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Ronan's report


Wednesday 18 September, 2013

During the past 2 weeks I have been teaching fly fishing for Sea trout along the (Baltic) coastline of a small (Danish) island. The water temperature was relatively high compared to other years since we had a hell of a summer with tons of really hot and sunny days. That usually means Sea trout will slow down their feeding significally based on the high temperature. In result they are much harder to catch of course. Usually at this time of year we catch two different groups of Sea trout:

A) Sea trout in spawning color almost ready to leave the saltwater in order to migrate their home rivers for spawning.

B) Sea trout in silver color not going to spawn during the next spawning season in late fall/early winter.

Since Sea trout usually do not feed anymore when entering their home river for spawning, they already slow down their feeding well ahead while still staying in the salt. These fish often swim in pretty shallow (coastal) water and tend to be agressiv at small flies. Often some red color inbetween can do a fantastic job here. I am pretty sure these fish usually weren't going to eat the fly (or whatever they mave have thought it was). But with the right strategy we could fool at least some of them to inhalate our flies. I think terretorial bevaviour is part of the game here often.

The silver Sea trouts instead are often searching for food and will attack our flies best, when imitating their natural food. That means a pretty damned fast retrieve almost always does the best job here, because their natural food (sand eels, herrings, shrimps and other small bait fish) always will be very fast running, when a Sea trout gets close. Now these days the silver ones almost didn't show up at all. It seemed (and that is pretty logical to me) as if the high water temperature kept them from searching the shallow coastal water for food. They are probably staying out little deeper waiting for the temperature to drop first.

So no wonder we caught 95% colored Sea trout almost ready to spawn. Personally I love to see these very nice - almost looking like a perfect Brown trout - colored fish. They are in perfect shape and fight pretty strong. Since they are in perfect condition and well prepared to enter the often difficult shallow and stony river entries, we can release these fish while knowing them to have a very fair change of survival. Their scares are extra strong and they do have an extra slime layer on top as well.

All in all we took three fish for eating and released 90% of our catches. Besides Sea trout we also caught makrel, pollacks, garfish and mullets. Well actually I managed to fool one mullet again :). Not much though, but the weather wasn't too good for mullet (too cloudy and too windy most of the time).

In the end I was in great great company and had 14 days full of fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and good food almost all around the clock. Life couldn't be much better, I think!? Simply a hell of a time. Thanks to everyone who joined our trip! Ah, and thanks to the biggest Sea trout of the trip finding its way directly to the end of my line in the middle of the trip. It was a nice (maybe) 4Kg fish, which I released!

Right now I have planned a short trip on asp before running another fly casting course during the weekend. Also I need to get me updated about the latest threads on the board! ;)

All my best

Bernd

p.s.: You may find a few pics of the trip in the pic of the day section.

p.s.s.: The Hot Torpedo and the Barrio GT90 both did a very well job on the mullet! ;)


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