Rena week 28

This year we went to Rena that runs into Glomma instead of going to Alvdal and fish in Glomma and Folla as we have done many times before. I drove with Henning and we had arranged to meet Henrik  and then be able to arrange to driving so we could drift down the river. When we arrived Lars was also there so the logistics were even easier.

 

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Normally we started close to Rena Fish camp and then drifted 10-12 km. Her we are ready from the starting point where the current was quite slow and there were many whitefish.

 

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The first two days were very warm with many insects and we could find graylings that were surface active. The first day I got 8 graylings with the two largest at 50 cm so I was very content.

 

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The next day I also got a good amount of nice sized grayling up to 51 cm.

 

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Then we had a cold day but with a big hatch af Bäetis Rhodani.

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You can get a small impression of the numbers of small may flies on this Photo, they were everywhere and with that amount of natural flies it was not easy fishing. Some times it was hard to see your own fly among the naturals.

 

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The first days we stayed in our tent as all room were booked and our tent neighbor Tobias got this 4 pound trout one night from the guide boat.

 

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There were many different kinds of may flies and stone flies. Here one of the yellow Sulphurea.

 

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We had two cold and very windy days. One of these days the fishing camp had arranged a workshop where very skilled fly tiers showed their skills and you could also try splitcane rods and just tell stories to equally narrow minded people like your self. Here Markus and Anders are tying dry flies.

 

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Anders made this parachute dry fly in size 32. I must admit that I was very impressed.

 

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Andreas showed some of his streamer flies.

 

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Here some mice flies that will make you reach for the trap.

 

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And some streamer patterns that he actually uses for trout. I would like to try that.

 

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A view down one of the calmer parts of Rena.

 

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We had to adjust to some of the trout fishing as it was done blind presenting the dry fly close to the banks when drifting. After a few days we got the technique and from the on I got 7-14 trouts a day. Unfortunately I lost my best trout after a fight for several minutes . Here is one of Henriks trouts a well built brown trout.

 

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Henrik presenting one of his graylings.

This was the first time we tried Rena but we really would like to try it Again as the camp had a good atmosphere, nice people and there were some very fish in the stream, so like Arnold says: “I´ll be back”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ystad 15-18/4 – 2015

The annual trip to the Southern part of Sweden fishing for searun Brown trout from pontoon boats. This year 2 x Henrik, Lars and Jan came along.

150416_skillinge_lars_fiskThe first and second day were very windy and it was hard work to hold the boats with the fins. I managed to catch nothing as the only one. The Winter has been mild as we normally catch many kelts but this day and it proved to be the rule we got more blank fish but also smaller fish. Lars got this nice fish that was released as it had been spawning this Winter but it was in nice condition anyway.

 

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The third day was calm and sunny  and the water as very clear and without any small waves to blure things a bit, I did not like the conditions. I did manage to get a couple of fish. Here a nice fish that just lacked ½ inch to be legal.

 

2015-04-17 13.33.25It was caught on a pattern known as Brakvandsrejen (the brackish Water shrimp) made by Henrik. This pattern was probably the most efficient pattern on this trip.

 

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Jan got in the end of the day a fish that was big enough to keep.

 

 

2015-04-18 15.08.16 The last day was spent at Kåseberga along the hills of Hammar. Here we saw cranes on the move and the archetypical bird of Skåne – the kite.

 

2015-04-18 16.52.00This day everyone got fish and Lars and Jan each got one around the 2 kg mark –  both very nice fish.

 

 

 

 

Glenstrup sø, 26/10 – 2014

Lars  and Henrik had arranged a pontoon boat demonstration with the Sport Fisher girls at Glenstrup sø and this naturally included pike fishing. Unfortunately the wind was very strong which did not make things easy for the rookies in the pontoon boats. Despite the difficulties the spirit was high and everyone gave it a shot. I was testing my new pike rod – a Sage Pike – with two Rio pike lines in floating and sinking versions. 2014-10-26 12.59.23 The test went fine except that I only got the chance to fight a fish once as this 4 Pound pike showed mercy and grabbed my fly. Only two pikes were caught among 11 fishermen so it was a very slow day. The highlight of the day for me was when we saw two sea eagles being harassed by crows. Two sea eagles together is a first for me in Denmark

Listerlandet 16/10 – 19/10 2014

 

 

 

 

 

3 days of pike fishing from pontoon boats in the brackish water of the Baltic sea in Sweden with 10 fellow fly fishermen. The weather forecast was acceptable but as usual it was worse than predicted.

