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Saturday October 26th 2013

The Danish salmon season is (almost) over, and a strange season it was. Spring fishing failed, very few big spring salmon were caught, and we had very low water all through summer. Then in august the rain came and with it, a very good run of grilse. In the last few weeks we've seen that there were big salmon in the rivers in the spring, as some magnificent colored fish cock salmon has been caught.

This year I haven't spent very much time salmon fishing, so I hope that I'll be able to get in a few days next week (and maybe get a salmon or two) before the river closes on Thursday October 31st.

I've been fishing more for browns and 'bows in the abandoned gravel pit we have access to. Put and take? Well, yes, basically (we don't take any fish home, though), but the pit is only stocked once every 3-4 years, and a completely "natural" and "wild" ecosystem has emerged there - lots of insects, lots of flora and great features - and beautiful surroundings. And since we know that there are fish and, despite a nice size, the body of water isn't bigger than we know we can find the fish, there is so much to be learned.

For instance, when not on the surface, the browns always hold and feed deeper than the 'bows. When we find a "technical riser" (a cruiser for instance, that rises 20-30 times along a specific route only to return and begin again), it's (almost) always a 'bow. We (almost) never get the big browns on dries - and we almost never get the big 'bows on the big Wooly Buggers and other streamer we get the big browns on.

Sometimes both the 'bows and the browns seem very selective (and/or hard to find) - sometimes selectiveness is the case, as I sometimes crack the code (depth and fly choice) and then get a handful of good fish. It's not that long ago that The Arden Damsel Fly saved the day and named a few good fish after a couple of hours of searching and changing.

For a while I thought that the reason we often went there was that we usually caught fish- and that's a rather important factor for a fisherman, of course. But it's the learning experience and learning curve that interests me. It's amazing to get to know a lake (lakes) intimately, learning the hatches, getting to know in invertebrate fauna, getting to know the feeding patterns through the season (we're not there yet :-). And the fact just is that the more fish you get, the steeper the learning curve, and the steeper the learning curve, the more fish you get!

Have a nice weekend!


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