FLY TV – Brown Trout Fly Fishing with Big Streamers
I am Daniel Bergman.
– And I am Robert Hansson. You are watching FLY TV.
Today we are doing this: Welcome back to FLY TV! I am Daniel Bergman.
Today we are at the Kaitum River. We are at the Tjuonajokk fishing lodge. My guide is Robert Hansson
from FishYourDream. We will try to get some big trout
on some pretty nasty streamers today. They are pretty nasty. I have not fished big streamers
like these before in this river. It will be a lot of fun
to see how they act in the water. There is a lot of movement in this.
– Yes, they swim beautifully. It is not optimal conditions
for trout hunting. Scorching sun is not really trout weather. We will try some tougher streams
with some movement in the surface. Usually they are less spooked by that.
– It is more like a ceiling. Okay, let’s get going. The current is actually turning up here. It is coming straight towards us.
We got this really deep channel here. It comes from the main current. It goes all the way down there. I figured, since…
Whoa! Whoa! It came up from really deep. Nice one! I downsized a little bit
to a smaller belly scratcher minnow. In the first layout,
I hooked a trout. Do not go under there. Come on! The sky is all clear,
and the big sun is above us. Downsizing your streamers can
sometimes be of help. They are just beautiful
and strong as hell. Nice! I downsized to a smaller streamer pattern.
This is a belly scratcher minnow. It is from Curtis Fry Fly Fish Food. This one is actually weighted
on the underside. It has some tungsten beads on a wire.
It swims beautifully. Let’s get another one. What streamer fishing usually
looks like in Sweden is this. You throw it out, let it swing.
Do nothing, just let it swing. Swing it all the way down,
then take it home. Go down a few steps
and do the same thing again. It is almost like salmon fishing. There are actually so many
different ways you can fish a streamer. You can start with a throw upstreams. Pull it home a bit faster than the current. It can be very effective
when you are fishing holding spots. Spots you think hold fish. Like pocket water. It also allows the fly to sink quite well. You can also do the traditional
cross-stream, 90 degrees straight out. Let it swing, strip it a little bit.
Let it swing, strip it a little bit. Just give the fly some action. One excellent way can be to fish
just below quite turbulent water. Just free drift it. Throw it out, keep contact with the fly.
Just let it go with the stream. Sometimes when the smaller bait fish
go through these heavier rapids- -they get sort of paralyzed. Then the bigger fish wait for them
downstreams in calmer water. It is only in our imagination that
there are limited ways to fish a streamer. The main thing is to get the fly in front
of the fish’s face and get it to bite. No matter if they are standing upstreams,
cross-stream or downstreams. This place we are fishing now
has a stream. It is a bit farther down,
but it is a deep and long pool. I have some very good memories from it. This is a typical place for a big trout. Just a rod length away from me,
we are fishing in complete darkness. I am placing the fly upstream
every cast, to get it to sink. As you can see, it is not a fast current.
I am probably fishing 6-9 feet deep. I am placing the rod
just below the surface. Then a faster feed. I hooked into something here. We are fishing a bit deeper now in the sun. It looks like the big streamers
really work. A beautiful trout. I hooked into one.
It seems to be a nice fish. It was almost a double hook-up. Nice job, Daniel! I think it is his brother. Look at this! It is a really bright and sunny day,
but it seems as if digging deep paid off. Look at that! They are beautiful! They are so fat.
Look at this guy’s belly. It is like a fat pike. It seems as if we cracked the code. We are both using the same black belly
scratcher minnow with the fluorescent red. And the evil eyes. They seem to like it even though that
black might be an evening colour. We had two trouts in the same spot,
I think I will go back up a little bit. It might be a whole schoal of them. Hey there!
What is going on? Hook-up! Awesome, Daniel!
– Lovely! Look what I found,
a bar of gold. What a place! It is so cool! Tossing big streamers for angry trouts
is a new thing here in Sweden. I think it has not been practised for
more than five years or something. I was first introduced to it
by a dear friend, Oskar Hagelin. He has an awesome streamer fishing blog
called Time flies by Oskar. For those of you who are new to this,
I just thought I would show you- -some patterns, just a few examples
that I am using. I have had some
really nice fishing with these. We can start with a classic from
the streamer guru himself, Kelly Galloup. This is the Boogie Man with a nice pattern
that imitates a bait fish. It has a really wide profile
with a wide head. It makes it surf the currents. It is a really nice fly
that can be tied in a variety of colours. Then we have a version of
the first articulated fly I saw. Oskar showed it to me.
It is the articulated Provo Hooker. It is by Collin Carlson. It has a really cool pattern
and it is really meaty. It is just a lot of rabbit
and some feathers. I put some fluorescent stuff in there too. Use it with a heavy sinking line
in a deep hole. There will be no hesitation. Then of course we have the sculpins. You cannot have too many versions
of sculpins when fishing in Sweden. This is a fella I made up myself. It is mainly built up by marabou,
some craft fur and silly legs. It has a quite large sculpin head. It looks like nothing when it is wet
and up in the air. But when it gets in the water,
it just pulsates. It is a really deep diver.
