Published Feb 25. 2014

Casting Arm Blues

I have traditionally published a collection of images before the season to heighten the Cabin Fever, and this year's Casting Arm Blues also gets a stimulus package

Great view - A place that has brought us many fish during the many years we have fished here
A beautiful April day - On Danish island Bornholm
Sunset casting  - There's always time for one more cast, and the golden hour during sunset can be a productive time not to be missed

As I write this, late February 2014, the sun is shining from a clear sky outside and temperatures are breaking records here in Denmark. The winter has been a very mild one - what we refer to as a green winter - and because of the lack of ice cover and really cold periods, the spring fishing season has already started. It actually never really stopped, and people have been catching nice, coastal fish all during the winter, and already in early January, the reports started ticking in with regular intervals.

My own cabin fever isn't raging as badly as it used to because of my health, but I certainly have been casting sideways glances out the window while working and thinking of the days when such conditions would have made me work night shifts at the keyboard and fish during the days.
Many of the guys I fish with have complained about the strange twitches in their casting arms and some have even been out and felt the first spring fish.

The landing phase - GFF partner Kasper Muhlbach landing a coastal sea trout
A take in the fog - Spring often means calm and foggy weather, which many anglers dislike. But the fish are still there.
Fish on! - It might not be big, but it's a fish
Concentrated - Henning Eskol with eyes firmly locked on the surface
Coastal catches

But these days really cold water isn't a thing I'm drawn to because I will have to sail on it rather than wade in it, and my physical health keeps me from taking too many chances there. My newly bought kayak will not be carrying me on a any trips before the water is above lethal temperatures.
I might haul out the pontoon boat. It is after all a bit more stable and safe to fish from.

But as I said: people have been catching here for at least a month, and fishing seems to be both good and stable, so I look forward to getting my flies wet again.

Abstract - A few straws in the sun
A well deserved break - Lunch and sunshine during an April outing
Zzzzzz - Nothing beats a nap in the spring sun during a fishing trip!
Resting - Myself resting on the shore
Breaks in the sun

And speaking of flies, I sure do need to tie some, because my well stocked fly boxes are not anywhere near being well stocked, and I direly need to tie some plain coastal flies. I have experimented quite a bit the later years with absolutely no success, and I think I will return to the well known and tie me some Grey Fredes and some Red Tags. I do have some ideas that I want to try, and I have ordered a bunch of Pulse Discs from Brinefly Innovation that I want to try on my flies when I am trolling them after my pontoon boat or kayak.

The Flee -
Orange Frede -
Double Umbrella -
Foxy Streamer - A copper body and a Arctic Fox wing
A small baitfish streamer - Someone gave this nice fly to me, but I don't remember who

But until these contraptions hit the water and hopefully catches some fish, you can enjoy these pictures from times gone by.

Escaped rainbow - We often bump into rainbow trout from sea farms
Dried out - This little fish was found dead and dry on the spring beach
Another rainbow - They are fat and feisty fighters and fun to catch, but really don't belong here
Scales - A good sign: loose sea trout scales on the cork
Great conditions - Almost clear water, sunshine and a bit of waves often produce springtime fish
Sea weed - A closer look at the sea weed that is found all over the Danish coast
Vulgar light - Fog and sunrises or sunset can bring out some spectacular scenery
Sea trout country - A perfect mix of sand and sea weed
Not warm, but nice - Early spring fishing can be a cold experience, but is almost always a good one
Low tide - But still fishable
Low sun profile - Fishing in the low February sun
Water and light

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