 

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The first day some of us fished in Pukaviken and we did catch a decent number of fish but they were quite small. I got 11 pikes but the largest was app. 4 Pounds so not much to brag about. The flash flies in darker colours seemed to be the way to go on this trip

 

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Erland fished from a Scadden boat were the seat was exchanged to a moulded seat with much better comfort as this is a weak point in this construction.

 

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Erland this day got this very nice pike – 108 cm. It was by a good margin the best fish of the trip. The lip piercing we could have done without on the photo.

The second day it rained all day. I fished with Søren and only got 2 fish each and lost a couple as well but we ended early to make a nice dinner and have some beer and rum.

 

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The last day it was not raining but still quite windy so at times we had to work hard. Here Thomas is fighting a pike in the waves.

 

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and presenting it before release.

The last day started really slow for me but later I found some spots with pikes that seemed to pile up in spots. I got 17 pikes and the last one was a good-sized fish in the 9 – 10 Pound range so I was content. Everyone got fish in good numbers but we missed more bigger fish and could do without the rain.

 

 

Barsø, 3/10-5/10 – 2014

A weekend trip with the Bombay Fly Guys always gives many laughs and sometimes a hangover. This trip did not disappoint and any way. We were 14 fly fishermen and it was my first visit to Barsø, which as a small Island app. one mile² in the Southern part of Denmark. We had rented a nice house with plenty of room and only 100 feet from the water.

2014-10-03 16.43.50all around the Island it looked like a hot spot for sea run Brown trout.

 

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The first afternoon I got 6 fish but they were all like this – too small and the rest of the Guys did not do any better.

 

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The second day I got 4 and one was actually big enough to kill (42 cm) but it was released. The bigger trouts were all coloured maybe due to the upcoming spawning but maybe it is like in Mariager Fjord were the sea run brown trout most of the year looks like a regular brown trout.

 

2014-10-04 15.19.35Henrik got this nice 52 cm fish on a new fly created by Ove Monrad. It only took 5 minutes from he tied on this fly until he landed the fish.

 

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Glomma week 27, 2014

A week of fishing from pontoon boats in Glomma and Folla with Lise, Henning, Gunnar, Anders, Harry and Art.

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When the weather is nice the norwegian landscape is hard to beat and we had several good days like this. Furthermore as we wanted to fish with dry fly is was a big advantage with no or just a little wind. The fish is easy to spot and they simply did not feed at the surface when the wind picked up even if there were plenty of insects.

2014-07-01 14.39.19My wife Lise is now handling the pontoon boat as an experienced user and she is doing a fine job with the fly rod as well. Here she is fighting one of her many graylings

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Later she could display this grayling that was released as almost all the fish we caught.

 

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As I  casted with both left and right hand I was a bit extravagant as I fished with two stripping baskets

 

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Anders got this nice fish that later was smoked. We did not get anything much larger than this.

 

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This flattering photo of Gunnar shows that we actually needed sun screen at times

 

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The last day we had terrific weather and fishing and Gunnar, Art and I got a LOT of fish and there were more good sized fish than the other days. In 3 hours I got 10 fish in the 16-18 inch range plus a lot of smaller fish. It was the perfect way to end this week in Norway. Art that came from the States to fish grayling got all that he came for and hopefully we one day can visit him and fish for steelheads in his backyard

 

 

 

Ystad, Eastern 2014

The annual trip til the south coast of Sweden fly fishing for searun brown trout from pontoon boats. This year we were six persons: Henrik L, Henrik V., Thomas, Lars A, Jan and myself.

