Seatrout on Bornholm – an eldorado for flyfishers

There is one thing one has to try out as a flyfisher and that is coastal flyfishing for seatrout in Denmark. Coastal flyfishing usually incorporates loads of wading in wavy water in rather cold and wet weather. And ahhh …then there is the windy. Seatrout fishing is hard work but the reward is just amazing.  I have been living in Denmark for over 10 years now and I would still say I am a river girl. However I have found my two “dream territories” to fish for sea-run browns which are the island of Møn and Bornholm.

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. The coastline is approximately 157 km long. 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.

Fishing can be either 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 call this ‘the Calm Sea of Bornholm’, i.e. one meter waves! Fortunately Bornholm is a small island, and one can easily shift fishing spots according to water and weather conditions. 😉

Prime fishing season for seatrout on Bornholm is february/ march/ april. The autumn starting mid september and october can also give you some nice fish.

The tackle to be used can be standard sea trout tackle: 9’0″#6 or #7 in combination with a scandi shootinghead of about 17g. A fantastic set up however is the ECHO3 Saltwater TI ’90″#7 together with an OPST Commando Skagit Head, 275gr/17.8g and 40lb Lazar Running. As a tip I just added a 10ft polyleader on. This set up can be used all around the island and is a no-brainer in heavy winds, wavy sea and especially when fishing the northern part of the island, where wading is rather difficult due to rugged cliffs and deep water close in.

If you are interested in fishing for seatrout on Bornholm we can get you started with our Guided Seatrout Adventure on Bornholm from April the 6th -8th 2018. Bornholmfiskeguide.dk and Balticflyfisher.com welcome you to a weekend filled with fishing, professional expertise and “hygge”. For Brochure and more info please contact: silja@balticflyfisher.dk.

El Squiddo

El Squiddo

 

ps. we talk about Møn next time 😉

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!

 

Black Friday – Casting Friday

Black Friday tilbud! -15% Rabat hvis du booker en 1 til 1 kaste undervisning. Tilbud gælder kun Fredag den 24. November 2017

1 til 1 kasteundervisning af 2timer.

Allm. Pris: 1000 Dkr

Black Friday Prisen: 850 Dkr!

Book at: silja@balticflyfisher.dk

Scottish Salmon Adventure 2018

We have been fishing for Atlantic Salmon in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Ireland and Scotland. Although the same species, each country; their people and their very own tradition/culture in fishing for salmon is very unique. We couldn’t say which country is our favourite. We just know we wouldn’t like to miss out in fishing for salmon in all of those countries. So if you haven’t fished for salmon in Scotland yet or want to go back….join Silja for a week salmon-fishing on the Tay next year in may.

Scotland- Salmon- a wee little dram…It is a lifetime fishing experience. 

Come and join us on our annual Scottish Salmon Adventure to the mighty river Tay. We will be fishing on two very productive beats on the middle Tay. The trip includes 6 days fishing (mon-sat), full-board accommodation and transfer to and fro Edinburgh airport and between the beats. While we others have to slave in the BFF-office, Silja will be hosting the trip and will give guidance in practical salmon-fishing tactics as well as hints and tips with practical casting issues. You just have to come, relax and enjoy the scottish way of salmon fishing. Let’s get out there!

Please contact:  silja@balticflyfisher.dk  for a brochure, prices and further information.

 

Spring Salmonfishing on the river Tay


We have started our salmon season early this year and took advantage of the early opening of the salmon season in Scotland. We fished the river Tay and the river Dee. Two very different rivers in fishing and character. On the river Tay we have been fishing 2 beats: The Dalmarnock Beat and the Kercock Beat and on the river Dee we have been fishing The Dess Beat. We would like to take the chance in presenting all 3 beats one at a time. To give you an impression of the water and how a daily routine fishing for salmon in Scotland looks like – it is quite different than how we fish for salmon in Scandinavia.

The salmon season on the Tay opens on 15th January and a few fresh fish enter the system, but come March rising water temperatures encourage the Springers (10kg’ish with an occasional 15kg monster) to enter the system and run upstream in larger numbers. Like many other rivers the Tay is beginning to notice a change in cycles; “traditionally” a late season river, statistics show that the spring proportion of the total catch on the Tay is increasing year on year with last year’s catch being 30 % of the total!

 

To catch one of those Springers we fished the Dalmarnock Beat. A beautiful stretch of water. The river meandering through the picturesque Tay valley surrounded by fields and forest. The water of the Tay is clear, “gurgling” by and having the colour of a nice and tasty “dram”. The current flows even and makes it ever so easy to fish the fly like it should- hence you just have to stand in the water and let the river do the job for you ?

