Den larmende stilhed

Som I måske har bemærket, har der været larmende stille her på bloggen den seneste tid. Og jeg kan lige så godt afsløre først som sidst, at det kommer der til at være en rum tid endnu.

Og hvorfor så det?

Forklaringen skyldes en ændring (læs: udvidelse af) i mit arbejdsliv, så jeg nu også kan tilføje lærebogsforfatter til cv’et. Jeg udkommer med min første udgivelse på forlaget Systime til næste år. Det betyder konkret, at det meste af min fritid går med at skrive bogen “Historiefaglig arbejdsbog” ved siden af min fuldtidsstilling som lektor i dansk og historie. Hvis du er interesseret, så kan du i øvrigt læse mere om tankerne bag bogen her.

Derudover er jeg booket som foredragsholder på en stor historielærerkonference til foråret, der arrangeres af Undervisningsministeriet. De af jer, som kender mig privat, ved, at jeg har været medforfatter til læreplanen til Historie b og læreplansvejledningen i forbindelse med den nye gymnasiereform – og det er i forlængelse af dét arbejde, at jeg nu er blevet engageret som speaker og workshopper. Mit foredrag og workshop kommer til at handle om, hvordan man arbejder problemorienteret i historiefaget i krydsfeltet mellem historiebevidsthed og almendannelse – det bliver svedigt!

Som I nok kan fornemme, har jeg rigeligt at se til. Derfor går hjemmesiden endegyldigt i hi fra i dag og vågner først igen til næste år efter sommerferien. Det betyder selvfølgelig ikke, at jeg ikke tager på kysten engang imellem eller binder lidt fluer i ny og næ (det kan jeg jo ikke undvære!), men jeg kan ikke retfærdiggøre over for min familie, at jeg også skal have tid til at skrive om mit fiskeri oven i alle de andre projekter.

Det tror jeg, at I alle kan forstå.

Knæk og bræk derude!

Kasper T.

PS. Havørredbogen skal nok komme, men den er  lige pt. sat på standby pga. ovenstående.

Ternald: Tribute within creativity

“STF dubbing all week long!”

This is the second part of our new portrait series, which I introduced last week with the danish super star Morten Hansen also known as mr. @coastfly. If you missed it you can easily check it out right here.

This week’s interview features none other than my swedish coastal brother, the great Jonatan Ternald. Ternald is really beyond any comparison in my book, when it comes down to fronting the new generation of coastal fly tying in the North. He does his own thing, and like Morten Hansen, he has his very own aesthetic.

When you see a picture of a Ternald fly, you know it’s a Ternald fly.

Where Morten Hansen is the front runner of what I’ve called ‘the glass movement’, Ternald has managed to incorporate both tradition and innovation in a fly tying aesthetic that really defines new territory – a new frontier so to speak. Ternald’s fly tying is clean, breathtaking, and astonishing with a lot of respect for tradition. Yet he rethinks or redefines the matter in almost every fly he puts on display, and that lifts him to the very top of what I would call the postmodern fly tying league.

When studying Ternald’s work you can see how the roots of pioneers like Rune Westphal and Kern Leo Lund are layered in razor sharp finishing touches enhancing the pure magic of detail, but yet turned into Ternald’s very own way of thinking in new directions.

There’s a poetry in the way Ternald builds up a fly – and also a hell of a lot of American saltwater running through his scandinavian and nordic fly tying style to be really honest with you. Just look at his fry flies, and you’ll see what I mean. But when it comes down to the very essence of the nordic tone Ternald is a true mastermind putting those vast Scandinavian feelings into his fly tying practice. It’s a study in unique focus, and I just love every little part of it! For instance, if you pay Ternald’s Instagram page a visit (click here), you’ll totally agree with me. But let’s see what Ternald has to say about his thinking and creativity. So folks, here we go!

Kasper: Jonatan, first of all a big high five for taking your time to talk with me about coastal fly tying and for guiding us through how you perceive your own work. Let’s start with the fundamentals. What are the basics of a good coastal sea trout fly? And how would you describe your identity as a coastal fly tyer? 

