Thanks stu, that is a bit cheaper than previous years.
I am in Stavanger on rig duty this weekend and things are quiet so I did sneak out to the Posten and buy the Norwegian National Fiskeravgift (License) today. I found out you can save 75 NOk (£7.50) if you pay with a Postbank account card - not much but every bit helps when you are a tight wad like me ;D ;D ;D
Funny thing happened last year with sesongkorts (season tickets)
I was in Norway for 3 years and then I left the company I was working for started working for myself based in Scotland but picked up a contract in Norway (to suit the fishing). I then moved house across to other side of Stavanger.
My sesongkort on Sone 3 was ordered when I lived in the old house and it ended up being redirected back to Scotland because my old employer redirected my mail (without telling me) back to my home address Scotland.
Due to the stress of changing jobs and moving I forgot that any mail arriving in Deeside would remain automatically redirected to the old house in Norway. The sesongkart ended up going back and forth across the North Sea in a continuous loop for weeks before I realised.
Luckily the girl who sends them out believed me and was willing to send me a new season ticket for free ;D ;D
Stu, Anything over 6 kg is a big fish in this river, so at 16 kg this is a rare specimen and a big fish by any standards. I think it is a shame to kill it. Many think that the big ones all go up early in the year so this just goes to show that there is also a back end run of MSW fish.
I have met the guy who caught it many times and I have only ever seen him fish the worm in spineriholen. He fishes in the BP fishing club in Stavanger and he kills every fish he catches as do a lot of them. To make matters worse they even kill a couple of fish and then go home and another fisher turns up to use their ticket and kill even more.
I prefer CR but I am quite understanding of people taking the odd one for the pot but to see multiple fish killed on one day ticket is quite irresponsible when measures were introduced this year to reduce the number of fish killed.
The area is also very poorly policed. I turned up once and the bailiff was fishing. I explained that I bought a ticket from Sigve Tengs and he then offered me a fish that he had killed earlier because he did not need it. He claimed to catch over 150 fish per year and I asked him how he managed to eat so many between June and Sept and he said that it was impossible so he had to give them away to neighbours
I finally got a break in work activity and although I was on rig duty I managed to nip down to the Bjerkreim to meet up with pal who was renting a hytte at Tengsdal.
We had had a fair bit of rain in Stavanger so I assumed that the river would be a little too high for fly fishing but decided to head down and see for myself and have a go if time and conditions permitted.
I was originally planning to fish in Sone 3 but the farmer selling the tickets for Sone 1 stopped by the hytte and persuaded me that Sone 1 would have more fish. (he would say that ;D)
Looking upstream at Tengsdal
The water looked a bit high and the wading was awkward but lucky for me I listened to the farmer since I caught my first fish of the season just as the bright sky was starting to fade.
It was a nice small fish around 3kg and in pretty bright condition. It was also on a new tube fly that I concocted on a cotton bud tube the previous night so that made it really satisfying. It is a bit out of proportion but fish are not trained in fly judging like we are
To cap it all there were two guys spinning on 100 m on either side so I felt really smug in such conditions. I also managed to christen a new 14' Guideline LPXe I picked up in the sale for half price last winter.
Some slight drawbacks... My waterproof camera was left in my wife’s handbag and I dropped my Nokia into the river as I was taking a photo of the lively fish that I had just grassed. Somehow I managed to get a few shots off and make a phone call afterwards before the not-so-smart phone finally shorted. (Later I opened it up and put in the my electric fan oven for 20 minutes at minimum heat and now works fine.)
Here are some shots I took before the water shorted out the phone ;D ;D ;D
Grassed on a flooded bank
My cheeky 13yr old son asked me if the fishing rod handle was a mere few inches long ;D ;D
Best bit was that when the phone shorted out I was uncontactable and missed the excitement of the rig calling me (since I was technically still on duty). Lucky it was not urgent but I will have to remember that trick again…. ;D ;D ;D
Good to see you managed to get out and had some sport The river has been fishing really well with unusual water levels throughout june,lots of fish moving through,locals have said they have not seen so many fish in the river so early With the water now it looks like aport should be good over the next week or so,hopefully the rest of the season
Sorry I missed your post. The river fished very well at the time and is still producing steady numbers.
I fished Sone 3 on Friday and Steven Mear's beat yesterday where one of my work colleagues caught his first ever salmon on a small munro killer but not much happening apart from that. A lot of resident fish sploshing around but I only had one tug at the lower end by the stile.
Steven dropped by for a chat and mentioend that we should meet up some time. He even suggested that you might be up for a trip tom the Dee next year
Here is a delayed report from last weekend when I was on rig duty again in Stavanger. I also managed to fish the previous weekend where I tried Sone 3 and had a day on Stevens beat where one of my work colleagues managed his first ever salmon on a fly.
With duty I have to be within 1 hour of the office and technically that is possible (if you are in a McClaren F1 ) but our rig was drilling top holes so they do not need me and my conscience was clear for some weekend fishing.
Fished hard from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening. I called Steven Mear to get a weather update and he recommended I fish Sone 1 as the river was pretty high. When I got to Sone 1 the river was a lot higher than the last time I visited.
When fishing flooded rivers I go back to spring flies although that is not always necessary in the summer if the river is clear and there is plenty of light. In this case I opted for a sort of green jeannie with a bright green body rear half.
Did not see much so I dropped down a size and changed the colour to suit the brightening sky I then tried the phatagorva but still nothing moved.
I went through the pool and I was about to try a smaller fly when the sky went very black again and then there was a torrential downpour so I decided to try out a silhoutte fly.
I was anticipating this dreadful rainfall so I tried out a copy of a fly I used in heavy rain before. It is called the Kenai Bug. The original on the left is on a size 2/0 single and the one on the right is a tungsten cone tube that I tied up as a copy. Very simple black wool body with black wool wings.
Within 10 mins I picked up a nice trout in torrential rain.
I was putting it back and another fisher was walking past. He asked what fly I was using and I showed him the bug and he found it hard to believe that the trout would take such a big fly. I cast it out again and after 3 casts I had another of similar size. Big grins all around. ;D ;D ;D
The rain continued driving down so I packed in half an hour before dark.
On Sunday the sky was intermittent bright and dark with some more rain. The water was still very high but had dropped about 6 inches over night. The sky was brightening and the water was clearing (even in the flood) so I went down a size and put on a small blue black shrimp.
Hooked into a nice fish around which I believed was around 4 kg. It was red but fought really hard and I brought him into the shallows ready to grass but he was spooked and with plenty of energy left he started thrashing around and with some very quick head shaking did a DIY catch and release on me.
After the chaos of playing the fish in the pool, I immediately decided to leave the pool and go back upstream and work my way back down. The take was very decisive so I decided to keep the same fly.
When I got back to the same spot my line did the magic straightening again and after a very eventful scrap I picked up this nice cock fish. He was coloured but still very firm and a great fight.
I managed to get him up the grassy banks in quick time. I took slightly more time bringing him in but I did not want to labour it.
A quick photo and measurement against my rod marking at 29,5 inch. Estimated by chart at 10.5 lbs or 4.5 kg
I cannot be sure it was not the same fish becuase it looked very similar but anyway I was proud to release him carefully back into the wild.
I visited the beat again on Monday. The rain was even harder and the wind was mental. The wading is very difficult and spey casting under the trees was a nightmare with the wind gusts and I had one too many line collisions with the foliage so I packed in before the gloaming for a change.
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