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FLY TV – Sight Fishing Big Sea Trout in a Small River

FLY TV – Sight Fishing Big Sea Trout in a Small River

I am Steffan Jensen from Fly-Dressing. You are watching FLY TV
and today we are sight fishing- -for big sea trouts in small rivers. Welcome back to FLY TV. My name is Steffan Jensen
and we are in the south of Sweden today. This river is my home water
and I know it very well. Today we are going to
sight fish for big sea trouts. As you can see,
this is quite a small river. The water is low and clear.
We will spot and choose the fish we want. There is extremely big fish
in this little river. We have to sneak like indians
to get close to the fish. We have to use everything
we have learnt and try our best. It is much more difficult
when we want to sight fish for sea trout. It would have been easier to fish
the spots where we know the fish is at. Where they normally are. But I find it much more fun to spot
the fish and see it take the fly. It is some of the best fishing
I can imagine. If we are lucky enough to actually
hook a fish, we got a new problem. The leaders are quite long and light.
And the fish is big. When the fish takes off,
I got nowhere to go. There is a lot of dead wood
in the water and a lot of big rocks. If we manage to hook a fish,
we will probably loose 70% of them. I think that during the whole summer
and autumn fishing so far- -at this point there have only
been five or six fish landed. Totally, in total.
I have not landed a single one this year. Let’s find a sea trout
to sight fish for. Ok, so now we have found a fish here. I am going to give it a go,
but we are extremely exposed. It is quite difficult to get down,
but we will give it a go. There it went. It is extremely easy
to spook this fish. It just took and I do not know
if what because of the ducks or us. Hey hey, it is back!
It is back! There it is. Stand still. We need to work something out. Upstream, downstream…
I think we will try upstream. We are so exposed here.
So extremely exposed. This fish is quite high in the water,
I will try with an unweighted wet fly. A 103 Ullsock. This one is going to be difficult. It is just below the surface, we will see.
We got one shot. If the shot is wrong,
the fish will be gone. I need to see where
the fish is standing. Hopefully, I can… Let’s give it a go,
I think I know where it is. It is now or never.
This is the chance. One shot. One fish gone. It was about 20 inches to short.
It probably landed on the fish’s head. I could not see it,
I took a chance. Bye bye. One very important thing,
maybe the most important thing- -when sight fishing is
your Polaroids. Without these glasses I probably
would not see half of the fish. Through the camera lense you will see how
important and what a difference this is. How we can remove all the reflections
of the water by using these glasses. Here we found a pike that can show you
how the camera’s polarization works. We can turn the filter on and off.
We will show you how it works. This is what it looks like without filter. Can you see the pike? Maybe not.
Probably not. Then with the filter on
and the pike is clearly in front of us. This is why polarization is such
an amazing tool for us. I could not do this fishing without it. Another important thing
about the glasses is the lense colour. Down here, we always got low light.
More or less. Not a whole lot of light coming in. Yellow, amber or at least lenses made for
low light are the best for this fishing. It makes everything a whole lot easier. The contrasts are so much bigger
with lenses made for low light. I just saw something flash out here. Just a bit to the right of
that green thing up there. It could be a sea trout. I will give it a go. It should be somewhere around here. A fish! Oh shit! Holy shit! I think it is a good fish as well.
Oh yeah. I just saw something flash down here. The second time I placed my fly,
this whopper just came and took it. It is an absolute beauty. Fresh from the sea. My knees are shaking.
Oh man! It could take a while. I only got an 0.24 leader.
There are a lot of branches in the water. We got trees and stuff that
