Julegaven til hende, der endnu ikke er fluefisker

Giv kvinden i dit liv den bedst tænkelige start på en vidunderlig hobby! I foråret 2018 lanceres for første gang i Danmark et kursusforløb designet af kvinder for kvinder, der ønsker at blive dygtige fluefiskere. Her giver Silja Longhurst højt kvalificeret undervisning som tilpasses kursisternes individuelle niveau i en tryg og hyggelig stemning.

Fluefiskeri er intenst. Det er graciøse bevægelser der får fluelinen til at danse på himlen. Det er mindfulness og indlevelse når aftenrøden spejles i vandets vuggende overflade. Det er ro og fokus med glimt af sitrende spænding, når en fisk vækker linen til live i dine hænder. Det er lykken ved at lykkes, og glæden ved at dele dine oplevelser med andre.

Forløbet består af to gange kasteundervisning i København og en dags fluefiskeri på en sjællandsk kyst. Fisketuren bliver spækket med praktiske tips til fiskeriet, og der serveres en god frokost på stranden. Kursisterne får et solidt fundament som fluefiskere, især hvis de træner selvstændigt mellem undervisningsgangene. Som hjælp til træningen modtager kursisterne en særlig indendørs-stang. I kursets lukkede Facebook-gruppe kan kursisterne stille spørgsmål, dele videoklip fra deres træning og få feedback fra Silja. Alt dette – og mere – tilbydes kommende eller nyere kvindelige fluefiskere til en særlig introduktionspris.

 

Introduktionspris: kr. 2500.-

Datoer i 2018:

20.03. fra kl.16-19

27.04 fra kl.10-13

19.05. fra kl. 8-16

 

Du kan få tilsendt uddybende information, hvis du sender mig en mail: silja@balticflyfisher.dk

Coastal flyfishing – more than just overhead

 

The wind is howling, rain is hitting against the windows and the world is looking grey. We have reached that time of the year here in Denmark where we ask our self when we will get to see the sun again (…and why do we live here in the first place)? So out with your munchies and your freshly brewed coffee, lighten a candle or two and buzz around on your device.

The social media is busy these days and the fly-fishing scene is not an exception…everybody seems to be indoors instead of out-there; buying/selling, giving/ taking advice, watching video clips etc. This is a great time for you to get inspired for your next fishing season or fishing trip and to learn something new, right? Recently I have been following a thread on one of the fly-fishing groups on fb regarding coastal sea-trout fishing with a shooting head. The topic was:

 

How to prepare for the next fishing cast after one has fished in the line?

There is just one way, and this is the following! …ha ha got you there 😀

 

The most common movement sequence used is a Back Cast – a few false casts- shoot it out.

However, there are other options such as:

  • Forward Roll Cast – a few false casts – shoot it out
  • Snap-T Cast – a few false casts – shoot it out
  • Snake Roll Cast – a few false casts – shoot it out
  • Double Spey Cast – a few false casts – shoot it out

 

Why would I use those alternatives?

Performing the Roll Cast makes you straighten your line before false casting (straight line path) and brings your line, leader and fly up onto the water surface – quite handy if you are fishing with a sinking tip and a hook size #4 or #6 Pattegris-fly.

Snap-T and Snake Roll are great for positioning the fly next to you- fast. In order to cast to a rising fish- fast. They also are fantastic change of direction casts if a fish has shown itself off-track the intended casting direction…it does happen and make you begin to sweat…

The Double Spey can be used to re-position the fly next to you – just as the Roll CastSnap-T and the Snake Roll do. However, the Double Spey as well as the Roll Cast re-position the fly in a “controlled manner”. The fly is being dragged towards its new position – rather than being catapulted. This feature makes it an “easy- to- learn” fishing cast especially for the novice fly fisher. In addition, the Double Spey is a bonus if you have changing or onside shoulder winds. Use this cast to position your fly and line on the downside wind shoulder and continue business as usual …it is a safety issue which can save you some holes in your waders or worse!

