No Johan, the fish is only a good 40 cm…

How a good day’s fishing can sound like.

Let’s start with the conclusion : I’ve just broken twice my PR brown river trout. Magnificent wild fish, and merely made possible by friendship.

Amazing blue spot

I think there’s no need to comment the pics, which makes us dream away. But how did this superb day come true?

Since one year, my Rodtrip buddies convinced me to join them more on their river trips, and last Thursday Romain invited me to join him in a quest for big brown trout, on the beats ran by our friends Pascal Crul and Gerd at LRPE.

First PR on sight fishing

We started our day nymph fishing, and the first cast resulted in a grayling which we carefully put back as fast as possible, as these fish are still in closed season.

Romain took me to the next spot, where we can see some very nice trout. I decide to stick to nymph fishing, as Rom chooses to fish some rises on the dry fly. He quickly hits a nice brown, and before I can get to him for a picture, he tells me to fish on as it’s only a good 40 cm long !!!?

Five minutes later,  I hear a massive splash, and see he’s again fighting a brown but considering the curve in his rod, this should be  a serious trout. After a crazy fight, I can net his fish. I can’t recall the size but his big size net seems no more ridiculous, and is well filled. Look at that fish, and imagine the combat on 0,12 mm tippet !

After some happy words, and congrats, we continue our trip, and I find a big trout close in, which refuses my offering, and moves to the middle of the river. Change of fly, and after the second cast, the fish moves 30 cm to take my fly. Strike, and after two seconds of heavy weight into my XO, she makes a big rush and jumps twice sky high. What a magnificent fish which breaks my PR easily. We manage to net her and put her back after some quick pics.

After Romain put me on a cloud with this fish, he tells me to move and look for another big fish. She’s hidden exactly where he told me, next to an obstacle. He tells me to take a shot, and I make a good cast, but my fly makes a mini drag just when the trout opens her mouth and refuses. I quickly change fly and put on a jeck sedge Jeremy offered me the week before.

Next cast, no drag, the fish opens its rather impressive mouth and sucks in my fly. Strike, she’s on, and I’m into an even better fish well over 55 cm. After steering the trout away from two tree branches, she finds some kind of iron tube where she swims behind. Luckily Romain was ready with his net, and pushed her out. One minute later, Romain nets her , and I can shout from relief and happyness. I come over and can admire my prize resting in the net (in the water ☺).

I could have limited myself writing 5 lines about my exploit, but in respect of the chances I was lucky to be given, I dedicate these fish but even more this fishing day to :

  • Jérémy, Mathias and Romain for motivating me into river fishing
  • Romain, who literally put me onto these fish
  • The fish were out and playing ball
  • The jeck sedge offered by Jérémy
  • And of course Pascal Crul, Gerd and their team to talk us into fishing their beats.

Here you go, my adventure in a nutshell, but most of all the fact I’m very lucky to flyfish with these nice friends.

Thank You my dearest friends !


The wet fly booby!

The wet fly booby is good fly to fish wary fish

It can be used alone with a short or a long leader. But it works well too in washing line with nymphs on the droppers !

Jérémy presents you a black version for educated fish !

Good fly tying and don’t hesitate to share this video with your friends!

Squirmy worm.. a deadly fly for lake !

The Squirmy is not appreciated by all fishermen.

Everyone has his reasons and we respect that! But we have to admit that it works great!

Jérémy presents you a very realistic model with which you will catch fish during your lake sessions.

Have fun and don’t hesitate to share this video with your friends !

Teaser flyfishing film for pike in the Dutch polders with Rodtrip & Le Mouching.

For some years now, our pics about pike fishing in the polders were making our French friends from Le Mouching crazy. So last November Jeremy, Romain & Johan took them on a pike journey.

Needless to say we had a lot of fun and friendship, learning how to fish these special drainages, and some good shooting despite very bad weather conditions.

Want to see how we did, or to discover some succesful flies we use ? Just take a look at this teaser.

To see the entire movie, you’ll have to wait a little longer. Just keep an eye on our websites @Rodtrip and @LeMouching.

Click on the link bellow:


Always insist on a spot when you catch a first pike !

Last week I had a day off, and found myself with Nicolas in a new region around Gouda.

The day started quite cold at 3°C, with easter wind, not really what I wished for, but a day fishing is always a good one spent.

Nico had a good fish after only 10’, followed by one I took under a bridge. We both found some nice fish during the morning, and then things slowed down.

Until a good pike chased right next to Nico. And than I saw a boil to the left, and another, and another. I changed angles and was able to hook a good pike. We suddenly found ourselves in the right place on the right time.

Nico made a cast and hooked a good one, I made my cast and hooked also one : two fish in one net… We cast again, and we couldn’t believe our eyes when we both hooked again a pike in the same place at the same time.

Four fish in less than 5’ ! To make a long story short : we took 9 fish in that spot ! We’re even more convinced that you should insist in a spot where you’ve caught a pike.

As days are really short, we ended around 16h30 our Rodtrip, and made up the balance : 9 pike for me, and 8 for Nicolas. And we both lost a couple, so we went back home, and had some good Belgian fries !

We’ll soon be back for more : )