FLY TV – Rainbow Trout Fly Fishing in Small Lakes
I am Daniel Bergman.
You are watching FLY TV. Today we are doing this: Our plan today is to do
some rainbow and trout fishing. That is a huge fish! I was never in control of that one. This is what you call
a typical rainbow trout box. That is a nice fish. Good morning!
Welcome to FLY TV. It is in the middle of the summer. Our plan today is to do some rainbow and
trout fishing in the Hökensås area. In the south of Sweden. We will try different techniques
throughout the day. I will start with a dry fly as
there already is surface activity. This is some of the food
that is on the menu today. Caenis orslamsländain Swedish. It is also called the angler’s curse
and can be really annoying. They are quite small. It can be tricky to get them on the dries
at this time of the year. It is 4 o’clock in the morning
and the wind is still. I guess this is our best chance,
if we want them to hit the dries. When the sun gets higher,
I guess we have to use a sinking line. We will also have to
try different techniques. We have seen some midges swarming. We have seen a couple of
small mayflies, the caenis. I put on a tiny hatching midge.
It is my first choice. It actually is at different times of
the year, when the fish is picky. This morning tells me
we are going to have a great day. A beautiful morning. The amount of small dead caenis
on the surface is just crazy. It is like a Swedish smorgasbord
with food for the fish. You need to be either skilful- -and be able to place your fly
exactly in the line of the fish- -or have incredible luck to place
your fly where a fish is about to eat. This is where the patience part comes in. You just need to wait them out. Well, it seems as if that was it. The sun is up quite high now
and the wind is picking up. I can barely see any more rising fish,
but I will switch to the sinking line. We will if they have started
to feed closer to the bottom. I am switching to a booby set up
with a quite fast sinking line. And it has a short leader. You actually control how deep
you fish the fly with this leader. The fly has a pair of big floating eyes,
which will make it float. The line lies on the bottom
and the fly floats a bit further up. Let’s see how it works.
It is usually good here. It takes a while for the line to sink
all the way down to the bottom. I think it is a couple of metres deep here. Do a slow retrieve when you think
the line is on the bottom. Just keep the tension on the line,
so you can feel everything. When you take home line,
you actually get the fly to dive. When you lose tension,
it will float up again. This can really trigger the fish. If you do a couple of quick pulls,
it dives and then it floats back up again. This is a good way to fish deep
without snagging, when the water is warm. It can sometimes really be the way to go. It is a good take. There are a lot of logs there. A strong fish.
This guy just ripped the line from my hand. A nice bow.
Looks like he has a neon sign in his mouth. Bye bye! Down and dirty,
down and dirty in the summertime. Let’s see if there are anymore out there. The casting situation here is quite tricky. There is a really steep hill behind me,
as you can see. It forces me to change
the angle of my stops when casting. I need to stop really high up,
with the rod tip in the back cast. Then I need to go really far down
in the forward cast. Just to be able to get out
a decent distance here. So I can reach the deep ledge out here. It is not pretty,
but it gets the flies out. I have…
Oh, come on. He missed it.
Let’s see if he takes it again. Just keep contact. Come on. It is really entertaining
when you get these small nibbles. Then they hit it hard. Yes! A good take.
Whoa, whoa! No hesitation there.
He is jumping. This is fun. Booby! This is the blob I fish booby style. I got this from my good friend Cato,
who is a competitive angler from Norway. I use these quite often when lake fishing. And also during competitions. It can be used like now,
in the height of summer. When the water is warm
and the fish are close to the bottom. Or in the winter when their metabolism is
still slow so they do not actively hunt. It can be a really effective technique
then as well. When I am out fishing trout and rainbow
in lakes like this, I got two rods with me. One 9 ft, line 5 for
dry fly fishing and nymph fishing. You can also cast lighter streamers
on this one without any problems. This is my new streamer favourite
for lake fishing, a 10 ft for line 6. It is really good when fishing
wading with high banks behind you. It is also good when float tubing.
It is nice to have that extra feet. Both when casting and landing fish. This is loaded with a floating line
with quite a long head. It is good for distance casting. This one is loaded with a sinking line,
so I can fish streamers or boobies. This covers most of the situations
that you can encounter during all seasons. When it comes to leader,
it varies quite a lot of course. But I prefer using quite long
nylon leaders for dry fly fishing. Between 12 and 20 feet long,
in worst case scenarios. For sinking lines,
I keep it as short as possible. It is more important to get it down than
to have a distance between fly and line. I try not to go under 0.15, a 5X tippet,
when it comes to diameter. I go all the way up to 0 X when
fishing larger streamers on sinking lines. They are usually not that fussy
about the leader diameter. The fish in this lake can be
really big and really powerful. If you use too thin leaders,
they can just snap it in the take. And that sucks. That is it, more or less. I was just about to change to
some sort of dry fly. From the booby. Then this guy just ripped
the line from my hand. It is strong as hell. They are so strong here.
These fish are insane. This is the most fun part
with the rainbow trout. They are so strong. It is a nice fish. That is a good fish. That is a nice fish.
