The Ladyfish of Langkawi
Monday, 19 April 2021
I was over in Langkawi last week for filming a forthcoming TV show. I had an absolute blast. I’m not going to talk too much about what happened and what I learned because that would spoil the show, right? :)
But what I will say is, man, those fish really know how to run! The biggest we had to the boat were around 5KG and I’m not exaggerating when I say some took 200m of line on the first hectic rush. Luckily I took extra backing!
Fly Fishing for Saratoga in North Queensland Rivers
Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Saratoga are a prehistoric, non-edible sportfish found in the tropical Northern rivers of Australia. There are two species Scleropages leichardti found mainly in the southern rivers and Scleropages jardinii found mainly in the Northern rivers. They are found in inland rivers, billabongs and flood runners. A billabong is an Australian term for an oxbow lake, or an isolated pond left behind after a river changes course. A flood runner is a small anabranch which flows only during periods of high flow in the stream it branches from, ie during floods.
Crazy Times Again
Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Usually I would be fly fishing for Sea trout in Sweden now. But no, the Covid situation again is completely out of control making it nearly impossible to well organize any hosted fly fishing trips within Europe.
Thursday, 15 April 2021
It's turning into another strange spring. I was looking forward to the end of the smallmouth spawn over the next week or so, I've some new streamers to test on the hungry post spawn fish. But that might not work out as planned after all.
movie rivers and "reality tv"
Friday, 16 April 2021
I have been doing last fixing before snow is gone and reindeer are back in the wild. So it means driving with snowmobile and working on snow, I found some areas where we have about 1 meters snow still but it should be gone fast now when we have wind and almost +10 celsius, where sun can do it macig it was +18 celsius. I have noticed that when watching movies or tv anyhow, I do like to watch ”reality-tv” from Alaska etc. Anyway nature related programms.
Saturday, 17 April 2021
Yesterday was the opening day on the Danish salmon rivers. It’s always a big day with a bi-zillion fishers out and a few really big ones have been caught, including a 124cm/19kg giant from Varde River. The rule of thumb when fishing salmon in Denmark is to fish deep, almost tickling the salmon on the nose with the fly. I know it’s possible to rise a salmon to a small fly and an intermediate line and I think it’s mainly fishing pressure keeping the fish down.
Sunday, 18 April 2021
We’re just back from another great day on the river Dee, an unusually warm and sunny day where we saw a large number of sedge flies in flight and caught lots of fish. For me all my fish today were on dries, even though I only saw a few rises. Besides the fishing, the location is great for spotting wildlife such as otters, squirrels, herons, kingfishers, pheasants and we could hear a woodpecker though couldn’t spot it. The river is very low at the moment, so wading is easier than normal, although there were still a few moments that I thought I might end up taking a dunking as the stones on the river bed were very slippy with algae. The beat we picked today had a cold wind blowing initially against the flow, which then switched 180 degrees, meaning casting could be a little tricky, so it helps that James and I can cast a #3 easily in such conditions. The tricky wind meant I needed to practice curve casts to make sure the fly was drifting ahead of the leader.