Fjellerup Strand, 28/4 – 2018

A pontoon trip with 2 x Henrik and Peter to Fjellerup. Nice weather though a bit more windy than the forecast predicted. When we started out we could see some fly fishers wade fishing further down the beach and when we got closer we could see that is was Peter and Carsten so it was time for lies and stories.

 

 

After the break Carsten got this nice 50 cm trout.

We stopped at noon and Henrik Mong had landed 4 fish and I got two but all were too small. Henrik Leth lost a bigger fish and had a garfish but no keepers and a nice day at the water.

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Stevns, week 16 – 2018

After 6 months without a fishing trip due to my bad shoulders I signed up for five days at Stevns flyfishing for sea run brown trout from pontoon boats. We normally go to Sweden this time of the year but this year we tried something new. In order to lessen the stress on my shoulders when casting I had bought a Hardy Demon 11 foot switch rod #4/5 which I fished with my regular 6 weight shooting head on 14 grams. This turned out to work very well despite the rod is supposed to be loaded with an 18 gram head but that may be fine for switch cast and I has casting overhead. The important thing was that it was a delight to cast with and I could fish all day without too much pain afterwards. I was a jumping happy boy inside 😉

The group was more or less like last year except that Jesper and Knud joined from time to time. I forgot my camera so I did not get many photos but Henrik and Leif took some nice photos that I could use.

The coast at Stevns has many places cliffs and are very beautiful and the bottom looks fantastic

 

 

Lars presenting a nice fish from the first day, it was a nice fish but as it had been up spawning it was released.

 

The water is a bit brackish so now and then an ide will grab the fly. Lars turned out to be the ide expert but I did not get any

 

Some af the fish were below the minimum size so they were released

It was the first time I fished with my new electric motor a Torqeedo 1003, that worked fine but is quite expensive.

Some of the days were very calm. It was easy to see if fish showed but they were trickier to get to the fly.

 

As I had not fished for a long time it was a joy every time I was in this situation

Especially when the fish was big enough to keep and not a kelt

 

 

From the last day were only Leif and I were fishing and we had the best fishing of the trip as we landed 11 trouts all over the minimum size and 3 times we had a double hook up. I brought back two fish this day as I had promised my wife to get some and they have already been consumed.

We got 27 trouts as a group and I got 13 (you never know if you get the chance to brag again) and my new rod worked very well so for me it was a fantastic trip. The trip was like always with a lot of laughs, good food and something to drink so what could go wrong. I now consider getting a two classes heavier switch rod for my striper and pike fishing and what I can find to fish for. I feel I am back 🙂

 

 

Rio Panará Argentina, week 40/42 – 2017

After 3 months without any fishing at all I was very excited about going to Argentina for golden dorados with some of the Bombay guys. I worried about my shoulder but looked forward to visit Argentina for the first time and to fish for dorado as this has been in my dreams for quite a lot of years. We should fish for ten days in Rio Paraná and Christian had arrived some days before as he should stay with the guides and he had lived in Argentina so he had no problem communicating with the locals where I realized that my Spanish is quite rusty.

We had a VERY long trip from Denmark but the guides picked us up in Resistencia airport and had arranged a nice meal at the restaurant at the hotel at 11 pm so we went straight to bed afterwards as we should go fishing next morning. We (Lasse, Carsten, Jonas ,Stefan, Christian and I) fished in pairs so we were three boats with guides (Pablo, Enzo and Dante) and we made a rotation system so everyone fished together.

The Paraná river is a very big river and many big ships transport cargo to and from Paraguay and the Argentinian parts of it. We fished in the very big central river but mostly in the smaller side rivers.

 

On the way full speed up the river in morning

 

The fly fishing for dorado involves a lot of casting as we fish to structures in the current typically trees like these.

 

The dorado rests around the trees and literally attacks the fish from this position. When they are feeding they seem to move around much more and the you may see smaller fish jumping or the dorado showing at the surface.

