It's sometimes said that where I live in southern Sweden is a "Lapland" in miniature. That is to say, the characteristics of the forestlands and lower mountains of northern Sweden can also be found here.
And yes, the lakes are myriad, the dark forest deep and the swamp and moss lands are familiar from parts further north, with both cloudberries and wild rosemary growing here in good years.

Elk and roe deer thrive for the joy for hunters. The fox and also the lynx are on the increase and there are innumerable hares to the benefit of fly tiers with hares-ear nymph on their fly tying menu.
The osprey is often seen circling hunting for food for its young.

But side by side with these northern climes stretch deciduous forests, with increasing numbers of beech and oak, hazel and horse chestnut as one travels south. -It is not Lapland. It is the south of Sweden after all!
That's where I also love to fish.

Of course the northern pike is the number one fish, with the zander as the runner up. But perch, eel and bream together with the tench are the normal angler's favourites.
For the fly fisher however the easily frightened trout surely is the dream.

In these regions, where the little red cabin near the lake is so often the foreign visitors prime objective, the angler also seeks his specimen fish. Also international finals in fishing competitions have been held here.

Even if most visitors prefer spinning, using ultra-light spinning gear or bait casting to challenge the wily pike or zander. I would suggests changing to a stronger leader than is usually used.
A zander may often weigh between 11 and 18 pounds and is rather strong. Whereas a pike of the same weight is even more tenacious. Steel trace is recommended closest to the bait.

Fly fishing for the pike though need a bit more sofisticated leader arrangement with the last 20-cm in front of the fly must be at least a size .70 mm nylon leader. And the fly I like, is a big bushy bucktails with flashy, decimeter-long strands of flaschabou in varying shades, in icy-blue and silver. With a line # 6-7 and nine-footer and these baits, the pike seeme defenseless. They just hit, unpredictably, wildly and in violent attacks - without compassion.

If you just let the fly float, then after some quick jerks, let it rest again. The pike usually hit when you again start taking in the line.

This is also the fly-fishing for rather shallow water, not more than 3 meters deep.

See you on the waters

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