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