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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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

Pike fishing in Sweden.

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The pike season has been on for a while now and big numbers of pike has been landed over the past few months. On thursday last week my good clients Bruno, Pascal and Mathias from France arrived here in Sweden, keen on getting in on that pike action.The weather forecast wasnt looking all that bright, low temperatures, heavy winds and snowfall made the already low water temperature drop. As a guide those days are the always tricky but a good guide will always make it work. Falling temperatures doesn’t always mean that there will be bad fishing, you just need to adapt to the conditions and fish the flies so the pike will react to them. My own fly pattern was doing the trick as always, it has a great movement and makes even the slowest pike react.perchDuring our two days together we had great fishing in the ice-cold winds, with around 35 pike landed and almost as many lost. Mathias lost the biggest pike of the trip, a fish around 95+ cm and super fat. He had her in his hands at one point and but he was struggling to get a good grip and then the hook came loose and she swam away. He admitted that he was afraid of the teeth and who can blame him. He still had a smile on his face after losing this beautiful pike and why should´nt he. It had been a great two days with good food, wine and amazing fishing in Sweden.

Be sure to check out my guided fishing trips for pike https://fantasticmrtrout.com/guided-fishing-trips/northern-pike-adventures/

Until next time

Fantastic Mr Trout

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A christmas pike!

Hi all, Fantastic mr Trout here with a Fantastic miss pike….We scouted the lake yesterday for ice, and it did not look good. The few places where you can put the boat in the water was all covered in ice, however the ice was not that thick so this morning we took a gamble and went a head with the fishing plans anyway. We arrived early this morning and was surprised to see that the ice had withdrawn further in and had opened up for our boat.

After a few cold hours with no fish, we headed for one of our secret spots and a whopper of a pike got hooked on the third cast. A personal best, weighing in at 12.8kg, 108cm long, a fat ass female pike.

Hope you all have a great holiday and all the best for the new year.

Robert

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A Season Ends.

Summer is slowly turning into autumn here in Sweden, a lot of our rivers will be closing for this years spawning. But before the brown trout season ends I decided to go fishing up the secret creek one last time. We arrived early in the morning; as usual I sat down at my favorite spot and enjoyed a morning coffee while keeping a watchful eye for any sign of rising trout.

It did not take long before we found fish; unfortunately the risers were nowhere to be seen so we had to turn to nymph fishing. Free drifting caddis pupa seemed to be on the menu today. I fish the caddis pupa in various sizes and colors but the one who caught the most fish was a light tan-colored caddis pupa.

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Around mid-day the fish seemed to stop eating and it was slow fishing up until late that evening.  A caddis hatch came off just as the sun started to hide behind the trees. In the darkness of night the trout had the advantage, trying to set a hook in pitch black conditions turned out to be a bit of a challenge. By the end of it I would just try to set every time I heard a rise but I was quite unsuccessful. It was with mixed feelings I left the creek that night, a part of me wanted the season to never end and another part was happy that it was over.

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As one season ends, another one begins. On the far side of the planet, New Zealand offers some of the best trout fishing in the world, if not the best. Here you will be sight-fishing for big brown trout and Rainbows in crystal clear water and in the most amazing scenery. The other good thing with fly-fishing in New Zealand is that it will keep the fly-fishing season alive, even during our colder winter months here in Europe. Something I need to keep my sanity and well-being.

/fantasticmrtrout

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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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Dry fly heaven

This is a short clip from a trip to a secret little creek. Five trout feeding on may-flies just within 10 meters of me. There will be a longer edit later on with more fishing.

Watch this in 1080p, full screen and enjoy.

Fantastic Mr Trout

Trout hunting in Norway

A couple of years a go I came across a river in Norway, that would quickly become an all time favorite. This river had it all, nice scenery, fun riffle, runs and back eddies to fish. A rich insect life with prolific may-fly and Caddis hatches. If that was not enough, the trout that inhabit this river turned out to be something quite spectacular, with a deep red color on it´s belly and their green backs, they looked nothing I have seen before.

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A stunning male trout.

The insect hatch can be out of this world. Some afternoon´s, the air will be filled with so many up-whinged insects and caddis, that it makes it almost impossible to see to the other side of the river.

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A wonderful photo of an auriviilli from Peter Christensen.

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The Auriviilli is probably the most important may-fly up here, at least from an angler´s point of view. No other may-fly will push so many big fish towards the surface. When they hatch, it is like turning on a switch. Mayflies in a staggering amount drifting down the current while trout feed on them like there is no tomorrow. It´s during these times that you can have one of those magical moments of fishing, when every trout is looking up towards the surface.

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The weather can change on a dime, and if your unlucky, it will cut a hatch short and ruin what could have been a great day on the river. I´ve seen it to many times, a lot of insects coming off and you think to yourself, today is the day it all happens, only to have it ruined an hour later by gusting ice-cold winds from the north that spoils the fun. Trout is however accustomed to this type of rapid weather change, and so they tend to start feeding from the surface as soon as the first couple of mayflies hatch. There is no time to waste up here as summer is very short and fish need to put on weight before the long and dark winter takes over.

Last year me and a good friend experienced one of days when you thought nothing good could come of this day.We have had rain the entire morning and not a lot of rising fish, the caddis had been hanging around the tree line and frustratingly avoiding the water. It was just before lunch time when the aurivilli hatch started and the skies opened up revealing the sun for the first time in days. Some fish had been rising since the start of the hatch but the big guys where nowhere to be seen. Suddenly the caddis started flying out on the water and it didn’t take long before I spotted four really big fish. They were all lined up, with two meters apart feeding at the edge of a faster current. Here, in the slower moving water they could feed on the insects without expending too much energi. These fish where big, they had hogged the best feeding positions and if that was not a good enough sign of big fish, then that slow head and tail rise threw any doubt out the window.

I tied on a CDC Caddis and had had an hour of fly fishing heaven.  the weather swooped in and the cold set in again, putting an end to it all. It was probably for the best, it will keep you honest. Showing respect to the trout on days like this is hard for many anglers, but it is important to remember that when fishing is easy, dont exploit it. Sit back and just enjoy that you have landed a good trout.

A good day on the river.

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Fantastic Mr Trout.