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    Trout Country: Fly Fishing on a Changing Yellowstone
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    Trout Country: Fly Fishing on a Changing Yellowstone

    October 19, 2019


    (gentle music) – When I started fly fishing I
    was seven years old probably, maybe six years old. I can remember catching
    fish with a fly rod. But I really got into it
    when I was 10 years old. My dad bought me a Russ Peak rod. And I took that rod up
    to the Big Hole River and fished with my dad
    on a salmon fly hatch, and from then on I was, it was something, was more than just a passion. It was something I wanted
    to do all the time. I grew up fishing for cutthroat, and there’s just something special about catching a Yellowstone cutthroat. They’re beautiful, but when
    you catch one in this area you feel very lucky to be here. – It’s a sport that I think if you spend some time doing
    it there’s so much to learn. I mean, you can literally spend a lifetime just learning new tricks, new techniques. – Maybe you should point out the eagle that perched up in its tree still. Sometimes you can have
    really unproductive fishing and you make one change of the fly, you change the kind of
    water you’re fishing in, and suddenly you go
    from nothing to suddenly you’re catching fish consistently. And for me that’s, even when I was 13 and really impatient, that was still a lot of the fun of it, was the fact that I think I
    really figured something out of what was going on under the water. And that to me is endlessly fascinating. I’ve been doing this
    for over 50 years now. – Unfortunately came last
    April for the caddisfly hatch, remember what happened
    with the caddisfly hatch it was zero I mean it was just, one day it was 74 degrees
    the next day it was snowing. – Our summers have been getting warmer our water is not as plentiful. As a result we’ve got these rivers that are classic blue
    ribbon cold water fisheries that the fish are under stress
    when it comes to August. Now we find a lot of those trout fisheries transitioning into small
    mouth bass fisheries. So you’ve got these warm water fish that are starting to move up the drainage because the water is just warmer. And so that’s a change, small
    mouth are great fish to catch but that’s not really
    what Montana’s known for, especially not Montana’s
    traditionally cold water fisheries. – Other changes in terms of things that certainly I ascribe to climate change. One of the things we’ve seen is changes in the way that runoff happens. I used to manage one
    of the local fly shops and handled most of the
    guide bookings for the shop and I think back on what
    I tried to characterize when people would say, “What’s the best time to
    come to Livingston to fish?” The things that I told
    those people 25 years ago would not be the same thing
    I’d be telling them today. (friendly music) – The whole tourism economy is driven since the movie came out in 1993, called A River Runs Through It. it’s been a huge income
    maker for the state. A lot of businesses depend on that river and Paradise Valley to make a living. – We’re sitting in
    Livingston, Montana today. We’re about 54 miles
    north of Yellowstone Park and Livingston along with
    a couple of other towns, we consider ourselves to be
    the gateway of Yellowstone. Well, this river is the
    backbone of this area it doesn’t matter whether
    you’re in the tourism industry or the ranching industry, or you run a small business
    down in downtown Livingston. We all depend on this river because that’s what bring people here. And it’s also what sustains
    us while we live here. You cannot overstate the
    importance of Yellowstone River and the cold clean water to this area, regardless of what industry you’re in. – I’ve been guiding and living
    in this area since 2012. Yellowstone is an area I fish a lot. It’s a national park with a lot of depth. So this is Mill Creek and
    it’s a little drainage that comes out of the
    Absaroka Mountains here tributary to the Yellowstone. – Fish hook! Yes! There ya go! Keep it tight! Rise above, rise above! Good, good! There ya go! Work em over. Nice job. Yeah, a little cutthroat. Not exactly a trophy fish but you can see the orange slash underneath its gill. Beautiful fish. What I like about fishing is, not necessarily catching the
    most fish or the biggest fish, it’s catching them how you
    want to catch them and where. And it’s soothing to the soul. As cliche and ridiculous as it is, it’s like you can get out and go and have this peaceful experience and there’s not much like it for me. So in 2016, that was an
    extremely low snowpack year. Warm spring, things
    melted off really quickly. We started seeing whitefish
    dying off in the river. – The things we know now, certainly we don’t know all the answers but at least we know what the pathogen was that caused the fish kill. We do know that warm water temperatures are at least one of the
    contributing factors that led to the outbreak, and I think we’re still
    trying to figure out, a couple years later
    exactly why it happened. – Low water, high temperatures they’re a function of each other. And 10.000 whitefish dead
    on the side of the river is a huge deal. I mean it’s an unprecedented
    thing on this river. It’s a fish kill that’s
    never happened anywhere close in that capacity in this state. – You start to see some
    of those fish which a lot of people may feel like may be the canary in the coal mine so to speak. It was very clear very quickly that we could be undergoing
    a huge fish kill. – When you were floating down the river and you saw a number of dead
    fish on one side of the boat and dead fish on the other side, you knew it wasn’t business as usual. – [Dan] So the governor, and I
    was fully supportive of this, decided to close down the
    entire Yellowstone River from Gardner to Laurel to
    all recreational activities. – Drastic measures are being
    taken in Montana tonight to stop a deadly invader that’s
    killing thousands of fish. Officials have shut down nearly 200 miles of the popular Yellowstone river. As our Joe Fryer explains,
    that’s a big deal for a state where recreation is a
    $6,000,000,000 a year industry. – It was eye opening for sure. Put a lot of stress on the communities. Gardner is a big rafting community, nobody could put a boat in the water, so that town shut down. – [Brian] We came up with a
    number trying to do surveys to figure out what the local effect was. And that the river closure of 2016 was something like half
