The Danish flies

A bit about the flies that we use for fishing for sea run browns in the salt

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Martin Joergensen

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I take the chance to talk a bit about flies and ponder upon which one would be my first choice if I could bring only one pattern. There's a bit about fly sizes, different types of flies and ways of using them.
As usual recorded by the water, but with very little fishing and no catching... as usual.

Images for this day's podcast
A neat box - not mine! - Few flyboxes are as well organized as this one
A neat box - not mine!
To the left - The beach to my left. Henning and another angler in the water.
To the left
To the right - The beach to the right. A nice sky.
To the right
The fly of the day - Responsible for five fish - four of them lost.
The fly of the day
A popular fly - It doesn\'t look much when wet, but it works.
A popular fly

More stuff on sea trout flies

Published October 12th 2007
Duration 33 minutes and 52 seconds
File size 31.04 Mb

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From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted April 28th 2009


Going for sea run browns in the ocean is something very Danish, which mainly takes place in the Baltic sea and the local Danish belts and sounds. It's my impression that a lot of this fishing has to do with the shallow, brackish waters we have, and my impression is that other places that have sea running browns - like the UK and Ireland - have very little fishing for these fish in the ocean.

This might have to do with the salinity, the way the fish feed, the depth or whatnot. I don't know. My guess would be that going for the sea runs in the estuaries or in fjords and bays with fresh water outlets would be the way to attack it. We're not allowed to fish in the estuaries, but fish do concentrate where there are spawning streams nearby.

Hope this helps you - and let us know how you do.


From: Christopher Baird · bairdchristopher·at·  Link
Submitted April 27th 2009


I live in Newfoundland, Canada, and I pursue the elusive sea trout on a regular basis. I have been lucky enough to catch some beautiful fish up river during the late summer months but so far the fish have eluded me when they are at sea. The locals here catch them on all sorts of things when they come in with the tides into estuaries and tidal pools.

That's great, but I am far more interested in the Danish way of doing things. Catching sea-run browns in the salt water just seems so appealing to me. Do you always fish just outside of where fresh-water deposits into the ocean or woud you perhaps walk down miles and miles of isolated shorelines?

Our water may be a little deeper than denmark, this may be an issue...

From: Anonymous  Link
Submitted October 15th 2007

Hallo Martin,

I was quite surprised to be mentioned in your podcast. You are correct, Matthias is German, not "Matthias" like your - cool - american pronounciation. I am living with my family since 8 years in San Diego, SoCal. One of the things we definitly do not have here is Sea Trout fishing like I used to do it just south of the Danish Border near Flensburg. We do have fly fishing though, for several kind of bass and halibut and - small - bonefish, both in the bays and in the inshore kelp beds and beyond that we have the Pacific with all the possibilities. Changes of Latittudes, Changes of could say.

Cheers and keep up with the good work,

I always like to check in on your website.


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