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    Default Aspius aspius - Asp On A Fly

    Did anyone catch this fish on a fly? It's widespread european lowland predator from the Cyprinidae family.
    If you haven't tried to catch this fish on a fly, you've missed a lot. It is something like the european dorado or small tarpon, fish that lives a few hundred miles from you (or less). This fish can be seen chasing small fish on the surface, with splashing and "banging" which will take your breath away. Sometimes it looks like the crocodiles are fighting in the water.
    It can be caught on a streamer, wet fly or even dry fly. Average weight is 2-5 kg!

    In other words, ultimate fish for FF!



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    Default Re: Aspius aspius - Asp On A Fly

    Looks like a cracking fish to target.Iv'e not heard much about it as a sporting fish.Have you europeans been keeping it a secret.What countries have the best stocks.

    Jim
    The Fishermans Friend is the Flirty Fly,Fickle Food for Fleeting Fish.

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    Default Re: Aspius aspius - Asp On A Fly

    Quote Originally Posted by 3lbgrayling View Post
    Looks like a cracking fish to target.Iv'e not heard much about it as a sporting fish.Have you europeans been keeping it a secret.What countries have the best stocks.

    Jim
    It is not a secret - asp is ultimate sporting fish in Germany, Holland, Sweden, Poland, Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary...
    Find it on Google by the names: rapfen (Ger), Bolen (Cro), Bucov (Srb), Balin (Hun)...
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    Default Re: Aspius aspius - Asp On A Fly

    Thank you.Every day is a school day.

    Jim
    The Fishermans Friend is the Flirty Fly,Fickle Food for Fleeting Fish.

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    Default Re: Aspius aspius - Asp On A Fly

    Asp likes bright (white is most commonly used) streamers:


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    Default Re: Aspius aspius - Asp On A Fly

    Super fish...........what weight?...............birdsnest
    Fear not if I steal from your side, as of yore, from paradise streams to fish Teifi once more.
    BN based in Wolverhampton

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    Default Re: Aspius aspius - Asp On A Fly

    I've caught these beautiful fish in the Czech Republic where they are also called Bolen 'Silver Salmon'

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    Default Re: Aspius aspius - Asp On A Fly

    The Asp is starting to enter French waters and has a good reputation in Alsace where they fish for them using either fry type streamers or large heavy nymphs. One report I read said that you should drop the nymph just behind them as they then react instinctively, turn and strike without taking too close a look. Apparently they are moving into the different river systems and I've heard rumors of them in the Moselle river as high as Metz but nothing concrete.

    Take care

    Terry
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    Default Re: Aspius aspius - Asp On A Fly

    Been meaning to go to Holland and stay with Riny Sluiter (the fly tyer) who has promised ot take me....we missed each other when I went over this year!

    Going next though. That is a cracker in the picture. The Rhine has them with many fish over 5kgs.

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    Default Re: Aspius aspius - Asp On A Fly

    Quote Originally Posted by Tailing Loop View Post
    Been meaning to go to Holland and stay with Riny Sluiter (the fly tyer) who has promised ot take me....we missed each other when I went over this year!

    Going next though. That is a cracker in the picture. The Rhine has them with many fish over 5kgs.
    They don't call him Riny roofblei (which means Asp in dutch) for nothing.. He lives very close to the river IJssel which is a good river for Aspius Aspius..
    I think they are a great sporting fish when it is summer and the waters are warm its also the only species i can use my switchrod(s) for... They are not the most beautifull fish to look at but they do scrap like maniacs..

    Jerry
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