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2004 Fishing Season in the Czech Republic

By Tim Baldwin

The 2004 game fishing season got of to a great start with fantastic weather and good catches being reported around the country.

I myself fished the smaller streams around West Bohemia, using Czech Nymphs and was quite impressed with the fish that were caught and the fish that were swimming around not to be caught. Why is it always the bigger fish that are more easily startled?

As I said before the season got of to a great start. The weather was remarkably warm for mid April and I was surprised to see fish rising to flies and nymphs surfacing; although this was only happening on the smaller waters.

Unfortunately this fine weather was not to last. A few weeks later the weather changed for the worse and it started to rain, and rain, guessed it, RAIN. This had a drastic effect on the fishing. Firstly the smaller streams were being soiled by the dirty water flowing into them and the larger streams and rivers were thus also being dirtied and the water levels rose so that fishing became virtually impossible.

By mid-May the rain had stopped and the water levels started to decline. Although the small streams and river were still no go the larger rivers in the area were remained fishable.

The river that was fishing the best in west Bohemia was the Mze; yes it is spelt correctly - MZE!

The river which winds its way from the German border near the town of Tachov to the city of Plzen is a medium sized river which was large enough to take the rain that fell.

The river varies from ankle deep to waist deep as it snakes it way along the troughs it has created over the years and the man-made weirs that were used to power the now defunct small companies that are spread along it banks.

All along the river the Grayling and Brownies were rising to dry flies. Not the biggest fish in the world but the fish were there and feeding.

All in all, this river has provided some great fishing of late with the rivers to the north of the region having been too full to fish. ~ Tim Baldwin

About Tim:

Born in London, England, age 34, 1.5 kids 2nd due in 6 weeks). Been fishing since the age of 6 or 7. First day fishing was at a location called Fishers Green in Essex. Dad didn't catch anything, I kept catching Barbel. From there was hooked. Progressed into Fly Fishing as I found Coarse a bit on the boring side. I am hyperactive so I don't like sitting around waiting. I am the more Pro-Active type.

Moved to the Czech Republic in 2001 and started a British Travel Company (Prague Tours (UK) Ltd) of which Czech Coarse & Fly Fishing is a subsidiary, designed my first web sites which have now evolved into what they are today. See

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