Jonatan: In my opinion, you can divide it into two categories: provocation and imitation flies. The provocation flies can either be about movement like the ‘Jiggy’ that uses a bouncing walk to attract the fish, or a spey fly with its pulsating body which easily can deceive a sea run like no other. Then we have the flies that uses color for provocation. Pink, orange, chartreuse, preferably in fluorescent colors, seem to have the trigger factor, especially in colder waters. When it comes to the fundamentals and basic of an imitation fly for sea runs, I am all about trying to perfect the right silhouette and profile. I also think it is very important to get the sink rate right especially on shrimp flies. I would say that I’m coastal fly tyer that likes to tie as realistic flies as I can. And I’m one of those UV-resin guys by the way!

Kasper: In your words what defines your coastal fly aesthetic?

Jonatan: A nice contrast between colors in the fly and a nice silhouette, as well as a good-looking tapering and proportions are important features. I also work hard to get my shrimps and some of my baitfish as “see- through” as possible.

Kasper: What is your favorite fly tying material and why that specific material?

STF dubbing all week long! This is for me the most versatile material for coastal flies out there. If only I was allowed to use one material (plus thread and hook) for the rest of my life I would be fine! I use a lot it in of my shrimps as do many others and I love to tie it into small fry flies. But it also makes a really nice bulky head on bigger flies as well. The transparency of the STF is so awesome. It makes all flies dressed with it look deadly in the water. And the length of the fibers allows you to do so much with it in terms of dressing the perfect silhouette.

Kasper: Take us through your work process – from idea to end result.

Jonatan: It can go two ways, I think. The most common is that I want to imitate a specific prey for the seatrout. I start with either going down to the water to study them or doing the lazier alternative, using Google to find good images of what I want to tie. Then I try with the materials and techniques that I think will work best. It rarely comes out the way I pictured it in my head on the first try. But I can see what parts works and looks good, and I will use them for my next attempt where I swap out the things that I didn’t like. I get a lot of inspiration and ideas from Instagram and not only coastal tyers, but also by looking at nymphs and wax worm imitation for example. It’s awesome to use that as an inspiration to a shrimp fly. Sometimes I get a new material in my hand that I just have to use, and then I start tying until I find a pattern that will do the material justice.

Kasper: If you could pick only one pattern, what would it be? Shrimp or baitfish?

Jonatan: I’m a shrimp guy. I fish with shrimps through the whole season. Of course, I fish with a lot of baitfish also, but I catch more fish on the shrimp fly.

Kasper: What does tradition in the sense of fly tying mean to you – and how do you use tradition?

Jonatan: Tradition for me is hackle flies or old school flies like the Mickey Finn, which are super effective streamers that seem to be able to catch fish all the time. I tie hackle flies as well, and I fish them with great success. But traditional flies are not the reason why I get the opportunity to answer questions from you. There are way better tiers then me doing this type of fly. My thing is “modern” flies that many tyers would categorize as not being fly tying in a traditional sense. My goal is to make the best-looking fly as possible, and I’ll use any technique or material that will do the job. How I use tradition, is more related to the materials, I think. I’m a big fan of oldschool materials such as buck tail or mallard feathers.

Kasper: What is in your opinion the most important feature or design aspect of a coastal sea trout fly?

Jonatan: It’s hard to pick one thing only. However, if I must, I would have to say the silhouette, combined with the right speed and your own movement when stripping the fly home are the factors that will help you catch the most fish. Fly tying is only a part of the great deceive, which is important to remember.

Kasper: Let’s take a look in the crystal ball: What is the next big thing in coastal fly tying?

Jonatan: There will always be new awesome materials, but I’m thinking more about the type of flies, we use. My home water is in the archipelago outside of Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast. I do a lot of boat fishing far out in deeper waters with sinking lines chasing the big trouts feasting on herrings. Many of us have seen big herring in the stomach of a sea trout, so I often fish with herring flies and catch quite big ones. This summer I’ve been trying out big articulated streamers. There are probably many anglers who have tried this already, but I’m convinced that the same rule applies in the sea as it does in fresh water. Big fly equals big fish. Speed has been a key element to get the seatrout to bite. If this is going to be the next big thing? Maybe, maybe not. But one thing is certain: both the fishing and the tying with these big flies is a heck of a lot of fun!

