I would like to thank all my visitors and clients here on fantasticmrtrout.com. It has been a great year with a lot of fishing and smiles and I know 2015 will be even better.
For 2015 I have some new destinations like the Iceland group trips that I know will be good fun with large brown trout and char. At the moment I have the May trip up on the website, but I am also about to release more info about the trip to Iceland on June where we will be targeting some new rivers and lakes.
I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
All the best
Fantastic Mr Trout
New for 2015
Hosted group Trips
Join us in 2015 were we fish a lake known for its monster sized trout with the local expert and guide Þorsteinn Stefánsson. We will be targeting very large browns with an average size of 6lb but a big chance of hooking a 15 lb brown or bigger. This lake has very large trout swiming in it, and every year trout of 30lb is being landed here. We will also fish two spring creeks, known for their large trout. The group will have a total of 8 people, thats including me and Þorsteinn and we will split the group up between me and Þorsteinn when we fish, so it will only be a total of 4 anglers on the same beat at any given time. The rivers we will fish are only available for our group on the dates that we are there fishing.
Join us for a week of fly fishing for the biggest trout in Iceland, read more here http://fantasticmrtrout.com/guided-fishing-trips/iceland-the-land-of-monster-trout/
If you dream about fly fishing in New Zealand and have always wanted to catch that trophy trout on a dry-fly, This year is as good as it gets.
The rumors of a mice years in New Zealand started earlier this year, many where sceptic and didn’t think it would happen. However, latest news around Arthur’s Pass is that its being overrun by mice. Reports from the far side of the planet are that 4lb trout are in the 7lb range now, 7-8 lb fish are in 10lb + size.. It´s madness!
The mountain village of Arthur’s Pass has been invaded by the worst mice plague seen in 20 years, say locals.
Two weeks ago, long time resident Eleanor Reid returned from holiday to discover her home had been hijacked by hundreds of mice.
Since then she had been trapping about 50 rodents a day, with no end in sight.
“We’ve been trapping for weeks. We’ve had hundreds of them,” she said.
“The whole village has lots of mice.”
Angling pressure will be heavy in Arthur’s pass for sure, but with the right guide you will find the right spots where angling pressure has not been as bad.
Contact me and I set you up with the best guide out there.
Let me introduce Þorsteinn Stefánsson local expert and guide in Iceland. For 2015 me and Þorsteinn will have hosted group trips to Iceland. We will mostly be targeting large trout and char, and to you who follow Þorsteinn Stefánsson on instagram you know what large fish mean to him. Just to make it clear, these are some of the trout that swim in the waters we will fish.
We will be fishing lakes and rivers for large trout and char. The groups will be small with a maximum 8 people per week, that’s including me and Þorsteinn. The first hosted week will take place in early May and the second week will be in middle of June.
More info to come soon here: http://fantasticmrtrout.com/guided-fishing-trips/iceland-big-trout-and-char/
Be sure to click the Follow button to the right to get informed about updates.
My guide in New Zealand is at it again, big fish and happy clients. Be sure to check out the New Zealand page on my website and book him for 2014/2015 season.
A fantastic cast by Leea on a wee high country stream in very heavy winds… The fly landed where it had to and a very strong fish was eventually brought to the net. Tough day with very few fish out and we suspect we were following in others footsteps ahead. Still, you have to make the most of it, put your thinking cap on and find out what has to be done to get amongst!
My guide from New Zealand is at it every day, chasing browns up stunning river valleys and he is doing a great job getting clients on big browns.
Tapani and Leea are back and have opened their account in style! Not the right kind of day really to consider the high country with heavy cloud, wind and rain affecting visibility in the open tussock valley, but I felt confident I knew which pools these fish were in and sure enough, we found them. Had the whole river to ourselves too
A fun day sight fishing to large browns, and having an angler who could spot well too made all the difference.
Fall is here and as trout are spawning in the rivers around scandinavia, my focus turns to the northern pike. The colder weather and dropping water temperatures results in awesome pike fishing. Last weekend I went fishing with two anglers and we hade a great day in the rain. thirteen pikes landed, two of which measured above one meter long, the biggest one tipped the scale to 9kg/19,85 lb.