 

The versatility of these casts is endless- controlled, fast, change of direction, switch to downside wind shoulder, space. Facing the ever-changing situation, we fly fisher are confronted with when stalking fish… Isn’t versatility a good feature to have? Problem solved, I would say. Versatility makes you feel confident and free. And makes you come home after a day’s fishing in howling cold wind, waves up to your *** feeling satisfied…as you had no problems.

Ps. If you need help in getting there, …. You can book me!

 

Guided Seatrout Adventure – the Danish way

 

Are you dreaming of fishing for sea trout (sea-run brown trout) on the island of Bornholm, Denmark?

Well now you have the opportunity to join Pro Guides Silja Longhurst and Bjarke Borup Bornholmfiskeguide on a fantastic guided fly fishing adventure on the island Bornholm in late April.- Viking style!

The island of Bornholm is at the far eastern geographical reaches of Denmark, and has earned global fame for its excellent sea trout fishery. The island has a very healthy population of sea trout; they reproduce naturally in streams and small rivers, thus no hatchery fish, which is quite unique in Denmark. Its raw and pristine natural environment is a stunning place to be in – and to fish!

The southern part of Bornholm has flat sandy beaches interrupted by productive sea trout territory such as points, reefs and slopes. In some areas good fishing spots are aligned like pearls on a string. Northern Bornholm is comprised of stunning and rugged cliffs with lots of fishing spots, and very deep water close to the shore in some places. Towards the east and west of the island you will find a mix of the above. These varied conditions and environments provide enticing opportunities for some challenging sea trout fishing.

Hopefully you will have time to try it all…. wading in a calm sea on a flat shale reef fishing for lively spring sea trout. Or wading on slippery boulders in strong winds; the locals called this ‘the Bornholm Calm Sea’, i.e. one meter waves!

 

 

One thing is certain; we plan our days on the water according to weather conditions. Fortunately Bornholm is a small island, and we can quickly find a place to fish almost regardless of wind and weather conditions.

We will take you to some of the spots that usually produce fish this time of the year, and show you how to fish the different spots effectively!

We promise to do everything we possibly can, so that you may enjoy a great trip with like-minded fishing aficionados.

For further information and booking please email to:

Silja Longhurst: silja@balticflyfisher.dk

Bjarke Borup : bjarkeborup@gmail.com

 

Fluekastekurser nu!

 

Lasse Karlsson Pike_1

Kom i gang med at lære fluekast med os her på BalticFlyfisher’s Fly Casting School. Fiskesæsonen 2015 er startet og vi synes ikke at fluekastet skal være en hindring for, at du skal vente længe med at fange din første fisk. Vi tilbyder 2 Begynderkurser i April og Maj måned til dig som gerne vil at lære fluekast med 1Hånds stangen eller 2Hånds stangen hurtigt!

 

 

25. April : UDSOLGT

1 Hånds Fluekastekursus – Begynder (4 timer min. 3-max. 6 deltager)

-Teori/grej

– Basis elementerne i fluekast som indebærer: overhånds kast, rulle kast og dobbelt træk

-en lille haps, drik og hygge snak

Gebyr: 500 Dkr (per person)

 


 

30.Mai:

2Hånds Fluekastekursus – Begynder (4 timer min.3 – max.6 deltager)

-Teori/grej

-Basis elementerne i fluekast til rettelagt for 2 håndsfiskeri som indebærer:  vandkast som rullekast, single spey/underhåndskast, dobbelt spey cast og snap-t kast

-en lille haps, drik og hygge snak

Gebyr: 500 Dkr (per person)

Siljas Salmon The Fight

 

Hvis du har yderligere spørgsmål eller bare gerne vil tilmelde dig til et af vores kurser, send os gerne en mail her. Vi tilbyder også enkelt undervisning.

 

Danish Salmon and Skagit – a new approach, why not?!