    a million dollar hit to the local economy. – Kind of emotional about because it was a big deal closing the water. Never in my life time of fishing, that’s a first. It was like, “uh oh”. It was a big wake-up call. – When we had the fish kill and everybody was sitting in the town hall and pointing fingers and
    yelling and screaming. Just sitting there going, No one’s really bringing
    any data to the table so that we can maybe stop pointing fingers where fingers don’t deserve to be pointed, and start looking at the data and go, “what does this mean?” We are at Reedfly Farm, right on the banks of
    the Yellowstone River in southwest Montana, maybe 30 miles north of
    Yellowstone National Park. I fly fish religiously. I probably fish 100
    days a year right here. I just walk down in the evening, I watch for the hatch and then I fish this stretch
    of the river constantly. From the evidence I’ve seen
    on climate change in Montana, in this particular area, there’s this trend for same amount of precipitation
    but less snowpack. So in the hotter portion of the season when you have lower flows
    and hotter temperatures, of course you’re going to have
    a change to the river system. If you think of a river as a water budget, or a water shed as a water budget: you’ve got money coming
    in and money going out. You’ve got water coming
    in and water going out. The water comes in through precipitation: it could be rainfall, and it could be snowpack that’s melting, it can also be groundwater release, that’s the inputs. Then it gets used, right? It either flows through the system or it goes down into the
    ground water and into the table or plants are using it
    or people are using it. As you get hotter summers, if you have the same
    amount of precipitation; rain plus snowpack. and that snowpack melts sooner you don’t have as much base-flow of water later in the season. What it’s gonna create we don’t know. We didn’t think it was going
    to create an algae bloom that resulted in parasites
    that then killed fish. I mean everybody was
    just waiting around for low-flow and hot water to kill the fish. That’s what’s kinda scary about it is the complexity of what
    this climate change can do at a micro level. – That is something we should
    be paying attention to. When 10,000 dead whitefish
    that need cold water, that need abundant water, when they’re dying like that. It’s like wake-up man. We gotta make some changes. Hey, man. – Hey, good morning, Jeff. – Mornin’. – All right here. That’s the sonde with the
    multi parameter sensor. – So this is the one we’re
    putting right down here in the river. – That’s right. – Well, you can’t expect
    the government to hire a bunch of people to
    monitor a whole water shed. So we’re like, Let’s get the community. Let’s get the fly-fishing guys. Let’s get the local land owners. Let’s get the schools involved. We gather the data within 24
    hours we publish it online and people can go look at it. That’s the concept of RiverNET. – We like to call it community
    science because it does take a village (laughs) to raise a trout. – RiverNET is stemming from a call from local folks here in the
    valley for better information about the things that are
    going on in their river. And so we became involved
    as kind of the scientists to provide that scientific background. So this is one of our
    in-stream data loggers. It’s looking at temperature
    and also stream depth. And then Rick, right now, he’s able to download
    the data via Bluetooth right on to his phone. – Water temperature is very
    important for bug hatches and time of day to be out on the water. So I can get a sensor like this, come and take a reading from time to time and really have an idea of what the water temperature
    is doing at what time of day. – The product of this data set, as people are anticipating
    the effects of climate change and trying to find a way to
    respond to it themselves, having high quality, long term, high resolution data will benefit that decision
    making by letting them not only know what changes have occurred but also be able to predict
    what changes might occur. – The unknown of how the
    climate’s gonna change and the unknown of how that
    change is gonna impact Montana, that’s harder to prepare for but that doesn’t mean
    we can somehow ignore the fact that it’s happening. If we get too caught up on fighting about why climate change is happening, we lose valuable years to figure out how we go about mitigating
    the impact of climate change. And that’s something I
    think we really need to do. – I think a lot of people my age when we sort of saw the
    issue of climate change come on the horizon, I think a lot of us thought, well our kids and grandkids
    will have to deal with that but that’s something
    that’s way down the road, we don’t need to worry about it. And it’s been pretty
    shocking to a lot of us to just take stock and look around and realize that things
    have changed a lot. So certainly, as an outfitter and guide, one thing’s that’s important
    for us to be able to do is to adapt to the changes
    that are coming along. – Trout are reliant upon a
    certain water temperature. So if we rise beyond a certain point, imagine 70 degrees, we better start liking small mouth bass, ’cause trout will go away. And that would be in my opinion, criminal. Because it’s one of the prettiest fish that you can catch in fresh water. – Just look around. There isn’t anything about
    this that speaks of bass. I don’t know where in
    the world you have bass and elk, bear, even wolves. This is a trout environment. This is a mountainous trout environment that we all need to work on protecting to ensure future generations
    have the same opportunity to enjoy what I enjoy. (gentle music)

    Royal salmon fishing on the Thurso, Scotland
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    Royal salmon fishing on the Thurso, Scotland

    October 13, 2019


    [Music] Wednesday morning and the last day of the
    Ferrari Macnab – We’re staying at the world famous Ulbster Arms on the banks of The River
    Thurso – Before breakfast Chris takes me down to the bridge for a bit of a pep talk and
    to enjoy the views of this famous stretch of water so often enjoyed by Royalty – And the line will come round onto the dangle
    and there is a back eddy where the line will go slack and the line starts coming towards
    you naturally. There’s also some advice from Dougie reid
    who has been fishing this water for 40 years…I then get a crash course in casting – and cue
    the Rocky-type monatge of me getting stronger – casting longer may be not.. lets get on
    with it and head to our beat,,, lucky number 4! We are quite optimistic this morning. The
    weather is lovely the water is in great condition and I think over 20 fish were banked yesterday.