 

The first days we found out that we would not catch the dorados in big numbers but our guides also aimed for the bigger ones and that was also the reason we fished this time of the year in the parts of the Paraná river. Everyone had contacts the first day but only a few were landed but the fish were just as beautiful as we had imagined and the take was normally very violent and they put up a good fight. I did not get any fish the first two days but as had chances everyday I thought it was a matter of time until I would get one.

 

The third day I landed two fish in the 4 kg range and I was very content but I did feel my bad shoulder and my casting became worse especially in the late afternoon as I got tired.

 

The surroundings were very nice despite the occasionally big ships and the wild life were impressive. We saw  a lot of crocodiles (kaiman), monkeys and giant otters and the bird life was even more impressing.

 

a howling monkey family where one of the female were carrying a baby monkey on the back.

 

We also started to get bigger fish up to 6-7 kg and everyone were happy and we were happy for every fish as we knew that you had to work for them.

 

A regular lunch break at a sand bank. The boats were equipped with app. 100 HP so we moved easily around and we normally sailed 70 – 100 km per day so at night after dinner we were tired as we had almost 12 hours on the water every day.

 

 

At lunch we had some nice lunch boxes but two days we were even more spoiled as the guides grilled and then we started with picada, a mixture of cheese, ham and salamis.

 

After the picada we got meat and some terrific sausages prepared on open fire. No wonder I gained 4 kg in the two weeks.

 

If you casted your fly into some dead water there were good chances or risks of catching a piranha. Quite strong fish and we got them up to 2 kg but you would not want to remove the fly with your fingers.

 

Catching a piranha meant loosing a fly. Here a fly before and after a piranha.

 

Not all dorados were big actually we got them down to 1 kg but they had a good average size.

 

The fourth day I fished with Jonas and just before sunset he took a few shots as the scenery was very nice. According to Jonas this was the actually cast where the dorado of my life took the fly.

 

After the take it took a very fast run into the backing where the line went via a big island of weed and I was really worried as Jonas earlier this day had lost a very big fish as the line got into some underwater branches. This may have been my luck as we then were ordered by the our guide Pablo to turn the break on the reel to maximum in order to keep the fish as close as possible to the boat and thereby minimize the risk af having the fly line around stuff in the water. We saw immediately that is was a big fish but it was not until it came to the boat and turned its side to us that we saw the width and depth of the fish and realized that it was huge.

 

At first it was placed on the front deck but after it was measured it jumped out of the boat and we had to get it in a second time and the we placed it in the back of the boat.

 

This may not be a perfect photo but it shows how big this fish is, remember I am 195 cm so most fish look small when I hold them

 

A happy fly-fisher despite I could not lift the fish with my bad shoulders but you can not help but smile big time when you get a fish like this – 18 kg dorado on a fly. The guides call fish of this size and fatness “vaca” which means cow.

 

The last part of the trip I fished mostly with bait fish due to my shoulders and here we got different species of catfish.

 

here a three-point cat-fish

 

This catfish was called something with pata which means duck, and you can see why with its strange mouth

 

on bait we got many piranhas but we only got one of these – another piranha species

 

We did not catch any big cat-fish on the live bait – this was the largest.

 

Almost all the dorado missed parts of the tail due to piranhas

 

 

Jonas got this big 10 kg dorado that was a bit less golden than normally – a small man with a big smile

 

Carsten also got this mullet like fish that took the big dorado fly.

 

We had to buy and drink this rum. It was not the best but it had dorado on the label.

 

Stefan got this carp one day at the lunch break thought it was not hooked properly.

 

In Argentina you have to eat steaks (1 lb.) and drink red wine so we did that very often.

 

What better way to end this post from the dorado trip…

 

There is a better way to end the post another beautiful dorado.

I got 10 dorados during 10 days so it is not hard to figure out the stats. I had many more contacts and I really liked the fishing and the area. The guides were great and  partly due to my bait fishing I got seven different species. Everyone got fish and also good-sized fish above 6 kg. and I still can not believe my luck with my  18 kg. dorado. It was camp record for 2017 so a very memorable trip I would love to do again another time.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.