2014-04-16 06.44.35One morning we did see two mooses, which is a quite rare sight this far south in Sweden. Beside this we also saw foxes, squirrel, deer and birds like kites and osprey.

 

2014-04-19 16.01.37On these trip we normally catch a majority af kelts but this year we got many good conditioned blank trouts but generally in smaller size than normal. But as you can see we also this year got some kelts. Here Jan presents one that needed another 3 lbs. The minimum size here is 50 cm or 20 inches and we had to release many of the blank fish as they were too small.

 

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One very windy day I got the fish that was in a surprisingly good condition – it was app. a 8 pounder – but after the landing it still had energy to jump so this is how the presentation photo came out. Everyone like this photo.

 

2014-04-19 13.05.16Here Henrik presents one of the nicest fish on the trip, it is  a 5 pounder in top form taking on his new pet pattern which is a shrimp pattern. Shrimp patterns proved productive on this trip. I fished with flies tied by Ove Monrad and they are very well tied and incredible durable. I have to take a course from Ove in how to improve the durability on my flies.

 

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Here a lineup of six pontoon boats during a break. A very unusal sight at these waters though I find fishing fly from pontoon boats by far the best way to flyfish here as the beaches are not easy to wade as there are many big and very slippery rocks and you are not that depending on the wind direction.

 

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The last day some of us fished at Kåseberge and here Henrik V. got this beatiful 6 pounder which came out as the top fish of the trip. Henrik had not got many fish until then so he was very pleased.

 

2014-04-20 14.22.31The stomach of the fish showed why it was in top condition. There were  large sand eels, many shrimps and smaller fish.

 

 

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The last day I ended with two nice fish and it at allways nice to look Down on your stripping basket filled this way after a morning of fishing.

 

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Thomas on the last day got several blank fish like the one presented here and this sums up the trip in many ways.

I was very pleased with the trip as I got some fish and also nice ones but especially as I due to a shoulder enjury was forced to cast with my left hand and therfore had low expectations. After some days I actually casted resonably and I started to feel that I was fishing and not just struggling with the cast. So I was reborn as a fly fisher and my plans about cancelling trips later this year was cancelled. I really hope that my shoulder will come back to full functionability but in the meantime I can flyfish – or at least sort of flyfish 🙂

 

Tange sø 3/1 – 2014

We started in the morning drifting down the Gudenå river. We were 7 pontoon boats so it was a bit crowded at times. But except from the start and around the breaks when everyone got together we were spread out so it was not a big problem.

 

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In the river part we only got seven pikes. Here Søren presents one from his red Scadden boat.

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At the lunch break Søren used the stripping basket as a table when he heated his instant noodles.

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After the lunch break we came to the delta where the river turns into lake. Many pontoon boats but we still got fish here.

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The pikes this day were big in numbers but not in size. We got app. 60 pikes but the biggest were app. 6 Pounds. For me the best fish were from the river but as I got 12 pikes plus some I lost during the fight I had plenty of action and it was a nice way to start the new year.

Glenstrup sø, 22/9-2013

After the visit to the empty coast of Djursland yesterday I went for something different as I with Allan and Michael went to Glenstrup sø flyfishing for pike from our pontoon boats and bellyboats.

Today it was cloudy and quite windy. As a matter of fact the wind became stronger and stronger during the day  and in the end it was very hard work just to keep the boat in place. I started with a flash fly and soon I saw a perch following the fly. Later I had one pike that refused in the last second. I then followed Allan and Michael into the shallow water and there we had plenty of action. We had many fish that followed the fly or tried to grab the fly. My breakthrough was when Allan gave me a big white and red fiber fly. It was tied in something called hollow tie style (or at least I think so) that made the fly swing randomly  from side to side when retrieving. It looked very good and it worked very well. I still had many fish that was not hooked but in the shallow water it was a very visual and exciting experience.

 

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After a few smaller fish Allan got this nice fish around 32 inches.