We have been to a great Flyfishingfestival at the River Skjern  in Skarrild,West-Jutland-Denmark over the weekend. Lasse and I were invited to give some Demo’s. Together with the organiser we agreed on that I would present and talk about a relatively new Casting Style here in Scandinavia – Skagit Style Casting. A discussion broke out after my Demo – pro Skagit and contra Skagit. Contra Skagit: the casts I was performing would disturb the water to much, are to loud hence I would scare the fish mmh…

Siljas Salmon The Fight

 

Let me shortly explain why Skagit Style suits not just the big rivers in Norway and Sweden but also smaller salmon rivers like the river Skjern in Denmark:

-the tackle used i.e. shorter rods, short floating heads, heavy weighted tips and flies fit to the fishing conditions on these rivers i.e. no back space, high river banks, reed belt.

– the Skagit Casts like Snap-T, Snap-O, Double Spey ore Perry Poke (casts I performed at the show) are not only easy to learn casts (wasn’t that also one of the reasons why Skagit evolved?!) but especially great casts if castingspace is tight. And no way do these waterborn casts disturb and scare the fish. The anchor placement of the Snap-T or the Snap-O happen upstream of the fisherman/caster and the repositioning of the anchor placement when performing the Perry Poke happens infront (normally a rod lenght away) from the caster. Now where do we fish effectively for salmon? Right in front of us in the middle or opposite of the river? No, usually in a 40 degrees angle downstream of us, the zone we deliver the fly in and not place our anchor.

The great thing about all the different Styles we are being exposed to is we can mix and match. I would not perform old school Skagit Style on rivers like the Skjern all year long. Different times of the year need slightly different approaches. One can still use local fishing knowledge  for example : type and weight of fly, weight of the tip,  lenght of a rod etc.  together with Skagit Style Casting.

 

The weekend ended with a great final and underlined my Skagit approach on Scandinavian and especially Danish Salmon rivers;

Siljas Salmon Sjkern Å 2014

 

A bar of pure Danish Silver, 88cm, between 7 – 7,5kg,  C&R: caught on an  unweighted danish dressed fly, T7 ’10ft , Skagit Switch head 450grain on an ECHO3 #8 Switch Rod.

Siljas Salmon Release

 

I wish you all a fantastic season and…keep on learning 😉

 

Chucking Chickens

In her last article Silja gave a few tips for casting pike flies, however in this short article I want to discuss how you can lift your game and start chucking chicken size flies.

Chucking Chickens

I’m often asked if this or that rod can throw big flies.  The thing is, it’s really about choosing the right line for the fly size, rods are just tools to move the line around!

So we want to throw half a chicken (not literally, but a big fly with lots of material, and sometimes some oversized dumbbell tungsten eyes and stuff) and want to make it as much of a pleasure as possible, and less of a pain. Now normally I would start talking about casting mechanics, offering a course and stuff, but no! Lets look at the tackle part. A really excellent caster can throw  half a chicken on your average 5 weight rod and line, but that takes some really good skills, and is definitely not a pleasure to do all day. If that skilled caster is going to throw big flies all day, he/she will choose the right line for the job. Big flies are best thrown using a heavy line. And short lines are easier to move around than a long line. So short and heavy.

The twohanded people have long known that, but we also want to use a soft enough rod that fighting your average 5 lbs pike isn’t too much of a killer. Twohanded people have got that one sorted out as well;-)

Enter Skagit, soft rods for medium fish, but heavy duty lines to throw big bulky flies.

Well those twohanded lines are too heavy for my singlehander I can hear people cry. Nope, they come down in sizes that are easily matched to a singlehander. Your average 8 weight singlehander would have a grain window as a recommendation from 260-330 (17 to 21 grams) for normal scandi type shootingheads,  but will comfortably cast even more!

OK, but Skagit is all about sustained anchor casting and you shouldn’t try to overhead cast them without a helmet and exstra life insurance I now hear.  Ah, but we’re not going to go that heavy, it still has to be a pleasure and not a lot of pain to cast it. ECHO Skagit switch lines and ECHO skagit compact lines are very short, and even though they throw big flies, like the rubber chicken in the clip above, a little more length and less chuck and duck mentality is required. Enter the ECHO Rage compact! Originally a crossover between scandi and skagit (scandit!), it performs very well on a singlehander throwing huge flies 8)…  and for the really huge ones, size up,  turn it around 😎 😎 and shorten the leader

Happy chicken chucking pike hunting!

