FLY TV – Mountain Brownies – Fly Fishing for Big Brown Trout
Hi, I am Niklaus Bauer.
– And I am Daniel Bergman. And I am Ulf Johansson. You are watching FlyTV
and today we are doing this: Welcome back to FlyTV. Today we are standing here
on a helicopter platform. We are waiting for the helicopter
to take us far out there. We are here together with Ulf
from Ammarnäs Fishing Centre. And my good friend,
Mr. Beard here. We are hoping to see some cool
brown trout action today. What do you say?
– I hope so. It is a really nice
lake system up in Skeble. We have at least three bigger lakes
that we can fish in. And also some smaller ones as well as
some small streams for brown trout fishing. You have been flying out
to these lakes for a few years now? I have been up there for
at least ten years. What kind of dry flies are we considering?
– Sedge, mayflies. We have also tied
a bunch of small mice. It will be cool to see if we can get
one to strike one of those. Really cool surface action. I think it was in 2011,
and my son was up there guiding,- -and he saw a lemming
swimming to a small island. It took 10-15 seconds and then
a big brownie came and took it. Now I know what I am going to do
for the next days. “Where is the island?!” The island is close by the camp.
– Super. What time of the year do you fish up here?
It is the beginning of July now. It is the beginning of the season up here.
We keep on until the middle of August. How many are fishing these lakes in a year?
– 20-25 people, I would say. It is almost only catch and release. We can see the helicopter coming,
so we better get out of the way. I do not know what you say…
– I think it might be best. Nice! Some peace and quiet. Welcome to the lakes of Skeble. It is like a picture frame,
it is just beautiful. This is the main lake,
you can also the smaller one up there. There are some really nice spots
downstreams over there. Nice!
We are going to have a good time. We also brought two belly boats.
It will be interesting to see- -what can happen out in the areas,
where no one usually fish at all. I wonder what the trout will think
when they see our belly boats and fins. “What is this?” “Can we eat it?” I hope that they are not quite that big. We might look like ducks up there. I think we will fish with sinking line
in the deeper parts. Because of the heat.
– Yes, it is extremely hot. Cool! It is not a monster, but… We brought some belly boats
in the helicopter. These lakes are so big
and we want to fish farther out. Places where probably not
a lot of people have fished before. There are really deep spots in these lakes. We want to try and fish them. And see what happens. I am going to start out
with a fast sinking line. This is one of my favourite
sea trout flies. A simple Wolly Bugger with a magic head. I am using very light colours,
this is tan. Because the sky is so light,
and it is very sunny out here. Usually these lighter flies
work much better this time of day. You never know.
We will see what happens. Bye bye guys!
– Take care. Stay afloat! Oh, come on. It strikes it so hard,
but it will not get stuck. What is the problem? It is like fishing perch or something. Nice! That was a better take. It is a bigger fish this time. A double hook-up!
Should we check to see which one is bigger? I have a feeling that yours is bigger. I have been fishing
some really nice reefs here. Daniel has been fishing with a dry fly.
I have been fishing the channels. There are fairly deep channels out here.
With the belly boat. This one came in one of these channels.
It just slammed it. It was a really nice take. That was a nice one.
About 1 feet 7 inches. Beautiful!
– A nice trout. Look at all the spots on its head.
It just slammed that magic head. What a feeling to be out here in the belly
boat with all the surrounding mountains. It is the ultimate peace and quiet.
Time to release this magnificent fish. Hey dude!
– Good job. Good job!
– Good job! It dropped off like this,
then there was a deep channel. Then the next reef on the other side,
I was fishing the channel inside. It worked! Believe it or not, but these lakes
were covered with ice two weeks ago. Now it is probably
above 60° F. It seems as if the trout does not
want to go through this warm water. We are waiting for the evening to come
with cooler water or cooler temperature- -to cool the surface
water down a little bit. Maybe we will have some fish rising
for some nice dry flies tonight. We are fishing sinking lines to go
a little deeper to find some big trout. From a belly boat out here. When you are thirsty you can
have a sip of water from the lakes. It does not get better than this. A fish! My legs are cramping as well. I put on one of those big streamers. It hammered it at my first layout. The funny thing is that
I took the trout imitation. They do not have that much
to choose from in these mountain lakes. They got bugs,
and then they got their own kind. Look at that. You got a mouthful.
A hungry guy. The baby trout. What is going on, man?
– Did you see that stop? Jesus! That is a better fish.
What is going on? Okay, we are in the backing.
Awesome! We are into 55 yards of backing! We have these shallow points out here,
in the middle of the lake. This is where the main part of the fish
seems to be hanging around. That take was just…
– Badabam! Like a hit in the face. This is the only way to fish
when it is windy like this. They are not showing themselves at all. Everytime you have this small reef,
one or two fish always hang around those. Nice!
– Nice brownie! That is a good one. I wonder what happened to this guy. It has kind of a humpback. But it looks as if he is okay anyhow.
He has been feeding well. He has kind of a strange shape.
It is just a beautiful fish. Look at the spots on the head. When you are fishing these mountain trouts
or trouts up in this part of Sweden- -I prefer to use a 6 weight,
as a dry fly rod. With a floating line,
and I prefer these longer belly lines. Not a long belly line,
but definitely longer heads. I use the 5 weight with
a really long belly line. That is my favourite set-up. You usually dry fly fish
with sedges up here. We had some mayflies
and stoneflies as well. But a lot of black gnats too.
