hi guys i took the day of work yesterday and popped down to the river and found it to be in good order with a good height of water.unfortunatley i was faced with clear sky and bright sunshine so i had some hours to top up the tan,i also took the opertunity to drive down to the salmon pass and observed 6 fish ranging from around the 5lb mark up to a good fish of around the 15lb mark.at around 6 the clouds were back so i spent a couple of hours fishing at the top of zone 3 in the holmen area and caught a nice fish around 13.5lb,great start to my season with some more rain forcast for the weekend things are looking up for my week off next week:)
Had a good week last week river was still in good order but is starting to drop off now and could do with a little rain to freshen things up.Fished all day monday without so much of a pull and never even seen a fish,went back down on tuesday saw one or two fish jumping and managed to land a nice fish of 4.3kg:) took another trip down to the river thursday and had another two fish one 3.5kg and one 2.8.All in all this is a great start to my season 4 trips out and only one blank day with a total of 4 fsh back to work for a fortnight now though:( get this out of the way and i have a trip to the suldal river to look forward too, try and get me BIG UN:)
The river is very low at the moment,yesterday it was around 15cubics,not to many fish moving up,i saw some small grilse last weekend by Tengsdal top of sone 2.Very quiet when i have been out since then this week
I was lucky enough to fish Tengs last Thursday 27 Jul. After the heavy rain the flow rate was pretty strong and it was very bright sunshine but that did not put me off getting the flee in.
I started off below the bridge in the morning but saw very little. Water was high and difficult to cover with the fly.
Looking downstream just below the bridge pool
I put on a 3D H/I/S3 and a tungsten conehead to keep he fly down in the fast water and bury the line to control the fly speed. I was aiming to cover the flat spots in amongst he boils. The water was a bit too fast but I gave it a shot and having to sometimes roll the line to surface made it a bit of a chore on a hot day. With such a wide river and horrible wading this is one day when a good spinner or ledgered fly would have probably been a better tool ;D Nevertheless had one pull before I got to the stone.
You can see from the boulders at the side it was not easy wading. You literally had to step from one to the other under water but looking towards the sun it was tricky to see where you were.
Looking back upstream to Tengs bridge about half way down
In the afternoon I met up with my fishing partner and went up above the bridge. Th water is 3 - 4m plus in depth and although it looks fairly calm it was still rolling through at a good rate. I switched over to F/H/I to slow the fly down and stay down in the bright sunlight.
It was very hot and the pool was stuffed with fish. Mostly grilse but still the odd big one was showing. Just after I arrived one of the beat owners was into a small grilse. He was on a full floating line and swimming a 2/0 single Mar Lodge classic fly that someone i Aberdeen had tied. It was all he ever uses. I went over to help net it but the hook came out.
Looking down to the Tengs Bridge
As soon as I put my tube fly in the water and started paying out the shooting head there was a silver flash next to it as I moved a fish 10ft from my rod tip. I paid out line and fished through to the second jetty before reeling in and starting to pay out line at the second jetty.
Got the head out and about 10 yards of running line and the second time the line came through to the right of the rock the line screamed off the reel and I let him have a good 10 yards before I lifted the rod and palmed the reel. I was using a light drag and I was amazed how fast the line disappeared. I thought I hooked into a train. The fish took line all the way past the next jetty and I started to tighten up the drag to slow him down and then gradually recovered line and eased him back.
I wolf-whistled to my partner. He was just in sight downstream a good distance and he looked around but could not see my rod bent over against the rock cliff behind me so he could not see that I need a hand
After 10 minutes the cabin owner noticed that I was into a good fish so he came down with the net with a grin almost as wide as mine ;D
By this time the fish was off on his second run and he took the same amount of line off at high speed and showed no signs of tiring.
I gradually eased him back again and he seemed to cooperating slowly coming in and then making somewhat shorter lunges and taking line but still down deep and with the high flow rate it was quite a battle.
