måndag 18 april 2016

The Sea trout and The Shrimp

 C&R on a 65cm Sea trout 
 Had two nice days on the River Harmånger with three Sea trouts caught, two fish that came off and also some pulls on the fly. On the the third or fourth cast on friday morning I hooked up with a 75cm Sea trout that gave me a good fight and made my Hardy Bouglé scream a little bit. I had a new fly pattern at the end of my leader that did the trick and it always fun when a new fly delivers fish. The fly was a Shrimp pattern in peach colors and made with composite loops. Did loose one bigger fish that was on for maybe 5 seconds then after a cup of coffe and a short rest in the sun I did hook up with the second fish for the day. It was a realy good take and the fish went airbourne three time and did a good work bending my rod. After a while I could release a 65cm Sea trout and say thanks for the fight. After the second fish I was realy pleased and packed my stuff in the caar and went home.

Early on Sunday morning I was back on the river again and did fish for some hours with just a pull or two before I waljed further down the river to a pool I never fished before. I started to cast and with just my Commando skagit head and a couple of meters of shooting line I had the first very gentle pull on my Hares ear and brown shrimp fly but no fish on. Did some more cast at the same spot but the fish refused to take the fly again. I started to cast longer line into a realy bad wind and maybe after 5 meters of wading down the pool I got fish on. After a nice fight I could release another 65cm Sea trout and then I went up river again to try some pools but no more fish and by now there many people fishing the river so I decided to call it the day.

65cm Sea trout with a Peach Shrimp

A bunch of Shrimps

From the top: Olive shrimp, Hares ear and brown, Grey heron and rainbow.

The river

torsdag 7 april 2016

Harmångersån - A beautiful little river!

River Harmånger or Harmångersån meets the sea in the small village of Strömsbruk on the east coast of Sweden. Its a small river and the Sea trouts can reach realy goods size with fish over 90cm caught and realesed (it's just C&R and only single hooks allowed) so they can come back to spawn. The main part of the fishing is in the spring because it's a spate river and when the snow melts now in April the fish that stayed in the river over the winter starts to move down to the sea and new spring Sea trouts will enter the river. The river has the pontecial to be one of the most productive smaller rivers in Sweden but at the moment the fish can just migrate 1,5km up to  the first dam. There are a group of people working hard and doing a realy good work to restore spawing grounds both down stream and upstream the first dam. Hopefuly the first dam will be gone in a near future and in a couple of years the fish will have 50-60km more river to run and find new spawing grounds.

Here is some pics from the some of the lovely pools down i Strömsbruk. It' s well worth a visit in April and you have a chance to hook up with big Sea trout.

lördag 2 januari 2016

Happy New Fishing Year 2016

Stingrays in 2015 version

Well I must admit that 2016 was not the best fishing year for me but have had a great year anyway when looking back. Did start the season a bit to late as I had other stuff to deal with so I did miss the best part of the spring fishing at my local river and I also cancled my trip to River Lainio. Got some great days in River Stjördal  in  August with my buddies Allan and Dick but the fishing was slow with low water but we had fun anyway. The autumn/fall fishing was not the best but I got some Sea trouts (sea run browns) both in Ljungan and in Ljusne.

Nice to see my daugther Ello back on the river.

The best things with last season was that my daughter Ello picked up here rod again after some years and quickly got back into the fine art of skagit casting. Also the new OPST Commando heads that are designed by Ed Ward and Jerry French was released and I realy love to fish with those short "magic" skagit heads.

I have some plans for the 2016 season that includes a trip to Denmark and the Skjern Å Lystfiskeri Festival in may and also some fishing in Swedish and Norway is on the agenda.  

söndag 27 december 2015

Skagit cast with OPST Commando & Echo Glass Spey

A simple Snap T using OPST Commando 475gr and Echo Glass Spey 12,9" #7.

A great set up that are easy to cast with and got lots of power to.

onsdag 23 december 2015

Happy Fishing Christmas!

Now all presents are wrapped and under the tree and have started to pre pare the food for Christmas eve. No snow were I live and up to +7c degrees and the river closes the 1th of January so there will be some "Christmas Fishing" in next couple of days.

Hope you all will get new rods, reels and skagit heads from Santa.

Happy Christmas!

fredag 27 november 2015

OPST Commando vs Echo Glass Spey

Glass is not dead! Have been fishing with the Echo Glass Spey 12'9" #7 with the OPST Commando 475gr and a Vision Ace 10" T-14 for a while now and must say I just love the combo. The Commando head works perfect with this rod and with all diffrent tips from float to T-17.

The quality of the video is not the best due to low light conditions and lack of tripod and will make a better soon.

onsdag 30 september 2015

How I make my Composite Loops SBS

The last few months I have been using more and more composite loops in Jerry French style when tying my flies and I really like how the flies looks and not least swims in the water. Have made my Vikingtruders for many years now with hair and dubbing spun in loops. I got the right spin technique but had problems to keep the composite materials together when lifting them form the tying table to sliding them into the loop and many with me had this problem. I have noticed by all mails and messages I get when people ask how I do. I always send them a link to the OPST Youtube site so they can see how Jerry does his loops and hear his thoughts on composite loops flies.

After some thinking I came up with a idea how to get the material into the loop without dropping half of it on the floor or in the bin bag and I call it the Buisness card trick and it works like this. It takes some practise to get it right but this helped me alot and hope it can help you too.

Take a business card, playing card or other stiffer paper and use a black marker on one of the edges of the card to get a line so it will be easier to see were the loops is going to be placed. Then start placing the material you want to use on the card.

Take a second card or what you prefer in the same size and put it right on top of the first and you will get the edges of the material sticking out. Pick it up from the table holding the cards together and then you can adjust the edge of the material with your fingers.

Put the material in the waxed loop just by the edge of the cards.

Then very carefuly loose the pressure on the cards and slide them away from the loop very slowly so no material will fall out.

Now you can start adjusting the material with a dubbing needle and with your fingers.

Then it's just to use your spinning tool and the composite loop is ready!