    There is quite a lot of positivity. There was somebody who was fishing this week who
    had never fished before and caught their first salmon. So it can be done. Whether the gods
    are smiling on us today we will have to wait and see, but we are going to give it a good
    go. Although it looks cool we leave the ferrari
    plus rod on the bank near the hotel…I wonder what would happen to it of we did 200mph with
    that strapped to the bonnet??! Like a boxer about to enter the ring – my
    trainer and manager man handle me preparing me for the first round. Tentativley I creep
    out into the river – fish are jumping all around me and within 15 minutes I get a take
    – what a moment !! – Wow……..No!………I just had a take……I
    could actually cry now. What if that is it. What if that is the only fish that comes anywhere
    near all day. I am actually shaking. Despite all the advice to wait when you get
    a take my years of trout fishing meant I snatched at the rod – and my salmon has gone…. It is a long way to be here. But it all feels
    worth it now even without landing anything. I think it is a pretty special place to end
    the film. I don’t know why I am saying that. It is 10 o’clock. Another 7 hours fishing. Half and hour later Chris shouts to us that
    he’s in – he thinks it’s about 6lbs – what a moment – it’s so exciting – people try for
    years to catch salmon…Chris takes it in his stride Well done. I want to weigh it. Cock fish. What did I
    say it was, a guess? 3 or 4 lbs. Hook in the mouth. Hook’s out. 4.5 – 5 … 4.5 not a bad guess was it? Can I touch it before it goes back. Notice the cape on its nose there. That is
    where it has been in the river long the cock fish tend to get a cape, hook. It is bleeding
    a little bit, nothing bad. What I will do is put it in the water. Working it backwards
    and forwards to get water through its gills. And he will let you know when he is ready
    to go. That is what I am doing now. A lot of people
    put them back having fought them for 15 to 20 minutes and recover it for 10 seconds and
    then let it go because their hands are cold in the water or something silly. Fish welfare
    is the priority. He is ready to go. There you are. He’s swam away. That was good. Worth the journey for something like that
    then Chris. Yes, all good. Just got to get you one now. Fantastic, absolutely fantastic. We have seen
    a lot of fish moving up and you know both flies are fishing over the top of fish and
    you are in with a chance and sure enough Chris said he has missed one and then 3 casts later,
    2 casts later bosh straight in. So fantastic. First wild salmon I have seen banked. Just
    makes me hungry to get involved. I too head back into the water and a change
    of fly – then incredibly – I’m in… This time I make no mistake. Coming up stream. My heart is about to come
    through the front of my chest here. Have you noticed how the normal drivel that comes out
    of my mouth has stopped. I’ver never been so focused in all my life.
    The guys on the bank want me to describe what’s happening but I just can’t… Ooh – feel the tail slap the line can’t you? After 10 minutes of terror Chris nets my fish,
    and what a fish … and I’ve done it – 3 species in 3 days, from one end of the country to
    the other… in a supercar. I can’t believe it. There we go just in the
    bottom of the mouth. Here it is. My first ever salmon. Here on the river Thurso. Beat
    4. The Ferrari Mcnab we have done it, I can’t believe it. 3 days ago didn’t give us a hope.
    I’ll keep hold of it for a while. I think it will be quite tired. We see the salmon safely back into the water
    – no trophy for me just the memory of a knee tembling moment that will stay with me for
    the rest of my life…something I’ll tell my young son about when he’s old enough to
    understand. Relief and torrential rain pour down on me….I
    hooked a salmon and now salmon fishing has hooked me – I’m straight back in the river. For the next few hours Chris, John, David
    and I just grin at each other… then Chris says he has a surprise for me – a chance to
    fish on the Thuro’s private beat with Head ghille Dougie Reid – What a privilege and
    what a place! So what is a full spey cast then? Well it’s a double spey swing….swing and
    swing. But I am only half doing it. I am not doing it the proper way. Spey fishing is merely
    done in the rivers, spey casting. We are fishing quite a special beat on the
    river today. You are, you are on the private beat. Which
    belongs to Lord Thurso. The Queen Mother used to fish it when she was alive. She came up
    here every summer and stayed at Castle of Mey and the Thurso was her little treat and
    she used to love fishing. And Prince Charles still comes and fishes it. It is a beautiful spot isn’t it. It is a lovely spot. The private beat is unique
    on the Thurso. The rest of the Thurso is quite open and flat. This bit is lovely. Dougie is another one who still gets the salmon
    shakes after all these years. It just makes your knees tremble and I still
    get that feeling. Even today after all those fish. Even after all the fish I have caught. I don’t
    know how many fish I have caught over the years. I never kept count, but I enjoy it,
    I love it. At the begining of the 20th century the river
    was damed which meant the water levels and the fishing could be maintained for longer.
