Kiel, Deutschland

Flyfishing for perch

The great advantage of perch; they are practically everywhere and they usually appear in good numbers. Especially in summer you can experience excellent fishing when you find the large schools. In autumn, winter and early spring, the time for the big-perch-hunters strikes; now you can target very large perch. First you should try to locate food. In general, perch like to hunt in relatively clear water, over hard ground that has structure. Sunken wood, edges to shallower or deeper water, bridges and stone walls are always a hotspot!

If you want to fish as variably as possible and at different depths, we recommend a sinking line with a so-called shooting head design. This is a fly line that sinks in the front area (the line area that serves as the casting weight), followed by a floating part, which is pulled behind by the heavy, sinking part, so to speak. These lines have the advantage that they can be handled easily when fishing and casting. That is the case because not the whole line sinks to the bottom, but only the first part. This gives you relatively good bait control and direct contact right away. Such lines are available in various sink rates and the name says it all! A Sink3 line sinks 3 inches per second, a Sink5 line sinks 5 inches per second, a Sink7 line sinks 7 inches per second, and so on. The rate of descent should be adapted to the body of water, the expected depth, the season and of course the area in which one suspects the perch in.

The lines described not only have a sink rate, but of course also a line weight. This is rated either directly in grams, sometimes in grain and sometimes in so-called line classes. For classic perch streamers you need a line weight between 12 and 19 grams (approx. 185–290 grain). For most manufacturers, this corresponds to line classes six to eight. This takes us to our choice of rods. Whether and how line and rod fit together depends on the action of the rod, your own casting style and the taper of the line – it is best to test it before buying or ask who is casting which rod with which line. There are always combinations that fit particularly well. The same line class can be very different from different manufacturers: for example, it can be more powerful, less powerful, and accordingly work better with a heavier or lighter line.

The rest is easy to explain: After the fly line, so-called backing follows in the direction of the reel, in order to fill the reel and to have reserves in the fight, which, in our experience, are only needed very, very rarely in fresh water and with few fish species. We connect a mono or fluo leader between the fly line and the streamer. This should be around 100-150 cm long and have two different thicknesses (e.g. 35 and 25). If you get stuck at the bottom, you only lose the last, thinner piece in front of the streamer and you don’t have to tie a completely new leader. We attach the streamer with a small snap or the Rapala knot. All streamers you need for perch fishing can be found in our shop.