It seems that we’re having a indian summer in the Northern parts of Europe where waters are running extremely low on most rivers and fishing is really difficult. We put together few suggestions for your late season trips. It’s going the be finding the right location and then playing with the right playbook.
Where to go?
At the moment conditions are really hard. Most parts of Norway are suffering record low water and we’ve heard that some rivers are partly closed for fishing. The heath wave is pushing on still, but some rivers in Northern Norway are doing good. For example Reisa, Målselva and Vestre Jakobselva seem to be fishing pretty good what we’ve heard and seen the statistics.
There will be rain at some point which means that there will be most likely fish running in good numbers later this season. If you can jump on a plane on a quick notice, it’s likely that you can cover great fishing if you check the weather forecasts and choose an area which will get tons of rain. A day or two of rain won’t be enough, we need lot more on most rivers.
If we had to catch a salmon, the best bet would probably be Iceland or Kola Peninsula. Rivers such as MIdfjardara in Iceland (www.midfjardara.is) or Belousiha River in Russia (http://belousiha.ru/en/river-belousiha) are doing quite nice. You might want to inquire for some last minute cancellations in August. Ponoi and Varzina for sure, if you have the budget for them.
Low water means different tricks and tips with the flies. Resident fish have seen a lot of flies at this point of the season, so try something extraordinary. Rubberleg Frances or Kursk will definately cause some attention in deeper pools.
Dries and hitches are on their best. Check out the Black Muddler Hitch or the Pompero.
If the temperatures are still staying high, it might be a good call to fish the late evenings and early mornings. Even a small drop in the temperatures might activate the fish after the sun goes down. It's better to fish just the hours when the fish are most likely active and on the move.
Leaders and fly lines pay a big role when the fishing is hard. If you fish with a floating line, a long leader is a must. You might want to consider lengthening your leader from 15 to 20 feet. Clear tips or even full clear lines are great as well. If you need to go deep, try a small or medium size fly either with dead drift presentation or on the swing with a skagit-line and a t-tip.
Choose your location wisely, pack some sunscreen, a rain jacket and hope for the best.
Red Francis (or Frances) is one of those love & hate flies. Every salmon angler usually has a opinion about it. We think that you should carry a few always in your box. Read our tips for fishing with Red Francis and have a look on the step-by-step tying tutorial.