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Cape Cod week 33 – 2016

The team for Cape Cod this year was exactly the same as last year and included Thomas, Caspar, Peter and Carsten. This time we came in September which is new to us. The new time of year gave opportunities af fishing for false albacore known as albies but we were a bit concerned for the striper fishing as the summer had been quite hot and long so the water temperature was high.



The first day Casper and I went out with a guide Dave. We primarily looked for albies and Caspar got one and that was one of his goals for the trip, so from dy one he had been succesful. We arrived late in the evening and we met with Dave 6 AM next day and I must admit I had not finely tuned my gear from start and therefore I missed some good opportunities with albies at the surface. It was Saturday and there were many boats on the water. Another time I would definitely go for a day outside the weekend.



Later in the afternoon we did some fishing towards the rocks of an island and had some interesting fishing here. I got a nice striper though not a keeper. Dave with his characteristic beard in the back – I will recommend him if you want a guide trip, he was knowledgable and keen to give us a good trip.



In the evening we met with the other guys that had been fishing the bay side and had very good fishing. Caspar and I also had good fishing and this first day I got two keepers around 29 inches and then I had fulfilled one of my goals.



This day and the day after we got a lot of fish. We got between 30 and 50 stripers each. Most were smaller fish but also several like this that were not keepers but almost. This raise the hopes for next years fishing. Peter got app. 50 fish the first day including two keepers and he had two goals: to try to catch many fish and to get a keeper so he was also content from day one.



Caspar excelled with a new species on fly on our trip to the Cape, a fluke or a flounder.



The second day we fished in the dark at Brewsters flat and found a spot where the fish at least at that time had a very good average size. Here Thomas presents a keeper.


imgp6027Monday the weather forecast was not that good and some went shopping but Peter and I wanted to fish. We fished at Mill Creek and we got a few smaller fish but we saw a lot of surface activity but out of reach. At times the weather prediction was very precise as it rained a LOT. We had the empty our stripping baskets every 3 minutes.



On e morning Thomas and I fished Chatham bay. We heard something we have never heard before. It sounded like there was a speed boat race going on constantly. It turned out to be seals howling. All the dark areas on the sand bars are big grey seals. We could see several hundreds of seals and often they come very close and I must admit that I do not have much confidence in the fishing if I have several seals within casting distance.

imgp6037One day Caspar and I tried some new spots on the ocean side near the canal. I had to stop fishing as a school og small bluefish literally took my fly all the time and Caspar added yet another species to our list. I can not remember the name but here it is.




As always we see some wildlife despite that Cape Cod is thickly settled. This year I saw many wild turkeys, chipmunks, squirrels, coyotes, a skunk in our garden, osprey and a big variety of birds and then a lot of seals.



This year we had one day kayaking to the sand bars. There were too many clouds so we did not get many opportunities for sight fishing. The day before would have been much better but we had some problems renting the kayaks so we had to wadefish. And during this wadefishing we saw many fish at the surface at very shallow water so we got our bit of sight fishing. Now Thomas and I have bought a kayak so next year we hopefully will be able to use that a lot.


To sum things up we had very nice weather, we caught a lot of fish though the pace went down from the first frantic days, we got five keepers and many almost keepers, we had some sight fishing and we found a new favourite breakfast place (Hangar B at Chatham airport). We also visited The Corner store several times for panini and burritos so we all look forward to next time.



Mariager Fly Cup 2016

Bombayfly had its annually fly fishing competition Mariager Fly Cup for the third time. It is a one day competition only for fly-fisher in Mariager Fjord. I think it is safe to say that it is the biggest fly-only competition in Denmark and it is also backed up by many fly related companies sponsoring prices  . The fee is very modest at 100 DKK  while the prices are very generous.

This year 165 fly-fishers participated and as always everyone was in a good mood and despite the weather that was too good (warm and sunny) many very nice fish were caught.



Here the winners with fish and prices.



Here the top 10 fish from 1,7 kg to 3,1 kg displayed on ice.

I only participated as an official in the weighting procedure so I had my excuse for not catching anything. ´Friday I leave for Cape Cod for this years striper fishing and I hop to return with a nice report with many fish.

Kolding Fjord 28/8 – 2016

A trip with the Bombay-guys Simon, Søren, Jan and Morten to Kolding Fjord to a destination I haven´t tried before. In Bombay terms it is known as the clamydia-swamp, not a nice name but in a way an OK description of this part of the fjord where the bottom is very soft and sometimes very smelly.

Four of us were wade fishing and Søren fished from his pontoon boat. We saw the first trout even before we entered the water but despite a lot af casting and seeing several fish within casting reach we got nothing. After a 3 hours Søren sailed to another location and that proved to be a good move as he had terrific fishing seeing and catching many fish.  He kept three nice fish and released som and lost the big one. He also called us so we moved to his place and that resulted in one nice fish for Simon and a small one for me. Then it started to rain heavily despite the sunny weather forecast and we stopped. A location to try another time maybe in a pontoon boat.




Rena, 1/8 – 6/8 2016

almost a week in Norway at Rena dry-fly fishing from pontoon boats with Gunnar, Anders, Henning and Lise.



We stayed at Rena Fishing Camp where we had the new apartment above the new café.



We managed to arrange transport of all five pontoon boats with only one deflated. Everyone looked a bit concerned when they saw our setup but if we did not drive fast it worked very well.



We did not see many fish taking insects from the surface so it was primarily blind fishing with caddis patterns. This was probably the reason that we almost only caught brown trouts. Here a nice 37 cm trout from the first day.



The first day Lise only got three fish but it was a Rena grand slam: a grayling, a brown trout and a white fish. All good fish with an average size around 37 cm.



five times I was lucky to meet a beaver this is from my first encounter where it climbed out the water and started to eat at the shore.



