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There are such days on the water during the year when all the details fit together into a harmonious whole. This trip was exactly like that. The plan for that day was very simple – to catch an asp. Well, easy to say but in practice this species is a very challenging task for a fly fisher. The asp (Aspius aspius) is an European freshwater fish of the Cyprinidae family. You can find this terrific fish in almost any lowland river in Poland. He’s the terror among schools of minnows on shallows and on calm and sunny days of May you can hear his amazingly loud splashes somewhere in the middle of the big lowland rivers like the Oder or the Vistula. That means he started his hunt and there’s not much time to think. You have to cast and swing your fly with hope, that it will cross the way of this thunderous silver fish .
On that particular day of May I and Greg (Grzegorz Fryc, from Loop Tackle Poland) decided to go and find some active asps in the small river that connects with a lake nearby. The proximity of the lake was a key here. The whole aspius population visits this river once a year in spawning time. Once the fishes are gone to the lake it’s freaking hard to get them on fly. The situation is very different when asps are on their way back to the lake after spawning season. Then the river resembles some Alaskan creek packed tight with salmons. The view of crowded dark shades in small lowland river is just overwhelming. The thing is to be in right place on right time. That day we did it.
A nice fight with a good specimen of aspius. The rod bends really well!
A bar of silver.
Portrait of a lowland robber.
Pure silver of Lower Silesian lowland.
The big one.
This is kind of a rare situation when both light and fish are unique.
Catch and release with splash!
Tagi: asp, catchandrelease, flyfishing, loop, lowersilesia, outdoors