I am Antti Guttorm.
Today, we are doing this: We are in northern Norway,
by the Lakselva River. We did an episode
with salmon fishing last year. We are back to fish
with two-handed rods. We are fishing for
fresh fish in July. The season has been a bit strange.
It is late and the water is very high. This is the time for
a bigger rod. Let’s have a look at my approach for
fishing for salmon with two-handed rods. We are at Pahanmukka,
one of the most famous pools here. It looks really good at the moment.
There are some fish jumping here. It is quite warm at the moment. I will start with a floating line
and a Sunray Shadow. I will cast it across
and fish it fast. When I am working a pool,
I almost always start with a floating line. My strategy is pretty simple.
I start from the top. Then I go down to the bottom. I mainly fish near the surface,
on top of it or I really go down deep. You do not want to start off with
a Skagit line or a heavy line. Try to get it from the surface first.
Go down if nothing happens. Always start with a short line. Lengthen it with a couple of pulls
after every cast. Work down the pool when you have
a distance you are comfortable with. I like to cast this type of fly
almost straight across, about 90 degrees. I usually fish it fast. The current is good here,
I do not need to strip it in. I might do that later in the pool,
when the current slows down. I just give the fly some motion here. Fish it fast, straight across and
with the line in a big bow. I am always on stealth mode
on my first run down the pool. I do not wait too much or too deep,
I do no want to disturb the fish. I also use my clear floating line. I am casting a snake roll cast,
which is very silent. I try to do everything as silent
as possible to not disturb the fish. This clear floating line is
perfect for this stealth mode. It is not that visible for the fish. It is also kind of hanging in the surface,
like a low floating line. It does not leave any trace on
smooth surfaces like we have here. It does not disturb the fish as much
as a very high floating line does. No bite on the Sunray Shadow. I am going to do another run soon
with another tactic. I will tell you about
a small detail on the Sunray. I was fishing it as a normal tube fly,
where the line comes from the top. I also have small holes
on the side for hitching. That works really well with the Sunray.
I am going to change tactics now. Another fisherman
just came to the pool. That is how it is during the summer.
I am going to change my strategy a bit. I am going with my Skagit line
and a small Francis. Let’s see. I am going to fish a little deeper now. The fly is quite small.
It is weighted with a tungsten cone head. It is a small Francis. I might give it a different presentation. When casting a small, weighted fly,
I will try to get it down deep. I am going to swing it quite fast. You sometimes have to cue up
in popular pools like this one. When there are other fishermen
and more fishing pressure- -always try to do something else
than the other fishermen do. Especially if nothing happens. If a lot of fresh fish is coming up
and your tactic is working, keep it up. But if it is slower,
try to do something different. I am casting the line
straight across the stream again. When casting from the downstream side,
it is better and easier to cast it across. I am using a douple spey.
It is easier to get the right angle. Easier than casting another cast
from the upstream shoulder. Downstream shoulder, straight across.
Let it sink, swing it quite fast. Many people complain that
the Skagit line disturbs a lot. When pulling the line off the surface,
it stops and makes a big spray. The line is not doing the spray,
it is the caster. You do not have to do with a lot of speed
with the Skagit line, you can do it slowly. Bring it up. No speed required.
Make a cast and there is no noise. It is a grilse, a fresh grilse.
Good size, a fat one. It took my small olive Francis.
I swung it pretty fast. A nice take, a really nice take. Fresh fat grilse like this has power. Especially when in this size.
I think it weighs two or three kilos. It is hard to tell with these smaller ones. It did not like that. As we are releasing this,
I am trying to keep it in the water. If I would just beach it,
it would be much easier. When you are releasing a fish,
you do not want to beach it too much. Let’s try to get it here.
I am just going to grab the leader. Fresh sea lice.
You can see them where my thumb is. They tell you that it is
fresh from the sea. Only a couple left,
it has been in the river for a day or two. It is a good sign that
there are fresh fish coming up. Even though it is not a big one,
but there might be bigger ones coming. This definitely stirred the pool. When there are grilse coming up,
maybe the big ones might wake up. If you are not familiar with salmon fishing
you might not know what a grilse is. A grilse is a salmon that has only
been in the sea for one winter or one year. The weight is usually between
one and three kilos, so this is a grilse. One of my deadliest patterns,
the olive Francis. It worked again. Fight them hard, then let them back. There is fresh fish coming up,
so I am giving this pool another try. That will be my third run here. If nothing happens on that run,
I am sure we will move on to the next one. I just arrived at this pool,
I can see some fish jumping already. As we know there are fish here,
we will try several runs. I will start with the floating line. If we get some reaction, good.
If not, we work our way down with Skagit. A grilse.
A couple of kilos. It seems to be one of the fish
that jumped here before. It is a little dark. It seems to be a strong fish,
for a fish of this size. I had to go really deep for this one.
