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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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 😉