FLY TV – Coalfish Dream – Fly Fishing for Big Coalfish

FLY TV – Coalfish Dream – Fly Fishing for Big Coalfish


Hi! I’m Niklaus Beuer.
– And I’m Niklas Holmér. You’re watching FLY TV,
and today we’re doing this. Hi I’m Niklaus Bauer, and welcome back to FLY TV.
This is my good friend and colleague Niklas Holmèr. Hi. We are at Rost, or Rost Fishing to be exact. This is a small located island in
the south archipelago of lofoten. It only has like 700 people living here.. ..but it’s one of the coolest islands if you
want to go for big coalies or coalfish. And the cool thing about this fishing
is that they are pulling like crazy.. ..and they are an excellent
fish to fish with a fly rod. And a quick runtrough trough
the gear we’re going to use is.. ..as always pretty important to
be prepared for all situations. But basically, we’re going to
fish 12 weight fly rods. You want to have rods that are pretty heavy
back boned so you can really lift the fish. Good reels, with a lot of backing
capacity, and of course.. ..a good break because these
guys pull really hard. And then you want to have different
sinking rates on the lines. This is a 850 grain head. So it’s nine meters of really,
really heavy sinking lines. But in general it’s pretty
simple, normal pike tubes. Like these bauer pike tubes that
you can buy in the stores or.. ..if you feel like tying something a little bit more fancy. You can tie big mackerel or coalfish
patterns with a wiggle tail. But the crucial part of this fishing is speed. The faster it goes, the more aggressive the fish will be.. ..and the bigger fish will try to seek your bait so.. It’s really about fishing it roly-poly
and fishing it really fast. The water level is really, really low.. ..we’re at the lowest tide at the moment. Today is the re-awakening of the moon. So we have a really powerful current today. Hopefully that’s going to create the.. ..baitfish to school behind the rocks.. ..and make the coalfish go out and
hunt them. Let’s see what happens. What you can see now is that we have big, coalfish. Up feeding on, small mackerel or small coalfish. And the big.. did you see the big sej? Big coalfish come up and take them? So we’re trying to tease the fish by
fishing them really fast on roly-poly. Awesome man! Now you’re going to have a problem because
you’re fishing a ten weight I believe? Yes. Short, heavy pumps. I got one too. So what you want to do is that, you don’t want to
overload the rod, so short heavy pumps from the.. ..bottom of the rod. And you can get them up fairly.. ..simple. Nice meter coalie. Surface action. On popper. You’re the man, man. It’s a nice fish on a ten weight. Is it heavy Nickie? Probably the coolest fish on popper I have. Now I see it. That’s a big fish man. Work it, no problem, just work it. There you go. You’ve made it! Good job. I dont’ know, we’ve been
chasing the surface guys. And there was no action whatsoever so.. I took my grain line and.. ..made a few casts. And this was the result. It’s a big 35 centimeter fly with a wiggle tail. So when you want to release them you
just want to give them a good head start. So they can swim back. And grow bigger. We’ve been seeking around now for probably an hour. But we can’t find any.. ..any fish hunting in the surface
so we’re going to try to. Or maybe, we have something over here. As you can see the tides
are really starting to move. And this is what we’re waiting for. It’s an hour after.. ..the tide changed. Hope the coalfish will start chasing
the smaller coalfish up to the surface. Because they have a hard time surviving in this. Or staying with us suppose too, on the points. So this is going to be good hopefully. We continue fishing really fast with the
sinking lines, trying to seek fish and.. ..and it seem like Niklas is hooked
up to something bigger. Is it bottom or is it fish? It’s a fish. These are awesome fighters. The current is probably three knots here. So it’s really tough to get them up. But it’s really fun and we’re driving against
the current because the fish is swimming.. ..against the current when they take the fly. Seems like it could be a nice fish. When you’re fighting fish like this with a fly rod, you should never overbend the rod. If you highstick them you break them, but if you put the right tension to them you can actually.. ..bend them pretty well. I’ll use the leader. That’s a nice fish.