Kasper: What is your proudest achievement up until now as a skilled fly tyer, what is your biggest invention so far?

Jonatan: I would have to say my own pattern, the ‘Super Shrimp’. A realistic shrimp pattern that has caught many nice fish and that I have gotten much attention for.

Kasper: Thanks again, Jonatan, for the nice chat. It is absolutely no secret that I totally adore your work, and I often turn in your direction when seeking inspiration for my own fly tying. I wish you the best of luck in the great times ahead, my friend.

Well, that was it for this time around. I hope you have enjoyed reading about two of the most skilled scandinavian fly tyers out there at the moment and their way of thinking. What really sums up both Morten Hansen and Jonatan Ternald’s fly tying aesthetic is the will to constantly push the boundaries of what could be achieved. I’m also intrigued by the fact that I’m not the only one who has a deep-rooted belief in integrating practical experiences of fly fishing into the way we practice fly tying – and at the same time respect the traditions and works of others. It’s so inspiring for all of us to really follow that road or direction within the fly fishing community.

I don’t know what you thought of it, but I’m already a big fan of both Morten’s and Jonatan’s future prospects of using big streamers for searuns. I really think there’s a great potential in rethinking the whole American tradition of saltwater streamer flies in that direction and adapt them to the scandinavian conditions. Let’s get this thing started right now, folks!

Have a great week,

// Kasper

Photo credits: Morten Valeur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

@coastfly: The New Glass Aesthetic

“Shriiiiiiimp! I just love Shrimps.”

This is the first part of two similar portrait interviews, I’ve conducted with two extremely talented fly tyers. I have wanted to do this for a long time, and by adding a new dimension to this little intergalactic coastal cruiser called kystflue.com, I guess I’ve taken the very first step into a new future for the website. And I love it already!

First of all you’ve probably noticed that I am writing in English. Don’t worry; we’re not transforming kystflue.com into an all-english endavour from this day forward. But occasionally we will be writing in English.

Some evil tongued gangsters might think that we’re just trying to be international badasses, but the truth and simple reason is actually somewhat quite different. We have experienced an awesome increase in readers from the US, Germany, UK, and the rest of Scandinavia etc. during the last year, which we are really excited about. It is as simple as that; we want to share special parts of our adventure with them too. Especially if specific blog themes contain broader perspectives than just coastal fly fishing on Funen. What you are about to read, has this broader angle attached to it, so let’s take this a step further, coastal brothers.

If you have paid attention to social media types such as Instagram when looking for fly tying inspiration, you have probably noticed that there is something exciting going on in the deep southern parts of Denmark and on the west coast of Sweden simultaniously.

I have baptized the movement: “The new glass aesthetic”. This movement is in my opinion lead by two extraordinary coastal fly tyers, and this week we’ll zoom in on the danish contribution.

I remember the first time I caught a glimpse of the ‘Glass Shrimp’ by @coastfly. I instantly felt this creative fly tying urge rise deep inside of me, almost like a divine intervention. It was a new direction. What I saw was something fresh, personal and mesmerizing. Simply a new take on tradition, and it was the real deal for me.

True talent is not a question of time length, but rather the ability to create something extraordinary in the now. My good friend Morten Hansen, the man behind @coastfly, is the very realization of that concept. Since I started following Morten’s fly tying endavours, I’ve been really curious to get to know his way of thinking coastal seatrout flies to fully understand how a master perceive the very aesthetic of fly tying in regards of different techniques and material use – and how it links to the pragmatic side of fly-fishing in saltwater. What I love about Morten’s fly tying is the attention he brings to small details and how he manages to create pure awesomeness out of few materials. But one thing is how I interpret Morten’s work, a whole different level is when it comes from the mouth of the glass master himself. So here we go, folks. Let’s get into business and see what’s on Morten’s mind.

