Fly Fishing For Asp 1

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The Loud Attacker

It’s a fish that makes you really excited. When this predator attacks small fish, it looks like the two crocodiles are fighting on the water surface.

There are other predator-fish in Europe, but none of these can compare to the  only cyprinid-fish-eater. Huchen, pike, wels, trout…they are too quiet, slow and unattractive attackers compares to asp.

“Crazy” asp is banging, twirling, jumping, tail-walking…and doing it very often. Sometimes, I can’t understand how other fish in the pool can live with that hooligan.

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The Fair Fighter

Asp don’t use shelters to attack like other European predators. He grab the prey on the open water, chasing it in small groups and using special strategy and tactics. They are very fast, sharp-eyed and intelligent , so they use only that advantages to hunt.

So, asp is not insidious killer, but open fighter.  It should be appreciated.

Good thing for us is that asp don’t look for shelter neither when is hooked!

Habitat

Asp is inhabitant of lowland mid to large rivers of European continent.  Most people called him “warm water” species. This is an advantage for those who love heat. Wading in warm water, without waterproof equipment, is real pleasure. Exactly the same as wading tropical saltwater flats. Of course, it is possible only during the summer.

Equipment

Fly Fishermen often make mistakes when choosing equipment for asp. The most common mistake is choosing heavy equipment. This fish doesn’t require heavy flies and it’s not a strong and explosive fighter on the hook. Sometimes it’s good to cast further, but it can be done without problem with aftma class #5- #6 for single-handed rods and #6-#7 two-handed rods. As a matter of fact, asp is very scary and ware of rough presentation and line.

Believe it or not, my favorite fly rod for asp is 9 feet #5, the same rod I fish trout. Of course, my favorite rivers are wadeable and less then 50m wide.

 

Flies

Asp can be caught on all types of flies, but mostly on streamer. You can catch him on nymph, wet fly or dry fly, but if you are serious in intent to hook the big asp, streamer is the best choice.

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Asp eats small white fish, so the best streamers are light colored. You can mix white with yellow, pink, chartreuse…but you won’t miss if you tie a pure white streamer.

Size of the streamer may vary. It usually depends on the water level and color. Daytime, weather conditions, water and stripping speed… are important too. Smaller streamers in # 10 – 4 are better in low, clear water, sunny weather, quiet pools… Larger streamers are good for riffles, upstream casting, fast stripping, cloudy weather…

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Streamers shouldn’t be heavy. On the contrary, they should almost swim on the surface. During the summer, asp is surface hunter, and streamers should be just 10-20 cm under…

Baetis rhodani (Large Dark Olive)

First In Season

Upwinged flies are the most popular
insects in the fly fishing . There’s a reason for that: They are the easiest to see and there are plenty of types in different colors , which attracts  our attention to its beauty . Although the late winter present numerous midges, we act like we don’t see them, but we get very excited when we see the first upwinged fly in the season – Baetis rhodani .
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Sailboat

Subimago of this insect sail
helpless on the water and this attracts the fish to feed in the atmosphere . Rising and splashing were able to see earlier, because the midges were on the water in the middle of winter, but… Now the real thing begins : A sailboats , who we follow to the moment when fish turn them into a bite . “Bluurrrpp!” So powerful ! After a long winter break , dry fly anglers are on the move again.
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Ventral view – important for tying a fly
Nymphs & Emergers
Nymph-lovers are excited too , because the same insect nymphs become active even weeks before the hatch.  They belong to the “agile darter” group of the Ephemeridae nymphs. In early spring, they are more often on the menu, less protected and more easily killed.

Instinct makes them get out of the shelter and come to the surface to hatch. Many of them are being eaten in that stage.
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Baetis imago
Finally, there is the adult stage, which is important too. Baetis lay their eggs under water. The female walks into the water, using submerged objects. Then again, she is vulnerable and available to fish jaws.

Size: About 1 cm + tails

Habitat: Rivers

1st Hatch: February-May

2nd Hatch: October-December

Hello Fly Fishing World!

Hello, Fly Fishing World!

My name is Ivan Ranđelović. I am professional  fly fishing guide and fly casting instructor. I live in Serbia, the city of Niš and work throughout the whole EX Yugoslavia.

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I entered the sport in 1986. and since then I appear in many TV shows, found and lead a fly fishing club, organize many  ff meetings, competitions, fly tying contests, publish many articles and one book, guide,  teach  and involve into the sport many fly fishers, moderate web-sites, won few ff competitions, promote fly fishing, pass the IFFF Fly Casting Instructor exam, catch many fish-species on a fly, invent flies, learn so much about entomology…

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Briefly, so many interesting things in many years.

All these years, I go fly fishing and guiding all the time, all seasons and all types of fresh water, about 250 days a year.

 I am not selective on fish-species. I consider them all equally  interesting if caught on fly. Trout, grayling, huchen, chub, asp, pike, barbel, rudd, perch, roach, wels…

I’m also not selective on types of freshwater. Rivers, streams, lakes, ponds…I know how to enjoy them all and how to present them to all my guests.

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