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Garfish on a flyrod - Belone belone
Danish inshore species
By Martin Joergensen
The garfish come in May
Garfish whose latin name is Belone belone (Danish: Hornfisk, Swedish: Näbbgedde) is not the same as its American name brother, which is known from fresh water. Our garfish is a pelagic salt water species, long and slender, beaked with dark blue-green back and silvery bow.
Garfish are normally caught on a spinning rod using small lures or a float and bait. While this can be a very efficient method, it's not one tenth as much fun as catching them on a light fly rod.
Use light gear and small flies
A golden rule when using a spinning rod has always been to retrieve very fast. Lures have to break the surface, it's said. Don't transfer that rule to flyfishing. Slow and gentle is the method here.
The fish are great fighters and even though they avarage 0.5 kilograms (1 lb.) they are great fun to catch; long fierce runs, leaps and dancing on the tail. They are delicious to eat too.
The result of an hour or two with a fly rod: lots of fish and lots of fun.