Northern pike occupy many waters in Europe and are great sport fish. Theo Bakelaar sent along some photos of a recent pike fishing outing in the small back channels off the canals in Holland. The pike take huge flies, and the challenge is to make true monster imitations without much weight, so they can be [...]
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Opportunistic feed is when fish literally eat whatever the opportunity provides. This is often the situation during periods between hatches. Selective feeding occurs whenever there is a super-abundance of one food type—such as occurs during a hatch. Then there is Semi-Selectivity. This is a type of opportunistic feeding during which fish feed preferentially on organisms [...]
Fishing for cruising browns and rainbows in the near-shore shallows of lakes, like fishing for bones on the flats, is one of the most exciting of all fishing experiences. One sees the fish, one sees the take, and the fight is always fast and furious as the fish heads for deep water. It’s a time [...]
My friend, Theo Bakelaar saw my notes on Argentina and the photos of me playing gaucho. He sent me a picture of a Holland gaucho with an average sized fish that they catch. Note, this fish was taken on a gold bead head fly–what else?
Our friend from Holland, Theo Baakelar, sent a picture of a pike that he recently caught. It definitely was turning up its nose at everyone else’s flies, but when Theo showed him the special pike flies that he uses, well, that pike just couldn’t refuse.
I asked Theo to please send along some shots of the long flies that they use for pike in Holland. He was kind enough to send them right back to me, along with some more pike photos. Note that these flies are big, as in really big, and have to be tied with plenty of [...]
My good friend, Theo Bakelaar, and I were talking about Striped Bass, and he told me that there is a fish in Holland that they call the Sea Bass, which fights even harder and tastes better than any other fish. Theo takes them on Clouser Deep Minnows and his eel skin flies. They run from [...]
The latest report from Theo is that the big pike are done spawning and ready to eat, bit time. These fish occupy the canals, and there are plenty of canals in Holland. Pike fishing in Europe is a very refined sport, and the huge flies that they tie for these beasts are very creative indeed.
It’s not easy to do, this trout fishing in Holland. There is only one place in Holland with trout in it–Oost Voorne Lake. As Theo Bakelaar relates in a recent email, it it very hard to catch fish there because the lake is so large and the total number of fish is few. None the [...]