Rena week 32 – 2017

Like last year a week planned for dry-fly fishing at Rena drifting from pontoon boats. This year I was joined by Henning, Anders, Gunnar, Inge and my wife Lise and we all had pontoon boats. We stayed at Rena Fishing Camp where the plan was to fish, eat drink and have a lot of fun.

Rea is a beautiful river but a lot of places it is hard to wade fish and that is one of the reasons we are very fond of drifting down the river. it also adds variation to the fishing but when you do not anchor up you only get ones shot at a fish.

 

We fish to fish that feeds at the surface but we also blind fish with dry flies and that can be quite productive when you have learned where to do your fishing. The trouts are wild thoiugh some fish are stocked and they are marked with the fat fin cut off. I have now caught probably more than 200 trout and still haven´t seen any stocked trout. The largest trout are caught at nighttime but we did not fish in the dark so for us nice fish are in the 35 – 40 cm range.

 

Here Lise has hooked at trout

And presenting the fish before release

 

I normally fish primarily for trout but when I see a grayling I go for that as well. The average size for grayling is very good as it is around 45 cm. You may kill one grayling and one trout per day and they must be in the 30 – 40 cm range.

 

The fly I used most of the time was Dyret or the Animal.

 

It is an imitation of a sedge or a stone fly, not anatomically correct but it works fine.

 

 

When you want to release the fish and want a photo I seem to end up with two kinds of photos. One in the net..

 

or one in the hand. When sitting in a boat alone and  wanting to release it as fast as possible I end up with a bit boring photos.

 

 

There is a 5 km stretch that is only for fly fishing and no boat fishing. This is part of the fly zone that is very promising

 

 

We typically drifted 10 – 12 km so a bit of logistics were necessary everyday. We managed to transport all 6 pontoon boats inflated on two cars and a trailer.

 

Inge managed to find a handful of big very good-looking and tasting Karl Johan, one of the best edible mushrooms and we had a fantastic starter one night.

 

Everyday we started out with freshly baked bread. The eating is an important part of the trip.

 

  One day Lise was the master fly-fisher as she caught the two largest fish of the day here presenting one of them. We all used my stripping basket but they probably felt that they had to 😉

 

There are also many birds and we all also saw beavers so always a nice experience in the nature.

 

   The best fish on the trip was this 1,5 kg trout that I got in the afternoon after Gunnar promised two free flies to the biggest fish of the day.

 

It was taken on a Dyret like most of my fish.

We were lucky that the wind was very calm almost all the days and only one day rained away. We got a lot to drink and eat and had some nice fishing and a lot of laughs. I only paused one day du to my shoulders so that was Ok and I am sure we will come back next year.

 

 

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Mariager Fjord 26/7 – 2017

After last weeks trip where we saw a lot of fish Michael and I wanted to try Mariager Fjord once again. We were delayed as there had been an accident on the highway and I worried that we would make it to the tackle shop MB Grej in Hobro as I should pick up a pair of new waders to be worn on the trip. we just made it and we went to another location than last time so we did not have to walk as much. I tried the foam fly again but like last time without success. This evening we only saw a limited number of fish maybe 25 % of the number last time.

 

Michael excelled once again with a trout 5 cm larger than last time so he is unbeatable at the moment.

 

And the waders were leaking both in the left and in the right leg so they has to be returned 😦   on the photo you can see my left leg of my shorts and I am not incontinent yet.

 

 

Mariager Fjord 19/7 – 2017

An evening trip wading with Henning and Michael on the north side of Mariager Fjord. I fly-fished while the others were spinfishing and we started out with having our dinner which was “Danish smørrebrød” i.e. open sandwiches. Normally they quite tall but as I tripped over a log 5 meters before we arrived at the beach they did not look good and were more the wide kind but the tastes was still fine. As we had our meal we saw several fish jump and this evening we saw many fish and all of them in the 2 -5 lb. range. I fished a foam beetle but without any luck.

 

Michael got a nice fish and as this was his first sea run brown trout in 10-15 years he wore the big smile.

Österlen 19/4-22/4 2017

A pontoon boat trip to the southern part of Sweden for searun brown trout like we have done for some years. We know that we are likely to catch fish and that the average size is way better than in Denmark but we also know that most fish will be kelts on their way to top condition, and sometimes they will be far away 😉

This year 2 x Henrik, 2 x Lars, Torben and Leif made the team. We started out in Denmark but I had to get towed as my car apparently needs oil to run. We thought the problem was solved but the next day we had to call for road help again and we were transferred to a rental service where we switched the car. A break down with a car is always inconvenient cut with a car loaded with two  pontoon boats and outboard engines, tackle and food and drink on the way to a 5 day fishing trip it is VERY inconvenient.

 

We mad it to Sweden a bit late and we went fishing. The first day we got some nice fish that were below the minimum size (50 cm) like the one on the photo and that was an OK start as we only had half a day.

 

 

The following days we fished most of the day and we got more fish like this. They were above the size limit but they clearly had spawned this winter so they were released.

 

Some were big like this 80 cm fish and as we this year came quite late they had regained a lot of their strength and this one really struggled hard. Actually I thought that it fought so hard that I was convinced that it would be a keeper, but like everything else I got it was released.

 

A couple of ides or orfes were caught as well. Here Henrik presents a 2 kg and as it was his first he was very pleased though they are not very interesting to fight. Most of the days we had to work hard as the wind speed was app. 10 m/s and therefore we were limited in our choice of fishing spots and quite tired when we returned late in the afternoon.

 

One morning before the wind picked up I got a small trout. This day I tested an electric outboard from Torqeedo. It is less noisy and seems to have a battery capacity that is big enough for my needs and with a bad shoulder it is a pleasure just to twist the handle to start it. It is expensive but I have ordered one to save my shoulder a lot of work and myself some pain.

 

The red kite is always seen in this region and it is a very elegant bird that I always like to watch.

 

Leif shot some video of me landing a fish the last day. It is only the last part of the fight but still nice at least for me

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B86oHkCCwUmTbnVuYk41SG5HYUE/view

Here presenting the result – a 75 cm trout that still needed to gain some weight but were quite strong.

Despite too much wind and all the problems I had with the car it was a good trip and next time we hope to hit some of the trouts that skipped a spawning season.

Djursland 9/4 – 2017

Our original plans were ruined by the wind so we ended at Kobberhage on Djursland. We were Henrik, Torben and myself and planned a pontoon trip for searun brown trout.

Before we had entered the water we saw the first seal and not the last and as we also saw porpoises several times it was clear that the fish could be stressed and that may explain that the fishermen we met all told that the season had been very bad compared to normal.

After a couple of hours I got a small fish below the minimum size,

soon after I got a better sized fish, it was in the mid 60´es cm but needed to gain a lot of weight to be well conditioned. After lunch we continued but without any luck and these two fish turned out to be the only contacts for us all day.

Mariager Fjord 1/4 – 2017

A trip alone in the pontoon boat to Mariager fjord. Last weekend not much happened and after a couple of hours I thought that this would be the same. But after lundbreak a fish showed at he surface and 15 minutes later a nice trout grabbed the fly and started a serie of jumps.

it was a well conditioned trout that measured 50 cm and 1.51 kg.

 

It took a worm pattern and when I gutted it I saw that it had feasted heavily on polychaete worms.

Nice fish but not for me :-)

This weekend I was out for the first time in almost 4 months but I did not have much luck. Fortunately others have done better.

In can very much recommend this article from Globalflyfisher (a very recommendable website) about a fantastic sea run brown trout.

And my friend Leif also did well this weekend and he made a smal video

Have fun reading and viewing and hopefully I will come back soon with news of my own