Eventually I coaxed him within about 6 yards of my rod tip towards the netsman and I thought he was tiring and coming to surface. The cabin owner said you have a big one here and just as I started inching him towards the net at the quieter landing spot he turned and rolled in the water and even down about a metre in the boil of the water I could see he was a decent size.
As he powered away again he just broke the 15lb leader at the loop knot. I felt sick as I knew the hooks were rock solid and I had simply misjudged the fight left in the fish and the shear power that it had. Worse still, was the fact that I had a 25lb leader on earlier when fishing through the rocky obstacles below the bridge and I changed to a 15 lb leader in this deep gorge on the premise that there were no obstacles. I should have known better because the flowrate was pretty high so the current drag would add several pounds to the tension.
Never mind I got the heart rate up and my host has already invited me back next year ;D ;D
Had one short twitch of a pull later in the same area but it was probably just a nip on the tail of the fly.
Here is the successful fly that the fish stole off me. Funnily enough it was the same pattern that I caught the fish at sawmill dam with at the beginning of the month.
Here is a view from above looking down at Tengs waterfall (Fotlandsfossen) in full raging flow.
The holding pool just above the jetties
I love Tengs, it is absolutely the prime beat. Difficult and challenging fly water with the rocky cliffs and problems in moving down the pool. But what a buzz when you get something on the end of the flee ;D ;D ;D ;D
Here's a few shots taken over the past week or so in the weekends or evenings. River levels have fallen a fair bit so sort of back to normal summer levels.
Fishing Sone 1 and Sone 3. Not as dramatic for fish activity as Tengs but much nicer fly water and much better value. Tengs cost around £65 - £90 if you can get tickets. All the other Sones are much cheaper - Season tickets £450, weekly £150, daily £35.
Fishing has slowed down a bit and fish seem a bit smaller than last year. Most fish seems to be coming off fly or fly ledgered out in the main pools using a spinning rod.
My templedogs are relegated to second choice and have started using traditional doubles and singles. Ally's, Tosh, Crathie, Bjerkreimsflua, Jaeren and Red Butt and Green Butts.
In some of the pools there have been very few fish showing and it is like they are glued to the bottom during the bright evenings but I have had quite a few pulls but unfortunately none have stuck.
I don't seem to suffer this with my tube and loop doubles but maybe it just because it is mostly grilse - who knows That how it goes eh ;D ;D
Here is a selection of photos from various parts (but no means all of the available pools on Sone 1 and Sone 3) The area covers about 10 miles.
Stu feel free to add if I have got any of the names wrong ;D
Lower Zone 1 Looking Upstream
Lower Sone 1 Looking Downstream
Mid Zone 1 Looking Downstream
Mid Sone 1 just after dark - Nice Wee Trout on Frodins Vaehaeniva Salmon Fly
Sone 3 Gjedrun Looking Upstream
Sone 3 Gjedrun Looking Downstream - had a pull about half way down this pool about hafway across after the fly had swung 5 m or so
Sone 3 Upper Bjerkreim Looking Upstream
Sone 3 Upper Bjerkreim Looking Downstream - had a good pull in the vee just before the water speeds
Kids Floating Down the River had 2 cast but could not catch them ;D ;D ;D
Dangling the fly next to the stones
Berkreim Bridge - this was the latest visit where I switched to my 12ft6" rod to make things easier amongst the trees behind
Nice to see you managed to get out on the river,and nice photos The pools at Bjerkreim can be really good,fish a fly really nice I bought 2 tickets last week and fished from thursday to sunday lunch,on saturday managed to find some grilse and landed one of a bit over a kilo with sea lice, With rain forcast further up the river thursday and over the weekend,next week could be promising,fish are going to be late this year
Nice to hear you managed a grilse. I have seen a few caught on small flies this last couple of weeks but they have been avoiding me. I have sneaked in a few evenings fishing but I have the family visiting for a few weeks now so it has been hard to get away in the evenings. Mind you I have had a couple of trips to Kongeparken and birthday treats so it has not all been bad ;D ;D
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