Skagit … a short history

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the casting method called “Skagit” originated in the early 1990’s to describe an offshoot system of spey casting methods used by U.S. steelheaders on Washington State’s Skagit River. This approach was developed to cast the relatively short shooting heads and heavy sinking-tip lines needed to to fish bulky flies up to roughly six inches (15cm) long in deep, fast water. The large flies proved to be enticing to steelhead when no other fly fishing methods would move them during cold winter flows and as an added bonus the take of a steelhead attacking one of these monsters was mind-blowing. Early disciples of the mega fly approach to steelheading included such legends as Mike Kinney, Scott Howell, Ed Ward, who developed the original “Intruder Fly”, and Dec Hogan who,  along with Tim Rajeff, developed the ECHO Dec Hogan Series of fly rods.

The term “Skagit” describes a method of casting using a sustained anchor point rather than a “kiss-and-go” approach of a scandi or modern Spey cast. The theory behind the Skagit cast is to use the drag of the water in a continual motion during the D-loop, carrying the load into the forward stroke. The guys that created this cast used this method because it takes very smooth loading of the rod to deliver large heavy flies efficiently and safely. This type of casting and the slower rhythm employed proved to be less fatiguing than most other approaches. Some of the more popular techniques used in the Skagit method have interesting nicknames… the Snap-T, the Circle Spey, the Skagit Doublelspey and the Perry Poke. The casting stroke is precise and efficient, requiring the least D-loop space of all spey casting methods. Skagit casts and Skagit equipment has migrated far from the Pacific Northwest, and is now employed from the tip of South America, across the Baltic and out into the most remote fisheries in Russia and Mongolia.

Go on treat yourself to a Perry … poke 😀

 

 

Skagit versus Scandi

The Scandit Approach

When we started on “this Skagit thing” about  5 or 6 years ago just after Tim Rajeff introduced the ECHO Dec Hogan Range of Skagit rods, we were extremely sceptical and like most other European salmon fishers we had all the standard clichés firmly embedded in our heads: too much splash…, disturbance is enough to scare pheasants let alone salmon…, ‘don’t need lengths of T18 (what the #+*~%  is T18 anyway?) …, what can a Skagit do that a sunk line can’t …. Now some years down the road we have been converted. Not only do we use Skagit Heads but also Skagit Switch Heads (approx 5m long), also crossover type heads like ECHO Rage Head and more recently the ECHO Skagit Intermediate Head on our 1Handers, Switch-Rods and grown up 2Handers.

Become a believer
But why? Simply because they are very very easy to cast with. Casting becomes a no-brainer. Skagit heads were designed by guides (not the industry) on the PNW to fulfill one purpose: to get their clients into fish, quickly. IMHO that’s totally customer driven from the guides if you like a “service” push: the faster the client gets a fish, the more he can catch (in a day) (the more he speaks about me as a guide, the more customers I get, etc etc) and not a product push from the industry.

Most of our salmon fishing is in the summer, simply because “our” spring time is full of shows all across Europe and we just don’t have time to get on a river. Because we fish in the summer we don’t generally need to use long lengths of Tx and large flies stuck on the end. We use normal sized salmon and sea trout flies. However we have adapted the line weight accordingly and we use a “Scandinavian underhand” casting style ie dominant lower hand for delivery.
If you like we could call this “scandit casting” (now there’s another one for the pundits )

Scandit what the #+*% is that?
We cast the Skagit Heads the same way as we would cast a modern Scandi-shooting head, normally with a single spey (right or left), snake roll, snap-“x” or the favourite perry poke. As mentioned above we go for [much] lighter head weights for this Scandit style of casting than our cousins over the pond would use for “normal” Skagit. We use at least the lowest weight in the grain window for a given rod, sometimes even going below it. As a general rule of thumb use the same weight as you do for a scandi head, however if you decide to use a skagit-switch (5m length) on a grownup 2hander, you might even consider going below this weight (grains per foot are higher for the short lines – enormous amount of mass – awesome to cast with). The same applies for a skagit intermediate; because of the reduced diameter you can generate much higher line speed (lower wind resistance).

