Silver torpeadoes, easier than you might think
By: Ilias Karanzas Photo: Arek Kubale
If the smell of rotting kelp and salt hits my nose early in the morning on a day off, that means only one thing... Wake the wife up, grab our rods and hit the salt! Living on the west coast of Sweden the seatrouts have always been present. Being a flyfisherman here and not having some shrimps in your fly box is almost considered blasphemy. As these silver torpedoes have a certain place in the heart of fly addicts here, the season premiere on April 1st is considered holy. If you can't get a day of from work, you call in sick, and every little rock and bay all along the west coast or the area of Stenungsund where I live is covered with men and women with intermediate lines casting pink and orange shrimp and baitfish patterns to cold trouts congregating along the shorelines. As fun as the cold spring fishing is I myself prefer early summer and summer fishing for trout. In the beginning of the summer the sandworms start to spawn, filling the water with brown and green worms swimming in the free water. Fly choice during this period is not hard, sandworms in green and Browns almost guarantees a catch. So people are very active in the different online communities waiting for the first reports of spawning worms.
Flyfishing for seatrouts and the west coast of Sweden, especially from the Gothenburg area and further up north, is not hard, but it can be. In the end it's all about how much research you put in, and when it comes to that, google earth is your best friend. Trout love areas that we commonly refer to as "leopard bottoms", areas of sandy bottoms with dots of seaweed. These areas are their preferred hunting ground and in most cases perfectly was able as its the area within the 1-3 m depth curve that is the one most interesting for us, and in satellite images this areas are very easy to find and the direction function will help you get there. You often find yourself fishing in places you would not consider traditional flyfishing areas. One of my favorite spots in my town is just under the bridge "Tjörnbron". A bridge with a very colorful/horrible history as it was hit by a big boat in the middle of the night about 30 years ago, collapsed, and many people died as they drove over the edge in the early hours in the morning. As bad as what happened at the bridge is, as good th spot under it is. The wad able fishing area is quite small, with a deep edge just outside, the fishing can often be very good, especially when big boats pass. The waves created shake the weed beds and loosen shrimps and the trout an go crazy. The general rule though can be said to be a soft land facing breeze, partly cloudy weather during the spring. Summertime you should fish early mornings up to about noon and late evenings and nights as they often come into the shallows in the evenings as the water cools down and they feel safer. Warm summer evenings and nights are the best for catching really big trouts, and they will gladly strike a popper out in the dark.
We often start the day at 3 or 4 a clock in the afternoon fishing mackerel on the same gear as they patrol the shorelines searching for an easy snack, catching ourselfs dinner we smoke them over a fire made out of driftwood and have ourself a great dinner before heading into the dark for a night of hunting Fly selection for this type of fishing is very basic. As I mentioned before the early spring fishing calls for stronger colors, where pink and orange are clear favorites along our shorelines orange wholly buggers will do the trick, but also more advanced patterns like magic shrimps are extremely deadly. My go to patterns though consists of two patterns in a variation of different colors. A small epoxy head baitfish in green/blue, pink and brown, and a brown shrimp pattern, these flies will work during the entire season, and the fact that a fly box only needs to hold 4 different patterns makes the choice of fly very easy. Strong colors in the colder water and natural colors in the warmer water There are some rules to remember though when it come to the trout fishing on the west coast the season is only open between April 1st and the last day of September, the minimum size for keeping a fish is 45 cm and bigger fish 60cm plus should be let go even though there is not a rule stating it it's considered the norm. People rarely keep more than one fish every now and then and keeping many fish is frowned upon. The fishing in itself is free as its in the ocean so a license is not required. And if you would like to come by and fish you an have great fishing in most parts along the west coast, but you join some groups or forums and Facebook and ask, chances are very big you will find locals that will guide you to the right spot or even join you. In the end, we're all just trout fisherman , we all speak the language of the cast.