It gets down deep on a good sinking line. And last, but not least. These guys have been
producing really well for us. This is a pattern from Mike Schmidt
that I modified a bit. It is called Junkyard Dog. But I replaced the regular
marabou tail with a wiggle tail. This one is actually unweighted.
So you fish it with a heavy sinking line. You give it all the action with the rod
or how you strip home the fly. That was some of my favourite patterns. Check out the American guys.
Use your imagination and tie meaty ones. It really works
and is very fun to fish with. That is exactly what I am going to do now. Good fish!
No! It seems to be a better fish. It is strong. It is a nice grayling. Look at that! That is a big grayling. Look at that. What a beauty! So folks,
that is how they get big. They eat fish, no more mayflies. Of course they do. A part of their diet is
probably small bait fish. Otherwise I have a hard time believing
they actually get that big. This is probably a grayling. No, it is a baby trout. Look at this.
This guy was hungry. Even small trouts eat big baits.
This fly is probably half its size. Yes, it is.
It just hammered it. Imagine the size of the flies
you can use for the really big ones. Swim back and eat a real sculpin instead. When I show people these big guys,
they usually think they are pike flies. They naturally ask me if I fish them
with a 9 weight or a 10 weight. I am usually fishing a 6, 7 or 8 weight. I am using a coastal road called Kust.
It is a 6 weight, 9 foot. It is really easy to cast
even big streamers with it. We are always fishing sinking line
with these guys, almost always. I have a 200 grain sinking streamer line. It has a very thin diameter.
It transports the fly well and sinks fast. When it comes to leaders,
there is no big fuss. I am using 3 feet of 0.38
and I taper it down to 0.33. A maximum total of 5 feet,
I do not want it to be too long. That will make the fly ride too high in
the water column, even with a deep line. That is pretty much it. Get yourself a nice sinking streamer line
and a nice 6 or 7 weight. Just get out there. Catch big trouts on big streamers.
It is fun, I promise you. We have quite a shallow stream here
that goes down to a big hole. Big holes, we like big holes.
Big holes hold big trouts. The sun is setting and
we are approaching trout hour. We have had some
tough sunlight all day long. The conditions are now
starting to look good. This area is the beginning of a stream. It is a very flat surface, so we rarely
find decent fish here during daytime. They approach this area now,
especially from the deeper parts upstream. They go back up to hunt in
these shallow waters. There are more shallow parts here.
– I have seen a couple of splashes up here. So, let’s go get them.
– Let’s do it. Awesome take, man! It is going down, Daniel! That was a really fast retrieve. Upstream mend, and then
fished roly-poly really fast. It seems to be going down. We have a problem,
it is an end of an island. I cannot really follow it so far. I think I can get it into slower water. It is completely golden.
– A really nice fish. Should I net it?
– Yeah. No more chasing. Here we go!
– Nice! That is a nice fish! It just went straight up to the surface.
– It was worth the run. That is a beautiful trout, man. Look how high it is. Very well-fed. Junkyard Dog,
Mike Schmidt’s cool pattern. I hung a little wiggle tail on it,
just to give it some extra action. Night colours.
I will let this beauty back. Where it belongs. It was not that tired. It is really the end of an island,
quite a rough stream down here. You did not have so much backing on.
It could have been an interesting swim. We are changing location. Having a nice evening stroll in the forest. Look over there!
Did you spook it? I think so.
I do not know. It was not big enough anyway. It felt so good. The trouts have been taking on
almost all kinds of retrieves. You can be quite creative. They have been taking when I was waiting
for the next cast with the fly still. They have also been taking
some very quick retrieves as well. Did you have one?
– I am not sure. I did a mend and when I tightened
the line there was something. Big fish! Big fish! Awesome, Daniel! That was an awesome take.
I was fishing an all black wiggle tail. A Junkyard Dog pattern.
This baby was… It is no monster, but… It is almost 11 o’clock
and it is starting to get really dark. This buddy hit me straight in the face.
The take was so hard. On an all black wiggle tail fly.
– It is not a small tail you put on it. It used to be a small before,
but it felt better with the bigger one. Fat as pig and gold and yellow.
You can see why it is called brown trout. Put you back where you belong. Awesome!
– Well done! It is fun in the dark here. Let’s get one more on the wiggle tail.
– Yeah, go grab one. Big splash! I am so excited, I cannot even see it.
I have it a rod length away. I do not see anything. I have it a rod length away,
but I cannot see what it is. Did you net yours?
Nice, Daniel. I have a 4 lbs 6 oz trout in my net. Let’s go inside, Daniel. It is a nice fish. We got an awesome fish
in the middle of the night. It looks like a sea trout.
– Yeah, definitely. Double fight in the middle of the night. It was worth staying up for.
– Definitely. In this river, since a couple of years…
– Sorry! For the last couple of years,
these have been protected in this river. I am very happy about that.
– Here we see the results. So many spots. We fished this quite close
to the surface tonight. Quite fast.
– They are visible as they are quite big. It seemed to work.
Go back into the dark. English subtitles: Daniella Twedmark