Bornholm 2002
Steve's story from the Danish island

Steve's story All pictures
By Steve Schweitzer

Allow me to put some words around the pictures you see on this page... in no particular order. You can match the stories to the pictures, no problem...

Steve\'s fish - Steve managed to land more than a few fish this year. This specimen is another typical representative of the post spawned sea trout.
Steve's fish
Steve\'s sandwich - Steve\'s more-than-enough sandwich: cheese, Danish liver pate, salami and raspberry preserve. Yummy!
Steve's sandwich
Three Amigos - The three amigos: Steve, Henning and Ken.
Three Amigos
The Four Amigos - The Four Amigos: Steve, Ken, Sean and Joergen. Breaks are mostly as much fun as the fishing and a very important part of the trip.
The Four Amigos

We had a wonderful time fishing the majority of every day from 10:00am until dark, taking several coffee and cake breaks along the way. Each nite was capped by one of us (Martin on several occasions) fixing dinner, of which fixing dinner for 7 hungry fishermen was no small feat. Martin is a wonderful cook, so we never went to bed on an empty stomach. Back by popular demand from the Bornholm 2000 trip, I fixed my BBQ chicken, pan fried garlic potato slices, and home-made garlic bread. I had to make do with sub-standard store-bought BBQ sauce; the group has yet to experience Grandma Schweitzer's home-made BBQ sauce that is actually smoked like a salmon for a few days... unbelievably the best ever on the planet. Maybe next trip. PS - ask Martin to fix his curry meatballs... like candy they are.

Glass, light, ocean. - Glass, light and ocean. A perfect way of presenting the magnificent glass products.
Glass, light, ocean.
Buying Baltic Glass - It has become a tradition that we visit the Baltic Glass glass shop and buy a few souveniers. Steve signs the check and Sean watches anxiously.
Buying Baltic Glass

Glassmaking - In the glas shop Baltic Glass you can watch the glass blowers perform their amazing art.

Bornholm is not a complete visit unless a trip to the Baltic Sea Glass factory is made. I have now bought over 6,000 kroners of glass from this place... all hand made and all works of art in themselves. Plus, the glass becomes a very special memento of the trip that I can see every day gracing my house.

You see many pictures of us laying around on the beaches and banks taking naps... let me explain. Yes. we did :) It's a grueling life to get up, eat breakfast, drink kaffe, put on yer waders, bundle up for the cold day ahead, stretch and prep yer shooting line, tie on a fly and cast all day... multiply this by 7 days straight. We earned our naps!

Ken sleeps - Ken snoring away like most of us like it: in a calm, sunny spot.
Ken sleeps
Sean naps - Sean takes a nap in the sun. Napping like this cannot be compared to sleeping anywhere else.
Sean naps
Steve snores - Steve ocasionally dozes off like the rest of the party, snoring loudly into the sun.
Steve snores

...and... there is a coincidentally large amount of photos of me with alcohol, food, beer, food, gin, beer, etc... this is purely coincidence.
Martin seems to have a knack of taking too many pictures of non-fishing environs. I'll have to have a word with him on this...

Sean\'s money (soon gone) - Sean wanted to blow his last Danish money in an Irish pub in Roenne. We were more than willing to help him! Especially Steve...
Sean's money (soon gone)
G&T - Martin had put together a G&T kit for the ferry home, and Steve made sure we all had a night cap that could put us under for the night.

By the way... a small word on my Cabela's DryPlus waders... they were brand new for this trip... chest highs. I had to repair them every day for leaks and the material delaminated in 2 days. My waist highs do not have this problem, but I am very dissapointed with my chest-highs. I had high hopes for these waders based upon the invigorating thread on COFFER (Colerado's Flyfisher mailing list) a few months back.

The usual suspects - An impressive linup: Sage RPL with Lamson Velocity, Orvis with Tioga, Sage with Orvis Battenkil, Sage with Lamson Litespeed, Sage with Loop Evotech and Loomis IMX with Waldron - gear for about 50,000 Danish Kroner or about 6,000 US$.
The usual suspects

A word on the gear used...
We used slow-sink shooting heads of about 8-10 meters with 30 meters of shooting line (That's 25-30' heads on 100' shooting lines). This enabled us to cast great distances and fight the ever prevalant wind. A no-wind cast with a fresh arm could yield distances of 100 feet or more in a conservative estimation. A neat thing to cast that far. Tippet choices were widely varied as some used a 2 or three piece mono leader, others a braided leader and myself, of course, a special design searun brown leader for turning over a heavy fly in wind (not found in LeaderCalc!). I was happy with the design, but will try to redeploy with 4 segments instead of 7-9 as the formula stands now. The seatrout don't care otherwise!