 

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Soon after he was into another nice fish

 

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it was about the same size, also a nice fish

As you may see all the pikes were caught near the bank in shallow water and due to the wind it would have been easier to wade with a stripping basket and I am sure today it would have been more efficient.

 

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The I hooked a big fish and I really enjoyed that both Allan and I saw the take

 

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To land it I had to go to the bank

 

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A pike at 40 inches with very nice colours and wide and deep

 

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At the same time Michael landed this fish, which was his best of the day.

 

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Later I got another fish at around 34 inches

 

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Allan ended with his best fish of the day which was 36 inches.

Finally we had caught allmost 20 pikes and had many more takes and many of the fish were of very nice size so I think that we all agreed that this a fine day with lots of action but also some frustration. Despite the Danish animal ethical commitee has just announced that it wants to ban C&R, we released all the fish and we are quite confident that the fish prefer to be back in the lake than to be in the botton of our freezer.

Enebærodde 12-15/9 2013

Like last year an extended weekend trip to Enebærodde with 25 of the Bombay Guys. This involves normally a lot of pontoon boats, a lot of fly gear including Linekurv.dk and a lot of alcohol and from there things may develop in any way.

The first night I caught a nice 50 cm sea trout but as the fridge was not working I had to release it and I screwed up the photo – so no photo.

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The next morning Henrik got this 44 cm trout and he was a happy man. We did catch fish but generally they were in the 25-30 cm range and that was not what we came for.

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Two of the new members Frank and Ove made a statement when they started with their lunch. Small sausages with Jalapeños wrapped with bacon was cooked.

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They were also well prepared in the fluid department.

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Friday I fished some time with Allan and Michael that had found a school of small fish plus some fish above the minimum size. Allan had allready got this nice trout and I also got one 44 cm fish.

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At a moment we spotted a school of mullets and we casted for them and in the second cast I was hooked up in a way I have never experienced before in Denmark. The water was like a mirror and the sun was shining and the fish went deep into the backing. I struggled with the fish for at least 20 minutes and in the clear Water we found out why. It was a mullet hooked just ahead of the dorsal fin. I could not land it from the pontoon boat so I had the go to the Beach.

 

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It was a 7 lb. mullet a and despite it had not taken the fly properly it was a fantastic experience.

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There are cows on this protected peninsula and deers. This deer always grassed with a herd of cows and I am convinced that it thinks it is a cow.

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To sum things up we did not see many fish like last year and we only got seven trouts above the minimum size and a lot of very small fish, some garfish and a mullet. I could not complaint as I got three of the trouts and the mullet. But I am convinced that we next year will try a new destination for the trip despite it is a very beautiful spot.

Udbyhøj 8/6 2013

An afternoon trip in the pontoon boats with Søren starting from Udbyhøj North. The sun was shining and I really hoped that this would be a good trip as it is much easier to fish in the afternoon than at night, which really spoils the rest of my day due to lack of sleep. As both the wind and the current was outgoing we had no problem getting away from the harbour but we had to work a good bit harder to come back later.

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We passed a spot where there were many greater weavers. Then a plier is mandatory.

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Søren also hooked several weavers and he also got a couple of garfish which I did not had any contact with.

 

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I caught 5 trouts though only one was above the legal minimum size. It was not by much but as it was a very well conditioned fish I brought it back for the frying pan.

I was very content as we had some OK fishing, nice weather and we did not have to spoil our sleep.

 

 

 

Tange sø 9/5 2013

Very early in the morning Henrik and I looked for white fish on the Taange sø. This used to be a very interesting fishing and that was actually how I met Henrik many years ago and also the main reason I bought my first pontoon boat. We both knew that the chances for a succesful morning were slim but for nostalgic reasons we did it anyway. To put it shortly the lake was beautiful in the early morning but no White fish showed regularly at the surface. The midges that got the fish to the surface seemed to have disappeared as the water now is much more transparent due to a new mussle that have invaded the stream and the lake. This on the other hand has improved the pike fishing so after 1½ hour we switched to the pike equipment and Lars joined us.

