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Month: April 2014

Fyn 2014

Fyn 2014

I can be short about the annual spring Denmark trip, beautifull as ever but tough going.
Fish where far and between but still showed themselves at times thus motivation was high.
I had to deal with some equipment failure in the wading department so it was not that comfy
in the spring Baltic waters but I managed.

Fishing took place during four days where two days where more or less half days as it
where travel days – our location the island of Fyn is approximately 6 hours driving time.
We did best in the fjords where the water temperature was a degree or two higher than on
the open coast (7 degrees C).
We did not spot any marine worms or shrimp, well I spotted one big shrimp on the open coast :-).

Weatherwise April threw everything at us from clear skies and sunshine to rain and a lot of wind.
The end results for this trip where that my friend caught 6 fish, one fine 54 cm specimen – the rest
smaller fish in the 40cm range.
I caught a skinny 58cm fish and one of those 40 cm range fish.

Even though results where less than last years trip it was fun and we left with plenty of thoughts
about the fishing, equipment, fly patterns used and  locations we fished.

Germany 04-04-2014

Germany 04-04-2014

With the weather continueing to be exceptionally warm for this time of year I decided to skip work
and head out for the stream in seach of the first chub of the season.
At previous visits I could not locate any chub figuring it might still be too early in the season.

I had high hopes for another hot sunny day but alas the weather changed on my day off, instead
of bright sunshine the skies where dull and gray and it looked light rain might be possible.
A lot of wildlife was out and about on this day, roe deer and notably a lot of pheasants.
Trees where flowering and the first spring canola crop was in full bloom.

My designated chub hot spot had changed since last year.
For some reason beyond me all shade providing trees had been cut down all over the place.
Heavy machinery was at work digging up the field adjecent to the stream and workmen where paving
over a section with large stones.
I ignored the building site and concentrated on the things happening in the water.
The water was off-color and foam was present which I contributed to the farmers who lately battered their
fields with a continous barrage of liquid manure.

A lot of tiny chub where present in the surface, my strike indicator was continuously being attacked by
the little critters.
I tried one of my favorite nymphs and soon caught my first couple of small chubs of the season.
Some fish where rising, a few splashes where of such magnitude that I thought bigger fish where present.
Allthough I had some hits on the segde the fishing was tough.
With the dull skies and lower temperature their where not many insects about and so fish where rising
pretty unpredictacally.
A look at some of my hot spots for the big chub showed they where empty, time to leave.

With the racket going on at my chub hot spot and the lack of big fish I decided to move upstream
and check out some of my other haunts and a few new spots I was recently allowed to fish in.
At one of the new spots I noticed fish in the current.
The fish that stood lined up in a calm section of the stream spotted me and ran off.
The riffle below a brigde also boasted fish and with the fast running water and broken surface my
changes to catch fish where greatly increased.

As soon as the nymph hit the water I got bites, in quick sucssession I hauled in roach and several
small dace.
Fish where small though so I decided to leave this new spot and maybe return later in the season to
check if larger fish where present there.
Next stop would be my old haunts where I knew for sure that big fish where present.

At my old hot spot I did receive a couple of bites but they where hesitant nibbles.
I noticed that the algea bloom had started, no wonder with all the nutrients the farmers where dispersing
on the fields.
The water was now not only covered with debris from the flowering trees but also with patches of algea
that came floating off the streambed.

My hot spot yielded no fish but a bit further afield a roach intercepted my nymph.
The fish was so large that at first I thought I had hooked a rainbow trout due to the size of the fish
in the murky water, that fish was my personal best roach yet.

My next spot to scout was a holding area for large dace.
On previous occasions I had done well with dry flies there but that was during days with bright sunshine.
The dace where still about in full force but I could hardly approach them.
The lack of rain had reduced the level of the stream to such extent that even the landing of the flyline
would cause the dace to scatter in all directions.
As it was late in the day I decided to call it quits and head to the local pub for a meal.

On the way back home I ran into the same roe deer that I had spotted a week before.
At a distance I thought it was a free roaming dog as it did not run off but closer inspection showed
it was the deer.
The critter seemed not in all bothered by my presence and slowly walked off into the forest, close enough to
take a picture.

So that was another nice day out in the great outdoors.
The last for the upcoming time as it is time for the annual visit to the Danish Baltic sea coast in seach
for the elusive seatrout.