11. okt 2009
Sømme-puppa is an imitation of a swimming caddis pupa. We had great success with this fly during a caddis hatch where different flies were refused. The hatching caddis had swimming pupaes that were taken swimming in the surface film. Superpuppa is usually a good fly to use during these conditions, but I was outfished by Kjell Sømme using his new fly when using Superpuppa and other caddis imitations. Feedback from other fishermen having tried Sømme-puppa with great success, and our own experience using this fly under different conditions, makes this a fly we recomend trying during all caddis hatches.
Les mer » [Flyfishing]
31. aug 2009
Les mer » [Flyfishing]
Canoe group 1, week 26, Rynda River.
31. aug 2009
Paddlers. Ole Anton, Jon Erling, Peter, Tor Egil, Kai, Kjell and Pål.
We started the trip just below The Great Lakes. The camp is about 2 km below the lake. For 3 days we were fishing from the camp and up to the lake. The first part of the river out of the lake has been good for the last 3 years, with hatches and rising fish. The spring was delayed this year, and almost nothing was green. The temperature in the river was from 6-10 degrees. In spite of this we had plenty of fish rising to small caddis and some midges, and we had fun dry fly fishing. Flies used were Rackelhanan, Tri-Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis and Streaking Caddis. We caught several trout above 2 kg and many between 1 and 2 kg. At this camp we were lucky enough to see a polar fox. Reindeer was around us every day at this camp.
We left rising fish to paddle on to Camp 2, a beautiful camp site at the outlet from Torismanjavri, or Lake Peter as we also call it. The trip down the river was easy, and this year we were able to paddle or line the canoes down all the rapids. We passed a stretch of the river with a small hatch of mayflies, and later regretted not camping there to see what would happen.
At Camp 2 we fished from the lake down about 4 km to what Pål calls The 5 Finger Rapids, an easy trip in a canoe. There are several interesting parts of the river on this stretch. And just below the rapid we have had excellent fishing. We had no hatches this time, and the fishing was blind fishing with large dry Streaking Caddis or Streamers. The fishing was good, but we had hoped for hatches. It was very windy all the time. On night it calmed down and Kjell went out on the lake and found some char eating midges along a foam line. He caught 3 nice char before the wind picked up again, the largest almost 2.5 kg.
We had very variable weather during the week with cold nights. The water temperature got up to 12 degrees towards the end of the week.
Trout Group week 33.
31. aug 2009
Group leader Pål K.
Flyfishermen: Odd, Magnar, Tore, Trond, Pål A and Pål K.
The trip started with fog delaying the group. They had to spend the first night in the Rynda salmon camp. Before arriving to the salmon camp the helicopter had to land upstream from the camp because of fog, here the group spotted a wolverine, and they were able to film it for awhile. In the Rynda camp they were taken care of in the best way, and were served food and drinks at the lodge. They even got beds for the night. The next day while waiting for the fog to clear we went to a small lake close to the salmon camp, here Trond caught 3 char above 1kg on a dry fly, the largest 1.5 kg. Several small trout were caught by the others..
Because of the delay we decided to use only one camp, Swan Isles on the Litza. This was probably a mistake. The water level was lower than I have experienced in the past and it seemed like our fishing made the fish move away. The fishing was very good in the beginning around the islands. When the fishing slowed down there we went downstream. This proved to be better, and when the weather improved we caught quite a few fish there.
One of the first mornings at the camp, a wolverine (it might have smelled the bacon), was spotted swimming across the river and jumping up on the rocks very close to the camp, a great experience for those of us out of bed.
We had variable weather all through the week, with the best fishing in calm sunny conditions.
We had a great stay and the group was pleased. The only thing really missing was insect hatches and rising fish. We probably saw less than 20 rises during the stay.
Best flies were Streaking Caddis, Kola Killer (A Wooly Bugger style fly) and Marabou Woolybugger.
Canoe group 3, week 32, Rynda River.
31. aug 2009
Paddlers. Per, Jørn, Edvard, Morten, Knut, Kjell and Pål
This trip started where the last trip on Rynda ended, by Torismanjavre. While staying in Camp 1 we fished the river from the lake and downstream to The 5 finger rapids. The first 200m of the river from the lake is one of our favourite parts of Rynda. Some group members also went exploring the lake by canoe, and went upstream the Rynda and a small tributary.
This week showed us how important it is for us to use Norway time on our watches. We are at longitude about 37.5 degrees east and that is 2 ½ hours before GMT. Norwegian daylight saving time gives midnight (sun lowest) at about 2330 Norway time, and 0130 Moscow time. Every night we had rising fish from about 2400 Moscow time, and a lot of our fishing was from that time and the next 3-4 hours. When living on Moscow time it is very easy to go to bed to early in the evening if nothing has started happening.
By Torismanjavre it was difficult to find out what the fish were eating. One pool had many fish rising late every night. We had very interesting fishing, and several fish above 2 kg with the largest at 2.8 kg The flies used were small caddis imitations of several kinds. Sømme Puppa, Rackelhahan, Dyret, Elk Hair caddis, etc. During the day a few mayflies were hatching and a couple of fish rising, these were taken on mayfly imitations.
Camp 2 was about 6 km downstream, another beautiful campsite along this river. From his campsite we fished up to The 5 finger rapids and downstream for 6 km. There is a lot of interesting water here and we had some really great caddis hatches with swimming pupaes, they started hatching around midnight (sun time, 0130 Moscow time). Several large fish were caught with the greatest beeing a 6.6 kg salmon taken on a hook 10 Sømme Puppa (dry fly), by the inventor of that fly, Kjell Sømme. (the salmon was rising like a trout).
When we had no hatches a lot of fish were taken on Wooly Buggers, but most were taken on large, up to hook size 4, Streaking Caddis, fished with a lot of motion.
It seems like everybody were pleased with the trip as most of paddlers want to go again.
My new book!
28. mar 2008
My new book written together with entomologist Ketil Sand will come out in early May. This book is about entomology for flyfishermen. You will be able to identify almost all norwegian mayflies to species and most other insects important to flyfishermen to order or family.