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.
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
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.
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.
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.