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Thursday June 19th 2014 (10 weeks ago)
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Summer casting party

Published: Thursday June 19th 2014 (10 weeks ago)
Updated: Friday June 20th 2014, 9:03AMMore about: Casting | Fly tying materials | Rods |
by Martin Joergensen

Sunshine, lots of fly rods, a large grass lawn, good company and sausages on the barbecue. What´s not to like?

The Copenhagen Fly Casting Club has been arranging a small summer get together the the last few years, inviting members and non-members to meet and try rods, chat and have a beer and a sausage from the barbecue.

Casting and chatting party

Copenhagen Fly Casting Club should indicate the scope: casting, and sure enough there was lots of casting on the large lawn. And there were rods to try. Several vendors had each their small stand with a selection of rods, which you could try – and buy if you wanted.
The weather was perfect and the attendance good. I manged to chat to a lot of people – old friends and and new. And I cast a couple of rods and had an appointment with one particular Echo Glass rod and Silja Longhurst from Baltic Fly Fisher, the northern European distributor of Echo rods.

I tried the rod, liked the rod and bought the rod. I'm working on a large article on fiberglass rods for the site, and owning and fishing with one is one of my ways to get acquainted with glass. The local pond roach have a surprise waiting for them as soon as I get the chance to go. The glass rods are very slow and fairly heavy compared to modern carbon fiber rods, but fun to cast and fish like a cane rod albeit at a very different price level.

I also chatted to Peter Norsker of Norsker Rods, and Danish rod builder whose rods are exquisitely built and a real pleasure to handle and cast.

Flies and materials

A talk with Danish angler Jesper Fohrman was particularly intriguing, not least because Jesper's company FishMadMan has some really interesting materials and flies and a whole new perspective on salmon and steelhead fishing with large and “noisy” dry flies.
I knew Jesper by name but had never met him, so it was good to put a face to the name and we had long talk about flies and fishing
FishMadMan has both some very interesting and different flies as well as some pretty nice materials like their hand dyed, striped Zebra Goat or their Bug-Foam with an iridescent shell, which they integrate in some of their very funky Ska Opper flies. Jesper gave me a couple of sample flies, and the Wake Monster Tube Caddis is something to behold. Talk about a salmon fly that breaks with tradition!

Altogether a great little event, and kudos to those who took the time to set it up and those who made sure that an ample supply of warm sausages were ready. Both my dog and I appreciated that.


Kiss the Water

Published: Friday May 30th 2014 (13 weeks ago)
Updated: Friday May 30th 2014, 3:54PM
by Martin Joergensen

Buy a great video and support Project Healing Waters

If you buy the fantastic video about Scottish salmon fly-tyer Megan Boyd today and pay a little extra you will not only get a great video experience, but also support Project Healing Waters, a charity that is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans. During the month of May the people behind Kiss the Water have been cooperating with Healing Waters and every dollar paid over the video price has been donated to the project. Find and buy the video here - as a streamed video or as a DVD (US only).

Most salmon fly tyers have heard of Megan Boyd, the legendary Scottish lady who sat in her Scottish highland cabin and tied some of the best salmon flies available. She is one of those people who has had an immense impact, but who very few people met or actually knew.
US film maker Eric Steel didn't know her either, but upon seeing her obituary in New York Times in December 2001 an interest was stirred in him, and 10 years later he set out on a journey to get to know her better. The video is the result of that journey.

The video is a portrait of Boyd with a row of interviews with people who knew her and who tell about her life and character. Some are from the area where she lived and worked all her life, some are her customers some are fly-anglers and tyers influenced by her work and style.

We will return with a full review and an interview with the filmmaker Eric Steele.

A glimpse of trout secrets

Published: Thursday April 3rd 2014 (5 months ago)
Updated: Sunday April 6th 2014, 2:28PMMore about: Coastal fishing | Denmark | Sea trout | Video |
by Martin Joergensen

Yesterday I went and saw a preview of the new videos on coastal sea trout fishing by Danish Niels Vestergaard, and they are pretty exiting to put it mildly

Secret preview

Danish fishing film maker Niels Vestegaard is a household name here in Denmark and large parts of Scandinavia and Northern Europe. He has been producing fishing videos for more than a decade, and is almost an institution in Danish fishing films with a production that dwarfs what other Danish filmmakers have made.

Yesterday he screened his two latest videos in Copenhagen as part of a tour he has done in Denmark together with the danish fly-shop Go-Fishing. The event is a merry gathering of anglers and apart from the videos shown on big cinema screens, there was a small exhibition area with fly tying, lodges/guides, magazines, shops and much more, so you could hang around before and after and browse the goodies and chat with other anglers as well as the filmmaker and the participants from the video.

Niels has no specialty as such. He's a flyfisherman himself but has a very broad background, and his videos feature all kinds of fishing from carp and pike fishing to salmon. But one of his really strong is coastal fishing for sea run browns – also known as sea trout.
He has made several videos on this subject, and the latest have been the series “Sea Trout Secrects”, which have been changing the way we look at sea trout fishing, not least because of Niels' groundbreaking underwater filming where he has been able to deploy static cameras underwater in the area fished, enabling us to see some of what's going on under the surface while we fish.
One thing that these glimpses into the depth has revealed is that the number of fish we cover is probably much larger than what we think. Time and time again Niels' cameras show fish where the angler has felt nothing.

In the most recent two videos – Sea Trout Secrets 5 and 6 – the Danish instructor and filmmaker has upped the ante and shows us unbelievable footage of fish following and taking lures and flies. Using a camera literally cast out with the lure, he manages to film the bait as it moves through the water and documents how the fish behave when they see the fly or spoon.
Video 5 covers spin fishing and number 6 covers flies. Both contain the usual large number of tips on fishing give by Danish coastal veterans Thomas Hansen (spin) and Claus Eriksen (fly), who takes us through the seasons, but they also contain mesmerizing and exhilarating video of the camera passing over big schools of fish and shows how some fish are unaffected, others follow the lure curiously and a few “taste” or even take it.

Snaps from the fly video

What's so exiting about this is the unique view into something that we never see otherwise.
I was seeing the preview together with my good fishing friend Henning Eskol, who noted that we often “feel that the fish are there even though we get no takes”, and Vestergaard's videos definitely confirm this.

As Niels himself noted it's not sure that the fish will behave in the same manner where there's no camera in front of the lure, but the videos still show us things which are indeed sea trout secrets – or at least was until now.

I expect to get the DVDs and do a review sometime this month when they get released, and to all the sea trout angler out there I can only say: this release is something to look forward to!

Preview Sea Trout Secrets 6 - fly

Preview Sea Trout Secrets 5 - spin