Summer and salmon season is going full speed. Fishing reports are telling excellent fishing in some places and difficult in others. No matter where you fish, here's a handful of flies and few tips how to use them properly.
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...
Wikipedia defines “playbook” by referring to American football: InAmerican football a play is a close to the ground "plan of action" or "strategy" used to move the ball down the field. A play begins at either the snap from the center or at kickoff. Most commonly plays occur at the snap during adown. These plays range from basic to very intricate. Football players keep a record of these plays in their playbook.Basically it’s a game plan preparing you for different scenarios. In salmon fishing the playbook consists of three elements: 1) overall fishing strategy; 2) fly choices and fishing techniques; and 3) reading the salmon’s reactions and learning from the opponent.
I felt immediately when I saw the fly that it looked very "fishy", and it has proved to be all-rounder, both for salmon and trout, just as I hoped. Sometimes I tie it with shrimp eyes and a zonker strip as a wing, and then the fly becomes a variant of the Danish Munkerfly or my flyfishing friend Micke Lindström's cruel catching muddler zonkers.
Sunray Shadow is without a doubt one of the best salmon fly patterns. It's simple to tie and relatively easy to fish with it. Sunray has hundreds of different variations and you can use almost any fishing technique with it.
This fly has become one of my absolute favorites. It has the ability to catch fish even when conditions are not the best. I use them for the most part in smaller sizes from 3 to 6 cm. Especially when the river's water is low and the fishes are a bit more careful.
It's been our mission from the start to bring new ideas and fly patterns to fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon. From the "Top Salmon Flies" book, a fly called the Kursk got the most attention. Unconventional pattern mixing evolution with traditions. Now we're super excited avout UV resins.
The fall time offers magical times for salmon anglers up north. The surrounding colors of the nature are starting to get the shades of orange and red and the nights are getting cold. There's the special feeling also. Every angler casting on the last days of the season knows that it will take almost a year when they can do it again.
Almost like a Garry. I tried it in some of our local rivers in search for sea run browns. The fly caught me some good-sized trout, so I wanted to tie a similar fly for the dark hours as well. At first, I tied the fly very slim, but after a few tries I tied the wings wider in the front to get a bigger silhouette. I also added a wide but flat muddler head to it, and the Viking Champion was born.
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.