The annual Bornholm trip


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Almost back in shape - This kelt is close to being reconstituted, but still has the hallmarks of the kelt: darker color and skinnier belly.
Almost back in shape
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Almost tropical - This is not a sandy Caribbean beach, but a cold day in March on the windy Danish seashore.
Almost tropical
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Blood nosed - The natural colors accented by some bright material is a popular combination on the sea trout flies for colder water.
Blood nosed
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Break for thoughts - After fishing a good looking stretch of coast, there\'s time for a small break where new tactics are discussed.
Break for thoughts
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Butterfish - Look at the color of this fish. This could very well be a fish that hasn\'t spawned yet, but judging from the way Kasper hides the tail, it might also be worn down - the telltale of a kelt. Kasper does say the the fins and tail were perfect. though. Notice the perfect conditions in the water behind Kasper.
Butterfish
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Cast after cast after cast... - The story of sea trout fishing. Searching the water is tactic number one.
Cast after cast after cast...
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Cheers - The boys in the band - minus one.
Cheers
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Chrome! - The prize of them all: a silver bullet with bright sides and loose scales. This is quite a difference from a kelt. A fish like this will give you a fair fight and maybe a few leaps.
Chrome!
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Fir plantation - The sandy soil leads to forrests like this one: low fir trees in a very light but yet with an ambience of adventure.
Fir plantation
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Gear parade - Very typical gear for sea trout: 5-6-7 weights loaded with sensible reels and shooting heads.
Gear parade
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Gear talk - While the anglers gather on the beach for coffee and a chat, the gear has its own summit in the background, discussing the angler\'s casting faults and complaining about the aching ferrules. Notice how the spinning rod is not a part of the \
Gear talk
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Gear! - As always there\'s a lot of expensive gear to look at on such trips.
Gear!
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GFF partner with a bent rod - Another one has fallen for the Strange Christmas Fly in the fog.
GFF partner with a bent rod
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Grande kelt - It may very well be skinny, and it may also be unenergetic, but trust me, it does put a bend in a 6 weight rod!
Grande kelt
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Hand landing - When the fish is tired - which can be rather quickly with kelts - it tips over like most trout, and can be landed and released in situ with no use of nets or other aides.
Hand landing
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Happy? Happy! - Look at the angle of that line. There\'s a bit of distance out to that fish.
Happy? Happy!
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In the sun - Yours truly in a beautiful spot on Bornholm. Not that I caught anything, but the conditions were perfect.
In the sun
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Jens searching the edges - Jens had just landed a kelt here, and kept searching for another one... in vain.
Jens searching the edges
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Kasper and Ken planning - The coast of Bornholm is quite rocky and boulders like this can make wading a risky endeavour i some places. Remember, the bottom is the same as the shore... pretty bumpy.
Kasper and Ken planning
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Ken with a kelt - This is a very typical fish for Bornholm. Beautiful enough, but not very strong and a far cry from the chomed delights of a real non-spawning winter fish.
Ken with a kelt
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Line tray - Jens is the only one of the gang who uses a line tray, here portraied a bit larger-than-life due to the fish-eye lens on the camera.
Line tray
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Mirror-calm - This is not what we like: surface like a mirror and water as clear as gin. Some wave action and some dirt will give better results during the day. This scenere calls for some early dawn fishing - from before sunup.
Mirror-calm
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Misty morning - The beauty of the spring mist can be breathtaking.
Misty morning
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Nice box, Jens! - A very well organized flybox with a very typical assortment of flies for Danish sea trout: natural colored palmer-hackled flies and zonkers sprinkled with some color.
Nice box, Jens!
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Nice kelt - This one fell for the Strange Christmas Tree mentioned in an other article on this site. It looks fat and healthy from this angle, but is quite skinny and not at all shiny
Nice kelt
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Not always easy - Hand landing these large fish is sometimes a job. Slimy and limp as they are, it\'s not easy to grab them.
Not always easy
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On a row - There were seven of them on a row, all firmly parked on a reef sticking out a couple of hundred yards. Anglers sure have a tendency to aggregate in certain areas, which are considered better than others. Actually I caught plenty fish right behind them, closer to the shore.
On a row
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One for the pan - Treat yourself to the taste of a sea trout, but let it be a silver bright one in good condition and not a kelt, which is far from as delicious and deserves to get a chance to regain its strength after its spawning journey.
One for the pan
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Planning the next move - Joergen looking for action in the water before going into the cold and wet element
Planning the next move
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Probing the surf - Kasper is probing the edge of a long reef where the surf breaks in a frothy turmoil. Right on the outside of this edge there\'s a steep dropoff and fish have been known to cruise along this ridge.
Probing the surf
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Resting - Spring did show it\'s mild face a couple of days and made a rest in the sun a pleasant experience
Resting
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Rock and roll! - They are the rocks and you do the roll when you wade on them. Remember that it looks the same underwater - just with the added bonus of a green, soapy layer of algea on the rocks...
Rock and roll!
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Rocks - Some parts of the Bornholm coast is pure rocks such as here. Not easy to wade and only rarely very productive.
Rocks
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Rod bender - The kelt will not fight with leaps and runs, but rather go deep and give your rod a good bend. All kelts are released to live and regain strength - for another fight or another spawning run.
Rod bender
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Skinny - This is the skinny type of fish you will see quite a lot. Also notice the worn tail and the lead color. Hook this fish again after it\'s had a couple of months or three in the ocean, and you will probably see your backing!
Skinny
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Small beauty - This is a very typical small silvery fish. Bright, strong, beautiful.
Small beauty
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Small chromed fish - These are quite common: small, chromed beauties not yet old enough to spawn. We caught and released a lot of these this year.
Small chromed fish
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Snake! - Probably the skinniest kelt of the week, caught by Lars - the only spin fisherman in the group. Imagine this fish in full fighting condition!
Snake!
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Spinning - Lars had as much luck (or skill) with the spinning rod as the rest of us had with our fly rods. He fishes very light gear most of the time, and prefers small wobblers and lures in the very light end.
Spinning
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Spring runoff - The small streams were running high with the last melting water. This small stream is a typical example of the spawning streams on Bornholm. In spite of their small size, they are very productive.
Spring runoff
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Stream - A small stream is both backdrop and foreground for a nice gear picture.
Stream
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The crucial moment - This is one of the moments where it can go wrong. A single roll or toss on the short line and the fly can very well loose it\'s grip.
The crucial moment
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The seven dwarfs - Seven anglers in a cabin means fourteen wading boots. This is just a small selection.
The seven dwarfs
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View over the coast - Bornholm has a beautiful coastline.
View over the coast
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Waves over sand - This is more human: a sandy beach with gently rolling waves. Easier to wade and potentially holding fish.
Waves over sand
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Weighty catch - The bend tells a story of a fish burried deep between the rocks.
Weighty catch
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What fly? - The boys comparing fly boxes and discussing fly choices.
What fly?