Bent rod - Ken has hooked a fish that puts a nice bend in his rod.
Bent rod
Grabbing - Ken trying to grab a fish by its tail to gain control over it.
Henning, broken rod and Mickey Finn - Henning\'s rod was not only broken on a fish, but on a fish caught on a Mickey Finn - a pattern he used for the first time for ages.
Henning, broken rod and Mickey Finn
Sean - Sean getting the feeling for a new type of fishing. Stripping a blind fished wet fly is something very different from presenting a dry fly to a seen fish.

Standard flies used were the Grey Frede, Omoe Brush, grey shrimpy looking things with mono eyes (my favorite), Joergen's Devil (seen in the pix), etc. The fly didn't seem to matter much as if you found fish, they struck on any good presentation.

Joergen\'s Devil - Joergen\'s Devil is a Big Hole Demon vartiation, which has show very effective during our years on Bornholm.
Joergen's Devil

Henning\'s boxes - Henning\'s flyboxes are quite typical for our little group: a good selection of a few trusty patterns plus a few experiments.
Henning's boxes
Ken\'s flies - Ken shows Sean his immense collection of flies. Ken ties flies almost every day and has enough flies for a lifetime of fishing for salmon and sea trout.
Ken's flies

Unlike the trip made in 2000, I got more than 1 fish. I caught 4 this time, paltry to Martin's 10-12 or so. But I had all nice fish, 1.5-4 kilos (3-8 lbs.), 25+ inches with my largest being a male searun brown, kyped jaw, yellow as a butter tin and a whopping measured 79 centimeters... that's 31 inches! A beauty that took nearly 20 minutes to land. If only I had my digital camera...

Butterfish - Steve is gettinh ready to unhook an exceptionally large and brown sea trout. The fish is obviously not happy with the situation.
Two different fish - Kasper and Steve with each their representative of the variations within sea trout: Kasper\'s fish is a socalled Greenlander - a small fish that has not spawned yet but fed all winter - while Steve\'s is an extremely dark, almost brown trout like, male that has spawned and is still reviving from the feat. Both fish were released after the picture was taken.
Two different fish

This trip had a few more fatalaties than normal: broken rod, dunked digital camera, broken polarized lenses, dunked cell phone, etc...but no one seemed to mind as over 35 fish were caught between 7 of us...and that, according to Martin, has been the best trip he has ever made on the island.

Splash! - The waves crashing against the pier outside Gudhjem makes the splashes rise up to 10 meters or 30 feet. This is not dry fly weather!
We stayed in a lovely little cottage only 4 years old that had all the amenities you could ever want, including a steam room and fireplace and satellite TV. By no means did we go uncomfortable!

Our days consisted of going to the leeward side of the island to find casting solstice from the wind. The island isn't that large as in 20 minutes you could be E to W shores. It would take 30 minutes or so to be N to S as the island is a bit longer than it is wide. The architectural design on the island is facinating...mixing church structures built back in the late 12th century to modern day Scandinavian design. See my pix from 2000

The towns are small, quaint and the people very friendly. I could easily live on Bornholm year-round.

Fishing boat - A typical, small, commercial fishing boat as they are seen in meany of the small Bornholm harbours.
Fishing boat
Commercial catch - Commercial fisher\'s catch on the harbour in Hasle. This is small and medium size cod - a very common fish in the Baltic.
Commercial catch

Eider duck - In the town of Gudhjem you have to stop by this house and check out the eider ducks on the door posts.
Eider duck
We are making plans for the Super7 to continue this "fishing around the world" campaign in August of 2004 in Denver to fish the Rockies. For many, it will be their first time to the states, and what a better place to be but none-other-than the Rockies for a first time visit! The Super7 were a fine bunch of folks to fish with, many laffs had, jokes made, danish phrases learned (non-repeatable here) and comraderie built. Now it is my turn to host such an event stateside...I only hope it can compare to the fun and fond memories a trip to Bornholm has instilled in me.

If nothing else, this trip to Bornholm with the other 6 guys proves one thing... if it wasn't for modern technology (email: Martin and I contacting each other in '93 or so) to join us together, I probably would have never met Martin, Ken, Henning, Joergen, etc...

The world of e-flyfishing is a wonderful world of friends, not a bad egg in the bunch and always a smile and open door to the bretheren. So, as I sit in my hotel room in London, a 1/2 a world apart from my home in Colorado, USA, I anxiously read my mail each day to catch up on the latest fly fishing news from home... just like I was there.
Well, time to get ready for work...

Exhausted - Steve flat on his back after a morning\'s fishing, a good lunch and some Danish cake. The view is the Salene Bay.

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