The anticipation is high, it’s the beginning of april and the first session of the season.
Our aim is the early Atlantic springers that enter our small rivers of south Sweden and Denmark. You know for a fact you have all odds against you, it’s like looking for a friggin’ needle in a haystack really...no wait, it’s even worse...
They are quite few this early, but if you find one, you have a good chance of hooking in to something extraordinary and mindblowing beautiful.
(A magic mid april springer from our homeriver)
The rivers we fish here down south is quite similiar to each other; typical low land rivers that cut through the landscape like a snake, one turn after another. The fishing itself is pretty technical in a way. You always have to control and mens the lime to be efficiant and to get the fly down as quick as possible. In some parts of the river that can even be the biggest problem, apart from finding a fresh salmon that is...
In general, it’s a sort of lightweight type of salmonfishing, we use everything between a 10 ft sh 8 wt to a 12,6 ft rods. In our homeriver, wich is extremely small, I use a 11,6 ft switch. To me that is a perfect set up; there is no need for long casting, the fish is rarely supersize and it’s in some parts even a advantage to NOT have a longer rod than that, due to overhanging branches and so on.
But lets not forget, a salmon is still a salmon, so a good reel with a reliable brake is of course a must.
So, with the rod in my hand, a new fly I tied earlier this morning on the tip of my leader, and high hopes we walk the few hundred meters from the car down to the river.
When I see it for the first time in like six months, I feel something extra in my stomach, it feels exciting to be back in a way.
It’s early, we know, but the fish IS HERE, we’re sure of it!
The river is high today, so that makes yet another challenge, but no needs to complain. We get the opportunity to chase fresh Atlantic salmon in early april, that is to us a luxury.
The flies we use is not that big even if it’s early and the river is high. 5-7 cm’s is standard size and the patterns most commonly used is TP (above),
black and orange
And of course the local pattern named Sommarsocken from the ”inventor” himself Martin Sommar.
That fly catches catch salmon in both Sweden, Denmark and Norway, a must have in your flybox if you ask me!
It’s a cold day today, heavy skies mixed with a little bit of sunshine once and a while, and gastly winds. It’s frustrating to try and cast into 12-15 m/s winds. But we keep on hammering for a while, and all of a sudden I feel a heavy pull, I lock the line and feel some heavy headshakes on the other end of my line. My pulse rises for a few seconds as the fish put up a surprisingly good fight to begin with.
But quite quickly I feel that it’s a post spawner. Oh well, it’s a fish around 90 cm’s so it doesnt feel that bad to be honest, but nothing campares to what it could have been...
We release the fish quickly and keep on fighting for a bit, but after a while we realise the insanity af fighting against heavy head wind and decides to head home.
But hey, the season is on, let the chase begin!
It's not often that salmon anglers are faced with high, warm water conditions in the latter part of the season.
I have experienced this twice now in Norway, and this situation is most common on rivers with a lake above their system that has a big enough catchment to collect localized rainfall, and or rivers that are fed via glacial melt water.