I had planned some river fishing today over the border in Germany but with the low temperature
and constant rain I decided to ditch that plan.

It was quite cold and so I made up plan B to go to my perch spot at the end of the day
when the temperature would be at its highest.

My hotspot was a canal and although that water held perch and also pike you had to find
the fish otherwise the exercise would be pretty useless.

As the algae bloom had stopped a while ago the water was very clear and I could see the small streamer I fished from miles away.
What I did not see where signs of life = fish of any sorts.

I systematically fished the canal with a 4-weight rod boasting a full sinking line and a small barbless streamer.
When I came near the next road bridge I spotted fish.

Hordes of roach where at the surface and when that surface began to boil I suspected the fish where
corralled by the perch.
A few casts later my hunch was confirmed as I caught a decent size perch.
The second fish was a monster, never seen such a big perch in real life and I was very happy when I
finally landed the fish, that perch had put a serious bend in the four weight rod.

Off course I had hoped the action would continue non-stop but alas that did not happen.
One small perch made the tally three in total and that was it.
The roach where still splashing about even as the light faded but the perch did not fall for the
streamer anymore.

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