The song of grasshoppers is a major part of the background soundscape on a warm day in late summer and early fall – and this year they sing louder than usual. Continue reading “Hoppertunities – Late summer, grasshoppers and trout”
This has been one hot summer in Scandinavia this year – and it ain’t over yet. We have the complete package: Extremely high temperature (for the cold north at least), burning sun, forest fires and rivers and ponds slowly drying out.
They look like small lobsters – which isn’t strange, since they are related. Crayfish however, primarily inhabits freshwater environments – from mountain brooks to lowland rivers and lakes as well. Continue reading “A Crayfish Zonker – that will catch most predators”
Around here we have a strong tradition for fishing sea-run brown trout. Part of the year we do that in saltwater, but during late summer and autumn more and more large browns enter the streams in preparation for the spawning season during winter.
Sea trout (or around here often spelled seatrout) on the dry fly? Well I guess it started by accident. In my case I started catching sea trout, when fishing for brown trout during mayfly season (Ephemera danica) – which happens to collide with the first run of sea trout in my local streams. Continue reading “Foam feeding frenzy – dry flies for large sea-run brown trout”
Right now, the Southern Hemisphere experience winter, while the Northern part of the globe is going into summer and holiday mode. In some areas, the heatwave is getting a bit too intense – and fishing in the middle of the day isn’t always productive if your quarry is trout.
The coarse texture and subdued colours of deer hair, makes this material great for imitations of a variety of terrestrial as well as stream born insects. And the air trapped inside the hollow hair makes for great floatation – and adds a great bonus to most kinds of dry flies. Continue reading “Deer hair dries – great searching flies”
Shrimps are popular among saltwater fish… and fly tiers as well. We have seen a lot of extraordinary elaborate shrimps on this blog over the last couple of years. Some of these are pure art on a hook. Continue reading “A simple but classy shrimp – and one for the dark side”
Fishing a dry fly to a steadily rising trout can be a very fulfilling experience. It can be totally uncomplicated as well – if the fish isn’t to discriminating when choosing the bugs. But some days are more challenging than others – and to have a success on a regular basis you need to know something about insects, hatches, drifts, drag, casting, tackle and lots of other stuff – and be able to observe the water patiently before whipping the surface with your fly line. All that adds up – and make dry fly fishing a sport for connoisseurs. Continue reading “Dry or die – on knowledge and passion”
The large and beautiful Ephemera vulgata lives in lakes and slow flowing rivers. It also lives in the large and dominating shadow of it’s close sibling, the Ephemera danica. I guess the focus on streams as the cradle of flyfishing culture has something to do with that. Continue reading “The second mayfly – and a skeleton diver”