    It also meant there was a huge obstacle preventing the salmon from reaching their spawning grounds,
    so a fish ladder was built at the same time. So these amazing fish have already had to
    swim over 20 miles to get from the sea to here. They get here. They have got the fish
    ladders built in here to protect them from the flow of water and allow them to get up
    stream and into the loch. Their journey is not done here they still have to go all the
    way up into the hills behind me to get to their spawning ground. They are an amazing
    fish. On the way back to beat 4 for a few final
    hours fishing we see a scottish red stag – our cornish red was only 48 hours ago but we’ve
    crammed so much in it feels like a week. We may have completed THE Ferrari Macnab challenge
    but there’s somewhere we feel we need to be in order to complete THE journey – John O’Groats
    half an hour north of here. Again there’s a fuel stop to keep the V12 singing along
    as we head for the UK’s northern coastline. The weather remains dry and bright, the Ferrari
    looks fab next to the famous sign post. I feel exhausted but so chuffed. So many people
    have helped me with this mad event and I still can’t believe it has actually worked out. So here we are John O’Groats, the end of the
    line for us after 3 amazing days. We have done 1500 miles, we got our 3 species. We
    have done the Ferrari Mcnab and the best news of all. I have just been told it is 755 miles
    to drive home and I can’t wait. [Music]

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    Fly fishing Tuna Whitsunday Islands Australia Andy’s Fish Video EP.279

    September 10, 2019


    Andy’s fishing Hi, every one Andy here today I’m going on
    some Tuna it’s reasonably early you can probably tell by the fog on the windows
    and the main reason is to get out there nice and early before it gets rough tuna
    feet all day there’s been a few around actually so head down to shute harbor and
    see if we can’t get a couple stay tuned so I’m all rigged up there’s no need to
    go too fast I’m just heading out of the bay and looking for bird, birds uh how
    you find tuna if they’re down low that means the Fisher need the surface and if
    the birds are up high the the Fisher down a bit deeper the birds can’t see
    them really well so they get up higher preferably I’d like to find a school
    that stays up for a while there’s no point just chasing birds you need fish
    to be like busting up on the surface yeah we’ll see how they go pretty
    excited I’d like I’d like to get a bluefin tuna
    I still have next you got a whole one of those I’ve dropped the couple and I’ve
    got half of one of the boat which was a shark a that one so plenty of Mack tuna
    but for no bluefin yet so here’s hoping what you don’t want to do is actually
    drive through the school you want to get in your position where they’re coming
    towards you or you drift beside them do not want to go through the school now
    they’re actually going this way so I’m just going to go here and stop if you
    drive through a tuna school obviously they get put down so don’t wreck it for other
    people don’t wreck it for yourself just going around them oh yeah coming
    straight up and out and that cast is good hopefully they staff a bit alright
    fly fishing to these things can be a real challenge hour behind me because
    you can’t just rip out 70 meter cast instantly you’ve got to do a few Falls
    cast get that line out there so I’m noticing the birds are constantly moving
    to the right here so I’m just going to try and get in front
    here we go me yep they constantly gallon gun right and I’m hoping the fish will
    come across me I might even just stop here it might
    work still a bit far away and I’m glad to
    come always watching the bird just getting ready yeah
    look at that nice nice one cast and the fish don’t seem to be staying up this
    morning that’s alright I’ll just keep persisting I can actually see them
    swimming around that yes buddy ah all saw that take oh yeah it’s just an
    accurate way but these things go hard Oh spare my 10th cast this morning and
    actually sorry made it oh oh I’m gonna put a bit more hurt on this guy he’s put
    it out five six kilo ah forgot what these things are like such strong fish and he still is staying
    with the skill still you need at least 200 meters of line on the back in here
    to get even even a 5 kilo Mack tuna how cool is that and I have a lot of time to make
    episodes at the moment so if I can come in here in a couple hours
    making up the side then I’m also at a lotta weight on that that line now pump
    and wine pumping line and try and get these guys in fairly quick because they
    do tend it just kill themselves a young they run so hard so long and they just
    build up like all their as you I just build up so much lactic acid that
    they’re young often you get them back to the boat they’re dead and they’re
    actually pretty bad eating it just full of blood and it actually tastes like a
    really bad steak nothing like a nice fish so hopefully later on if I can find
    another school I’m going to go for the the blue fin tuna here though they are
    they’re busting out right next to me look at that that’s a bluefin there
    that’s nice and that’s what happens you get your hookup to look up to one I just
    start feeding all around you can see swell straight ahead there as well when
    he’s doing up there’s one right there right next to the boat this guys doing
    cheering circles under the boat it’s probably about 30 meters down I haven’t
    seen a fly line yet there’s a flight line just enough line now see that the
    bend in that right and I do I really like these TFA’s
    they’ve probably got the second best warranty of any rod you can buy in
    Australia best one in my mind is uh Gavin Hurley’s stalker fly fishing range oh there he
    goes again hold on here do a video another time
    about what sort of fly gear I like to use and what’s the best value for money
    just too many value for money that’s what it’s all about and there’s actually not much I can do
    right this minute he is under the boat and just going down let me try and turn
    you turn your head I’m really getting some line on him now actually he’s not dead yet he’s still
    kicking but they do fight to the last little secondaries he’s swimming up
    towards me here and I tell you what having a fighting
    but a little bit bigger than just the end of a like a trout a rod is so good
    in these situations I’ve just been digging that right into my stomach and
    even with the fighting but it’s standeth get a little bit salt please
    you guys going just let done alright you okay fly rod I didn’t rod up in the lead a
    nap team I reckon I think you ready just watch any shocks all right good yes always about I’m gonna say that’s five
    kilos time maybe a tiny bit over five get that slant I’ll show you that in a
    second okay yeah imagine and as I said these are terrible eating so just going
