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Fly Punk - Issue 4

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HEAVY NYMPHS FOR MONSTER BARBEL ― stanislas freyheit ― I ’m a true trout and grayling fly fishing lover, but when I explore rivers, there’s a colleague of the salmonids that I love to trick… Barbel suffer from a bad reputation, that’s why some anglers love them and will pursue them with devotion, whereas some anglers hate them, and consider them like vermin. Personally, I am a rough stream nymphing lover, and I love Barbel nymphing, because Barbel are great fighters, and they know how to use the waters currents to give you a tremendous fight. Given that Barbel are often found in shoals, the ultimate goal is to aim for the bigger specimen of the shoal… When I mean big specimen, I speak about fish ranging from 60 cm to 1 meter … 1 meter ? Yes, in Europe it’s quite rare, but you can see one meter Barbel. But you need serious gear to bring them to the net. My actual record is 72 cm on the nymph, and I nearly broke my rod on this fish… A last point I’ve been observing about Barbel nymphing is that they have a very lunatic behaviour : some days they feed like crazy, and some other days, it looks like they’re asleep. I do not advise you to try to trick the Barbel when they don’t feed, because they won’t be receptive to your nymphs. On the other hand, when you can see their scale reflecting on the bottom of the stream, it means that they are active, so tie a ceramic fly on your tippet, and propose them this treat on Czech nymphing or sight nymphing. 36 | 37

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