Sorry for the delay Col - I have been on my travels. Your name was already on the list ;D. Places are also reserved for anyone else who has organised a forum meet.
Organising the fishing is going to be easy - accommodation not quite so. Was originally thinking of this week number but it might be better to leave it until a bit later. I will try and find out what the best prospects.
I was thinking of a long weekend centred around Bjerkreim. It is good value for the money provided there is water. But there are other rivers within 3 - 4 hours that could be strung together for a longer trip.
Fly to Stavanger on a Thursday pm. Pick up rental cars. Travel to Bjerkreim (1 hour 20 drive from the airport)and scout river. Fish on Fri, Sat, Sun. Return on Monday Over the next few months I will get details of accommodation and costs. Trip would suit 4 or 6 at most.
It would be good to have a few more anglers from the UK come over and fish the river September can be good,usually there is water and fish,they can be a bit bigger as well Accomadation can be a problem but most holiday fishers have gone when you start getting into september
Thanks Stu, I was thinking 1st or 2nd week in September would be good and I was going to contact yourself and Steven Mear to get back up advice. Interesting that the fish start getting bigger then also. I noticed that last year but I was not sure if it was a one off.
Sorry to be so long getting back to you,busy at work and fishing.Steven would be your man probably for digs,may be a little easier in september Not to much of the season left now,still good water,not seen the numbers of fish i would have thought
Thanks for the feedback. It seems there are less fish around or they have all run upstream already. They could do with a fish counter to help study the patterns. I have had a difficult year on the Bjerkreim. Either too busy or out of the country when conditions were right or faced with low water at other times.
Recently, I have managed to sneak in a few evenings after work. The river has been low but I persevered for therapeutic purposes. In some ways it was nice to cast a full floating line and small flees but the downside is that the fish are very difficult to tempt when the levels are low with gin clear water and flat clam conditions.
During a mid season sale I picked a up a 14-8 10/11 Le Cie with a view to fishing in the spring next year but on Sep 5 the water levels had just risen, so I decided to give the rod its first outing. I managed to christen the rod with a 3 kg coloured cock which is recorded in what is probably the worst photo I have ever taken.
It was on Sone 1 near the car park. I went through the pool once with a small fly on a full floater with a fairly long leader. I then went further downstream and caught a trout. When I returned I fished it again with a 10/11 sink tip with a shorter level leader but then I decided to get a bit deeper to slow things down so I changed to shooting head - 3D HI3 with a 3ft leader with a Frodin Black and Silver tube.
After a about 10yds down the pool the line drew away steadily and I lifted slowly into a feisty little fish. I was under near the overhanging branches of a tree and there was a deeper spot just below so I manoeuvred myself out and started backing up to find a landing spot.
When I was playing the fish, one of the locals came up and offered to assist me. I thought he had a net but I told him that the fish was not that big and I would probably just grass it on the half flooded grass. I could not believe my eyes, when I turned around to thank him, I noticed that he was standing there with a gaff ;D ;D ;D
There was steep bank where I landed the fish and it was just corralled amongst some flooded long grass. He stayed half wet and had plenty of energy and started thrashing around as soon as I took the pressure off to take a photo.
The result was probably the worst fish photos I have ever taken
I returned him safely on his journey but in the fading light I noticed that he just settled himself on bottom about 2 - 3 ft away from me. Rather than continue fishing down the pool and risk disturbing him, I took some underwater shots and then packed up for the evening.
Released Fish resting on bottom in 3ft water by my feet.
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2012 14:51:50 GMT by sinkingtip
Hi Paul Congrats on the fish,nice to see you getting some action Its been difficult this season,no water then some water,but not enough,then last week the river rose to nearly 200 cubics and a touch of colour in it,hoping it will drop enough now to fish a bit before the season is done Funny you should mention about a counter,we have been saying it for years,i would think that with the numbers of fish killed,it would make sense to moniter fish numbers coming in to the river Stu
You can see from the water flow chart that conditions were challenging over this period. The wide swing in flow rates from summer low to flood almost looks like a hydro scheme but this was just heavy rain. This sone seems to fish well around 60 -70 m3/s but floods can be productive if the fly speed can be controlled.
I returned to Sone 1 on Saturday 8 Sep. As soon as I arrived I saw this guy catch a nice salmon. He estimated at 5kg. Caught on a green highlander on a fast sink polyleader on intermediate line.
I started upstream fishing one of Frodin’s Greenlander on a 3D – H.I.3 line with a 2ft 20lb leader. (not copying the other guy honest…. ;D ;D). Started up below the croy covering the lies between the rocks I managed to hook a specimen rock which swallowed the fly whole and would not move so I lost my first fly within the first 5 minutes. I had a spare Greenlander but I could not be ersed walking back to the car…so I put on another favourite the Black and Silver tube (which coincidentally I had used on Sep 5).
I was moving down the pool following a lady fly fisher who was fishing a floating line and complaining about some guy who had rudely just started spinning just below her. She was well within her rights as there is an agreed code about coming in too close below. In any case I think she lost patience and exited the pool.
As I moved down the pool the guy was still bombing a fly below me without moving but I just tend move steadily downstream and hope they get the message before exchanging any unpleasantries.
I continued through and just about where the lady left my HI3 swung gently across and on a light drag the line raced off the reel and I clamped the reel and I hooked into a nice wee fish.
It was a spirited little bugger and as soon as I laid it down it started the acrobatics. I remembered to change my camera setting to ‘sport’ by 3rd shot but I was feeling guilty that I was too much intent on getting a photo instead of returning him ASAP
Estimated at just over 2 kg based on length which was returned to make a nice recovery. This fish seemed to linger fairly close in before ambling off.
Stayed on the HI3 and Black and Silver for the rest of the evening until dark. Had a small parr on the dangle and a small trout plus another gentle pluck at the bottom of the pool but it that was about it. Needless to say I went home with renewed hope. ;D
The first full week of september was a good week,with good water height and a lot of fish moving,i managed 4 fish in that particular week,fish came to a conehead tube of my own and general practitioner
Season ended with high water and difficult conditions,around 120 cubics,which is not a normal level for the end.Fished Hellandsmoen in the afternoon early evening and lost one fish and had more that came to the fly,using the same tube fly in the pic on a sink 1/2 with a very fast sink polyleader So all in all the season finished as it had been all through,losing more fish than i got on land Stu
Nice flee Stu - I have found switching back to the bigger tubes at the back end seems to pay off even when the water is fairly clear. I have been tied up with operations since then but I will try and post a couple of pics later.
I use them when the river is high,very rare the river has any colour in it,apart from when it rises really fast then there is a tinge of dirt in it That one is one i tied up last winter,and it worked first time out
There was really good catch returns of nearly 18000 kilos
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