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Go to Stacking material
Stacking material
When stacking materials it is important to consider it as consisting of more than just one process. There are several steps involved: material selection, cleaning and preparing, selecting the right tool and performing the stacking process itself. By Wayne Luallen
  
Go to Cleaning hair
Cleaning hair
A chapter in the article Hair Stacking and Other Applicable Stuff by Wayne Luallen.
  
Go to Small muddler
Small muddler
Muddlers are a type of flies that I love to tie and fish with. And they also catch fish. In my small story from the Danish summer night, you can read what this small modest muddler can do. A fly I had a fair success with
  
Go to Surf zone fishing
Surf zone fishing
We at GFF wish that more people made books like this: small and affordable and right on the target. Ken Hanley's small classic has been reprinted
  
Go to Magnus Classic
Magnus Classic
A great Danish fly for sea trout - The classic Magnus
  
Go to Aquatic trout foods
Aquatic trout foods
The book is actually quite systematic. Dave Whitlock deals with all important fresh water trout food species; from mayflies, caddisflies and stoneflies to fish, scuds, shrimps and leeches. Every group is descibed in detail: life cycle, which is very important to understand -- especially when it comes to insects, morphology, habitus and how to imitate them.
  
Go to How to dress salmon flies
How to dress salmon flies
This is a very quotable book. I like short, concentrated books, that don't waste too much time on repetitions and smalltalk. Mr. Pryce-Tannatt is a writer just after my heart, when it comes to that. He does not beat around the bush and talk in length about things that don't concern the subject.
  
Go to Striper Moon
Striper Moon
This small book has made me a striper fan. The subtitle gave me the first hint that this would be interesting: 'Fly Fishing Techniques and Flies for Striped Bass in Estuary, River, Bay and Surf'. Being a salt water FF'er myself, any FF-title, that doesn't include the word 'stream' is interesting. Estuary, River Bay and Surf. I fish almost exclusively in bay and surf, and this kind of fishing seems little known elsewhere.it even says
  
Go to Cod
Cod
Cod and similar species are a much underrated quarry for the fly fisherman. In places where it's very common like Denmark and Norway, they are even sometimes considered an annoying disturbance in the much 'finer' fishing for sea trout. But cod can be an excellent game for the fisher whose gear and mind is tuned in on it, and the abundance and size of fish can easily justify a more focused fishing for cod.
  
Go to Species to catch in Denmark
Species to catch in Denmark
Part of this section is the manuscript for chapter in a book on fly fishing in salt water in Northern Europe. The subjects covered here are also covered elsewhere on this web site. Each page contains links to all relevant pages on The Global Fly Fisher.
  
Go to Sea trout
Sea trout
The key to success in the pursuit of sea trout in salt water on the coasts of the Baltic Sea is understanding some important aspects of the trout's behavior in respect to the seasonal changes. The sae trout i salt water can't be fished the same way all year. Some key factors here are water temperatures, currents, the wind and the trout's migratory patterns.
  
Go to Garfish
Garfish
The garfish is a very common guest in many Northern European countries. It is normally a pelagic fish whose migration pattern is not known in detail. But one thing is for shure: these fish will return to spawn in shallow and rich areas along the coasts many places in Europe.
  
Go to The World's Best Trout Flies
The World's Best Trout Flies
This is a book that I bought when attending a very well set up fly tying arrangement here in Denmark just after new year, and already at the arrangement I met two of the tyers featured in the book: Oliver Edwards (UK) and Mogens Espersen (Denmark).
  
Go to Production Fly Tying
Production Fly Tying
The fascinating thing about AK is, that you start believing him and that many of his methods make sense. His approach is very personal, and he doesn't try to hide this.
  
Go to Map of Denmark
Map of Denmark
Just for your general orientation I've marked out a few good fishing spots.
  
Go to Autumn
Autumn
Autumn is ideal for catching top condition fish, mornings, days and evenings. The fish are typically stuffed with the smallest animals, and small brown/gray flies are therefore best.
  
Go to Rule no. 1
Rule no. 1
The bottom is a main factor in the ocean We have no trees, no meandering, no overhanging banks (almost none at least). The water covers it all and above that... the sky.
  
Go to On coloured fish
On coloured fish
When the sea trout is in salt water it's normally 'uncolored' meaning shining silvery with a bluish black back. Also the scales are normally many, but loose, and will fall off when the fish is touched. The fish is in an excellent condition, as it is eating all the time.
  
Go to Rules & regulations
Rules & regulations
There are laws in Denmark too, and some of the deal with fishing. The most important ones are these
  
Go to Proper conduct
Proper conduct
There are laws and written rules, but for the benefit of all of us, there are some unwritten common sense and social rules too:
  
Go to Tactics
Tactics
Look at this picture. It shows an imaginary piece of coast and how to fish it. The different 'landmarks' are indicated.
  
