Danish winter

Published Feb 2nd 2006

What can you do when fishing is slow? Take some pictures!


Beautiful sundown - You may not be able to fish, but the beauty of the land and waterscapes can keep you occupied for quite some time.
Beautiful sundown
When King Winter and the Ice Queen reign over the waters, the fishing slows down. What better to do than to get out your camera and snap some pictures of the beautiful landscapes, icy hardship and the rare but well-deserved fish?

Anglers in the Baltic area will often spend some days in the cold months in pursuit of sea trout. Sometimes you can run into the most fantastic fishing, but most days are slow and cold. You cannot stay too long in the water, and when it is as coldest, ice will form - both in the water and in the guides of your rod. There is little life in the water and the few fish, which are around, are generally slow and not very active. Sun can stimulate activity, and just a few hours of heat from the low sun can bring about an amazing blooming of critters in the shallow water. When the water is close to freezing, even a couple of degrees increase in temperature will make a big difference.

Curly - The line will get stiff and curl in cold weather, On the other han you can conventiently use the ice as a line basket, thus avoiding that it sinks in the water and shoots badly.
Frosted weed - Early morning as the sun comes up, the night\'s frost hasn\'t yet lost its grip on the sea weed on the beach.
Frosted weed
Ice crystals - Ice crystals formed on the bottom of a boat resting on the beach. The sun will melt them as soon as it gets a little higher on the sky.
Ice crystals
Ice glazing - The combination of rain and very low temperatures can lead to this type of glazing, which can cover everything from twigs to cars.
Ice glazing

Once you do engage with Baltic sea trout in the winter they seem to fall in three categories: large, bright ones, large colored ones and small bright ones. The latter can occur in large schools, but the chance of running into one of these flocks is slim. The bigger fish can be found in the deep Baltic - southern Denmark and Sweden and northern Germany. The big fish are fish, which go into the Swedish and other Baltic streams. These fish will stay close to the shore to feed until temperatures rise. Then they move out into the deeper water and out of reach of most anglers. During the cold season you can meet them as fish on their spawning run, as kelts, which have spawned or as silver-bright fish, which have skipped a spawning run and staid in the ocean to feed.

A kelt or a spawner? - One of the possible prizes of winter fishing for sea run brown trout: large colored fish, either kelts - fish which have been spawning and are regaining their condition in the cold water - or fish on their spawning run like this one. Undamaged fins, tail and abdomen in combination with color is a sign of a pre-spawn fish.
A kelt or a spawner?
What winter can bring - Kasper showing a prize winter fish. The sea trout, which don\'t spawn, but eat all winter will develop into extremely beautiful and healthy creatures.
What winter can bring

Mission impossible - With this much ice in the guides there is nary a chance of getting the line to shoot. You can rinse away, but ice builds up just as quickly again.
Mission impossible
Winter candy - A Surf Candy is an excellent fly choice in the winter season on the Baltic coast where larger sea trout eating baitfish are more common, while shrimps, scuds and other small animals are not so abundant.
Winter candy
Winter fish - A bright winter sea trout rests on the rocks
Winter fish

Could have been summer - This could easily look like a warm summer sundown, but in reality it\'s a low sun descending slowly on a cold January day.
Could have been summer
But why talk so much about fish, when fishing is as slow as it is? The fact is that the really fantastic and productive trips are rare in the winter, and the rule is that you spend a cold day by the water without many contacts and only rarely actually see a fish.

So why go?

We go because we still like to be by the water, and because we might happen to be lucky. And who can sit in the living room looking out on a nice sunny day, which just plagues you to go fishing? Once you are out there you can enjoy the fantastic snowscapes, the ice formations and hopefully the beauty of a blue sky and a low sun. And don't remember to bring a camera and take plenty pictures. This page shows what the Baltic area can bring. Your favorite fishing water may offer similar sights.

OK, I have to admit it. A few of these images are actually from Sweden, so the article should rightfully have been named Baltic winter. But it captures the essense of fishing both sides of Oresound.

Big fish country - A point like this with lots of movement in the water is a good place to look for a large sea trout. In January--were this is taken--they a few and far apart, but come March and April we will return to this place.
Big fish country
Brrrr...! - On a cold, grey and windy day, you won\'t stay long in water like this.
Blood nosed - The Polar Magnus is a classical Danish sea trout pattern. This Blood nosed Magnus with a red front hackle is a variation of that fly. Bright red and orange colors have always been popular in the winter.
Blood nosed
Ice-eye - A shooting ring blocked by ice. Fishing in frost means cleaning snake rings and shooting eyes with regular intervals.
Iced down - It is difficult to see where the sea weed ends and the rod begins, but there is actually an ice-covered snake ring in there somewhere.
Iced down
Winter fly - This fly is called \
Winter fly
Winter reflections - A lucky angler reflected in the shades of a fellow fisherman.
Winter reflections
Winter tyres? - This reel poses as a wheel, ready to ride in the snow.
Winter tyres?

User comments
From: Ripley Davenport · ripleydavenport·at·mail.com  Link
Submitted February 2nd 2006

Finally, an article that captures why I like to stand in the Danish icy salt throughout the toughest months. It's not all about catching fish but enjoying the whole experience. No matter what the season, there's plenty to see and do and for me...Winter brings dreams of the coming season.
There's something to marvel at after fishing on a chilly winters day all rounded off with a hot shower, good hearty meal and seeing the smile on my sons face as my cheeks and nose tingle with life!

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From: DB · danebrewer·at·hotmail.com  Link
Submitted September 1st 2007


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From: percas · percas·at·gates.sk  Link
Submitted February 2nd 2006

wonderfull photo !!!

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