Awesome! Crazy fish.
Look at the spots. It got spots on its fins.
Awesome. That was an awesome fish. It seems as if the booby technique
is the way to go. As the sun is really strong, we went to
a part of the lake with some more shadow. This side is also the one
that fastest gets deepest. I have the sinking line
with the bright pink… BOOBY! That seems to do the trick.
They love these boobies. Hell is probably going to break loose now. Yes! This lake is known for its big strong bows,
in case I have not mentioned that. And there it came off. I was never in control of that one. Oh damn! When it comes to flies,
it varies throughout the season of course. During summer fishing,
I prefer to carry a big box of dry flies. With everything that you can encounter
during a day on the water, more or less. Caddis pupas and big sedges. Small sedges and beetles. Mayflies of all different kinds. There is not much hatching right now,
but we saw a lot of midges this morning. This is a version of the Hairdressers Midge
created by Patrik Johansson. It is a good fly. And then we have the disco box. This is what you can call
a typical rainbow trout box. It is packed with everything:
squirmies, blobs, boobies- -and various hideous creatures.
I even got some wiggle tail snacks here. Caddis patterns, damselfly nymphs
and some woolly bugger patterns. More or less everything. It can be a good idea to fish two flies
on a leader sometimes. Just to find out what the fish prefer,
you can have a bigger anchor fly. And a smaller dropper a bit
further up on the leader. You can use this technique when
dry fly fishing and fishing streamers. Otherwise when it comes to equipment,
it is good to have a good net. Some tools, a pair of waders
and you are good to go. We found a couple of big fish
standing in the surface here. Oh, that is a huge fish! Is that really a trout? It does not really care about the fly.
It is a bit short. If I land the fly almost on them,
they will probably just explode. Hold on, here it comes. There is more… Oh! Okay, now I know.
That is not trout. That is carp. When they turned,
I saw the big scales on the side. That explains a lot. They placed grass carp in some lakes to
prevent them from being filled with grass. You are not allowed to fish for them,
as they are here for a reason. It would have been fun
if they were huge rainbows. One of them looked a bit different,
it could have been a rainbow. “Hey carps, I am a rainbow!
Wanna hang with me?” “We can make some really
strange species together.” Or something… Let’s pack the car and
head for another type of fishing. We will bring out the float tubes to be
prepared for the evening fishing. Cool. We are out with the float tubes. We have got some obvious advantages when
fishing from a float tube instead of land. You can reach everything. And during the summer, like now,
the fish tend to go a bit further out. On the lake.
It can be tricky to reach them from land. We will see if we find any rising fish
or even some bugs in this tough wind. I thought we would start
fishing this side. The wind has been blowing on to
this bank for several days actually. I guess most of the food- -or the hatching bugs,
should end up somewhere along this bank. The fish are where the food is, of course. But we will see. This is one of the bigger lakes
in the Hökensås area. The water is quite clear
and it carries some really nice fish. I tend to catch quite a lot of old fish
that has been stocked a long time ago. They are in really nice condition,
which makes them really cool. We will see if can find
one of those big guys today. That would be really cool. It is a quite deep lake actually,
over 10 metres at its deepest points. That is a good thing for
fishing in the height of summer. The fish can go down there
into the cooler water. I have not seen a rise so far. So I will start with
the same sinking set up as before. I got my dry fly rod ready for later on,
hopefully there will be some bugs hatching. And the fish will start rising. But I will begin with
the sinking set up and see if it works. This is nice. It is sort of
the definition of peacefulness. Until I get hooked up, that is. I can barely believe it,
but I saw a fish rising. That is good. Cool, I think that was the first rise. Hopefully, that is how it begins. When fishing is slow,
this usually helps. I know what I am going to do
when I retire. The sun is setting. And as usual during the summer,
this is when the surface activity starts. We had a bunch of rising fish around us. Not close enough, though. But that is hopefully
just a matter of time. I still do not see any bugs though. That is a bit weird. We will see. Oops!
Shit happens. It took the smaller dropper fly
that is laying just on the surface. It is totally drenched now,
so I am going to dry it up with Amadou. I want the dropper fly to be
completely dry and super high floating. I want it to stay on the surface, not sink. But I want the anchor fly,
the big Vulgata imitation, to float high. Since we got some waves- -it is tricky to see when they take
the smaller flies that lay on the surface. The big fly can actually work
as an indicator. Before I saw the splash of the fish,
I saw the big fly disappear. When the fish took the smaller one. That is quite cool. I see some sea gulls moving in,
which can be a good sign that- -the vulgata spinners that hatched earlier
are starting to move out to lay eggs. That is good sea gull food
as well as trout food. The same thing again. We were paddling towards the calmer areas. Then I heard a splash right behind me
and I just got the fly out. It took the dropper fly instantaneously. It is strong.
They are strong. I think it is actually a trout. Yes, it is. It is another trout.
Come on… I got it. Beautiful! Beautiful!
Look at that! Okay, let’s go back. Nice, nice. Summer fishing. Same thing again,
it took the smaller fly. Cool. English subtitles: Daniella Twedmark