Go to Strategy
Strategy
"Points" are generally good landmarks to use as a base for the fishing. Not that there are necessarily more fish there, but as they make good mental holding points. Points are good spots to start fishing and from these landmarks you can make 'excursions'
  
Go to The rules
The rules

  
Go to This is Denmark
This is Denmark
Denmark is a small country; the size of Pensylvania, and can by no means be compared to the other and far larger Scandinavian countries; Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.
  
Go to Casting into waves
Casting into waves
Yes, I actually do cast my flies into the waves! And it's great too, even though I prefer them to be small waves.
  
Go to Rule no. 2
Rule no. 2
The bottom is like the beach This is not always true, but generally the beach can be used to judge the bottom below the surface.
  
Go to Rule no. 3
Rule no. 3
Fish are where they feel good That is where one or several factors are present: food, shelter, optimum water conditions, other fish ...and more.
  
Go to Rule no. 3½
Rule no. 3½
This should actually be rule number 4, but it's still a bit too vague to be so it is based on my own and a lot of other fishers experiences, but still... Fishing is best when water is going out and please notice, that this doesn't only refer to tidal movement.
  
Go to Where rules meet
Where rules meet
Certain spots provide many positive factors for the fish: exposed coast with mixed bottom, sand and weed covered stones. Variation, shelter and food is here in plenty.
  
Go to What then? How to get on...
What then? How to get on...
Once you have found a place where all these things come together, you still have a lot of water to cover. Luckily you can spot the places that will hold fish on an even smaller scale.
  
Go to Catch & Release
Catch & Release
The fish in the Danish sea are in no way endangered by rodfishers. Nets are another story, though, but still fish are abundant, and therefore we Danes almost always bring home fish. Small fish are illegal to catch, but many fishermen release a lot of their catch. But no-kill and pure C&R is not common on the Danish shores.
  
Go to Flies
Flies
Most of my flies are relatively simple patterns. The danish salt water fly-fishing demands flies in a lot of categories. Sometimes you can fish a location where the water is crystal clear and the surface is as a mirror, and sometimes exactly the same location is marred by hard wind, heavy waves and water as hot chocolate with marshmellows (yuck!).
  
Go to The weather
The weather
For your comfort you'll want a light wind from any direction or a heavier wind blowing away from the shore. Fish will be there in any wind and hard winds will often bring bigger fish that bite harder, but fishing can be tricky and tiring.
  
Go to Changing conditions
Changing conditions
Water conditions change from day to day and one location varies from clear, calm water to muddy water with high waves. The fish are there almost no matter what, and often rough weather offer better fishing than a calm surface.
  
Go to The seasons
The seasons
As all other kinds of fishing, the hunt for sea trout varies greatly through the year. But opposite many other fishing, there's no low season or high season.
  
Go to Tackle
Tackle
Most Danes fish 7-8 wt. rods and lines. And most use a weight forward floating (WF-F) line or a shooting head. Expect that fairly long casts under difficult (that's mostly windy) conditions can save a day. All salt water flyfishing is done wading, and both waders and warm clothes for almost all seasons are essential.
  
Go to Winter
Winter
In the real cold winter, the trout has to seek freshwater because it can't tolerate salt due to difficulties with osmotic regulation. Hence the fish are found in streams, estuaries and brackish fjords. For the salt water fisher, the fjords and shallow waters can offer good fishing in the winter.
  
Go to Summer
Summer
Summer is for harder fishing. Late evenings and nights when the water cools off are best. Fish don't migrate any more, but often stay in small areas. You have to fish at these places which typically have deep water close to the shore and a lot of circulation.
  
Go to Spring
Spring
In the spring all fish are beginning to eat again. The spawning fish return to the sea and all fish leave the fjords. Flies are an excellent way of getting contact with these hungry fish, but spin fishers using larger lures of different kinds can also trap many fish.
  
Go to Flytyers Masterclass
Flytyers Masterclass
When you take into consideration the size and volume of this book: large format and app. 250 pages, and the fact that it 'only' deals with 20 flies, it should be obvious that each fly is described in minute details. And it sure is.
  
Go to The art of the trout fly
The art of the trout fly
Seriously. This is a book that I like just to touch. The print renders the photos in an excellent quality, and leaves the reader with a feeling that the flies are as textured, translucent and subtle as they actually are.
  
Go to How it started
How it started
A short story about the book review section.
  
Go to Art flies |  fly art
Art flies | fly art
There are a couple of new pictures in this section. I have once again experimented with the unknown and hidden beauty in the flies and materials that we use - aspects that can be brought out through computer manipulation.

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