One summer night, part 1

Danish inshore fishing

By Martin Joergensen

One summer night, part 1 of 2

Date: Mon, 12 Jun 1995 10:50:10 +0100 (MET)

Hi fellow listers,

Just a small report from the warm Danish summer night.

My wind tree
Saturday evening was as saturday evenings often are in the summer: kids playing outside, tidying the kitchen, having a cup of coffee and just looking out the window. Outside my kitchen window, I can see my 'wind tree'. My guess is that all Danish coast fishermen have a wind tree or something like it: a flag, a chimney -- something to judge the wind from. Force and direction.

"Go fishing, Martin"
My wind tree talked to me. Every leaf said "Go fishing, Martin. Nights don't get better than this". And the tree was right. Nights don't get better than this: sun is setting from a clear sky, a light southern breeze, no work getting up to in the morning. No, nights definately don't get better than this.

Better go alone
Within half an hour everything was set: wife and kids okayed it and the gear was packed. I would go alone. I fish regularly with two different friends, but none of them could make it on such short notice. Well, better go alone than not at all.

Smooth as a mirror
I headed north. A light wind from the south will render the north coast water smooth as a mirror. Almost ideal for a flyrod at night. West coast would be better, but it's also a much longer ride. I chose a piece of coast that I know very well and that reads 'night fishing' when you look at it.
Deep water close to the shore, fair current, sandy bottom with lots of rocks and weed and a stony beach which even has some big piles of rock to secure the sand from being swept away by the current.

A hookup
I unpack my 9.5' 7 wt. and put on a fairly short leader. Fish don't spook and it's much easier to handle in the dark. Right now it's light as day, even though it's 9 o'clock. I start fishing a bit I know very well, and within a few casts I have a hookup. This is anticipated, and as expected it's no sea trout, but a small cod. The near shore water is filled with these fish: cod the size of a hand, some even smaller and a few up to 2 lb or more.

A bit of size
This is typical for the early summer season. These small fish are so numerous, that not hooking one can be a problem. It can be fun if they have a bit of size, though, and I use them as an indicator. If they take the fly, so will a sea trout.

There's trout around
And there is trout around. I see a couple leaping out of the water further out, and a guy who's heading home, tells me that he saw one out of the water quite close. He's the only person I see all night. Apart from him, I'm completely alone and when I come he leaves. I wonder why? The fishing starts now...

A shelter
Well, I concentrate, cast, move around a bit, but keep close to a big pile of rocks that form a shelter from the light current. There's deep water right in front of the rocks, and this place has been known to produce nice fish.

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