 

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In the 70´es Nazareth sang: “Love Hurts” and this still applies for the male pikes. Almost all pikes had wounds from the recent spawning.

 

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A typical pike of the day at least for me and Henrik. Henrik got many more than I did today. My excuse was that I had to use line and fly delivered by Henrik ( thanks for the loan).

I got 4 pikes but no big ones despite a lot of effort put into it.

 

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The swans were very active nesting all around the lake.

 

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Lars did not get a lot of pikes but he got the better ones. He he presents the best pike of the day. he had two pikes over the 10 lbs. mark.

Skåna 17/4-20/4 2013

Like last year a trip with Henrik and Lars to the Southern part of Sweden fishing in pontoon boats for sea run brown trout in saltwater. I came a bit earlier than the other two so I could fish the first day. I drove directly to a spot near Svarte and the conditions looked really good. But then a Fellow fisherman – a Dane living in Sweden – stopped his car and we chatted for ½ hour and what he could tell was not promising. He had been fishing for four days without seeing or feeling anything and that was what everyone experienced at the moment. And no one could tell why the fishing was that bad. Despite this I fished some hours in the afternoon and again in the evening and I caught two trouts both nice blank fish app. 45 cm. As the minimum size here is 50 cm they were both released but I felt Lucky.

 

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The next day the wind had increased in strength. I too this photo but it looks much calmer than it was. You do not want to fish in a pontoon boat here. Due to the wind all fishermen were fishing the same part of the area and this made things quite crowded.  We went to Vik this day. The wind came in blows up to 16 m/s and then it is tough to hold the boat up against the wind and we had to work very hard. This day I got 4 small blank trouts while Lars got 2 smaller fish and Henrik got a big blank kelt.

The third day we had too much wind again and we found a new part near Kivik where we could hide for the wind. Here Henrik was quite annoying for some spin Fishers as he got 3 fish just outside their spot while they were on a break.

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Henrik is hooked up…

 

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and ready to land the fish…

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and can present the fish before release.

 

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This day I got an ide on more than 4 lbs. Not a big fighter but a personal best and something I did not expect.

 

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The last day the weather was like we had hoped for back home and the fishermen were spread over the different reefs. This day I lost 3 big kelts but as I also got two nice fish up to 50 cm I was content. Henrik also excelled in losing fish this day but also managed to get one fish in.

 

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Here the largest of all Henriks fish – in top condition it would have been a fantastic fish.

 

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Lars ended the last day with the best fish of the trip. A beautiful 4 lbs. fish in top condition.

To sum things up we were not lucky with the weather but we all got fish every day. Both Lars and I only got blank fish and that is unusual this time of the year while Henrik only got kelts. We landed almost 20 fish and we will come back next year hoping for even better fishing.

 

Gudenaaen, 6/1 2013

A pontoon boat drift trip for pikes. I thought we were going to be 3 persons but it turned out that we were 7. It was not that big a problem as we nicely spread out and when we arrive on the lake there is plenty of room. Normally the fishing is best in the lake or in the estuary but today I had more luck in the river.

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The pontoon boats well-distributed on the lake.

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Here Jan is landing one of the better pikes of the day.

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and presenting it. It is typical for this time of the year that the pikes have many leeches.

We did not catch any big pikes today I think it was up to 8 pounds. I got a handful but mine were all just in the 3-5 pound range.

Rügen, 6-8/12 2012

For the first time I fished in Germany and it was a winter pontoonboat trip with the Bombay guys to the island Rügen in the Baltic Sea for pikes. I drove with Thomas from Århus and with the weather forecast in mind we both agreed that it is better to go to the tropics in the winter time than to Germany. Around Rügen there are many coves and bays with quite shallow water so it looks like the perfect place til flyfish for pikes.

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The weather forecast was on the spot as they predicted low temperatures and snow, and that we got.

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the first day it took quite a while untill we hit some action. Jeppe found a small bay where he had several hits on the fly and I joined him. Within an hour we caught more than 10 fish and had contact to approximately the same number of fish. The pikes were all in the 3 -5 pound range so no big ones but good fun. At the same time another group had good fishing in a nearby bay so it seemed as  it was the time of day that produced the fish. As you can see that pikes were very nicely coloured and everything was released.