Where to use Skagit lines?

  1. In tight very tight corners or on heavily overgrown stretches of water. The short heads are ideal if you do not have room to form a decent D-Loop, combined with a perry to place the anchor its an awesome combination.
  2. On the coast fishing for sea trout in the sea
  3. Using large wake flies for sea trout or bomber-type flies for salmon
  4. When fishing in high winds
  5. Pike fishing

Give yourself a push, drop the clichés, find out for yourself try the “scandit” approach we are sure you will not regret it.

Have fun debating –  the next article in this series is in the making…

Flyfishing for Seatrout in the Baltic Sea

Seatrout in the Baltic  seatrout_3

When going seatrout fishing and you are a novice to the sport it can end up in being rather frustrating; hours on ends of casting, standing in cold water, freezing of your bits. (Yes although I am a woman I do can freeze of me toes too, you know 😉 ). It gets even more frustrated, if you go out fishing with a friend who is a so called ‘fish catcher’. Your friend is heaving out one fish after the other and you…nada, nothing, nix, not a single nibble. In these hours of distress you want to give up fishing in the whole. It is the darkest hour in your fly-fishing history…so it feels. But before you give up fly-fishing in total, think about your fly-fishing history. You might realize that you have caught fish and loads of them. Hence, you can catch fish and you shouldn’t give up fly-fishing, as you love it! Believing in yourself that you can catch seatrout is a good way to start standing at the coast. However, as with all other fish species it helps if you know more about their lifestyle and feeding habits.

The seatrout is an anadromous fish, spawns in the rivers and returns to the sea. It travels miles along the coastline to feed, solitary or in small groups. It feeds nearly on everything; we shouldn’t forget it is still a trout. However, there is a difference in the variety of food depending on location. Is there structure in the water: stones, vegetation, a reef? Is the reef leading into deeper water? Is there a strong current? The location can give you loads of clues in what the fish is feeding on and herewith can help in finding the seatrouts behavior pattern. Shallow water with loads of structure/vegetations gives hiding places for mysis and shrimp; choose a copper fly or shrimp imitation. Reefs with a connection to deeper water function like gateways and fish big and small use them as highways to travel  and feed along them. You might want to choose a baitfish imitation here.  pentax 608

According to the choice of fly imitation you should think about how to retrieve it; and here again be aware and observe. Observe how mysis move in water, how does a shrimp act when being cornered? How does a baitfish? Observe the most obvious movement patterns of the bait to be used: is it swimming fast/slow, with pauses/halts, direct or indirect and change your retrieve pattern accordingly.   seatrout

Although fishing most of the time in shallow waters, presenting the fly in the right depth can make a difference. Remember it is just a trout and it sometimes need to have the food presented in front of its nose. This doesn’t mean we have to wade up to our nipples (very cold in winter, believe me). Let the tackle do the work J The easy to cast Rio Outbound Short float and intermediate with a handful of different sinkrates of Versitip leaders, will give you enough choices in covering different depths of water.

As with all fish one just has to crack the code. Believe me; it is no different with the seatrout. Go out and study its world, use it and it will eventually lead you to your goal Yes!

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Going for Gold

Come along and meet us and all the other great casters on 24.08 and 25.08  at the World Championships in Flycasting 2012 in Fagernes (approx. 180 km. from Oslo), Norway. BalticFlyFisher has two great casters on board casting for the Danish Team. Silja will be competing in Trout, Seatrout and Salmon Distance as well as 15′ ft Spey. Lasse will be competing in Trout, Seatrout and Salmon Distance as well as Trout Precision.

We will be using ECHO TR 15′ #10, ECHO3 9’6 #8 and the ECHO3 9′ #6 and self-made spey lines in the competitions..

Come a long, give us some support it is going to be a sizzling weekend 🙂

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