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.
It´s been a crazy warm year and hardly no rain here in Scandinavia. Reports of fish dying in various creeks and lakes is a sure sign that we are in need of rain and colder conditions quickly. With this heat wave, I knew that my guided trip to Norway would be very challenging. Thankfully the water here is colder than most rivers and the temperature jumped between 13.5-17 C during the week. The water level was very low and we struggled to find active feeding fish in the crystal clear water .
Tony checking the weed beds for trout.
I had the pleasure of guiding two very patient and wonderful clients that came all the way from the UK, Tony and David. For years they have fished together and traveller around the world in search of trout and this time they decided on Norway. During the week we did managed to find some fish, but far from what I had hoped for. The river was very clear and low, the hatch was far from good but a few risers here and there. The clear water gave us a chance to sightfish and we spotted a few really good fish, one even decided to try out Tony’s nymph. Unfortunately it didn’t stick but Tony, being a perfect gentlemen about it was just as happy. During our stay in Norway, they mentioned that catching fish is not always the most important thing and not the reason why they enjoy fly fishing so much, and I have to agree on that. Wise word from two great fishermen.
David with a rise downstream.
September/October and November fishing in Sweden
There is still a lot of good fishing left. September is a great month for sea run browns around the Gothenburg area. There is also some really good grayling fishing to be had, so make sure to check out my guided trips section for more information. As the water temperature drops in september and we enter the month of october, there are other species than trout that comes to life, like the Northern pike. Trips for this will be available at a later date but please contact me if you have any questions about pike fishing and visit my Pike adventure page http://fantasticmrtrout.com/guided-fishing-trips/northern-pike-adventures-2/
I have added Iceland to the locations that I offer guided trips to. September is a great month for chasing really big sea run browns and Salmon fishing. The lake fishing also is very productive in september. I am currently updating the Iceland page on my website, so just shoot me an email if you are interested in finding out more
Fantastic Mr Trout.
I want one of these Roosterfish at the end of my fly line!
My good friend over at www.Madtrout.se just came back from his latest trip to the US and he is sharing a video of rising fish. I have always wanted to visit the US, but most of my vacation time has so far gone to visiting New Zealand. Guess its time to drop that for a year and get my self across the pond to where the mayfly hatches are so massive that they even show up on the weather radar:
Enjoy the video from www.Madtrout.se and be sure to check out his website.
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As always, a good time at Location X.
This is part of my Big trout and arctic char program that you will find under guided fly fishing trips link on my website.
The week before our arrival had been very cold, with temperatures reaching just above 8+ and it had also been snowing. Obviously not an ideal temperature for the insects life. During our week we had some cold temperatures during the first days, but the hatch was still on and fish were rising. A warm front came in on the third day and this sparked the Danica to hatch. Unfortunately the evening fishing was kind of slow at the beginning but got better by the end of our week. Morning fishing was very good and I think most big fish were caught during this time.
Our guests caught a lot of trout between 50-55cm, and a few on 60-65cm over the week and we all saw bigger fish rise, but the weather kind of pushed them down. The tributaries to the main river had the most insane hatches of mayflies. During one of the first days, I took the french party up to the top of the lake to fish a nice stream. The hatch was so insane that I couldn’t even count the numbers of fish rising. When hatches are this big, fish tend to become very hard to catch due to the abundance of natural insects on the surface. When this happens, I usually sit back and just enjoy the show.
By the end of the week as the lake had heated up, char was found in big numbers up the creek. I think we caught 14 char in a matter of 1 hour, all in the same hole.
This is the first week of 4 that we have up here, and if you are interested in joining next year, let me know.
/Fantastic Mr Trout.
Proud father and a happy son.
Big fish, big smile.
A brute of a trout.
A guest with a nice brown
The heart trout. Find the spot thats shaped as a heart.
Midnight at the top of the lake.
I just have to share this, my good friends Amelia and Dave have just released their new VOD series! If this won´t make you crave for New Zealand trout then I don’t know what will. Click the link below to buy the series and check out the trailer!
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Today I received something really exciting from the post office. 3 rods from Arctic silver! A 9″ 5wt Trout, a 9″ 6wt Coast and a 9″ 8wt Bonefish rod. At first glance they look and feel different from traditional fly rods, mostly due to the new innovative design of the handle. The handle sits comfortable in my hand and the non slip coating feels great and gives you a firm grip. The grip itself is as long as a traditional Cork handle on any other 5 wt rod. Below the grip is the quick lock reel seat, I found that to be a great idea, snaps the reel in place within seconds.
Seeing a had a few new rods to try out I headed on up to a local lake to fish for rising wild brown trout. After having spent an evening casting the 5wt and a 6wt, I have to say I am impressed. Having only cast a few hours with them, my first impressions are that the 5wt is a pure presentation trout rod. This one is for delicate presentation fishing, the leader just rolled out time after time even when I kind of screwed up the cast. The rod comes with two tips, I only got time to try out the “fast” action tip.
The 6wt Coast rod, was a faster one, right up my alley. This one will own the sea run trout this summer. I truly enjoyed casting this one, however I didn’t get the chance to try it out as much as had hoped. Trout were rising everywhere and I my 5wt Trout rod was rigged for success so couldn’t ignore them any longer.
Obviously I will stress the rods hard over the following weeks and I will get back to you with more details on how they are holding up.
Here is a nice brown caught on a 5wt Trout rod from Arctic silver. be sure to check out their website, soon you can buy these rods yourself. http://arcticsilver.no/
Fantastic Mr Trout.