– Yeah, and daddy longlegs. We have everything,
more or less. Kind of a mix of everything. The only problem is
that the surface water is 68° F. They are not that willing to rise. But the sinking line fishing
has been awesome. It is a good thing you brought your…
– Sea trout box. With the magic heads.
They work miracles. I never leave home without…
– A box of magic heads? These light colours have
worked really well. They have never seen
anything like that before. Never a belly boat,
and never a magic head. Always bring a 7 weight
when you are up fishing like this. A fast 7 weight
and a sinking line. That can definitely
save your day. The fish is probably in
the cold water looking up. If something comes that is worth
going through that surface water for- -they will go up to feed on it.
We have to try this mouse. That would definitely be
something worth rising for. You have the one from Leffe?
– Yes, the one with the faux fur. And with this sunker tail here.
– I like the lemming. That is really cool. A lemming is a small
rodent that live in these mountain areas. Let’s put something on
and get some! This is the best trick ever. It was really fun. I had one of these
horseflies on my arm and I killed it. I threw it in the water and it took
20 seconds before a trout came up. I put on a big Goddard Caddis. It probably took 3 feet of stripping
before one came up and ate it. It ate it a few times before it got stuck.
A Goddard is big and the fish is not huge. It is not too bad. He really slammed
that Goddard Caddis. That was nice. While Daniel and I were fishing,
it was a really deep ledge here. We were both fishing it
with a sinking line. We hooked fish simultaneously here. The fish nibbled our flies like crazy.
It was pretty cool actually. Daniel hooked a bigger fish,
and mine took right after that. Come on.
That is a nice one. Come on buddy.
– I think yours is a bit bigger. Definitely.
– It might be fatter at least. Should I net yours too?
– No, it is okay. I think I can manage. It is so cool in this crystal-clear water.
– That is the fish! Now we are talking! Look at that! I think they are pretty similar in size.
Yours is probably a bit bigger. They are about the same length. That is gone. Back he goes. It was a good fight. He got me all wet.
– Awesome, man! No, I am stuck with my…
– Your superfly? We actually saw a big trout hitting a bird.
He is still holding it in its legs. The bird was going down to take a sedge,
and then the trout came and took the bird. Why don’t we have any bird imitations?
Just mouse. Check it out. Is it still holding it?
-I do not know. Maybe it is difficult for it to lift off.
– It actually took the bird. I think I might need to put my mouse on.
You can see the small ones along the bank. Check that out. That is a lemming eater. We are going to try and hit them
with some lemmings and big mice. We will see how they react
with a totally calm surface. And good light, some rising fish.
This should be the perfect opportunity. We have been dreaming about this
since we planned the trip. We really have to fish these guys now.
– This is the best moment. Let’s get some. You are going to die.
– I have this smaller one. You have to clean up after me.
– I’ll go after you to clean up your mess. They are not too bad to cast either.
– No, as long as you use a 7 weight. Or an 8 weight, it is not a problem. I am actually scared to bully this one. I know. It is sort of intimidating.
You do not know what is going to happen. All of a sudden there is a 1 foot 11 inches
trout taking a sedge pupa or something. Then BAM! There comes a big mouse. “I will eat that.
Any time of the day.” If you live in these remote lakes,
you cannot afford to be too picky. Your feeding season is not that long. If somebody puts a big pizza in your face,
you will eat it. He hit that fucking mouse! We are just moving ahead
to an area farther up here. We know that it is a good one.
– But that fish is not too bad. We are moving up ahead into
these rocky parts of the lake. The first one hit your fly like hell.
– We were just laughing at it. Then probably the same fish
came and ate yours. Like 10 seconds later.
It was a hungry trout. Was that on the furry faux mouse?
– Yes, the one from Leffe Örtenholm. I thought that you were using
the really big one from Andreas. I thought that I would pick up
the scraps with my smaller one. That is a nice fish, man.
Mission accomplished! First one on the mouse!
– That is a big one. A mouth full of mouse. It ate my lemming first.
Then the same fish took this little fellow. Big fish eat big bait.
– Yeah, that is true. A furry faux mouse.
Look at this big one. It is really long.
Look at the tail fin. It is like a paddle. It is so cool when they
are hitting them like that. Check out the colours on the back.
It is green. A bit green on the back. Bye bye! Grow even bigger! First mouse trout! Awesome!
Totally awesome! Rock ‘n’ roll, man! It inhaled that! It murdered it. Man, they hit them hard.
– It thought it would be full for a week. But no!
– He wondered what happened. “That is one strong lemming.” That is what you call a mouthful. The mouth is full. My first fish on lemming. Awesome!
-It just inhaled it. Look at that fish. It is definitely one of the coolest
trout I ever caught. And I once had a sea trout over 20 lbs! But the lemming caught
a mountain trout. Sea trout do no eat lemmings.
But I might need to try. Well well well,
what do you say? Can we say mission accomplished? It took a beating. This was not as much of a baby
as I thought it was. It is almost 12 o’ clock,
it is really cool to be fishing. It is in the middle of the night,
and it is still daylight more or less. It is a nice mountain brown.
Look at this little beauty. Look at the red spot on this fin here. Quick release. Subtitles: Daniella Falkman Twedmark