Bernd Ziesche, Germany
Can you tell something more about
“ I was born in 1974 near to Hamburg in Germany. At the age of four I came
in touch with fishing for the first time and soon afterwards I caught my
first fish: an eel. When I was five with the help of my grandfather I
caught my first sea trout on a sailing ship at the Baltic sea.
Behind many other fields of fly fishing like building my own rods and fly
tying, I focused at fly casting. I took part in many fly casting courses
with national and international well known instructors. Since the end of
the nineties I teach single hand and double hand casting as a certified
fly casting instructor, and I published some articles in the German fly
fishing magazine "Der Fliegenfischer". With the formation of my Fly
Fishing School “ First Cast” I’m now starting my own business on fly
fishing. 2008 Will be a busy year for me, among other projects I plan to
offer guided fly fishing trips in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, and
I spend a lot of time organizing the “German Fly Festival 2008” : April 26th
and 27th, Wotersen Castle, near Hamburg.”
How long have you been
a fly fisherman, and where have you been fishing among others ?
“ With fly-fishing I came in
contact at the age of twelve. Little later I caught my first fish on the
fly rod which was an ide. At this moment I immediately discovered my true
passion for fly fishing. At the beginning of the nineties I caught my
first sea trout at the coast of the Baltic Sea with the fly rod. Starting
that day I dedicated myself wholeheartedly to fly fishing.
Across the years I gathered more and more experience on the whole range of
fly fishing based on many trips to different countries. I fished mainly in
Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Also I fished for many different species of
fish at places like the Bahamian Islands and the Florida Keys, the
Caribbean sea in front of Venezuela, Slovenia and Austria, as well as in
some other countries. The centre of my trips was always built on the sea
trout fishing around the coast of the Baltic Sea. And today I have a
strong wealth of experience on fishing the coastline. “
Why do you like river
Glomma and the Kvennan Fly Fishing zone ?
“ The Glomma is the longest
river of Norway. It offers me the possibility to fish nymph and dry fly
for trout and grayling as well as fishing with the streamer for pike. It
has beautiful nature and the area of the Kvennan beat is perfect for fly
fishing. I really like the idea of the catch and release zone, where you
can only keep one or three fish a day. The service at Kvennan Camping due
to the guide service is excellent.”
Can you tell
something about the old days at river Glomma ?
“ I am fishing the beat of
Kvennan Camping place since 1995 and the fishing has increased over the
last three years due to the C & R project. The service at the camping
place was always good but compared to ‘95 it gets more and more a big
family among the Glomma Anglers. The signs on the river indicating where I
can fish are getting better. At the older times this wasn't very good.”
Did you catch any really
big fish in Glomma ?
“ Yes I made some really good
fly fishing friends out on the water ! Fantastic people out there.”
What is your
favorite dry fly ?
“ The Klinkhammeren”
What is your favorite nymph
“The one I
just caught the fish with.”
How long leader do you use,
and how thick is your tippet ?
Nymph 0,5m (from the
indicator) to 2,5m and 0,10mm to 0,16mm “
Do you loose a lot of fish
when fishing without a barb on your hook ?
“ No. It works fine. I
feel I don't loose any fish compared to a hook with barb.”
do you think about the new rules & regulations ?
“ It's great ! The results
for the river keep me joining the fishing there again and again. “
What should be your best
advice for a fellow Glomma fly fisherman ?
“ Put one grayling on the
fire for eating at the riverside and join to release the rest of the fish
you will catch. Realize the nature and all the nice surroundings instead
of the filled freezer.”
What should be your best
advice for river management ?
“ Ever thought about a total
protection zone on the river ? Give one "Hakenlöser" (a good one) -
"hook remover" to
every fly fisherman. A paper with simple instructions how to use it and
filled up with some advices on how to handle a fish perfectly should go to
everyone in addition. This should happen to be sure that everyone will do
his or her best to protect the stock of the Glomma. There are too many
graylings with hook damages. This did not happen to be after the C & R
Zone was set. It was always the same over the years. But it should be
allow to keep three trout a day ! Completely protect the bigger trout !!
Is there something more you
want to share ?
“ One day guided nymph
fishing by Hein van Aar may change your (fly fishing) life ! “