Author Archives: Ulf Hagström
I actually caught my first fish on the seventh of january this year, that’s some kind of record! But then winter hit us finally with cold weather, sno and icing of the bays. But that lasted only just over a month and now most of my home waters are ice free so yesterday me and my oldest son was out again and we both caught small pikes in shallow waters. We also saw about 15-20 pikes on shallow waters, I estimated the biggest ones to be somewhere around 15-16 lbs! I don’t know if the breaking of the ice is some kind of signal for the pike to start migrating to shallow waters for spawning perhaps because there should be so many fish in shallow waters otherwise. There are still about 2 months until spawning should be at its peak!
It’s funny, every time I go out I usually start with trying a few new flies then perhaps something proven like green and gold and then if nothing works I put on red and white. And it’s remarkable how often that color get the fish going!
I described previously briefly on the season that I have behind me and the frustration I’ve had with the fact that despite having way more fishing days this season and despite the fact that I’ve never caught so many pike on the fly during one season (one reason of course being due to the increase in fishing days) I still haven’t got a single fish close to the magic 10 kg mark.
So with that in mind I have decided to go on a mission. To start a campaign that won’t stop until I have reached my goal. 2014 is the year I turn 40 years old. And I won’t stand for not having caught a +10 kg pike on the fly before I turn forty!
I will fish more days, more waters and with more flies than ever before. I will travel to where ever I need to go. Fish hard rain, hard wind, snow, hailstorms or tsunamis. I will not stop for anything to reach my goal. My call now goes out to all my pike fly fishing friends all over Sweden. Who will help me reach my goal of catching my dream fish on a fly next season? Who will scribe his or her name in the history books by guiding me to my trophy pike? Who will join me in my quest for glory, massive amounts of sharp teeth and immortality? Who will let me in to their most secret “big pike spots” just to see me fulfill my life long dream?
That’s right, I hereby declare 2014 to be the Year of the pike. And the hunt for that big pike starts NOW!
Okay, I am sorry. I’ve had long spells before where I have been quite lousy at updating this blog but this is probably an all time high. It is however not a coincidence that my latest blogpost was just a few weeks before the fishing season started for real here, because I have never fished as much as I have this year and 95% of my fishing has been in my home waters chasing that elusive brackish water Pikes that patrol the shoreline of the Baltic sea.
Even though there might be a few days left to fish in this season it is really coming to an end. And to summarize it has been both a good and a frustrating season. It’s been good because I have never caught so many pike during one season as I have this year, I have also gotten the opportunity to fish another water more frequently together with a friend who has a boat on a completely different spot than I have, which has allowed me to go to spots I couldn’t with my little boat.
It’s been frustrating due to the fact that despite all my efforts and all my days out I still have nothing really big to show for it. I’ve been in contact with a few really big ones, but not close to as many as last season where I got into a really bad period where I lost many 5-6 fish that all of them would have broken my current personal best pike on the fly. But I’ve still learned new things this season that I am gonna take with me into the next one that will improve me. I am well aware also that where I fish are not regarded big-pike area, it is the very outskirts of the worlds biggest archipelago and very elusive. But I have a goal and a dream and I will pursuit it.
I am gonna try and post more regularly from now on, especially now that we move into winter and there won’t be as much fishing. Here’s a few photos of me and some friends of mine from this past season for now, see you soon!