    to throw him back you go give you a closer look very chrome looking mack tuna. off you go fish there yes it’s good to
    go so the fly I’m using is just a really basic little bait fish pattern
    a bit of craft yarn and a bit of sparkle flash and just thread to tie it off and
    it’s on a number to get magatsu SL 12 fishing 20-pound leader and just yeah 40
    and 20 so just just two sections on the humble eater pretty simple just got to
    get in front of them moving nice and fast all right yeah a little bit closer on
    the guy might go down yeah out and in there we go yes
    straight off top me off you go lost my fly yep
    just pushed him too hard that one okay here they are again let’s do it come on
    fishy see all around tuna fall on it I didn’t get it
    oh he’s looking looking cutting yes oh is it not going through guys and it’s
    still feeding oh look at this you lazy swimming around this is great hooked up and they’re just
    everywhere still nice you might need it real sit it’s a bit noisy there there’s
    a few more tips while I’m reeling this guy in it’s going to take a little while
    if you’re going to go after pelagics especially tuna and mackerel and
    billfish you want a large area like the school needs to be quite big not small
    like a trout reel and you want a couple hundred meters of backing I think I
    already mention that before you also want to reel with a young a good drag
    like a disc drag or yeah like a cork good cork drag cheat reels only have
    clickers you want to stay away from clickers you just you end up just lying
    down everywhere and getting tangled you don’t have to have the most expensive
    reel but it should have a reasonable drag on it here’s my not coming up this
    actually happens very often when you tuna fishing your line tangled and
    shoots up as a knot that’s actually a fairly simple one the I’ve had some
    really big big knots go go down my line it’s amazing how they end up going
    through all the guides I still haven’t broken a rod with it which is good but
    hey I’m gonna have to untie that before I get it in a little bit of slack there
    we go taking my slack this is where the second person on the
    boat would come in quite handy to be real careful of that break break my fly rod
    when he takes off hopefully it’s not too tight holding down the mouse is steady
    okay that’s untangled pretty easy yet all right keep tension on it make sure
    it’s not twisted and we’re back in the game I can see that into my flow on and
    there’s a little bit of color in the water that there is would really like a
    bluefin tuna but there’s a lot more of these Mac tuna around and bluefin tuna so you
    just have to get what you get I guess and I think we’ve got him straightaway
    that’s pretty good got it yes and I’m mocking around just
    get that hook out one little look at him and off you go fish you take photos of
    them you end up killing them so have someone either ready with a camera or
    we’ll have a camera going but yeah you don’t want to kill those things they’re
    food for Milan selfish and yeah terrible eating basically so this is the fly I’ve
    been using I actually cut the tail off because they’re on really small bait
    but that’s the one that’s doing it so yeah just really basic very easy to tie
    and now here very effective not even here do a little video on how to tie one
    of these the truth is I could really catch those things all day long but it’s
    kind of boring after that vertical come on say I’ll keep an eye out if
    there’s some bluefin tuna I’d really like a bluefin but the tip
    for the day is these fish you really need to approach them with we technique
    you can’t run straight over the top of them you you can’t use a big motor for
    strokes or small small two strokes work the Flies got to be just right
    and if you want to catch them on fly you definitely can just them can’t take a
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    FLY TV – Salmon Fishing with Single Hand and Switch Rods (German Subtitles)
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    FLY TV – Salmon Fishing with Single Hand and Switch Rods (German Subtitles)

    August 26, 2019


    Hi, my name is Antti Guttorm.
    Today we are doing this: It is the beginning of August
    and we are back in Lakselva. It is almost the later part of the season. We might see some coloured fish already,
    but there is still fresh fish coming in. You might need a different approach than
    the traditional swing technique now. You might need dry fly fishing,
    stripping the flies and hitch flies. That is why I am using these two rods,
    a single-handed rod and a switch rod. I will explain why I use them
    and where I use them. I usually always carry two rods
    with me on the river. In these normal summer conditions,
    I have a single-handed rod- -and a two-handed rod
    or a switch rod. It will give me two options
    for the presentation. And also two rods in different conditions. I will start in this pool with
    a Sunray Shadow. This pool has quite a slow current,
    so I will have to strip the fly in. I really prefer a single-handed rod
    in these situations. This is a really good place for casting
    as there are no trees behind me. I can do an overhead cast
    without any worries. It is time for the single-handed rod. I have a lot of room
    for the back cast in this pool. It is easy to cast a long cast
    with the single-handed rod. Angle it 90 degrees across the current,
    and strip it across. I could use spey casting
    with a single-handed rod as well. I can do the same casts
    as I do with a two-handed or a switch rod. I do, when I do not have
    room for back casts. But it is much more work with
    a single-handed rod. If I do not have enough room,
    I pick up one of the other rods instead. I used to think that a switch rod is
    a bad compromise between the other rods. My opinion was that it gave me
    the worst of two worlds. I have changed my mind now,
    I think it gives me the best of two worlds. It is a great compromise.
    So, what is a switch rod? It is basically a rod between
    the single-handed and the two-handed rod. You should be able to cast it
    with one hand or two hands. But I have to say, in my opinion,
    that it is a small two-handed rod. When I am casting it,
    it is a two-handed rod. It is easier to cast than
    a single-handed rod in places like this. Just pick it up, like a spey cast. It is really easy to get it out. When I am fishing it,
    it is as light as a single-handed rod. It is an 11.5 feet, 7 weight.
    It could be 11 feet or under too. Those are almost as light as
    a single-handed rod. If I am stripping the fly or
    fishing actively for salmon or sea trout- -I think this is more agile
    compared to a bigger two-handed rod. Okay, I think we are done with this pool.
    We can move on to the next one. Good headshakes. I have not seen the fish.
    It is not necessarily a really big one. They can always surprise you.
    I may be fooled by my pretty small rod. These headshakes do not feel good.
