May fly / Green Drake / Danica / Vulgata

E. Danica - Stigsholm 18-05-02a

“Kært barn har mange navne” – a Danish proverb for “Beloved child has many names”. And that of course is also true for the Green Drakes, the largest of may flies that hatch in Europe, an important hatch as it’s the trout- and grayling fly fisher’s best chance for some of the river’s largest fish on a dry fly. The Danica/Vulgata hatch is one of the season peaks we all look forward to.

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Foam feeding frenzy – dry flies for large sea-run brown trout

Searun Foam Beetle - Yellow by Mathias Ibsen-04

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”

The Mayfly… Ephemera danica – fly fishing’s national bird around here

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Spring has turned directly into something that feels a lot like summer in our neck of the woods. We are still in May, though – and here in Scandinavia that means mayfly time. And it’s not just any mayfly I talk about. It is the large Ephemera danica that is commonly found in clear water rivers and lakes with sandy or gravelly bottoms throughout Europe and the British Isles. Together with it’s close relative, the lake-living Ephemera vulgata, this is flyfishing’s national bird around here. Continue reading “The Mayfly… Ephemera danica – fly fishing’s national bird around here”