Planning for next year

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 tripisland trout

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/

Trout see this link: https://fantasticmrtrout.com/guided-fishing-trips/sweden-and-norway-match-the-hatch-brown-trout-fishing/

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.

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Back from Iceland.

Well I am back in Sweden after a week of trout hunting in Iceland. The weather turned out to be just as the forecast had foretold. We had a day with insane wind speeds 30 ms (meter per second) and the temperature was almost always around zero celsius. The locals told us that we had some very unlucky weather, it usually is not this cold during late april and fishing is usually good. The water temperature was never above +4 C during our entire week and that means slow fishing. We met a few anglers and there seems to have been some very good fishing just days before this cold front hit. 90cm trout had been caught and many in the 80cm range. After the cold weather hit, most people fishing the lake had very slow fishing. All in all, our trip was a success, we only had 2 days when we didn’t catch any fish and I also managed to catch a very large one. The last 2 days of the trip was warm and we had around +6-9 C and hardly no wind, this made fish a lot more active and we could see a lot of rising trout and some where very large. I estimated a few to be around 8-10kg, when the head of a large fish like that breaks the surface all those slow hours in the cold are forgotten and your body just feels warm and full of energy again. Its jaw dropping stuff and it´s very addictive fishing.

Be sure to check out my guided trips to this place for 2016 here: https://fantasticmrtrout.com/guided-fishing-trips/iceland-the-land-of-monster-trout/ maybe you can catch a dream trout yourself.

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Ice as in Iceland.

On friday I am leaving for a week of fishing in Iceland. A bit early to visit Iceland some might think, but the largest trout are landed during the very early season. Checking the weather report was a major disappointment and something I quickly regret doing.

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The forecast is not looking very promising and I know that checking the weather before an overseas trip is pointless. you will be there no matter what the weather look like so why punish yourself. Whispers from Iceland had also told me that there is even some ice left on the lake, but some areas are open. I quickly grabbed my phone and sent my Icelandic friend a panic text message. This guy also happens to be a fly fishing guide in Iceland and should be up to date with this kind of info.

He replied with a photo and the words: Don´t worry, it will be ok.

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He had managed to land a 91cm trout yesterday. I Guess I can stop worrying about the cold weather, the Icelandic trout are used to it.

More updates to follow.

Fantastic Mr Trout

Early spring by the river.

It´s been a while since I updated this blog, but I have been busy building bamboo fly rods and trying to find some good-sized trout feeding from the surface. It has proven to be harder than I would have liked it to be. A lot of days have just been spent staring at the water, while sipping on a hot coffee. Nothing wrong with that though, It´s part of fly-fishing and it makes that first rise so much more than just a rise. I personally enjoy this early season a lot,  it´s challenging fishing and a lot of slow days but when you finally see that rise, catching the fish or not, it has all been worth it. The insect life has been slow to take off due to the unusual cold spring we have had, but I have still found a few trout feeding on Midges and Stone flies. The last two weeks in april things really took off and I landed my first dry-fly trout of the season, a well conditioned 45 cm trout. It took a size 18 CDC emerger, tied with just a thin layer of tying thread as body and a CDC puff at the top, a killer fly for early season trout.

Last week I caught another good-sized fish, this guy was sitting tight up on the far bank with a branch hanging over him. Unfortunately there was not a lot of insects drifting down, but once every 5-7  minutes or so an emerging stone fly would arrive and he would rise to the surface. I got into position on the other bank, I sat there waiting for him to rise one last time, it did not take long before he broke the surface again. I quickly put the fly in the feeding line, it gently drifted down towards him and a broad head broke the surface film and it was on. Once landed, the fish measured in at 50cm long, a trout with some good weight to it.

It´s May now and things are finally heating up,  fishing is becoming easier as an abundance of insects are hatching to the delight of the dry-fly angler.

/ Fantastic Mr Trout.

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