the fish could get tangled up in. Come on. I am nervous because I got a long leader
and I do not want it in the rough. Beautiful fish!
No, do not go in there. That is the worst place
you could ever go. Got it! What a fish!
Look at that! Beautiful fish! That fly is just anchored.
Perfectly hooked, could not be better. What a fish! Come on. Look at that.
It is just perfectly hooked. It is off. That little silvery thing
in grey and silver. Tied on a carp hook
as we are dealing with these bigger fish. Look at that fish. Look at that fish. Sight fishing for sea trout.
Nothing beats it. It is just amazing.
You should all try it. We have to put this one back. Thank you very much! It is almost impossible to do
an overhead cast in this river. I would like to show you the two
most used casts in a place like this. Where there a lot of hanging trees
and a lot of things behind you- -so you cannot move your rod back to far. The first cast is the roll cast. Firstly, you need to get some line out
so that you got some weight to roll. The basics in a roll cast is just to keep
your fly line, leader and fly in the water. Just roll it out. I will show you once more
with a little more line. Drag it towards you. Just let your line hang
from the rod in the water. Then just roll it out. A very simple cast, but very effective
when you want to cast a short distance. The next cast I want to show you
is the underhand cast. Very effective as well. But mostly used in situations
where you have to cast a bit farther. Or if you have to get underneath trees
and into very tight spots. When you need to get your fly underneath
a tree that is hanging over. The main thing that separates the
underhand cast from the roll cast is- -I will show you the roll cast again,
so you will have it fresh in mind. Keep your line in the water
the whole time and just roll it out. Here you lift the line up from the water,
place it and then forward again. You get more power and it is easier for you
to get your loop a lot tighter. You can get into positions where you would
not have been able to with the roll cast. Again. Lift it up, place it and forward. With these two casts you can fish a lot
of places without the line in the air. That was a beast. That fish must have been…
I do not know. At least 14 lbs, maybe even 17 lbs. It just went upstreams. Let’s go and have a look. It is impossible to tell how big it is,
but I reckon it is a huge fish. I cannot see at the moment,
we need the sun to come up again. Oh yeah, it has actually
moved down a little bit. He is coming up and he is in
an even worse position than before. That is like the fish of my dreams.
The fish of a lifetime. God help us. It is standing deep,
sulking in the shadow. I think it is that fish. Perfect.
Now it is turning. This big big fish just took my fly.
This is a good fish. There is one more,
it just spooked out another fish. This will be a fight. This is a very very big fish, I think.
I think it is the big one we saw before. It is just… We are going to play its game
at the moment. Let’s see if we can stop this fish.
It is going around in circles. This is a very very good fish.
I do not know how big, but it is big. You have to remember it is very likely… It went around a branch. Oh no, it went around a stick. It is actually by my feet.
It is a mega fish, so extremely big. Oh man, come on. It is still on. I need to get out here somewhere. It is in the next… Oh no, I think it is stuck. It is off. The leader broke. Well, that was a monster fish. A very, very, very big fish. It broke me off. I had to try to stop it,
but it is useless with these light leaders. That was a…
Oh, I am stuck. That was a big, big, big fish. It was a fish of a lifetime. Fuck. I found a fish in the most
impossible spot in the world. There are no trees, so it is an easy cast.
See the tail fin under that green thing? It is a very difficult spot
to get a fly out. Oh, look at that fish.
Look at that fish! It is a fresh fish as well.
It is brand new. It goes down to deeper water.
It is brand new. Stand still. Stand still. Ok, I thought I should show you
