Tackle for lake fishing

Fly fishing

When it comes to Put & Take fly fishing in lakes and ponds, you will get by with two outfits. For normal fishing with dry flies and nymphs you need an 8-9 foot rod for a 5-6 weight line - the same equipment used for trout and grayling in river fishing. When fishing larger streamers and bucktails, a 9-10 foot rod for a 7-8 weight line will do the trick. 50-100 yds. of backing is recommended.

The former outfit requires a floating line - preferably a WF to maximize the length of your your casts. The latter outfit requires both floating and sinking WF lines. It is also ideal when you want to fly fish for pike - a passtime that is becoming increasingly popular with Danish fly fishermen. 4 inch long Flash flies do the trick on greedy pike.

Spin fishing

When spinfishing for perch and trout in smaller lakes or Put & Take waters a 5-6 foot long rod capable of handling lures up to 1/4 inch is ideal. The corresponding fixed spool reel should be loaded with fresh 0.15 mm line that allows long casts with tiny spinners and spoons.

Larger trout, pike and pikeperch require a heavier 7-8 foot rod capable of handling lures up to 3/4 oz. A medium sized fixed spool reel loaded with 0.20-0.25 mm line complements this outfit which is also suitable for light trolling with small spoons and woblers near the surface.

If you need to troll larger bait, you need a 9-10 foot double handed rod capable of casting lures in the 3/4 to 2 oz. range. Add to this a baitcasting reel that will hold 200 yds. of 0.30-0.40 mm line. This is also an outfit that will handle spinning with large wobblers that require a heavy hookset.

When spinning for perch most people prefer revolving lures like Mepps spinners. The same goes for pike in shallow water. When trolling for pike and pikeperch floating wobblers like Hi-Lo are frequently used.

Bait fishing

The coarse fisherman needs three different outfits for his fishing in East-Jutland:

"Ledger" fishing on the bottom requires a sensitive 9-10 foot ledger rod with various screw-in tips.

"Match" fishing with floats requires a 12-13 foot match rod with a long handle and tall "stand off" rings to keep the thin line away from the blank.

Heavy duty fishing for carp and pike requires a 10-11 foot rod capable of handling both heavy casting weights and heavy fighting fish.

When fishing for roach and small bream you need a rod with a test curve of 1/2 - 1 lbs., and your line should be 0.15-0.20 mm. When fishing for tench, bream and smaller carp, you need a rod with a test curve of 1 - 1 1/2 lbs. and a 0.20-0.25 mm line. Finally, large carp and pike require rods with a test curve of 1 1/2 - 3 lbs. and 0.25-0.35 mm lines, depending on conditions.

Dedicated coarse fishermen should bring their own bait and ground bait as very few tackle shops in East-Jutland carry such items. Also bear in mind that you are only allowed to use 0,5 kg ground bait each day per fisherman in County Aarhus.


- 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!


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