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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Adventures in Denmark

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

Spawning time.

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

A female sharing her redd

Bring on next season!

Fantastic Mr Trout.

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.

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A day to remember.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Rainy days in New Zealand.

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.

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

Sinking May-Fly

It was a rainy day in early june 2011, I was fishing a tiny creek in sweden with a couple of good friends that just happen to be the founders of www.frontsidefly.com. This is a clip of me hooking what I thought to be a couple of branches that was in the water infront of me. It turned out to be something else.

I am keen to find out what happened to the next part of this tale, years has gone by and no follow up as the teaser at the end suggested. Rolf “the crazy boss over att frontsidefly.com” if your reading this, put down the coffe cup that I know your holding and pick up your computer and finish the edit please. I´m dying to see that beautiful trout again.

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.

A stunning male trout.

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.

Fantastic Mr Trout with a beautiful fish.

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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Dream trout

 

Fantastic Mr Trout.