2 months preparation...20 minutes fishing
July of 2005 I was invited by my friend Jan Tomasak to come to southern germany and trout fish.
Jan was a member of the Munich fishing club.
They work oddly over there.
Because Jan was a member...... he got me a ONE day members VISITOR pass.
I planned the trip for 2 months.
I sent my rods over ahead of time.
I drug all my gear and waders with me on the plane.
I arrived in Munich airport at 9:05 am. I could not sleep on the plane. I checked into a hotel near Leinbach Germany. This is in the foothills of the Alps.
Jan arrived 45 minutes after I went to sleep. My wife answered the door of the hotel room. Jan wanted to go scout the water we were going to fish.
I left all my gear in the room. We drove 45 minutes to the Leinbach River. It is a glacier fed stream/river.
Jan told me the german laws on trout fishing. The stream i was invited to fish had graylings and browns in it. The waterway was a catch and keep only stream. Between the 2 of us we were allowed to catch/keep one meter of trout.
I was looking at the stream and the next thing ya know Jan handed me a rod and said...Lets fish....
Wet wading in 44 degree water was not fun....
I wet waded and casted for about 20 minutes. The trout were dumber than stumps....5 fought over each cast...
These fish had NOT been fished for in a while...It was obvious...
I caught 2 bachforrellen and Jan caught 1...We had hit OUR meter threshold. They were about 15 inches each...Only had one decent trout show it tail...
I was DONE....
No waders...No rods I sent over...2 months of Preparation and I was done in 20 minutes.
If i had NOT been invited by Jan....My 20 minutes would have been VERY exspensive. I paid nothing for a one day pass. I did not even need a license.
We went back to the hotel and the owner cleaned and grilled the fish for us....and told US what great anglers WE were....
Back in bed a little after noon.
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