Fly tying weather
The summer in Denmark has been a catastrophe. Fishing is out, fly tying is in.
This summer has been the summer that never really came. We had a week or two of hot weather back in May, but since then it has been cloudy, windy and most of all: rainy.
Right now (early July) it's bearable with heavy cloud cover and a lot of wind, but at least it's not raining like it was the past week. Parts of the country had percipitation in the range of 70 millimeters a day! That is almost 3 inches of water in 24 hours. And this was even after several days with very heavy rain.
The places that were most severely hit were literally flooded, with houses ruined by several feet of water indoors.
Many of our streams are normally just a trickle of water this time of year, with fish gasping for oxygen in the little water left. Right now they are spate rivers with huge amounts of muddy water seeking towards the ocean. In Sweden and Norway, where the rivers are much larger than here in Denmark, the water tears down roads, bridges and even houses.
Most places have been spared that experience, and where I live everything is fine apart from the horrid conditions outdoors.
We usually fish a lot this time of year, barbecue on the beach and hunt for sea trout, rainbows and mullet in the warm water. But not this year. These days we gather around a table and a hot pot of coffee and tie flies instead.
It's not as good as going fishing, but at least it's fishing related. And it dramatically influences the number of flies in the boxes. I am personally stocking up for a trip to Iceland in August and I may also try to get some nymphs tied for the autumn fishing in our streams - once the water levels drop and the water clears up. I may even produce a bunch of flies for the GFF Summit Fly Swap - even though I had planned to skip that and just take care of the logistics. But if the weather continues there may just be time to tie some 30 flies extra for this event.