FLY TV – Dry Fly Sea Trout Fishing in Denmark
Welcome to FLY TV. – My name is Steffan Jensen.
– I am Allan Pedersen. Today, we are doing this: – We are wading on a reef or a plateau.
– There is so much food for them in here. Gobies, sticklebacks, gammarus, bugs. What a fatty! It looked like somebody dropped
a cow in the water. – It is a big fish.
– It is almost 2 feet. We are back in Denmark in mid-August. Allan, can you tell us where we are
and what we are about to do. My name is Allan Pedersen
and I am 38 years old. I work in a hunting and fishing shop
called MB Jagt & Fiskeri in Hobro. We are in Mariager Fjord. – What are we going to do now?
– Get sea trout on dry flies, hopefully. I have not used dry flies that much,
but I have fished a lot for sea trout. On the coast line of Denmark and Sweden,
but dry flies are very new to me. What is there to expect? We will hopefully see
some fish feeding on the surface. We hope to see daddy longlegs
and beetles blowing out on the water. The fish will hopefully feed on them
and we can entice them to take our flies. We will also be blind fishing, as we say. We will search for the fish
with big foam flies under the surface. – And hopefully get in to some action.
– We will see the takes? We will absolutely see the takes. How about the conditions? These days the conditions are not perfect.
The weather is changing a lot. There are different wind directions
and the water is a bit cold. The fishing would be better
if we had had stable temperatures? And the wind too. The water could be
two or three degrees warmer. Then the conditions would be better.
The insect life is not as abundant either. This fjord, the Mariager Fjord… Can you tell us more about it
and its biology? The fjord is about 22 miles long
and has a lot of small streams. There is a special breed of sea trout here. It is not silver, like you are used to see.
A lot of them look like brown trout. Or slighty coloured fish.
They are often really fat. In the summer time. If a normal guy would catch one of these
on the open coast, he would say… He would probably think
that it is a coloured fish. Do the fish live here or
do they go up to the sea? A few go to the open sea,
but most live their life in the fjord. – We get fish that weighs 11 lbs.
– That is huge. It is a big fish. If you were to tell someone like me,
who has not done a lot of this,- -how to start and point me in
the right direction. And how to decide
which location I should go to. Are there any tips? Absolutely. We mostly look for offshore winds
blowing insects out on the water. Conditions like reeds, trees and bushes
are advantegeous as they mean more bugs. That is kind of what we look for. You still fish for rising fish everywhere,
not only here in the fjord. But also on the open coast
or your favourite salt water spot. You do not have to see bugs. If you see fish and have a hard time
catching them, you can use foam flies. What is the best time of the year?
Is it only summer fishing? No, I would say from
mid-May to September or October. But you can generally do it all year. We actually fish in the winter sometimes.
It can be good. We are here.
Let’s give it a go. Sure. The spot we are fishing here…
We are wading on a reef or a plateau. The water outside is dropping
down to almost 13 feet. We are walking in here
and kind of fishing over an edge. Hopefully, the fish will follow this edge
and come up towards our fly. The water is quite deep over there
and not as much in here. There is bit of a current running,
but not too much. There is no wind. I would like that wind to come in a bit. The water is so flat
that the fish can see it rippling. We want more disturbance
on the surface to cover our leaders. Then it would be easier to catch the fish. Let’s see. There are a few different ways
that we fish these foam flies. One is called roly poly. You slowly move it
and then faster for a few takes. Then maybe a pause
before you move it slow again. Just so you can see the fly make
a small wave. Sometimes it is just roly poly,
but faster. Big waves, no splashes. Sometimes we fish on flat water
and the surface is rippling. Just in front of us. We can place the fly
and let it sit for 30–60 seconds. Then the fish will come and take it. If you cast to a rising fish,
just leave it out there for a minute. Then move it a little bit. If they are neglecting the fly,
you can move it a bit faster. I was just doing the roly poly slowly. Then a wave came up behind it,
I stopped the fly and then smash! Finally. – Good job, man.
– I do not think it is a big fish. That is a good-sized fish. Lightly hooked, I think. Almost 20 inches. – Well done!
– Thanks. – A beautiful fish.
– Yes, did you see how fat it was? That is how they mostly look in the fjord.
Really fat and nice spots. It was fighting hard.
Cool! We have to get one for you now.
We know they are here. We just have to fish them.
Cool! – That dry fly…
– After one fish. – Thank you.
– Let’s get another one. First it came once
and I was offering my fly. – Did it take it?