Kasper: First of all thank you so much for taking your time to chat with me about the concept of coastal fly tying and your own awesome work. Let’s start with the ground work. What are the basics or fundamentals of a good coastal seatrout fly?

Morten: Well, the basics and/or fundamentals – in my opinion – are mimicking the real deal (shrimps, baitfish etc). Not so much in color, but mainly in shape, and the way the prey looks and moves.

Kasper: How would you describe your identity as a coastal fly tyer?

Morten: I’m a so-called “late bloomer” and have only been tying flies for roughly 4 years now – But it didn’t take long for me to know in which direction I wanted to go with my flies. Modern flies with new techniques and more realism is what I like to tie – although I absolutely love a classic as well.

Kasper: In your words what defines your coastal fly aesthetic?

Morten: Tough question! I think the key thing that defines my work is my eye for small details and the fact that I use more time on each fly that drops of my vise than the average fly tier. It’s important to me to make the fly look perfect. By that, I mean some people tie fast because they don’t care about looks and they know that the fly will fish just as well as anything from my fly box – and that is absolutely fine with me. I just like my flies to look good in the box as well – and most of us choose the best looking fly in the box to strengthen our beliefs in that fly and in its capabilities in catching that dream fish.

Kasper: What is your favorite fly tying material and why that specific material?

Morten: Few. It is no secret that I love UV-resin, but that’s not really a material, I guess, more like a helpful tool as I see it. But if I would have to choose one material for every fly, I would choose craft fur. It’s cheap, it’s very soft but strong at the same time, it comes in all colors of the rainbow, and it even has “underfur” which you can use as dubbing as well. Very versatile in my opinion. Also because craft fur can be used as a substitute for spey feathers – which we all know costs a hell of a lot more!

Kasper: Take us through your work process – from idea to end result.

Morten: I’m kind of a “run and gun” type of person when it comes to designing and creating. Most of the time I will sit down and just scramble through my materials and place matching colors, feathers, flash etc. on the table in front of me and then I just tie by “feel” and intuition. I know it sounds strange, but I rarely get the ideas when I’m not sitting by my vise. Except for the ‘Glass Shrimp’. That glorious little thing came to my head in a pet store as I walked by a tank full of shrimps.

Kasper: If you could pick only one pattern, what would it be? Shrimp or baitfish?

Morten: Shrimp. Definitely Shrimp. Shrimps are always on the menu of a hungry saltwater predator. And it’s fairly an easy prey as well. So that´ll be the shrimp. Shriiiiiiimp! I just love Shrimps.

Kasper: What does tradition in the sense of fly tying mean to you – and how do you use tradition?

Morten: I respect the traditional way of tying flies and what it has done for fly tying from start to where we are today. That being said I like to do my own things in my own way – and I will choose UV-resin over epoxy any day because it’s easier, a lot faster and not so messy. But as mentioned earlier in this interview I absolutely LOVE a good well tied classic pattern. Like the “Grå Frede” or “Magnus” and so on.

Kasper: What is the most important feature or design aspect of a coastal seatrout fly?

Morten: The most important thing to me is to make the fly look like the prey I’m imitating – at least in silhouette. That is why I mentioned earlier that color isn’t the most important thing. Try taking a grey fly and hold it up against the sky looking at it from the fish´s point of view. Now do the same with a yellow one, or a red one. They all look grey from this point of view. I don’t know how to feel about the whole fluorescent hype at the moment. It looks good – yes. However, does it get me more fish? Maybe. Maybe because I have a stronger belief in that fire red fly and therefore will fish it more actively and creative. But then again – look at “Kobberbassen”. That fly fools more seatrout than almost any other fly out there – and it has no fluorescent materials in it what so ever. I think the real secret lies within the belief in the fly on my leader.

Kasper: Let’s take a look in the crystal ball: What is the next big thing in coastal fly tying?

