A short update.
Tomorrow me and some others members in the ASI team” http://www.arcticsilver.no/ “are leaving for the Danish coastline. We are going to fish for the danish sea trout and I am super excited. The danish sea trout are known for being very large and I hope we get lucky. I will post as many photos as I can during these 4 days in Denmark so keep watching this website.
While I am on the subject of sea trout, the trout season is finally on here in Sweden and the fishing has been very good. It is prime time to visit Sweden and try catching one of these yourself. The pike fishing is also very good at the moment and I hope to have some time for that in May when I have returned from my trout trip to Iceland.
Anyway, there will be more news about Iceland in the coming week so keep an eye out.
All the best
Fantastic Mr Trout
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: https://fantasticmrtrout.com/guided-fishing-trips/iceland-big-trout-and-char/
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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 https://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.
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 have watched these guys perform jazz music in a dungeon here in Gothenburg once, a perfect setting for jazz music if you ask me. Then two years later I encountered them at my secret creek at the very top of Norway, obviously dressed to impress like always. Today they released a trailer for their new TV show. Enjoy
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.
I was walking up my home creek and spotted a surprisingly healthy number of trout spawning this year. We have not had decent amount of rain in months and so the rivers and lakes are very low. In fact I think that the lake has never been this low before, well not since they dammed it back in the mid 1800s.
However these trout seems to be hard as nails and will survive almost anything.
As I was walking up the creek I found a couple of good-sized trout fighting over a female.
A female sharing her redd
Bring on next season!
Fantastic Mr Trout.
Early season fishing had been pretty bad this year, unfortunately we had a long period of cold weather with no rain, which led to very low flows in a lot of rivers here in the south of Sweden. The local river that I fish each spring was severely punished by these low flows, the Danica hatch was very short-lived and we did not see a lot of fish rise to the surface this year, hopefully next years hatch will be better.
As summer came along and heated up the northern parts of Sweden and Norway I decided to travel to my parents house and fish a couple of streams with my Dad. Our first river was located just inside the Norwegian border, on the menu was Grayling and Trout. The first couple of hours of fishing had been slow, hardly any risers but as soon as the night fell we found fish constantly feeding from the surface and I landed some surprisingly good fish, all on my newly built Walter Brunner Gebethesroiter Super, 6,5″ #5 Bamboo rod, which made it even more special.
A week later I visited a river that had become very special to me and I enjoyed one of the better days of fly fishing this year. I arrived late in the afternoon and decided to have a coffee before I started fishing, as I sat there looking out over the river, I saw a flash of a big tail fin just under the surface. It was a quick look as the fish submerged into the depth again. I finished my coffee as quickly as I could without burning my throat, I tied on a unweighted size 16 may fly nymph and took my place in the river, just downstream of the fish. During the second drift over the fish, I could feel the heavy pull at the end of the fly line. To my surprise the fish decided to bolt up-stream for a couple of meters, the heavy current was not an obstacle. A couple of seconds later the trout managed to snagged itself on something, I started pulling the line tighter and could feel that nothing happened, I was stuck. I started to realise that I might have just lost the biggest trout of the season only to feel the line give way and the feel of a trout pulling on the far end, I shouted out in happiness but the fish would have non of it. Enraged with this defeat he changed his dirty tactics and bolted downstream with me on his tail running down the fast current, at one point I thought I will swim after this fish if needed. I battled the fast current for around 100 meters downstream, were I saw another angler standing in the river, it was an old friend that I had not been able to say hello to yet, as I had only been there for around 15 minutes. As I swished by in the current I shouted out, hows the fishing mate? He laughed and said, well not as good as yours it seems. That’s was all the small talk I had time as the fish pulled med further down the river. At this point of the battle he stayed a while in the same area, and for a good reason for a no good fighting dirty trout. He had obviously seen a good spot to snag me on again, and so he did. This time I was certain that the fish would break me off, but once again I managed to clear the line from what ever it was stuck on. Blood taste in my mouth, legs sore and tired after 150 meters of running, falling and floating down-stream I managed to get him into a slow-moving backwater. He was as tired as me when I pulled him into the net and putting an end to this arduous battle . A beautiful Jack with colours that would impress any Hen Trout out there, truly a magnificent trout living up to it´s name and reputation. I snapped a few photos and gave him one last look before I released him back into the stream.
Earlier this year me and my friend Craig from http://www.castabroad.com hit a tiny creek on the south island. It had been raining for days and so most rivers were high and dirty, luckily this little creek saved the day.
If you are planning a trip to New Zealand and want the full experience, please contact me and I will help you set up a trip of a life time. The new website is under construction and will be up by the end of April. Keep watching this blog, there will be more footage from my New Zealand trips.
Fantastic Mr Trout.
The new Vak mag is out and it sure is a fresh breath of air blowing through a stagnant world that is fly-fishing journalism. for many years now I have found that the current state of the industry has been at a stand still, repeating what has been said so many times before. This first issue of Vak truly shows that there is still hope for bug slinging journalism and I welcome it with open arms. Buy a copy at http://www.profly.se and help keep Vak alive.
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