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8/21/03 07:53 AM
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Let’s face it. Denmark doesn’t exactly rate along side Alaska, Scotland, Norway or Scotland when it comes to fly fishing. Being a country so small that in any standard atlas, it resembles a blip that without the aid of telescopic sight, becomes practically invisible.
But don’t let that fool you. Have you heard that size isn’t everything and it’s what you can do with it that counts?
Well, Denmark has it’s own qualities and unless you are seeking something different, then you’ll certainly overlook it’s charm. With over 7,500km of varied coastline, an angler can find solitude with ease. A contrast filled landscape, green fields all roll down to the stones on the waters edge which are worn like the steps on some lost tomb.
Since the beginning of time, the sea has always attracted people. For the angler, it becomes a secret domain that always offers a challenge and the chance to catch something bigger and smarter. Whether it is the open coast, fjord, estuary or shallow flat, all locations will provide the finest of sea trout fishing at any time of the year with a chance of catching and landing that trophy fish.

Since the early 1980’s the sea trout population has gone from strength to strength all due to efforts of local fishermen and some responsible politicians. Rivers through Denmark have been cleaned, obstacles removed and gravel introduced to aid the spawning runs. Sea trout fry are artificially released on a regular basis in most, if not all Danish waters courses by members of local fishing clubs and main authorities, namely Fyns Amt Sea Trout Eldorado Project on the island of Fyn.
The future for sea trout in Denmark looks promising and undoubtedly, in time other countries and organisations will catch this positive virus.

Fishing for sea trout in Denmark takes patience, skill and a little luck. These unpredictable fish are a law unto themselves and follow no set routine that would guarantee a tight line. Pity really.
Little can compare to the thrill of feeling that pull as a sea trout aggressively takes the fly followed by the scream of the reel as line is stripped commonly, well into the backing. The silver topedo darting through the crystal waters requires concentration and quick reactions or the trout will win the battle and one’s ego will be deflated in an instant. But that’s the attraction why fly fishing salt in Denmark has become a popular and diverse sport open to new ideas an methods.

Standard equipment to use is a 9 to 10ft rod AFTM class 6 to 9. Locals commonly use a WF line to match the AFTM class with either floating or intermediate lines depending on the weather conditions. A preferred choice for strong wind and high waves is an intermediate line which helps cut through the air and place the line just below the surface.
The reel should be strong and able to accommodate at least 50 to 100m of backing. The most important feature however, is that the reel must be saltwater resistant.
Leaders can vary from 7 to 12ft depending on conditions and are normally set up of 2 – 1.5 m of 50mm, 1 m of 40mm and 1 m of 30mm tippet. Going below a 25mm could result in a loss of a fine fish so I personally wouldn’t recommend it!
Flies are another matter. I could go on and on about salt patterns for Denmark but to save a headache and some mild confusion, I have selected some the most commonly used.
First and foremost would be the well broken in pattern by Steen Ulnits called the Christmas Tree, which is available throughout Denmark. This simple design has proven it’s place in the top list of Danish flies.
Good shrimp imitations are always a winner tied on hook sizes 10 to 6. Clouser Minnows, Crazy Charlie’s, Polar Magnus, Mysis, Palmer Red Tag and Mickey Finn should compliment any salt water rodder’s collection.

In the most part sea trout can be caught all year round but some seasons can prove more effective than others. So many factors can influence fishing that finding a good spot one day could prove it useless the next. It’s as easy as that.
So many anglers come to Denmark hoping for there chance of finding some of this silver treasure. But so many leave empty handed because of one simple fact – Unprepared. With all the water it’s easy to understand the difficulty in finding the right places and right times so doing a little research before hand can reap in it’s rewards.
Presterno Fishing located in southeast Jutland offers fishing holidays with professional guiding. Information on Presterno Fishing can be found at The local guide Ripley Davenport has extensive experience and knowledge in the pursuit for sea trout.

Tight lines
Presterno Fishing

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