May 11th 1998
So it happened... I have just been browsing the earlier reports in this section, and have read my own stories about the miserable trout fishing the last two years. It seems that things have taken a turn to the better at last.
The fish have been taking flies consistently. They are not big. The largest in the company of friends I fish with being a 4.5 kilo fish. Most have been less than 1 kilo, but on the other hand: there has been many.
I have been fishing fly only since November or so - except for a short trip to the island Bornholm, where I landed a few trout on spinning gear. The fly has been vastly superior to the spinning gear used by fellow fishers we've met on the beach. A couple of days produced more than 20 fish and a lot of LDR's for each of two fishers on a section of coast where spin fishers didn't have a single bite. I have mostly used Red Tags, Grey Fredes and my new love: Copper Bully (Kobberbassen), an extremely simple pattern recommended by a friend - Jørn Mossin from the shop Salmon Fly. Expect the pattern online soon.
4.5 kilos of pure silver. Not a common sight this spring.
We've seen garfish the last week or so, but haven't had any bite in spite of the good weather. On the other hand: they can wait. As long as the trout are active in the sunny weather and calm water I have no need for gar. The trout have been visible and the fishing has been very extiting, sometimes calling for small size 10 flies and loooong 0.18 millimeters tippets. Usually trout are considered impossible under such circumstances, but I have caught and seen caught some fine fish during these sunny days.
I still recommend some waves and wind action for the optimum fishing for sea trout and brightly sunny, calm days for the soon-to-come gar fishing.
I have been fortunate enough to fish a lot this spring, and I have landed a fair amount of fish on the fly. I recently rigged a shooting head and a shooting line, and for the first time in my fishing 'career' I'm finding it better than a WF line. The reason is twofold: a HT braided shooting line and a Glider neutral shooting head. I find this combination the best I ever tried for coastal fishing: longer casting, better wind penetration and a perfect action in a turbulent surface. I'll return to the construction of these shooting heads as soon as possible.
For calmer days and the exiting night fishing that awaits us I'd still opt for a WF floater.