We tried everything. Finally, it took
my olive Francis dead drift. It is fighting well,
for a fish of this size. I do not want to beach it
as we are releasing it. I try to keep it there. A nice fat grilse.
A couple of kilos. A really nice fish.
Good condition. The fish in this river are often fat. It is a little coloured,
but you can say it is fresh. It has been in the river for a while.
A good-looking fish. Let’s get it back.
Bye-bye! Good! It took the olive Francis
with the orange head. I really had to dig it deep. It is kind of my last resort,
dead drifting a weighted fly. It seemed to do the trick. It was not what we were hoping for,
but it is a good-sized grayling. It is actually a normal size here,
I would say. There are big graylings here as well.
It is an average-sized grayling. Not average, but normal. You can fish for
a lot of different species here. Grayling, char and sea trout.
The sea trout fishing is really good here. A lot of options for a fly fisherman. Small fly, small fish. There is light 24 hours a day
at this time of the year. You can choose when to fish,
during the day or the night. It is good to check what other anglers
are doing and do differently. You might actually have
the pools for yourself. You must take other people into
consideration as these water are public. I am lazy, I sleep during the night
and fish during the day. I see a bunch of fish over there.
At least ten fish, I think. We cannot see the deep parts.
There might even be more. I am going to wade across
and try to fish for them. I will bring two set-ups with me.
The floating set-up with different flies. If that does not work,
I have the Skagit set-up. I will go down deep,
if the floating set-up does not work. Let’s give it a try. This is the kind of salmon fishing
I absolutely love Sneaking up on a fish. There are some big ones over there. Be very careful with the first try.
I am having a small fly on. I try the small fly first,
then I will change to a bigger one. Let’s see what happens and
then we might have to change tactics. Let’s give them some rest
and change tactics. The last resort is to
dead drifting a Francis. Do not do this first,
this is always the last resort. I do not have the best equipment for this.
I prefer a single-handed rod. But I will try this with
my seven weight, two-handed rod. It is a clear line too,
which is not the best for this fishing. We have to use what we got.
Let’s see what happens. I will put my sunglasses on,
because it is a bit of a glare. I want to see the line
a little bit at least. It worked. It took on the strip. A cast upstream, sink it down.
Small bumps, small strips. They do not want to come up today. Not the fish over here, at least. It is going to be hard for me to follow.
But it is not a super big fish. I do not think I have to do that. It is a good-sized grilse. About three kilos. It is a nice male. It is a really good-sized grilse.
A really nice fish. I think these fish fight hard.
You can see that they are fat. This one is quite fat as well.
It gives you a good fight. Swim back. Fight them hard and
they will swim back good. Many times you really have
to work for the fish. I tried a different tactic.
I started with a small hook fly. I used it with a floating line.
That did not work. I changed to a bigger tube fly.
It is a green tube. It is actually a fly that I have not
used that much in the past years. I decided that I would use it more
this year as I have caught a lot with it. I have caught several fish with it
this year, but it did not work this time. The third method was going to
the surface with a hitch fly. It is a small hitch fly. I like to use some foam on top of
the fly to keep it afloat. But also because I can see it better
as it is fluorescent green. The two-handed rod is not
the best option for that. But it was not a bad option now,
as I did not have room for a back cast. That did not work this time,
so I changed to a Skagit line. I used it with my small olive Francis. A very deadly pattern and technique
with the swing fishing. I did not get a fish on that one this time. I went to the last resort,
which is a bigger red Francis. I fished it upstream, free drift.
I stripped it and it took on the strip. Not my preferred method to catch fish,
but it is very efficient. It is always my last resort.
I never start with it. I rarely use it actually. Only in difficult situations,
especially when I have seen some fish. A word of warning:
do not use it too much. It really disturbs the pool. If you use it too much,
the fish will not take anything. Use it sparsely and wisely.
But it is efficient when you use it. New pool. I will start with a floating line,
as I normally do. I start off with a Sunray,
a bit longer tube fly. It is not the original Sunray.
I call all long-winged black flies that. I guess you could say it is
a fancy Sunray. Cast it across the stream, 90 degrees. I do not need to strip it,
because there is a good current. I will just let it swing
and give it some action with the rod. The current kind of dies in
the lower part of the pool. I will have to start strip it in. I will continue to cast across the stream
and then strip it in. Let’s see what happens with this fly. You might have noticed that
I have dark sections on my running line. We call this running line Control. The name comes from having
control of your swing. These 30 cm long markings appear
every five metres of the line. You always know
how much line you have out. This is the second dark marking,
the other one is outside the rod. I always know how much line I have out. If I get a take, I can work the fish
several times if I do not hook it. I always I know how much line I have out. It also has a monofilament core.
It is stiffer than most running lines. Nothing happened on the first run
with the bigger tube fly. I will change to a smaller fly.
