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.
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.
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.
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.
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