|Fishing in Småland|
|A Fishing Year in Småland Highlands|
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|Fishing in Småland |
In this area of 5000 lakes in Swedish Smaland close to continental Europe, the Highland area and its surroundings offers prime fishing. For foreign anglers the county Smaland in south of Sweden, is one of the regions that is easiest to reach. It is a simple matter to travel wherever you like by car, perhaps in the company of other fishing friends. About 5000 lakes are just waiting to be discovered in this area so close to the continent.
There are fish like pike, zander, perch and also bream, tench, roach and burbot. Fishing for eels late at night is also a challenge enjoyed by many visitors.
|There are also some good, but fragile streams for
brown trout in the area. The fish are there mainly thanks to extensive preservational
work by volunteeres. And the fish is wild. My biggest brownie on the dry
fly is 3 kilo (no connection to the photo abowe though which is from similar
waters but further north).|
The most famed fishing is spinning. Over some years coarse angling has attracted, apart from Swedish anglers, especially the English to try and beat the European record. Generally though, it is the northern pike and zander that attract the most. For this fishing boats are often used and the fishing methods vary, including everything from trolling with plugs or wobblers to angling with live bait.
|The season is regarded almost equal round the year
but with peaks during spring and autumn. Traditional ice fishing is often
best for perch and burbot. But in ice-free winters the burbot can be successfully
bottom-fished. Fish weighing up to 11-14 pounds are not uncommon. The perch
is also as mentioned a very popular winter fish that offers excellent sport.
Although in the summer it is just waiting to bite in almost every fishing
Despite the long season there is a predominance of anglers preferring summer fishing. They prefer to live in private cabins or groups of cabins close to the fishing waters. Inns are also a popular form of accommodation.
A popular option for fishing is the renowned Vrigstad Wardshus - Inn. During a period of three years they were the main target for coarse anglers in Embassy Challenge and Scandinavian Seaways Challenge.
The main spices are: northern pike, zander, roach, bream, tench and perch.
The Inn has good to excellent accommodation as well as a gym, solarium and offer excellent food.
A weekend-package offers three days fishing with two overnights including breakfast, fishing licence and rowboat. Accommodation in double-room.
From 100.00 US$ or GBP 70 per person
A days fishing and overnight, with breakfast, rowboat, fishing license and accommodation in double room per person: US$ 50.00 or GBP 35: -
EksjoHofgards Youth Hostel, with fishing in Eksjohofgardslake not more than some one hundred yards away and with a cook with fish dishes as a speciality offer excellent pike fishing. A convenient walk around the lake makes it ideal for a family, topping it all with the public bath and tennis lawns close by.
A fishing weekend with accommodation in double rooms, self catering, including row-boat, life vest, fishing license and map per person: From US$ 50.00 or GBP 35 per person
A days fishing like above US$ 30.00 or GBP 20: - per person.
Options: Fishing guide US$ 30.00/hr (not less than 3 hours) also motorboat for renting.
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 angler's favourites.
In these regions, where the little red cabin near the lake is so often the visitors prime objective, the angler also seeks his specimen fish. Even international finals in fishing competitions have been held here.
|However most visitors prefer spinning using ultra-light
spinning gear or bait casting to challenge the wily pike or zander "thunder".
The guide suggests -not without cause- 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.
|Winter fishing |
Just as essential are spare warm clothes if you are tempted by night fishing as late as September or October. During the elk-hunting period the big pikes return to the shallower parts of the lakes, enabling fishing from the shore. It continues to tempt us with cast upon cast until the ice starts to form in December or January.
That's when the ice-anglers flock out on the frozen lakes with ice-fishing rods and jigs, mormyschka and balance-lures. For many people this is a family affair. And the pike for dinner is brought in with great hoo-ha. Then in the late evenings, when darkness has fallen, it's time to jig-fish burbot with the fishing mates around the light of the camp fire. Stewed burbot is really delicious.
And so continues the fishing year, year after year…..
|A Fishing Year in Småland|
" Elk and roe deer thrive in almost troublesome numbers here. The fox is on the increase and there are innumerable hares. The osprey is often seen circling over forest lakes hunting for food for its young, and you may even be lucky enough to see it capturing fish - perhaps even dropping the fish in mid-air and then performing acrobatics to catch it in its claws again."
Come with us in SFK Hugget on an angling trip in the Lakeland of Smaland.
|It's sometimes said that the province of Smaland in
southern Sweden is a "Lapland" in miniature. That is to say, the
characteristics of the forestlands of northern Sweden can also be found
in the highlands of southern Sweden. And certainly the lakes
are myriad, the conifer forest deep and the swamp and moss lands like "Store
Mosse" are familiar from parts further north, with both cloudberries
and wild rosemary growing there in good years.|
Elk, roe deer and wild boar thrive for the joy for hunters in almost troublesome numbers here. The fox is on the increase and there are innumerable hares for the benefit of fly tiers with hares-ear nymph on their menu. The osprey is often seen circling hunting for food for its young. At the same time as the cuckoo calls, just as in other parts of Sweden.
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 we love to fish.
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