– No, I set full speed on the fly. I saw this big wave come up
behind the fly. – It is a nice fish.
– It is a good-sized fish. I got a long leader.
I will back up and pull it towards you. There are a lot of rocks here,
it is not that easy. Nice fish. – That is the one we want.
– I do not have control of it yet. Not ready yet. – Big spots on this one as well.
– Push it a bit over here. What a fatty! Look at that. Beautiful.
Look at that. Nice fish.
Does it feel good? This is… I do not know if it is
the coolest sea trout fishing. – It is definitely in the top three.
– It is up there. Everything is just so extreme.
You get excited by seeing all of it. You can do it in the sunlight. This is just so fat and amazing. – Let’s put it back.
– Look at the back of it. Congratulations, buddy. I cannot describe this feeling. You do not get tired of it
and you cannot describe it. It is just 100% happiness.
You feel empty, but still happy. – Maybe one more?
– Maybe one more. Let’s try. See if they will play along. I hope so. As the fjord is so big, 22 miles,
we have many different spots to try. You can fish for about an hour
and then try another spot. That is what we will do. I thought you could tell us
about the equipment we are using. – I have a 7 weight.
– I have a 6 weight. What action on the rods do you usually use? Medium-fast to fast. Fast because of
the big flies that are wind-resistant. Sometimes there may be a lot of wind. –And for the hook set-up?
– And for hook set-up on a long distance. – You do not want it soft?
– No, the rod should not be too soft. That is what I use for
regular sea trout fishing. Lines? Shooting heads or weight-forward lines. If you choose a weight-forward line,
a medium head length of 32 ft is perfect. You get great presentation
and long distance. I use a lot of shooting heads,
also about 32 feet. – All of them are floating, of course?
– All of them are floating. And leaders? – Nylon leaders and nylon tippet.
– How about length? Depending on the wind and flies,
but a 9 or 12 foot leader. About 3 feet of tippet. – That is about 3X or 2X?
– 2X, normally. Because you have to turn over the flies. When I fish at home,
I always use fluorocarbon leaders. Or at least the tippet.
Why don’t you? The foam flies are big and float well,
but the fluorocarbon will sink them. Nylon all the way. But you use fluorocarbon
when you fish shrimp flies? Absolutely. I use fluorocarbon for everything else,
but nylon for this type of fishing. How about reels? Just a decent break and
a salt water resistant break system. It does not have to be
anything fancy. It is actually quite easy to get started. You probably have something you can use.
You just need a normal salt water set-up. – A fast action rod.
– Let’s sum it all up. A 9 foot, 6 or 7 weight rod. Shooting head or weight-forward
floating line, fully in nylon. Leader and tippet. Some foam flies. The last thing I want you
to show us is the flies, of course. – Are there different sizes or just one?
– Different sizes for different conditions. I normally start with big flies
when fishing on a day with a lot of wind. Later in the evening,
if the wind goes down- -you have to downsize. On the day too,
if the fish is picky. How do you choose your first fly? Big and visible. Normally something with orange legs. And a medium size,
like a 6 or a 4. So that I can see it
and the fish can see it. We have to find the fish,
search some water. You always have to work
when sea trout fishing. It is actually the same tactics?
On the top, on the surface? Sea trout fishing is fun, right? But with surface activity,
floating lines, floating flies… – It does not get much better, does it?
– No, it is so much fun. It is awesome to see them smash
the fly on the surface. You just have to try it. I am stoked,
I find it so exciting, so fantastic. – It is quite easy to get started.
– It is quite simple. It is important for me that
the flies are tied in a loop knot. – Is it the same for you?
– Yes, it is. The only knot you need to know
is a loop knot for sea trout fishing. – I have learned a lot.
– That is good. What do you think,
should we try to find some fish? We will give it a go. Look how fat these trouts are. There is so much food for them in here. Gobies, sticklebacks, gammarus and bugs. Yes. What a take! It looked like somebody dropped
a cow in the water. This one might be a very good fish, Allan. A huge fish! – It is a big fish.
– It is almost 2 feet. Nice. – I need to back in a bit.
– That might be a good idea. I do not want it around this rock.
I think we should go over there. It does not look like I am putting
a lot of pressure on it, but I actually am. That is a nice fish. Alright, dude! Another good one. It is a huge fish. It is so cool. Beautiful. Let’s put it back. It wanted to go. Good job. Thank you, Allan.
Thank you for helping me. – So, do you like it?
– A lot. English subtitles: Daniella Twedmark