roach and that would be the last catch of the day.

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So fishing is not that easy in these August days.
I noticed that the weather pattern is changing and that there is a feeling of all in the air.
We will see how the lower temperatures effect in the fishing in the coming weeks.