If anyone would like to join in the fun, I have a great pike fishing guide package available for both fly fishermen and Spin fishermen here: http://fantasticmrtrout.com/guided-fishing-trips/northern-pike-adventures/
All the best
Fantastic Mr Trout
As Europe is getting into winter time and there are hardly any rising trout left for this year, on the far side on our planet, in the promised land of trout, they are just getting into the 2014-15 trout season. My good friend and local New Zealand guide Chris Dore have had a great start to the season. Here is the latest from him.
Brutally cold on the river today. Fish simply weren’t out or were lying doggo on the bottom in the sudden chill. So we plugged on methodically, working the banks, and rocky runs with a double nymph combo. In these conditions you do what you have to do: no matter what you want to experience, you aren’t likely to find fish active in the open and rising to big dries… Client preferences come second as we do what we have to whilst looking for just that one shot.
Today we did just that and Brian had to work very hard to keep the hands functioning as did the guide on the knots. It all paid off when we spotted a nice shape moving back and forth across a shingle fan. A great cast, aerobatic battle and fingers warm enough (just) to work the reel resulted in Brian’s first Double Digit Brown for the 2014 / 15 season. Well done mate!
If your planning a trip to New Zealand this winter, please contact me.
A lucky caddis
As the sun drops behind the trees, there is a moment of silence as we enter the twilight. The birds had stopped chirping, the wind have vanished and I know that any moment now the caddis will start emerging.
In the undergrowth beneath the surface, the caddis larva had been passing their time feeding on various plants and other microorganisms. When the heat of summer arrives, the rivers and lakes start to heat up. This is the time when the larva start to get restless and soon they will leave the undergrowth and take to the skies in winged form.
Trout start feeding on caddis long before the anglers see the first rise, so understanding the basics feeding patters for a trout throughout the entire hatch is key to maximise your chances of catching that dream trout. The trout will feed on all three different stages of a hatch. The first stage is when the pupae lifts from the undergrowth and starts rising towards the surface. At first there is a small number of caddis lifting from the bottom, this will keep the trout close to the bottom and feed on these deep drifting pupae for an hour or so before the main hatch is in full swing.As the hatch intensifies the emerging caddis get trapped in the meniscus (surface film), creating a continuous supply of helpless pray. As the concentration of insects builds up in the meniscus, the surface quickly becomes the most efficiently place for trout to feed. This is the stage when we the angler first see the trout rising. Trout will usually feed on the emerging pupae trapped in the meniscus and not the full on adults that have managed to make their way through the meniscus. So the next time you encounter a caddis hatch, and your adult caddis fly get´s rejected time after time, try fishing an emerging pupae that hangs in the surface film.
Once the hatch has ended, the crippled and drowned caddis will be the target for trout. These insects will end up in the back waters or if the river flows into a lake. Big trout will most probably be cruising around in this wast supply of food that can´t escape, trout loves an easy meal and seeking these areas out after a hatch can be very interesting.
Fantastic Mr Trout
Late night caddis feeding trout.
September marks the start of the best arctic grayling fishing of the year. The heat of summer has made the river warm and most of the insects have hatched, which leads to a down time for the grayling. Now that fall is around the corner, the temperature drops and with that, the fish become more day active again. Statistics show that, not only is September a months when we catch the most fish, but it’s also the month when we catch twice, yes I said twice, the amount of large fish(40cm +) compared to the second best time of the year (mid june-mid July). This just shows how important it is for the fish to get one last feed on before the winter takes over completely. During September the grayling´s diet consists of a variety of insects, like beetles, ants, wasps, caddis and up winged insects like the Baetis Rhodani.
Sweden is also beautiful place to visit during fall, the forests change into its fall dress, with yellow, red and orange leaves colouring the landscape. The wildlife also becomes aware of the change in season. The Scandinavian moose and Deer starts moving around and usually they come very closer to the roads, you can almost be certain to see one on your way to the river.
Be sure to check out my grayling program below for a chance to fish grayling in Sweden during september and october.