– Yes. We’re using a heavy tippet. Like a shocktippet, for these big flies. Yes! Or if you’re hooked up at the same time. Let’s continue with my knot here. What you do is, you make a double simple knot like that. So you just have it like this. You tighten it slightly so It becomes an eight like that. You pull the fly trough. Then you go trough the eight here, so you go trough that. And then once more trough the eight. So you have it like that, and then you pull this one tight here, with a plier. Now you can actually adjust this knot here, depending on the distance you want to have to the.. And then you pull it tight, and then you go One, two, three times around it. And you pull that knot tight towards it. Then you have an excellent loop knot that is really simple to tie even with very heavy mono, give it a go. This is the radical thing with this, it’s
actually almost one a clock at night. Niklas is fighting a coalfish here. Actually we have a lot of birds
hunting over there now. So can you please get that up first, haha. Midnight coalie. It’s now 4:30 in the morning. The second tide, or the flood just started. Finally we found some really nice fish. Niklas just had a really nice fish,
120 centimeters and 13 kilo plus. Things are actually starting to happen now. Congrats man. Should we go for another drift?
– Yes. The biggest problem with this is that you have so much running line when you’re retreiving the flies. So when they take the fly you just have like 30 meters of running line here. You have to get to the guides. And that can be pretty dangerous so
you really need to be careful with that. I got one too. Now the problem is to get
all this shit out of the way. Is it a better fish Niklaus?
– Yeah. I just have a lot of running line here. A lot of running line under the boat. That’s a good one. It didn’t wan’t to go the
way I wanted him to go. These guys is around, seven-eight kilos. Come on. We’re fishing them with a twelve weight with a lot of backbone. These are made for tarpon. This guys they don’t even weigh
15 kilos and they pull so hard. Are you hooked up again?
Yes. You can see the fins. They fold in when they’re hunting, just like a tuna. It’s just, rock solid muscles. We’ve been fishing all night now. It’s quarter past six in the morning. We’re tired from pulling coalies all night. We probably had around 25, decent fish. And some big ones. We’re going to go home, sleep for a few hours and then try to go out on the flood. Yes.
– At 4 o’clock or something like that. See you then! It’s afternoon now. We fished all night,
and now we have been home sleeping. The tide is almost full now. The turn of the ride is
going to be in half an hour. So we’re going to try be out there on the
location when the water is going out.. ..and see if we can catch a big one. I think this is like the third cast. 12-weight! Small guy! Fights hard! Liked the silver Wigger tail. Really big one! Really big something! Maybe the whole world! Basically, you can catch
anything out here. Everything from the whole
world to a 3 meter long halibut. You never know what happens
when you bring your fly rods out here. Probably a flounder! For your information, you
haven’t left buttom yet. No! Almost! That sucks! Sorry, man! This is what we’re looking for. You can see there’s
ribbons of pearls here. There should be a little
more color in them but.. ..this is what we’re looking for. The coalfish are starting to move
higher up in the water levels. The higher they get, the more
simple they are to target with the fly. You can also see,
the higher they get, the more.. ..likely are they going to
crash bait in the surface. That’s what we really looking for. Looking positive! What we do is, we cast the
line the same direction the boat drift.. Let it sink down as fast as possible. When it’s straight down, we try to
retrieve the line as fast as possible. The faster it goes,
the more strikes you get. Good one?
– It’s not too bad! Almost up! Bye bye! As you can see, the fish
started to come up.. ..much more closer to the surface. I’ve been fishing.. ..just a sink tip line. This 11 weight doesn’t
feel so heavy anymore. Is it a big one?
– I don’t know. It was an awesome
take in any case. He just inhaled that fly! It’s a long one.
– Yeah, it’s a nice one.
– Perhaps closer to 13 kgs. I don’t think it’s that bad. Really heavy and fat fish! Great condition, caught on a sink tip line. That’s really cool!
It just inhaled that fly. Surface hunting! C’mon! Really fat fish! Really took that fly hard! It’s been feeding like crazy,
look at the belly on it. It’s so fat! Look how fat it is! One pregnant coalfish. This is a heavy fish. It’s a nice one.
– Yeah, this is a nice one. That’s a fat one! You’re on too? Yes, I’m on too! That small little fellow! That’s a heavy fish! Biggest one in the trip?
– Yes, I think so too. Nice, extremely fat fish. 115 cm long, not the
biggest one I’ve caught. Let her go back! Bye bye!

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