It is one of my favourite flies. Many times when you go through
a pool with a bigger fly and fish it fast- -I believe that the fish start
looking up and kind of wake up. When you use a smaller fly after that,
you get results many times. Let’s see what happens now. I will start swing it through,
maybe give it a strip at the end. But in the lower part of the pool,
I have to strip in the whole swing. Let’s try this smaller fly. I have a better fish on.
It is a real salmon. It is a salmon.
The game is on now. This is what we are after.
I was a fishing an intermediate ACE head. Nice one! I have my eight weight rod
and I am stripping the fly quite fast. We are having a nice fight now.
A really nice fight. I just hope it does not
try to go down. I am not sure I can put
a lot of pressure on with this hook on. We just have to follow it. I am gaining line now.
Backing up. I am trying to get the fish closer,
not too close to the end of the pool. It hopefully does not have
too big of an urge to go down. Walking it up, it will follow me. Hopefully. It is nice to have these nerves. This is exciting. It turned around.
Good. We better not use the reel.
Just walk it up. This is a strong fish. He or she is not giving up.
I think it is a she, but I am not sure. I did not get a good look at it.
It could be either one. I hope she turns around. Yep, we are running. Good. I thought it was a runner,
but luckily it was not. We can continue the fight here. No chance there… Let’s see if we still
have to go down. This is why we do this. Even though it is nerve-racking,
it is fun. I have the leader in,
but not a good place to land a fish. This will be good to beach it,
but there is not room for the rod. Yeah! Yeah!
We got it! We got it! It was not easy, but we got it.
And it feels good! Yeah! It gave us a proper fight. That is definitely why we do this. We were not sure,
but it is a female fish. A really nice, fresh female fish. No sea lice, but it has not been
in the river for long. Totally fresh, really nice-looking.
Around ten kilos. A really good fish with a small fly.
I am as happy as I can be with that. It could not be any better. Stripping a small fly,
a really nice take. It was a super fight after that.
Here we are, about to release it. I will just take off the hook
and then let it swim back. It is not super small,
but it is not big either. You can see that the hook is bent,
so I could not have put more pressure on. We are lucky to have caught this one
and were able to land it. Really nice.
Let’s get it back. This is good.
She is in the current. She is getting her strength back.
She is kicking, it will not take long. She swims back strong. Yes!
That is great. Perfect, perfect, perfect. The fishing has been a bit difficult
and we had to dig down deep to get fish. I have caught a couple. It is really rewarding getting a big fish
with one of my favourite techniques. It could not be any better.
It is a great prize for me. We are doing another run.
It seemed to work the first time. I have not changed anything,
because I did not even get to the end. I have the same fly and the same
floating tubing with a clear intermediate. I will do exactly the same as I did.
Hopefully we can get another one. Fish on. It feels quite heavy.
This could be a big one. It is not a grilse,
I can tell you that much. I have not seen the fish at all.
It has not jumped or anything. It took really gently. All of the motions suggest
that it is a big fish. Oh yeah, it is going.
It is going, it is going. Yeah, it is a good-sized fish. It jumped on the other side.
I did not get a good look at it though. It is definitely a salmon-sized fish. I am staying here for a second.
Let it run, let it tire itself. I do not want to go too low.
I do want to be running. It feels good.
I have the bend in the rod. It is not a big fly, I do not want to
put too much pressure on it. Yeah, yeah, yeah,
Go, go, go. This fish is not jumping a lot.
We might be in for a long fight. It seems… It is not wasting too much energy,
so you want to keep the fish moving. You want to make it tired.
You do not want it to stop or anything. If the fish is not moving,
you should be moving. If the fish is moving,
it is tiring itself. Good headshakes. Good headshakes. The fish in this river are often fat.
They are really fat and strong. They can weigh much and
have a lot of power. I am trying to walk it,
so I get the head closer to the bank. Maybe I can go there and tail it.
With these bigger fish, it is good to… It is not good to get it beached,
but get its head closer to the shore. You just get them in faster
than if you try to tail them yourself. I do not have a super strong leader
or a super strong hook. I have quite a small fly,
so I do not want to take it too hard. This did not want to surrender easily.
A really strong fish as you can see. It has some girth. It is a girl.
A good-sized girl. I was just swinging it, no stripping.
Just a classic swing. A great take, nothing fancy really.
A quite gentle take. I just love it when you feel the pull.
Some say that is the drug and it is for me. Just a bit smaller than the first one.
I do not know its weight. They are probably quite close in weight.
This is also a fat one. A really nice purple colour.
It is a bit coloured, but it is nice. We will set it free. Another big fish.
A great day, just a great day. This is salmon fishing. It can be really quiet
and then it just turns around. It is just a great feeling.
It is time to go home and celebrate. English subtitles: Daniella Twedmark