The last day I drifted 12 km with Lises and mine pontoon boats tied together with a rope and here Lise saw her first beaver swimming with its dinner.



Caddis flies were the main target for the fish at this time but there were also smaller mayflies.



There was not much wind and many times Rena really presented itself very nice.


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But in the high mountains the weather can change in minutes and this photo was taken shortly after. The showers normally did not last for long so all in all the weather was very suitable for fishing.



The brown trout were sometime with red spots and sometimes without. We never caught any stocked fish without fat fin.


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The night-time is the best time for big trout but as Rena runs south it is not well suited for late evening dry-fly fishing from pontoon boats as you can only see the fly behind you so it is better ti fish from the shore.



The last day Lise only got two trout but again both of good size, she must be doing something right.


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It is always a pleasure to fish and drift down Rena so I would love to come back. This time we did not get any really big trouts but we had a lot of laughs, drinks and good food. We got grayling up to 50 cm and trout up to 42 cm and we caught quite a lot of smaller fish so we will not make any complaints. Next time we may go for the night fishing and the bigger trouts but a nice meal and a drink is sometimes hard to compete with😉


Udbyhøj, 15/7 – 2016

An evening trip in the pontoon boats with Henrik. It was more windy than we wished for so we had to spend a lot of energy to hold the boats up against the wind, but no rain so all in all it was OK.

I started out with a well conditioned trout an inch above the required minimum size and as I have no fish in the fridge I decided to bring it back home and I killed. Unfortunately it slipped out of my hands and went to the bottom where I could see it but not reach it. So this became a mela not for me bur for the crabs.



Later I got this just below the required size so it was released.



This was exactly the required size but as you can see it released itself but this time it was fine as it was alive



This was my last for the day. Again well conditioned but a bit too small-

I ended up with five trouts around the minimum size all released and Henrik got four though two of them were very juvenile fish in the 15 cm  range.

Sidorovka, week 25 – 2016

For the first time I went to the Kola peninsula in Russia, a place I have dreamed about for years. I and 3 of the Bombayfly guys should flyfish in Sidorovka for 6 days. Sidorovka is a rather small river well suited for single-handed rods and that suited me well I thought.


The team was Stefan, myself, Lasse and Jonas

I teamed up with Stefan and as we both used a Linekurv we were named team Linekurv. The first day we went downstream and i the Valley pool Stefan had three salmon taking his fly that were not hooked properly.





I had a go afterwards and at the end of the small pool I hooked my first Sidorovka salmon.


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It was a nice fresh fish in the mid 70´es lenghtwise and I was a happy fly-fisher.


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I the went down and tried the next pool and got another fish. I was a bit surprised when it turned out to be a humpback salmon. The camp manager later told us that they were not expected until mid July so it was way too early. On this trip I was the only one catching humpback and I caught three of them. Why they only grabbed my fly I have no idea.



We then went all the way to the Sea pool which is close to the sea (smart name😉 )




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Here I got this small searun brown trout and I had gotten a Sidorovka gran slam: an Atlantic salmon, a pacific salmon and a searun brown trout in one day. At least that is what I called it.



At the dinner that day I received this needle to show I had my first Sidorovka salmon. This day I was the lucky man the others had their needle the coming days.



The next day Stefan and I hiked up to the place called Shithouse. It was a hike that took 1½ hour each way and at least I was tired when returning back to the camp in the evening.



At the Shithouse 5 small lakes were connected with some small streams and the neck og the lakes proved quite productive so it was worth the long hike.




Most of the times we hooked a fish at the neck and the fish went downstream and was landed in the next lake. Here Stefan presents one of his salmon’s.


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When returning from the Shithouse it was a very welcome sight to see the camp and knowing that you were almost at home.


The next days we alternated between the long walk to Shithouse and fishing closer to the camp and we all got fish. Here Jonas presents probably the biggest fish on the trip app. 90 cm.


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Stefan got 7 salmon’s and was happy for every one of them





Lasse started out a bit slow but came back as can be seen.



Lasse and Jonas at the Shithouse.




Lasse also got a very nice brown trout around the 45 cm mark.



Golden killer was probably the most efficient fly but also got fish on Sunray shadow, Iceman and ØT Special.



There was also a bit of wildlife. The most numerous animal was the mosquito. Jonas had fished in Alaska so he had som repellent with more than 98% DEET. Not healthy but efficient.


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The ptarmigans (a grouse like bird)  were not easy to scare. Kenny our guide called the tundra chicken.


This bird was redlisted and quite rare but the exact species I do not know. We also met a lot of reindeer’s and minks.



wild chives were everywhere.



and came in handy when you wanted to flavour your breakfast.



A few of the salmon’s were taken to camp and we had the as sashimi, in soup, as steaks and rimmet all very delicious.  The food was excellent at the camp. We had a four course dinner every night and we send warm greetings to our Ukrainian chef.



As always when you have to end a fishing trip it is nice not to need to DEET yourself every day but it is with some sadness that you leave this beautiful place.

I ended up having caught four Atlantic salmon and three pacific salmon and some seatrout and brown trout and I was content especially considering that the weather was way too warm the last three days. Stefan lost by a good margin the largest fish (12-15 kg) when the hook broke and the sight of that fish jumping is still on my retinal. Wed a lot of fun and some fantastic fishing so a very good trip despite the long travel back and forth


Bølling Sø – 22/5 2016

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Normally when fishing in Bølling Sø there is a lot of action but mainly smaller fish. This time there was not much action and only small fish. I fished for four hours and got two smaller pikes and had a couple of hits on the fly.