 

The beat is 3 miles long, double bank fishing and has 15 named pools. Easy wading through out. A good number of the pools can be fished with the fly in early spring high-water. You don’t have to be an expert distance caster to fish Dalmarnock. Some of the hottest pools are lying right underneath the bank. Others can be actively fished in comfortable casting distance. It varies of course all on the pool and water level. However, the Tay is one of the Big  4 salmon rivers in Scotland and at Dalmarnock the river is approx. between 40-50m wide. So a mediocre long distance cast would be most handy.

What tackle did I use? Well I used nothing else than an ECHO King 13’#10, an ECHO F.I.S.T Skagit Shooting Head 660gr and an OPST Tip 132gr sink 2/3 Riffle. The Float-Intermediate-Sink Skagit Shootinghead in combination with the OPST Tip 132gr Run is a fabulous set up, lying solid in the water and easy to cast.

To sum it all up: Dalmarnock is a superb beat with exciting pools, easy casting, easy wading and definitely worth a” fishing” if you want to fish the Tay. Not to forget  ghillie Colin Mcfadyen, the soul of the beat and making you feel ever so welcome. Cheers for a lovely day Colin and Sandy and Sam.

If you are interested in going with us onto a Scottish Salmon-fishing Adventure in Spring 2018 where we are going to fish the Dalmarnock Beat drop us a mailto: silja@balticflyfisher.dk

 

Everything you need to know about OPST Commando Heads – The Film

We get quite a few questions regarding OPST commando heads and we were even considering compiling a really exciting article to answer them (a sort of OPST-Commando FAQ) when we bumped across this very informative and humorous film about OPST Commando Heads.

The film has been made by Oliver Sutro, we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

If you still have any questions regarding OPST commando heads after watching the film then drop us a message.

 

One for All – The ECHO OHS

Tim Rajeff sent me a sample OHS (One Hand Spey) back last summer, and I used it for salmon in the spate streams of western Ireland last Autumn. I liked it, sure, but it wasn’t until a recent “boy’s trip” to the coast that the versatility of this rod really sunk in.

On the first day we had an off-land wind so casting was a no brainer. I just spent the day enjoying 1hand and 2hand micro-skagiting along the coast looking for a sea trout willing enough to take one of my coastal intruder’s. The next day, however, was totally different with a strong wind blowing over the left shoulder, a nasty little 50cm wave and loads of dead eel grass floating around making it a pain in the ++** to cast Skagit style. So I switched to casting 1hand overhead (same line, same tip, same fly, nothing changed, just the cast) and it went like a bomb – lift, back-cast (slowly does it) 1haul and OUT!  Tick in the box for that so I thought I’d give 2hand overhead a go and after a short “power-adjustment-period” (I was casting tailing loops because I was applying to much power with the lower hand) ‘got that sorted and I was away. Moving along the coast just out of the wind, the wave wasn’t so high, allowing me to set an anchor and skagit cast. I did a 2hand poke, 1hand poke, 1hand overhead, 2hand overhead and finally a perry off-the wrong shoulder in 5 consecutive castsall with the same rod, same line, same tip, same fly. Nothing absolutely nothing was changed on the setup, just the cast!

Now that’s what I call versatility! Awesome!

Boys trip coastal OHS set up:

  • ECHO OHS 10’4” #7
  • ECHO 7/9 ION Reel
  • OPST Commando 300gr
  • OPST Micro-Tip 5ft S2
  • OPST Lazar 30lb

I get my hands on a lot of rods during a year and I try and use all of the ECHO models at some time during the season but it’s been a long time since I have been so enthusiastic about a set up; for me the ECHO OHS combined with a Commando head is the essence of versatility, a perfect combination! Put another way its brilliant, absolutely f’ing brilliant!

 

All pictures by Simon Barg

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

 

Snart er det Jul…

Og snart starter den næste fiskesæson.  Hvorfor ikke give din kære eller bedste ven en Gavekort til en kasteundervisning med en certificeret Fluekasteinstruktør eller en guided fluefisketour med en certificeret Fiskeguide.

Silja Longhurst copyright by Johannes Arlt

Silja Longhurst copyright by Johannes Arlt

Jeg tilbyder professionel kasteundervisning i både 1 og 2 Hånds- til begynder og den øvede fluefisker.

Hvis det skulle være lidt mere end bare et par timers undervisning, tilbyder jeg også guidet fisketur efter Brakvandsgedder og Atlantiske Laks.

 

Priser:

  • 2 timers kasteundervisning 800 dkr (1 Person) plus evt. transport
  • 1 dags guided Fisketour efter Brakvandsgedde 2000dkr (op til 2 Personer)
  • 1 uges Luxus-Lakseferie i Scottland 18.000 Dkr

 

Send mig en mail for at høre nærmere, så sætter vi noget sammen. Mulighederne er mange.

Tight Lines

Silja

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