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Seatrout PBx2

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Was out fishing south of Oslo, down towards the Swedish border, and had a couple of great moments! I got my first seatrout in November last year, but that was tiny and barely over minimum. This weekend I got a personal best twice: the one below was the first, 650gram and in good fighting condition. The one above came in on 1150gram and was a good, but short, fight. Both took on baitfish in the exact same spot, a place I will go back to and visit very soon to hunt the next big one

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First Cod On The Fly

dryfly.me.2014.03.30.fishing_cod1The weekend started with great weather, so we jumped on the train and got just outside Oslo to go seatrout hunting in the sun. The seatrout didn’t show itself, but I got my first cod on fly, and the first one was actually the first fish I have ever caught on tube, so it was a good day!

dryfly.me.2014.03.30.fishing_cod2The fish took on white baitfish patterns.

Hanging out by the sea and having this weather is everything you need:

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My #6 reel that I use for both salt and freshwater

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Got to test out some of the tubes I have created this winte

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More blue sky and sundryfly.me.2014.03.30.fishing2

Another flyfisher out hunting:dryfly.me.2014.03.30.fishing1

 

Testing out new flies

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is january, but the weather is more like early April: 7 degrees and sun before I went out. Have tied a lot of new flies lately, and mainly tubes, that I needed to see how would work when they were fished. The day was beautiful with so many people on the beach: even some barbecue going on (unheard of at this time of year), and the weather changed into a cloudy afternoon.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe did see 2-3 fish up in the surface, but nothing would take the fly.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome new flies was tested and I got some input on what I need to do – one thing I needed the most was to add a bit of weight to the big hair-winged tube flies, those just didn’t fly right on my #6 rod

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As mentioned: nothing would take, but I did find some potential great spots that is close to town!

Spey adventures

Well, it had to happen sooner or later:

Guideline Act4I got my first rod for speycasting yesterday, or: I went into a shop to get something else and I wandered out with a new Guideline ACT 4 12″6 #8/9 rod, not quite sure what happened! Well: the price was reduced significantly and I was thinking about it just the other day, so when the opportunity  came I took it (must sound very familiar to anyone hooked on anything: there is always a good excuse ).

The plan is to do my first salmon fishing with the rod next year: there are quite some good rivers around here, but also for the larger trout rivers north of here (some seriously large trout in this country). But: I have done mostly #5/6 dryfly fishing so this is a new adventure when it comes to lines, are there anyone that can recommend a line for this rod?

Exploring New Waters

The days are getting shorter as we go towards winter again here in Norway, but the autumn is a great time for fishing and photo hunting in the forest around Oslo. Yesterday I was out the door early to combine a photo-shoot with exploring 3 smaller lakes that I haven’t fished in before.

The rivers and 100m from the river into the lakes are no-fishing areas now in the spawning season between the 15.september and 15.november, but it is good to see running water before it freezes up soon

dryfly.me.2013.10.07.new_waters_1The autumn colours are great, photo-hunting on a day like this gives you lots of opportunities

dryfly.me.2013.10.07.new_waters_2That crispy and clear air on a day like this:

dryfly.me.2013.10.07.new_waters_3Didn’t do any fishing here, but this is your typical small lake that you will find in the forest surrounding Oslo:

dryfly.me.2013.10.07.new_waters_4The first lake I fished in, it was dead-quiet in the air and the sun was shining: the perfect moment except for the total lack of fish…. Nothing at all came up to the surface, so after a good wait and a coffee I started testing out different patterns along the ridge of the lake and out into towards the middle. Still nothing!

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A lot of these smaller lakes are slowly growing in from the edges: you end up balancing on logs to get out where you can cast ( the floating bog here can be devious! )

dryfly.me.2013.10.07.new_waters_6Still no fish, so I headed to the second lake, same result here, but the coffee was good, and I enjoyed fishing in nothing but a t-shirt ( which can be rare at this point of the year around here! )

dryfly.me.2013.10.07.new_waters_7Final place I tested out:

dryfly.me.2013.10.07.new_waters_8So: no fish this time, not even the sight of a small one out where you can never reach it! The conditions was great, but it was one of those days you just have to enjoy the weather, the fresh air and the 20km walk in solitude. I now have 3 more lakes to target for fishing when the 2014 season begins.