    When you feel them really hard… When the headshakes are jerky,
    it always makes you nervous. You might lose the fish. Especially if it splashes on the surface,
    but this one thankfully does not. That is good. Those headshakes do not feel good,
    but it is good to have a softer rod. It really dampens the headshakes. You might not lose the fish
    as easily as with a stiffer rod. That is nice. I try to keep the rod pretty low,
    especially when it splashes on the surface. I try to pull it down,
    so it will not splash on the surface. I try to pull it in the other direction. You should not be helping it,
    do not pull in the direction it is going. Always try to pull it in
    the opposite direction. Yeah, it feels good. Go, go, go! It is a nice feeling
    when they pull the line. Not yet. Okay. A nice fish. I think it is fresh from the sea.
    It has sea lice on the gills. It is straight from the ocean.
    Been in the river for a day or two. A quick pose with the fish.
    Do not hold it out of the water too long. A good-sized fish
    on a rod like that. I would say a perfectly sized fish
    for a 7 weight switch rod or- -a small two-handed rod. It is really, really fun. You can find a bigger one,
    but this is a good size. A sink 3 set up.
    I was not fishing that deep. Just enough to give it a little bit of
    an anchor or slow down the swing. I took it on the swing,
    it felt really good. Life could not be better. I always carry many flies with me.
    You could easily say too many. I could do this fishing
    with only a few patterns. Here are some of my favourites: I always start fishing a pool
    from the top to the bottom. I start off with a dry fly,
    if the conditions are good. Or a hitch. Then I move on to smaller flies. I could also start off with a Sunray.
    It might wake up the fish. Then I might get it to take
    on a smaller fly afterwards. The Bomber dry fly is my first option,
    as it is for many salmon fishermen. It is a good option.
    I have it in different sizes. A size 4 and a size 8 at least.
    I have more, but those are most popular. This hitch fly is in
    a pretty standard size. I also have a smaller one
    and a bigger one. You can use the Sunray
    as a really big hitch as well. I also have the Sunray in
    a couple of different sizes. I always have holes in the sides
    of the small ones, for hitching. You only need up to three patterns,
    next to traditional hook or wet flies. The first one is Akke.
    It does not matter what pattern it is. There are no secret patterns.
    Just have some colour options. Like this olive and black one
    and a brighter one. You should always have a small black fly. I usually use this small tube fly in
    different sizes, even smaller than this. That is the stuff that I use
    near the surface or on top of it. If none of them work,
    I start to dig down deeper. One of my favourite patterns for
    fishing deeper is this Frances-Olive. You do not have to fish it deep,
    I have it in different weights. It could be weighted or unweighted.
    This has a small tungsten cone head. If you need to go really deep,
    you can use one with a bigger cone head. You will get even deeper with
    a T-tip on that one. Those are some of the patterns I use.
    They do not have to be same as you use. But it gives you
    a rough idea of what you need. The technique is the most important. That is why most of my flies are
    totally different to each other. Because I fish them with
    different techniques. It is the most important thing, after all. It is a grilse.
    The headshake feels like a grilse. We will see.
    I have not seen it yet. It took my Cascade. I see it. Good to have the bend in the rod. Let’s see if this one has sea lice as well.
    That will be a very good sign for us. Nice fish, nice fish.
    It is… It is actually almost the same size
    as the first one, just a bit smaller. This is also about 4.5–5 kg.
    A nice fish. Another great day on the water.
    Two fish in a row, in a five-minute span. That can happen when summer fishing.
    It could be a big school. No sea lice on this one,
    but they lose them quite quickly. It is almost the same size as the first.
    It is probably from the same school. It will swim back now. English subtitles: Daniella Twedmark
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    FLY TV – Fly Fishing Big Salmon in Norway (German Subtitles)
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    FLY TV – Fly Fishing Big Salmon in Norway (German Subtitles)

    August 17, 2019


    My name is Antti Guttorm.
    Today we are doing this: I just arrived here by the river
    in Finnmark in northern Norway. I have been fishing the biggest river
    in the region, the Tana river. It is the border between
    Finland and Norway. My father’s family is from that region,
    so I have been fishing there all my life. Later on, I have been fishing more on
    the Norwegian side, the rivers of Finnmark. In this episode we will fish with
    single and two-handed rods for salmon. Let’s go down there
    and try to catch some fish. This is a really nice pool. It has a lot of rocks in it, which is good. It creates different currents
    that salmon like. They can go upstreams of the rocks,
    and sometimes behind the rocks. We are going to give it a try. I want to make sure that I start
    to fish this pool enough upstreams- -so that I am not casting the line and fly
    on top of the fish right on the first cast. I will start with a hitch fly. This is basically the only time I will be
    using a short leader for salmon fishing. Iit is really important that hitch tubes
    stay and wake on top of the surface. It can be hard, especially when there
    are many different currents. You should always control the line,
    stripping it or giving it. You should see the fly on the surface. When using a hitch fly,
    it should not go under the surface. I have gone through the pool twice now.
    First with the hitch fly and got nothing. I also tried a bigger tube fly
    and stripped it fast across the pool. Nothing on that one either. I think I will try once more.
    We will move on if nothing happens. I will just swing the tube fly,
    the classic way of fishing for salmon. Make sure you know the regulations for
    using sinking lines etc. in these rivers. This box contains a lot of flies
    with weight on them. I cannot use all of them here,
    I have asked what kind I can use. You can use conehead flies here,
    but just light ones like this one. I am going to try this one.
    Swing it across and see what happens. Do not lose it.
    Do not lose it. I like to land them by backing up a bit.