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Here Lasse is casting and this photo pretty much sum up the fishing of this trip. It was very cold and snowed a lot. Jeppe measured the water temperature to 0,5 degrees Celsius so no wonder that we only fished for 4-5 hours a day.

Would I di it again? Yes for sure but preferably under better weather conditions. I have to say we had lots of laughs both during the fishing and in our B&B where Wolf was very helpful with everything. I got 10 pikes during the 3 days so we could probably have done just as good in one of our local waters but it is always good fun to go on a trip with other fly fish loonies and to try out new waters. But now I am really thinking of going fishing somewhere much warmer.

Bredningen 10/11 2012

A pontoon boat trip fly fishing for pike. I was on my own and that usually means that I do not fish many hours and so it was today as well. I had some action but today I was not lucky or good enough to hook the pikes that grabbed the fly. I lost the majority af the fish  but when you release them anyway it is not that important though you always think that the ones that got away were the largest.

Today I got a handful of pike in my hand and lost more than that. All the pikes were small and the highlight of the day was when I came within 15 feet to an otter – I felt that I could touch it with my fly rod.

This was the average size so not much to brag about.

Brabrand Sø, 9/11 2012

A pontoon trip on Brabrand Sø for pike. It was after work and as it darkens quite early it was a short trip alone. I soon hooked a small pike that did not get hold to the fly untill the third attempt, so it may not be a big pike but an entertaining one.

After fishing close to the banks for a hour with the floating line  I decided to go deeper and I put on a 200 grains line. I also went  more to the center of the lake and then I got a hookup that differed from the normal pike hookup. When it came to the surface I realized that it was a walleye. I was not well prepared for this as I had no landing net or priest in the pontoon boat, but I managed to get it.

It was a 67 cm 6½ pund walleye, my first on the fly and a nice one.

Later I got another pike and then I had misplaced my plier which resulted in this. I can assure this is not pike blood 🙂

Nice to come back with this in the transport net I am already thing on how to serve it. I am quite sure that it will some sort of sous vide style as I have bought such a machine and I love it.

Bredningen 7/10 2012

A morning trip in pontoon boats with Jan and Caspar fly fishing for pike. It was a bit cold and quite windy but we had heard about good fishing the day before so we were eager to give it a shot. The first couple of hours not much happened, We all got one small pike and some rain. Then we took a break and after the break the wind really picked up. Jan decided to head back while Caspar and I fished on. I was lucky to hit the spot and within 10 minutes I got 4 pikes. 3 pikes in 3 casts means a sort of hat trick.

Due to the wind I only got this bad photo. The pikes were not big except for the first one they were all around 4 -5 pounds.

It then got so windy that we decided to go back and that was a struggle, so today we do not need to go to the gym.

Tange Sø 26/5 2012

We ( Caspar, Henrik and Jan ) started early in the morning on a drift trip to Tange Sø.

Henrik hooked the first pike almost before we had started so the expectations were high.

We did catch fish. Here is Caspar with a typical pike of the day. We did not get any big ones but as the weather was like hot summer it was a nice day. I better correct myself, when I write “we” I mean they did catch fish – as I had five pikes that grabbed the fly but I did not land a single one. So not my day but still a good day.

Udbyhøj 21/4 2012

An early morning trip with Henrik from Udbyhøj in pontoon boats. There was a VERY cold wind and efter a couple of hours I had to take a break as I could not hold the rod properly so I was not able to cast.

Henrik got the first garfish of the year and it was a good-sized fish. The first one is good fun but soon they will be quite annoying. Despite good effort we did not have much success. Henrik started with 3 hooked fish but lost all of them. After lunch we each caught two trouts but none of them were above the minimum size.

We saw several seals and a porpoise with a cub circled around Henrik at a distance about 5 meter and we also saw an osprey which is quite rare in Denmark – so we saw plenty of wild life.