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Seatrout Sunday

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The summer is close to over, and because of a injury I haven’t had many possibilities to go fishing. Add to that: I managed to break a ring on my Arctic Silver 10ft #7 earlier this summer…. But: yesterday the spare part came and today I went out for a quick trip, just to get some time by the sea.

When I came out to my spot I saw lots of small fish jumping clear of the water, showing clear signs of being chased by something! I tied up some sunray shadows earlier, some variants with gold and silver bodies, so when I saw the small fish I tied on one of those and started pulling in as quickly as I could. On the third throw I had a follower all the way in – 1m from shore I saw it, but it turned and I got that bubble of water…
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For a while it was quiet, but I kept at the spot and 10min later I was pulling in quickly again, and this time it hit in the surface – the sunray was maybe 10cm under the surface, so I got a big splash out of it, then it came back and turned quickly just below the surface right next to the fly, leaving that bubble of water showing where it went!
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It died down a bit around then, I tried on some different flies, had some lunch and relaxed. The sunray is a great pattern for both river and lake, and I put it back on again after a while – dragged it over the same area as before, and not until I pulled in as quick I could I got another hit, this time a smaller one, but I landed it. A very small seatrout that didn’t put much bend in my 10ft #7 rod, but it was there, and it swims on:

IMG_1999A good day by the sea, now I’m waiting for the trip up north in a couple of weeks!

 

Autumn fishing

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It’s autumn again and we are already far into October, but these days can give some crystal clear days when everything is perfect to go out fishing. It has been a busy autumn for my part with traveling and work, so not so many trips out to fish in the Oslo fjord. But I started on a new job last wednesday, and with that I had some vacation days before leaving my old job so I I tied up some seatrout flies and the weather went into picture-perfect mode for two days!

If you have read this blog before you will see that this is a place I have visited before, and that is true, this place is easy accessible, you need waders to get out there and along the shore you can strike gold on a good day. I tie up a lot of flies for my box, and part of going out like this is also to get the new flies into the water to see how they behave. Even if people say that this and that fly is best I like to see how they react and behave before I make up my mind about them (and go back to make adjustments). Here is the lipstick shrimp variation I tied up the other day, I want to get a little bit of lead in the front part to get it to walk a bit different, but that will be for the next trip out here.
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So I had some food, rigged up my Guideline LPXe #6 and started fishing along the shore, it didn’t take more than 3 casts before a cod followed all the way up to the shore and nibbled the shrimp, but it turned aournd just 1 meter out, a close encounter!  I quickly realized that a big flock of small bait fish went back and forth along the shore, and with it came the hunting fish. I tied up a rusty magnus and started casting in and  just outside the big flock to see if something would hit it, but I only got two-three nibbles. So I sat down and paused a bit, these days are good for just sitting down to relax and look at the sea. I kept the rusty magnus on and threw out again, and at one point a fish came up a meter behind my fly, I could see the fin, and it aggressively attacked the fly, but did not take…

Not the best picture, but this is how it looked when the flock came along the shore:

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The seatrout was very jumpy (quite literally) this day: several times I saw seatrout jumping up, one cleared the watesrwith 50cm+,. They also hunted the baitfish all the way in to the shore: you would see a couple of small rings in the surface, then suddenly hundred of small fish would rush in the surface past you, making a wooshing sound as it went past, and you saw the fish hunting them, all the way in to shore and a couple of the small fish went ashore! Then it went silent…. until it happened again 30 minutes later.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe evenings was great though: had picture-perfect conditions for fishing, but sat down and looked at this view quite a few times.

Not the worst of places to be a monday evening!

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At one point a huge rushing sound came right above me and a huge flock of crows was flying past me, I have never had a “The Birds” moment like this before, I got the camera up a bit too late to get a good picture, but if you click on this one an see all the black dots above the building: birds! (and there was even more to the right of the picture)

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Even though the seatrout was out and around it didn’t want to hook properly this time, but I did catch a couple of this with the spaykutling that I have made a set of.

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The Big Hole Demon got a chance to swim as well, but didn’t get any hits. This one I need to varnish or layer with bugbond on the body so that it keeps longer.

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The second-to-last throw and I got this one (also on a spaykutling), It has been a long time since I’ve seen such a fat/round fish! It must have been full of small fish that it had been hunting along the shore.

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Fishing in the wind

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Headed out today after work to hit one of the islands just outside Oslo, I had some new flies to test out and the ferry out there was only 20minutes. The forecast said slow wind and a nice afternoon, but as I approached the waterfront and took the ferry it was apparent that the wind was not slow… Got out to the island and found this place where I could stand and get some line out in the water, but the wind was picking more and more up and the line kept going everywhere….

As you do when things don’t go your way: get some food and boil up some coffee to see if things change!

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Things didn’t change though. I have recently purchased a new rod (Zpey 13.3 #8) for salmon fishing, but haven’t had the chance to test it out, so to get some practice I got it out and started testing it out for the first time. I have never cast spey before so it was a bit akward, but I got a half-way snap-t and a line that went in the right direction, so more on the rod and how that behaves later

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No fish today, but with scenery like this 20min from Oslo it is good to just get out there and brew a cup of coffee and go home while the sun sets.

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Trout in the tunnel

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI don’t own a car, so living in Oslo with access to public transportation I love the fact that places like this is available within a very short travel from downtown Oslo. The day was spent drinking coffee next to the stream, fishing for small trout with this quill & hackle pattern, but when I got to this tunnel (it goes underneath a road) I was stuck… I tried a lot of differnent midges and mayflies, but nothing would appear or be interested in anything. Then I put on a white/green variation of the CDC&Deer  and instantly I had 3 trouts on: all taking just in the exit of this tunnel.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith all the foam you had to hit outside the patches of white, if not the fly was just hidden by it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor rivers like this (if you get a 500g trout here it is big!) I bring my Sage TXL-F #1 and Click 1. A great combination to get out those #18/#22 with a 6x/7x tippet underneath branches and trees along the river.

 

 

 

Lysaker to Sørkedalen pt.2

Another trip to this river so very close to Oslo that it is a wonder why I haven’t visited it before! A 3 hours walking trip  up/in the middle of the river and covering more ground. A fresh river (as in: not fished before) is very exiting: finding the spots where the trout is, coming around a bend in the river and seeing a beautiful section unfold where you just know that the trout is standing ready.

A well known view: the moment before fishing can start

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Sage TXL-F #1 has become my new favourite small-river rod

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe vegetation in larger parts of the river makes waders a absolute must-have if you want to get the fly out there

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Aurivilli is so far the best bet in this river: I landed 5 20cm trout on this trip with sizes #12 and #18

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPlaces like this makes the trip worth it

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