    They usually follow you pretty good. You do not need to reel them in,
    they do not like the vibrations. If you just back up,
    they follow you. The tail is quite small,
    so it is hard to get. You really have to press it hard.
    A bigger fish is actually easier. Let’s get it back to where it belongs. We let that one go.
    It is important to take care of the stock. The stocks in these rivers
    are quite healthy. But it is still important
    to let them back into the river. You should especially let
    the big females back. This fish would have been okay to keep.
    It was a small male. If we had kept that fish,
    it would do the river least harm. It is good to have a good pair of pliers
    if you plan to release your fish. I like to keep them handy,
    right there so I can get them easily. I like to use this clear floating line.
    In my opinion, it gives me an advantage. After the first run, the fish may not be as
    spooked as it can be with a coloured line. I saw the advantage with a clear line
    on my first saltwater trip ten years ago. I decided to try it on salmon fishing. My brother and I noticed that it worked.
    We have no scientific proof. We have fished more efficiently.
    I think a clear line helps in these waters. This is one of the most difficult places
    to wade in the whole river. The current is fast
    and the water is quite high. The stones are also quite slippery. I would like to fish the current
    on the other side. When you cross a hard current,
    always wade a bit downstreams. Do not try to go against the current. Let’s see if I can do it without falling.
    Here we go. I am almost jumping with the current,
    on top of the rocks. You can see that we made it. I would not recommend it, but if you do:
    go with the current, do not fight it. We have a fish on. I have no idea what it is,
    it may be a sea trout coming towards me. Let’s wade a bit closer to the shore. Usually a sea trout comes towards you,
    and then they just run. I think it is a dark grilse actually. Just do not let it go between your legs. Well, we just do that. I used a Skagit line and a T14 tip. We went deep and it paid off. It is a nice male fish that has
    definitely been in the river for some time. It is ready for the spawn soon.
    Let’s get it back. I went through the pool
    a couple of times before. Nothing happened.
    I did not even see a fish. I decided to go with a sink tip.
    A Skagit line with a T14 tip. I actually had a bite and a fish on before.
    I think it was a big fish. Many times the take is very gentle
    with this technique, you just feel: And then you feel the weight and they turn.
    That is when you should lift the rod. I have to admit I might have lifted
    the rod a bit too early with that fish. I felt a good weight on the first fish.
    I think it was a big one. I lost it, but I hooked that one
    a couple of casts later. We got that one,
    so it turned out well. Fish on!
    It is a big fish. I think I have a big fish on. I have not seen it,
    bit it is definitely a good-sized fish. Let’s see.
    Let’s see. Oh, it is exciting. It is going upstreams. I just hope I do not get it
    around a rock or anything. It is not doing much,
    so it is not wasting a lot of energy. I try to get it from below,
    maybe go a bit upstreams to the pool. It also has to fight the current. Okay, it is going.
    It is going. I just have to be careful,
    so I do not fall. It does not matter other than
    I will probably get a slack line. And I do not want to lose the fish. I feel it in my biceps. There are really big fish
    caught in this river. I heard that four fish over 45 lbs
    were caught this year. There are really big fish in this river. I do not have any idea about this one,
    but I can tell you that it is big. I think I saw that it is a dark male.
    A big dark male… and now it is going. I hope that it does not go down,
    because than it is a real running match. It is not looking good. I tried to back it up again,
    and I am not using too much of the reel. I am just walking it up. A big fish does not feel comfortable in
    shallow water, but it is enough for it. It is going again
    and I am going to follow it. It might be a running match now. This is definitely sport fishing. We are close, but not yet.
    Not yet. Alright, we got it. I was actually wrong,
    it is not a male but a female. That is a big fish. It is a really nice fish.
    I am really happy. It was hooked well,
    but not too well. There was definitely a chance to lose it,
    but fortunately we did not. We will let it go now. We measured it, it is 3 feet 5 inches.
    We were accurate, it is a big fish. It is a female with a lot of weight on it,
    but we will leave it at that. It is 3 feet 5 inches, it is a big fish.
    We will let it go. There it goes. Back to its element,
    to go spawning soon. We are in August and it was a dark fish.
    We are not too far off from the spawn. You cannot beat this feeling. Skagit seems to be
    the name of the game today. I have fished this pool with floating line
    and many different flies. I tried a really small fly and a big fly.
    I tried a fast and a slow. It did not seem to react any fish.
    We did not even see any fish. I switched to Skagit,
    a floating belly with a T14 tip. We got a bit deeper and it helped.
    We have had good contact with fish. I have hooked several fish here today. I lost a couple of fish, landed a grilse,
    a small fish and now this. I can tell you that
    that was it for me for today. That is enough.
    I am going back to the cabin. It is a bit eaten up,
    but it is a variation of a francis. An olive one with a bit of orange.
    I like that combination in these rivers. It is just a colour combination
    that seems to work really well. That is it!
    I am going home. It is a new day. I like fishing salmon in August as
    the nights are dark, almost pitch black. For a couple of hours at least. I do not like to fish during the night,
    but I do like to fish during the day. Especially if you try to catch them on
    a floating line and a dry fly. You can have a good night’s sleep,
    be relaxed and go fishing. We are in the area
    where the fish enter from the sea. Grilse is a one year old salmon,
    so it has been in the sea for one year. Usually they weigh 2-6 lbs.
    Than there is the two year old salmon. They have been in the sea for two years.
    They usually weigh 6-15 lbs. We call them salmon when they have been
    in the sea for at least three years. When the fish enter the river
    they actually do not eat. So why do they take the fly?
