Published Mar 8. 2007 - 9 years ago

Waiting for spring

I have a severe case of cabin fever. Too much work. Too slow winter. Too much wind. Too little fishing. I'm really looking forward to fishing on mild spring days.

Beauty - The tail of a sea run brown trout just about to be released.
That's how we like them - A rainbow trout from the cold salt water
First fish for 2007 - A Swedish kelt - a sea trout that has spawned
Clear water, blue sky - This day in March really felt like spring
Yes! - This is why I have cabin fever waiting for spring: a magnificent rainbow from the salt.
Why cabin fever has bitten me
Martin Joergensen - Nils Jorgensen

This time last year I was closing in on 15-20 fishing trips since New Year. Not that it did me any good. I had to fish 19 times in a row to get my first fish for 2006. This year has been better in that regard. I have only been out a few times, but I've had fish on most trips.

But the conditions have been terrible on most of the trips and particularly the wind has been pretty annoying. The shoreline fishing we do here is very sensible to wind – both direction and strength – and having had strong Western and North-western winds dominating since sometime in the early autumn, the fishing has suffered severely from it.

Alone

Deserted island

Self portrait...

King Winter

Martin Joergensen

Dull day

Martin Joergensen

I have managed to go fishing one day where the weather was perfect, and sure enough: we had fish moving close to the shore, showing head-and-tail and going for a well presented fly.

But it seems we have to wait just a bit more before the real spring sets in. Meanwhile I have dug out a few photos from both last spring and this winter and early spring. I really don't have the time to do stuff for GFF (as can be seen from the publishing frequency), but a small picture essay like this only took me about 15-20 minutes to stitch together, which I found was a good investment – for my own sanity and for your entertainment.

Divus the Sheltie

Fog

Martin Joergensen

Reel-time

The good rest

The last cast

Tools of the trade

Martin Joergensen

Winter sunset

Yours truly

Martin Joergensen - Nils Jorgensen

Comments

Kai Nolting's picture

Hi Martin,
nice article and very fine pictures.
You are really a lucky guy to have this atmosphere nearly as often as you'll please.
Two weeks ago I met Paul and Steve in Abenrah and we had a little of that feeling while fishing round the area.
By the way - have you already made up your mind regarding the GFF-summit 2007?

vanuz's picture

...nice to hear the fish are hungry again... This week I'll give it a try at last! However, it is a new place - Faro island nearby Mon, so I dont expect fish, but fresh air at least. ...just cannot wait to wade in...

Join the club ! :-)

Martin, I know this status from my own experience. I find myself in similar condition in our living room in front of the TV, playing with a fly reel or sitting in our home-office playing around with my favourite fly rods or a new blank... (currently a two hander). There is just one relief: Go fishing even if conditions might be not perfect, this is what I do even if I have to choose a by far not perfect place due to wind conditions. Rgds, Ole

Really great article! I'm waiting for the spring. Very, very....

I know how you feel! I CAN'T WAIT for the water to open up!!

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