Tackle for river fishing
When fishing dry flies and nymphs in smaller
rivers, you will get by with an 8-9 foot rod for a 5-6 weight
floating line. When rivers run low and clear during summer, a
7-8 foot rod for a 3-4 weight floating line will be a better
During spring and autumn when rivers often
run high and turbid, your choice should be a 9-10 foot rod for
a 7-8 weight sinktip or full sinking line. The sinktip will give
you the ultimate line control when mending while the full sinking
WF line will get your fly as deep as possible.
The same equipment is also ideal when streamer
fishing for larger browns and sea trout. It is also very suitable
when summer fishing for salmon and sea trout in smaller to medium
sized rivers. Just remember to add at least 100 yds. backing
to your fly line.
Ten flies for seatrout in rivers
When fishing exclusively for salmon and
large sea trout you may do better with a double handed fly rod.
The longer rod will give you better control when fishing from
grassy and muddy banks.
As an allround rod for the major rivers
of East-Jutland a 12-13 foot double hander for an 8-9 weight
line is perfect. Add a floating DT line for summer and night
fishing plus a sinking WF for fishing early and late in the season
when water is high and cold.
Ultralight spinning can be very effective
in smaller rivers - or during summer in the larger ones. Use
a light 5-6 foot rod suitable for casting lures up to 1/4 oz.
The reel should be the smallest possible fixed spool reel filled
with fresh 0.15 mm line. Using such light tackle you will not
spook wary fish.
While fishing early and late in the season
you should use heavier equipment. For instance a 7-8 foot rod
capable of casting lures up to 3/4 oz. This setup will handle
smaller salmon as well as average sized sea trout. The fixed
spool reel should be filled with absolutely fresh 0.20-0.25 mm
line. Double handed rods give better control than single handed
Ten lures for seatrout in rivers
When fishing exclusively for large sea
trout and salmon, you need heavier equipment than that. You need
a 9-10 foot double handed rod that is capable of handling lures
weighing 3/4-2 oz. And a multiplier reel holding 200 yds. 0.30-0.40
mm line. This will enable you to handle even large salmon in
Revolving spoons like Mepps dominate the
river fishing in East-Jutland - especially so for upstream fishing.
Floating wobblers like Rapala are extremely productive when fishing
downstream - weighted or unweighted. Spoons like Toby will catch
their share of fish too.
When bait fishing for trout and salmon
in running waters, your standard spinning equipment will usually
suffice. But longer rods will provide better control and handling
and for that reason 10-12 foot rods are often used for salmon
and sea trout when fishing worns or shrimp.
When fishing selectively for roach and
bream in slow moving stretches of larger rivers, you need the
same tackle as recommended for lake fishing. This also goes when
fishing for pike, pikeperch and perch.
Worms are the favourite bait with Danish
bait fishermen while Powerbait reigns supreme when fishing the
Put & Take waters of East-Jutland.
Do bear in mind that rules do not allow
the use of more than 0,5 kg ground bait a day per fisherman in
- Are you planning to visit East-Jutland,
and are you uncertain as to how to approach the local fishing?
Then feel free to contact Steen
Ulnits, fisheries biologist, 20+ book author, keen fisherman,
TV producer, photographer and webmaster of this website, and
book him for guiding. You can do this on an hourly or daily basis.
Apart from travelling the Globe and guiding
trips to exotic parts of this Earth, Steen Ulnits has been fishing
the waters of East Jutland for more than 30 years.
Thus you are in good hands - be it in freshwater
or saltwater, flyfishing or spinning, walking, wading or boating!