what kind of equipment I use. It actually is very simple. A 6 weight rod with a reel to go with that
and a floating line. That is my basic set-up
for this fishing. What I think is quite important,
when you fish in a stream like this- -when you have all the trees hanging over
and there are tight and difficult spots- -I prefer a line with a short belly,
maybe 28 feet to load the rod quickly. Get the fly out there. Another thing that is
important for me is my leader. I have a 9 feet fluorocarbon leader
and I add about 3 or 4 feet to it. I end up with a 12-13 feet leader
in a dimension that is 0.24 mm. I also think it is very important
that it is a pure fluorocarbon leader. It sinks better and it is
more or less invisible for the fish. That is the basic set-up. I got two different types of flies. Weighted flies.
This one has a weight on its head. It makes it sink quite fast.
I control the depth with my floating line. I can fish it deep
and actually quite high in the water. When you use an unweighted fly,
it just sinks a lot slower. This fly is perfect for ground areas
or fish that are higher up in the water. Or for a fish that might need
a delicate presentation. I often change flies when I see
how the fish stands in the water. If I think the fish is high in the water
I probably use an unweighted fly. I think it is good to have in mind
what you dress up in. I prefer to dress very discreetly. A jacket without any colours,
just a pair of normal waders. Nothing that stands out
from the environment you fish in. I am not going down here in
an orange and blue Hawaiian shirt. I found a fish down here.
I do not know how big it is. Just outside the branches
hanging down that dead branch. I need to back out just a little bit.
Change the fly and give it a go. What happened when I changed the fly?
The fish moved from straight down here- -to up there. I can still see it,
but it is quite far down in the water. I will be extremely exposed again,
if I go down there. A runner is coming. It is very close. Oh, it is gone. I tried to get behind the fish,
I thought I was. I spooked it anyway. Ok, that is life.
Let’s try and find a new fish. I actually found a fish again. It could be the same fish as before. It is difficult to tell how big it is. This time it is in a spot
where it is impossible to fish. I cannot get below or come from upstream.
My only chance is to sneak down here. It is just standing out there,
by the edge of the light. Maybe if I climb up that tree. The fish is still here. The only chance I got
is to just drop the fly. Yeah, it is on.
I got it. Shit, it is in here. Come on, get up. I have to get in the water. Get out of that branch.
I have a light tackle, you know. Come on! Come on, swim, swim,
swim away from me instead! Much better. This was actually standing
in a totally impossible spot. I had to climb up that tree
to just get a chance to cast. I climbed up that tree and placed my fly. I slowly pulled the fly
in front of the fish. It just came and took it. This is a bad situation.
There are a lot of branches down here. A beautiful fish. I have to get in the water
to have a chance. A beautiful fish as well. It is perfectly hooked. It is so well anchored.
That is a pleasant surprise. Come on, turn around. Got it! What a beauty! The fish has been in the river for a while.
It is not old, but it has a light tone. It is not brand new.
It is light yellow. A little grey fly with a silver head.
A perfect fly for clear water. A beautiful sea trout.
Fantastic. He actually took it,
when I was hanging from a tree. It is amazing to spot the fish
and to get so close. This fish was in an impossible place,
but I managed to get down off the tree. Life is good.
Let’s release it. Fantastic! Is that a salmon or what?
– It is a sea trout. We managed to get some spectators. They probably wondered what I was doing
when they saw me climb up the tree. With a fishing rod
and casting a line out! I am just glad to show them
what was going on. What can you say?
Amazing sea trout sight fishing. Hanging from a tree.
I have no words for it. It is just crazy. I guess that is what you call
a not interested sea trout. Subtitles: Daniella Falkman Twedmark