Morten: Well, I think (and hope) that big streamers will find their way into our boxes in the future. They´ve already proven themselves in rivers and lakes for both seatrouts and salmons, so why would they not work on the coast as well?

Kasper: What is your proudest achievement up until now as a skilled fly tyer, what is your biggest invention so far?

Morten: That will be the ‘Glass Shrimp’. Hands down. End of story. That fly was a homerun so to speak. My flag ship and my proudest moment – and it really got my name “out there”. Time will test its capabilities whether it will become a “classic” in the future. But I’ve caught 6 saltwater species on it so far (seatrout, flounder, garfish, mackerel, weever, and cod). So I know it works. It eventually lead to a whole glass series, which I’m very proud of as well. There are many fly tiers out there, and they all wants to “reinvent” the wheel. I think that the ‘Glass Shrimp’ and its cousins ignited a spark in a whole new breed of fly tiers. And also creativity in what can be done with just a few materials and some UV-resin. As an example: Jonatans extremely beautiful “super shrimp”. I mean look at that thing! That is the best damn looking shrimp fly I have ever seen since Kern Lunds “Perfect Leo Shrimp”!

Kasper: Well, that was really it, Morten. You’re one hell of a nice guy, a much-talented fly tyer, and I really think you’ll be one of the front runners of the future of coastal fly tying. I really like the way you interpret various aspects of your seatrout flies, from silhouettes over color to your personal take on tradition and creativity. I’m a fan! Best of luck, buddy! 

If you want to follow Morten’s work in the future, just click on the following links:

I totally recommend the episode about ‘hook talk’ and of course all of Morten’s fly tying videos – such a priceless inspiration going on there! Or simply just watch Morten perform mad skills mastering UV-resin like a pro in this video from Ahrex:

Next week’s interview will feature none other than the great Jonatan Ternald – stay tuned, folks! There’s a real treat coming your way!

// Kasper

Photo credits: Morten Hansen

Sommerminder: Revet tur/retur

Sommeren i år har budt på havørredvejr. Jeg har især dyrket én plads, et rigtigt strømfuldt ‘sommerrev’, som har givet mig alt det en kystfluefisker ellers kun kan drømme om. Sammen med flere af mine fiskekammerater har jeg oplevet, hvordan sommerens relativt lave vandtemperaturer har leveret et sandt drømmefiskeri i det kystnære vand.

Mit sommerrev har derfor været et gennemgående og bevidst pladsvalg for mig, fordi det næsten aldrig svigter – og fordi revet er lettilgængeligt, når man også skal have plads til at nyde sommeren med familien. Det kender I sikkert godt, tænker jeg.

Jeg husker især en tidlig morgen, hvor disen fra det lune kystnære vand endnu ikke har forladt havets overflade. Morgensolens lys forsøger at gennembryde bankerne, men horisonten virker som en sløret sammenflydning.

Vi står begge som tryllebundet og fisker på en stime havørreder, der trækker rundt på det lave vand. Pludselig skyder en kapital blankfisk fri af vandet inden for vores kastelængde, nærmest som et stilstudie i perfektion. Tiden står stille i dét sekund, går nærmest i stå, mens pulsen viser sin tilstedeværelse i kroppen med lidt hurtigere slag. Vi ser ikke havørreden igen, men jeg når at få en halvmeters fisk i hånden, før stimen forsvinder igen. Det er min version af Kasper Røjsmoses ‘Dræberrejen’, som viser sig som den rette medicin. Fluens enkle design er tiltalende, og mønsteret har fulgt mig de fleste af mine sommerture i år. ‘Dræberrejen’ er derfor også den flue, som giver mig sommerens smukkeste havørred, ikke den største, men klart den mest betagende, med sine mange sorte prikker, transparente finner og blanke flanker.

