Christmas is around the corner and for most fly fishing anglers around the northern hemisphere its a dark time, most of us have put away the fishing gear for the year. It feels like an eternity before you can present a dry-fly to a rising fish again but there is hope though. Planning for next year is always fun, are you returning to that secret river or will you be exploring new waters?
For me it will be a mix of both, I have a lot of new waters I always wanted to try out and then there are a few rivers I just need to go back to or the summer would not feel complete. Sweden and Norway have some wonderful rivers and the hatches can be amazing. I have guided trips all over Sweden and Norway and will try to do a little break down on what each month will be good for if you do visit Sweden. Check that one out at the bottom
I also have a few new guide destinations, like Kola Peninsula. This is a legendary place that most brown trout anglers have heard about. The Kharlovka company have done a wonderful job protecting this fishery. Strict rules have helped protecting the trout and surrounding nature. Each beat that is fish have rested 2 weeks before it is fished again by a new group. Around 17 anglers will visit each beat per year, that’s a very low number. Keep in mind that these are rivers that could withstand a lot higher angling pressure due to the size of the rivers and the amount of trout that live in them. It is however important to protect the fishery at all cost and that’s why they have capped it to a very low number of anglers that can visit each year. The trout here are very large, this is probably the best place to be if you’re looking to hook a few 3kg + fish on dry-fly during a week.
For 2016 I do have a few spot left so make sure to contact me if you want any information about the trip or want to book a spot. You can read more about it here: https://fantasticmrtrout.com/guided-fishing-trips/kola-trophy-trout/
This is a great video about the fishing on Kola, made by Kristian Topp for Danica film, check it out:
Iceland is also a wonderful trout paradise. Here you have a chance to catch some very large fish on streamers and dry flies depending on when you travel there. I have one early trip in May and one during the dry-fly season at the end of June. This is one from last years trip
So here is a breakdown on what kind of fishing each month consists of:
January – April: Pike and sea-trout fishing. If you want to get into some crazy pike fly fishing with the fly rod, let me know. Some days you can catch 100+ pikes. These pike will be holding in very shallow water so poppers work great too.
Sweden or Denmark: Sea trout fishing.
May: Iceland group trip. This trip is something very special, you have a big chance of catching 10kg brown in a lake. These browns are land locked sea-trout from the ice age. Very special trout and it´s just madness when you hook one. Don´t miss this one. More details here: https://fantasticmrtrout.com/guided-fishing-trips/iceland-the-land-of-monster-trout/
Sweden still offers some very good pike fishing and also the brown trout dry-fly fishing have started in the south of Sweden.
June: Iceland group trip. Focusing on dry-fly for Brown trout and Char in lakes and rivers.
Sweden/ Norway also have some very good dry-fly fishing for brown trout and Grayling.
For Grayling see this link:https://fantasticmrtrout.com/guided-fishing-trips/sweden-grayling/
July-August: Iceland group trip. Focusing on dry-fly fishing for brown trout and char. There is also a big chance for salmon if your interested in that.
Sweden/Norway: Great dry-fly fishing for Brown trout, char and grayling.
Kola Peninsula Group trip.
Sep-December: Great Sea trout fishing in Denmark in september. The pike season starts again in the south of Sweden in November. Shallow fishing for torpedo pikes.
November-March: New Zealand. If your planning on visiting New Zealand during the winter months, which I hope you do cause the fishing down there is truly amazing. Make sure to book a guide if it´s your first visit. You will get a lot of help and learn a few tricks on how to spot the trout in the gin clear rivers. a cheap price to pay for something you will use for the entire trip.
I wish you all a merry christmas and a happy new year.
Fantastic Mr Trout.