100 thoughts on “FLY TV – Sight Fishing Big Sea Trout in a Small River”

  1. I fly fish in the southern US and I switched to braided line for a leader and no tippet for bass fishing in heavy cover. Are trout so spooky that using a small yet high strength braided leader like that would be out of the question?

  2. Bästa avsnittet någonsin! Och bästa ån att fiska i dessutom. Väldigt roligt att se Steffan fiska, har bara sett honom på håll vid ån annars. Bra jobbat! Fly Tv är den Bästa fiske kanalen på youtube!

  3. Vilka grisar som vandrar upp där! helt grymt att se så mycket stor fisk i ett sådant litet vattendrag.
    Grym film keep it up!

  4. Nice clip and good fishing! But one thing I have to wonder: why not net the fish? Much easier to handle with care and get the fly off quicker.

  5. This is a very, very impressive video of fishing for sea trout by day. The angler has the right mental approach and attitude toward fish caught and lost, uses the right casts (roll casts) to tackle extremely 'spooky' fish in difficult terrain, and offers simple, straightforward advice on tackle and clothing – my video choice of the year.

  6. Love the show! Love what you do! Best of all…. you know what killer music to use when it comes to the end. "Magic of Love" will kill the show to the best! Thanks for all the tips!

  7. Awesome film guys, wish there were some places like that near where I live. I will settle for pike fishing for now. But I will always dream the Dream 😉

  8. The only fish which takes an 's' in the plural form is shark.
    1 trout/pike/salmon/perch
    2 trout/pike/salmon/perch
    8 000 000 trout/pike/salmon/perch (not trouts/salmons/pikes/perches) 

  9. Lovely video. Your videos really gives hope and comfort in this cold weather. Every time I'm home and i get a sudden thirst for fishing but not being able to fish, the answer is often to watch videos like yours to give strength and motivation for the upcoming season. I would like to also take my time in giving a salute to you guys and girls in Kanalgratis and Johan most of all for creating this magic and awesome productions with pure skill. The biggest perk in my opinion is that you have a wide variety in your videos which often helps in finding interest in new and exciting methods of fishing.  Keep up the good work!

  10. A wonderfull Video with beautifull Sea Trout Thx 4 it.
    There's only a little defect that's the Sound it so low…
    Greatings from Germany

  11. Lucky Lucky Lucky You Guys over there. Look at the scenery man. It looks just like a common small stream like here. BUT there are swimming SEATROUT!! And it is just normal there.
    Lol. We are lucky if today there is a roach or 2 here. Enough stinking/slimy brim tho.
    At least we can see on YT how it should be. Thanks for this vid therefore.
    I also want to be sponsored by Vision btw ! You get to fish with all the great gear you prefer,NICE!

  12. Amazing well done video. I love his enthusiasm. That was a monster he lost. I loved the expression on his face, you could see the pain. Now that's reality TV. Any fisherman knows that feeling.

  13. Really great fim… it is actually alomist a thriller….. with a very good story, a bit of really good placed action…. A big ompliment from here…

  14. Wonderful fishing, wonderful skills, wonderfully documented.  This puts the lie to the old myth that good sea trout can only be caught at night and during a bible-black night at that.  I am going to try this in my local streams. An inspiration!

  15. No landing net??..Even a small trout hand net would have made life so much easier for him..I was scared when he picked the big one up by the leader!

  16. LOL! 22:08 was amazing! LOL! I thought you were super deep in the woods! Makes me feel better about my fly fishing adventures. Thanks for the video!

  17. This is the type of fishing that makes me happy!

    Nothing is better then this feeling when you spot a nice fish, hide and get as close as needed and catch it! 🙂

  18. What a great place to catch big sea trout. Have to say, after watching this, I'm pretty jealous! I fish a very similar looking river here in the UK, but the Trout are all about 6 inches long! Never mind, they're still good fun to catch!

  19. you are a great fisherman,thanks for posting video, I have been hooked on sea trout for the last 50 years
    now only fish the fly at night

  20. Could not sit still on my chair as you were fighting the big one! So nerve wrecking!! Fantastic video 🙂

  21. I could relate to this, you fish just like me. There is no feeling in the world that equates to angling a fish out of an impossible spot out of a river that people think has no fish.
    But my heart broke with yours when you lost that big one. I've been there too, so many times.

    But, there is always another cast! And every fish you do catch you deserve. Well done!

  22. Amazing video….Can you tell us a little bit more about the flies you use Steffan Jensen?….Regards from Patagonia.

  23. Caught plenty during the day on my rivers but not on those tactics..very odd.light lines yes small similar flys yes but near still water ..weird

  24. Well done Steffan this video kept me interested all the way through. And yes I agree the one that got away most definitely was a tank of a fish. Tight lines Stef…

  25. i watched this video now 3 times , i always comeback to it when i need inspiration.
    but one question is he fisching without a barb on his hook?

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