    That is an intriguing question for us. Maybe that is a turn off for
    those who do not like salmon fishing. For me it is a really mystic fish. It is fun to find ways
    for the fish to take the fly. I usually have two rods with me
    when fishing these rivers. Two 7 weights.
    A two-handed 7 weight. And a single-handed 7 weight. I change between them based on which
    technique I use and the conditions. If I am fishing actively,
    stripping the fly or fishing a dry fly- -I would definitely go with
    the single-handed rod. If there is not enough room for
    an overhead cast- -I would definitely use
    the two-handed rod. About 90% of my fishing this time of year
    is with a floating line, like this one. But if the rules allow it
    and the conditions demand it- -I might go down with
    a Skagit line and a heavy sink tip. I also use a Skagit line on
    these light two-handed rods. I use it when the conditions are tough,
    when it is windy I use a floating tip. It will help me to cast these lights rods
    in really tough conditions. That is the normal setup for me
    when I fish these rivers. Let’s see.
    It looks like a fresh one. I was fishing on the swing.
    It is not big, but it is fresh. When you get its head up,
    just try to pull it. We should have it. It is a nice-sized grilse.
    Sea lice, so it is fresh from the sea. You can see the sea lice on it. Let’s get this female back.
    It is very important for the river. It is not a big one,
    but it still is a nice fish. Bye bye! I think this is a dark salmon,
    it looks like a grilse. Yeah, it is a dark grilse. This is a…
    You see the colour of the fish? It has been in the river for some time. You can see it is a male on the jaw.
    We will let this one go. A good release.
    It went back as it should. We are a bit from the sea now,
    maybe about 4 miles away. It is a deeper spot,
    one of my favorite pools in the river. Or actually almost anywhere.
    The water is really clear. It is quite deep over there. I was fishing a normal swing technique,
    45 degrees angle, just let it swing. When you feel the fish, wait.
    No need to pull it right away. Just wait a little bit,
    and it will hook like it did. That is it. This is a tube fly. I like tube flies because first of all
    you can change the hook. A tube fly can last for a long time.
    Just replace the hook if it goes. I do not have any extension tube.
    It is just a thin tube and a loop knot. I actually pull the loop inside the tube.
    It will stay there, just hanging. I just saw some fish rolling
    at the end of the pool. It is probably fresh fish
    entering the pool. It is easier to catch a fresh fish
    that is entering the pool, than a dark one. It might activate the dark ones as well.
    It is a bigger chance to catch something. I am fishing a single-handed rod,
    because I can cover this pool with it. I really enjoy fishing
    a single-handed rod every chance I get. Many times it is a more accurate tool
    and you have a better feeling with it. Nice!
    Jump, jump, jump! A dark fish. Maybe 6-7 lbs. It just had a bite on the previous cast. It was very subtle as if I hit
    a rock on the surface with the fly. There are not any rocks it should hit,
    so I decided to make another cast. And then it took. A single-handed rod is many times
    a more accurate tool than a two-handed. A two-handed rod gives you
    the advantage of casting though. Especially in tight spaces. It is a male. When a salmon wants to run,
    just let it run as it is tiring itself. You do not have to work hard. I think that many people often…
    If they have not caught a lot of salmon… They might panic a little bit. When the fish is running,
    they often do too much. If there is no risk of the fish
    leaving the pool, just let it run. We will definitely get this one,
    if we could just reach it. We are going to have some fun with it. Or he is having fun with us.
    And now he is ready. Yeah, that is it. It is a nice fish. Dark, been in the river for awhile.
    But it is still beautiful. Ake, it is a variation of a classic
    Finnish salmon fly, Sarvijaakko. One of my favourite flies. Okay, swim back. A purple fish in purple light.
    A really nice evening. That is something you have
    to do sometimes when salmon fishing. I am not that surprised,
    I was waiting for it to happen. That is life.
    That is fishing. It was not the first time,
    and definitely not the last time. I have a good fish on,
    but it is going around a rock. Let’s see if we can get it out.
    It is still on, but it does not feel good. Let’s see, it is coming downstreams
    and that might help. Good girl.
    It looked like a girl. It has a bit of colour,
    so it is not totally fresh. It looks like a female. This is a good time to find
    a good landing spot. If the fish cooperates, that is.
    I have a good spot over here. I will try to go there with the fish. This is the best feeling you can have:
    a big fish on. I do not think it is ready yet,
    but we can try. Use a little bit of power. No, not quite yet. Okay, we had it close
    but we spooked it by the shore. It is more difficult getting it now.
    Let’s see if it can follow again. Many times a salmon just follows
    if you keep walking, do not reel it in. They will follow you.
    This one is doing exactly that. Let’s see.
    Back on safe ground. I am taking the line back in some more
    and I am going to pull to get the head up. I am trying to get behind it. Nice! A big female! A big female.
    Look at that fish. It feels good.
    It feels really really good. It is a female fish. This is really the most important fish
    for the river, so we are letting it back. This is the best feeling. I actually like to fish from
    this side of the river in this pool. But it was not easy with the water level,
    so I switched to a two-handed rod. The single-handed rod did not cut it. As you saw, I could not
    really wade in this hard rapid. It was worth the while.
    We caught this one. We will let it go.
    It is time to go back to the right element. We kept in the water all the time,
    so it is ready. Go girl! Yeah! Perfect. Pikku Musta, a small black fly.
    It saved me again. It is a great fly for me.
    This is what salmon fishing is about. This river has a good stock of fish.
    A really good stock of big fish. Like the one we saw.
    It was great to end the trip here. It cannot be any better than this. English subtitles: Daniella Twedmark
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