Surface

Surface

Viking Lars | Saturday, 7 May 2022

It’s spring and everything is waking up, the may flies, the stone flies, the sedges - and the terrestrials. When you on the river and there’s no rise, it sometimes pays off to spend a little time splashing a large terrestrial over potential lies. Even when the fish aren’t on the surface as such, they sometimes can’t resist a large protein-bomb.

Terrestrials as beetles, but also crane flies, even wasps, are effective not only in the rivers. Also on lakes and in the salt. On slightly windy days with plenty of sun, the insects are most active, since they need the sun to warm them and and the wind to blown onto the water (so to speak). But don’t wait to see them, one can often pick up a fish or two.

Fishing foam flies for sea trout in the rivers (which aren’t supposed to feed, but they do) has become very popular in Denmark over the last 15 years. It can be *very* effective and it’s always highly entertaining and challenging. Whether they strike because they’re feeding or a remnant of their surface-oriented feeding pattern as parr is triggered, I don’t know. But a big surface fly fished actively over the lies often leads to a connection.

I like using foam. Foam really doesn’t float most patterns as high as could be expected and the naturals sit low in the surface too. The pattern probably does’t matter - size and how you fish it matter more. I like this one, though. It’s a pattern by fellow Dane, Morten Oeland, called Saltwater Bug. It’s an easy and fast fly to tie, which is good, because as good as foam is, it’s really not durable and will quickly get chewed up or torn.

On calm mornings with flat water (and with mornings I mean - be ready before the sun rises) one can sometimes find some very challenging fishing in the fjords in Denmark. Sometimes sea trout will be feeding in very shallow water and a precisely cast, small surface is actually the best way of catching them. Longish leaders, light lines (I most use a 5) and the patience to pick the right fish to cast to. That minimises the rise of spooking the others. It’s difficult, it requires patience, sometimes kneeling in the water waiting for the fish to come closer as it’s hard to move without spooking them. But even one fish is worth it.

Have a great weekend!

Lars