Jeg sidder på stenene bag min fiskemakker, som ihærdigt afsøger revets kanter. Han er koncentreret og klar på hvert et signal fra fluelinen mellem sine hænder. Han fisker strækket igennem, mens jeg nyder kaffen og lyden af den karakteristiske hvislen, som det hurtige skydehoved synger, mens det atter sendes afsted ud over vandet. Der er ikke meget varme i luften endnu, og disen ligger stadig som et roligt tæppe over havets overflade. Jeg ønsker, at min makker får flex i dette træk, men det udebliver desværre. Jeg tager den sidste tår af kaffen og rejser mig fra stensætningen. Fiskeiveren har fat i mig, men jeg har en afslappet ro indeni. ‘Dræberrejen’ bliver sendt afsted ud over et lille revplateau i den modsatte ende af af “hovedrevet”, hvor min fiskemakker står. Rolige træk og små korte pauser i indtagningen. Rejefluen stoppes pludseligt hårdt og kontant. Jeg mærker med det samme tyngden, der indikerer en havørred af bedre kaliber. En tumlen og trækken er nu i fuld gang. Min puls banker intenst, da en velproportioneret blank side viser sig under overfladen. Fisken går ikke fri af vandet, men sejtrækker frem og tilbage, kun 15 meter fra stangspidsen. Min fiskemakker har set, hvad der udspiller sig mellem fisk og fisker og kommer løbende med kameraet i hænderne. Da jeg endelig får et fast greb om havørredens haleror, er han klar til et hurtigt foto af fisken og den glade fanger. Efter et hurtigt løft fri af vandet får havørreden sin frihed igen.

Havørreder om sommeren er for det meste altid blanke, dybe og velproportionerede – og denne fisk er ingen undtagelse. Man lever længe på sådan en gevinst. Jeg giver min fiskemakker en high five, og vi taler om fighten, der stadig sidder i mig.

Vi går langsomt op mod stenene bag os for at få en velfortjent kop kaffe, inden revet skal have endnu et træk – som altid, når man er afsted på kysten.

Det bedste kystfluehilsner,

Mads

 

‘Rubber Magic’: Med gummiben på efterårskysten

De fleste kystfluefiskere har nok på et eller andet tidspunkt oplevet at møde de svære efterårshavørreder. Her taler vi om den slags drilske havørreder, der kan drive selv de mest drevne og tålmodige kystfluefiskere helt ud til vanviddets rand.

Men efteråret er også én af de kystkulisser, hvor man kan opleve et helt forrygende fiskeri; med lige dele frustation og forløsning som de skiftevise dansepartnere.

Efteråret på kysten rummer utallige udfordringer. For det første huserer der kolossale mængder af havørredens byttedyr i det kystnære vand, hvilket kan gøre havørrederne ekstremt selektive. Samtidigt har de fleste havørreder indstillet gps’en på åernes gydebanker, hvilket også indvirker stærkt på havørredernes manglende villighed til at tage vores fluer. Når det alligevel er muligt at opleve efterårstræk på kysten, der kalder på mange fights og hugvillige fisk, så skyldes det faktisk netop de utallige udfordringer – især, hvis man tænker udfordringerne strategisk ind i sin fiskepraksis. Lad mig uddybe.

At havørrederne migrerer mod åerne, betyder, at vi faktisk har langt lettere ved at finde dem. For det første spreder de sig som følge af vandringerne. I det tidligere efterår er det stadig pynterne og revene, der kan levere det bedste fiskeri, men i løbet af perioden fra midten af september og hele oktober kan man støde på havørrederne hvor som helst langs kyststrækningerne. Finder man en større koncentration af havørreder på den åbne kyst, så lokalisér, hvilke å-udløb i den umiddelbare nærhed, de angiveligt må være på vej imod. På den måde kan man efterfølgende tilrettelægge sine ture, så man ‘følger’ havørrederne frem til fredningsbælternes begyndelse. Det samme princip gælder også i fjorden, hvis det er dér, man ynder at bruge sin fisketid.

Havørreder, der migrerer kan imidlertid være rigtigt ‘svære’, fordi det biologiske design trækker dem mod brudesengene i åerne. Men der findes et par tricks, som har at gøre med både biologi og fluebinding, som jeg i det følgende vil komme nærmere ind på.

