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I F***ing Love Fish Science!
|Published: Friday August 29th 2014 (3 weeks ago)|
Updated: Friday August 29th 2014, 7:54AMMore about: Coastal fishing | Denmark | Sea trout |
by Martin Joergensen
Scientific reports about fish and environment might not seem to be the most exciting to us anglers, but the work done by scientists is extremely important in keeping and eye on and improving our fishing waters.
As many of you know I fish for sea run brown trout – called seatrout here in our region. I live in the part of Denmark with the densest human population and probably the worst conditions for these fish – namely in the capital Copenhagen on the island Sealand (AKA Zealand).
Only one area has a spawning population that matches the potential, and the other five are all lower than 50%, which is really unsatisfactory.
This is of course very sad, but the report is at the same time uplifting because it clearly shows and documents that there's a problem. It's the first part of two, and the second part will focus on possible solutions for this situation as well as on another part of the problems that the seatrout face: unsustainable fisheries management. It will hopefully focus on the commercial fishing for these trout, which are caught in nets by a few fishers – legal and illegal – who are very likely making surprisingly little money from ruining a potentially very rich recreational fishing. The second part will be out late 2015.
Summer casting party
|Published: Thursday June 19th 2014 (3 months 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.
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.
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 (4 months 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.