Inden for biologien er det alment kendt, at havørredens ‘syn’ ændres under gydevandringen. Gradvist bliver havørredens syn mere og mere følsom over for især rødlige farvenuancer, hvilket bl.a. er én af forklaringerne på, hvorfor farvestrålende fluer i pink og orange er markant bedre i efteråret end på andre tidspunkter af sæsonerne (eller at fluer som ‘Magnus med blodtud’ eller ‘cutthroat kutling’ også kan være helt eminente i efteråret). Samtidigt er det også i efteråret, at havørreden udviser en langt højere grad af begyndende territorial aggression i det kystnære vand som en slags ouverture på de ‘magtkampe’, som kommer til at finde sted på standpladserne og gydebankerne. Disse forhold kan vi med fordel tænke ind i vores fiskestrategi og fluebinding, så vi optimerer vores chancer, når vi er afsted på kysten.

I mit eget efterårsfiskeri dyrker jeg en ret aggressiv approach, hvor jeg fisker mine fluer ekstremt hurtigt og/eller i ret eksplosive ryk. Havørreden skal tirres og provokeres, hvis den skal vækkes fra gydetrækkets hypnotiske kraft.

Jeg tilpasser mine fluer, så de gradvist bliver mere og mere farvestrålende. Man kan sige, at jeg skruer mere og mere op for blusset, så de skrappe farver til sidst dominerer helt, mens jeg samtidigt gradvist nedtoner mine fluers naturalistiske træk, så jeg fra midten af november og frem eksklusivt fisker med helt afpillede ‘udrykningsfluer’ i skrigende pink og orange, der speedes ind med stangen i armhulen. Der findes naturligvis undtagelser, hvor havørrederne alligevel tager de afdæmpede fluer, men igen handler det om at tage udgangspunkt i den enkelte fiskesituation og være omstillingsparat. På den måde kommer man oftest længst i forhold til at få overlistet de til tider svære efterårsørreder. Og endnu vigtigere er det måske at huske på, at kystfluefiskeri efter havørred aldrig vil være en eksakt videnskab, hvilket I kan læse mere om her.

Et andet feature, som jeg ofte tilfører mine efterårsfluer, er gummiben. ‘Luksusrejen’ er helt suveræn i de mere kradse versioner i efteråret, og i det hele taget kan det anbefales at tilføre rejefluerne et ‘pirrende’ og ‘sitrende’ element i form af forskellige gummiben, der effektivt suppleres af fluorescerende elementer som hugpunkter.

Det samme gør jeg også ved mine små baitfish-fluer, der får tilføjet et fluorescerende “gummielement”, der kan sitre i vandet. De helt enkle kystfluer, som ‘Kobberbassen’ og ‘Guldbassen’ kan også med fordel tilføjes et par ‘provokerende’ gummiben. Endelig kan man også med stor fordel udstyre vinterklassikere som ‘Pink Glimmerreje’ og ‘Polar Magnus’ med et par flourescerende gummiben. Det kan virke helt eminent godt, når havørrederne er i det drilske hjørne.

Med hensyn til størrelserne på fluerne, så vil jeg sige, at det klart er de mindre størrelser (6, 8 og 10), der dominerer i min flueboks i efteråret. Men igen handler det meget om de foreliggende konditioner på en given plads. Er der gang i ‘efterårsbølgerne’, så kan det godt betale sig at gå helt op i størrelse 2, men til det stille og vidunderlige efterårsfiskeri vil de små fluer oftest være de helt rigtige ‘killers’ i langt de fleste tilfælde. Fisk fluerne hurtigt, men husk også at lade dem ‘svæve’ med jævne mellemrum, så gummibenene rigtigt kan arbejde magisk i vandet. Jeg garanterer, at det virker for vildt!

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Preview: Kystfluefiskeri efter havørred – historie, teori, praksis

I en dansk sammenhæng er der skrevet relativt meget i bogform om kystfiskeriet efter havørred, men forbløffende lidt om kystfluefiskeriet som en selvstændig disciplin. Langt de fleste bøger om kystfiskeriet efter havørred har et kapitel eller to, der handler om kystfluefiskeri. Det samme gør sig gældende, når vi ser på den lystfiskerlitteratur, der handler om fluefiskeriet som en selvstændig fiskeform. Deri behandles kystfluefiskeriet også kun som en del af den overordnede fluefiskedisciplin.

Jeg er derfor i gang med at skrive en bog om kystfluefiskeri, fordi jeg synes, den mangler. Kystfluefiskeriet efter havørred har gennemgået en medrivende og kolossal udvikling, der nu retfærdiggør en selvstændig bog om emnet. Bogen er derfor et forsøg på at give en samlet behandling af kystfluefiskeriet, fortalt ud fra et praksisnært fiskeperspektiv. Det er min klare ambition, at bogen skal kunne læses af både erfarne som nybegyndere, og den skal både favne bredt og samtidigt give et autentisk og filosofisk indblik i det nutidige kystfluefiskeris hjertekammer og tænkemåder.

Jeg er godt i gang med skrivearbejdet, hvilket jeg nyder, når jeg har et par timer til rådighed, så jeg kan få godt ‘skrivetræk’, som det hedder. Bogen ser på nuværende tidspunkt ud til at blive lidt af en moppedreng, og bogcoveret og indholdsfortegnelsen kommer sandsynligvis til at se sådan her ud:

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Indledning

Kapitel 1: Fascinationen. Om havørreden mellem natur og kultur

Forestillinger. Havørreden som myte og lidenskab

Virkelighedens havørred. Om biologi og byttedyr

Kystfluefiskerens havørred

Kystens sølvtøj – havørredfremstillinger i lystfiskerlitteraturen

Kystfluefiskeren – identitet, selvforståelse og væren

Kapitel 2: Kystfluefiskeriets historie i Danmark

De tidlige frontiers. Kystfluefiskeriets pionerer 1968-1980

Udviklingsperspektiver. Kystfluefiskeriet i 1980’erne

Det store gennembrud. Kystfluefiskeriet i 1990’erne

Konsolidering og nye praksisfællesskaber. Kystfluefiskeriet omkring årtusindeskiftet

Mellem tradition og fornyelse. Om det postmoderne kystfluefiskeri i dag

Kapitel 3: Kystfluepladser

Årets gang på kysten – og i fjorden

Havørredens revir og kystfluefiskerens ’topos’

Magneter? Om begrebet ’hotspot’

Kysttypologier

‘Den bløde bund’

Pladsstrategier

Kapitel 4: Kystfluestrategier

Den kystnære havørred

Vandstand og strøm

Mobiliteter. Om begrebet ’fart’

’Øjeblikkets kontanthed’. Om havørredhugget

Med andre sanser. Om ‘natten’ som sindstilstand og fiskeerfaring

Den værdifulde nultur

Optimeringer

Kapitel 5: Kystfluer i et dansk perspektiv

Kystfluernes historie – fra amerikansk streamerkultur til danske nyklassikere

Hvad er en god kystflue?

‘Flue-ismer’. Om kystfluedesign

Kystfluestimuli og kystflueæstetik

Fluebinding som praksisrum – fra værksted til kysten (og tilbage igen)

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Tja, måske lidt ambitiøst, men den bog mangler altså!

Kapitler, overskrifter og et bogcover siger dog ikke så meget, så jeg har besluttet mig for at give jer en lille smagsprøve, så I kan få en idé om stilen. Derfor, kære venner, følger her en kort læseprøve fra bogens indledende del: Forestillinger – læseprøve

Jeg håber på at have bogen færdig til udgivelse næste år – men det er en tidskrævende gangster at få tid til at skrive, når man – som jeg – også gerne vil have plads til både kyst og fluebinding! Derudover er der jo hele bogens fotodel, som også er ret udfordrende – især fordi den gerne skulle indbefatte hundredevis af havørreder. Men tro mig; bogen skal nok blive færdig inden for en overskuelig fremtid.

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