Beetles & Mayflies
After a fully controlled fight in the small river, Anders landed a 1,7 kilo southern swedish brown. All kinds of dryfly fishing is of course delightful, but fishing browntrout with terrestrials is really really great. Cicadas in New Zealand, bibios in Lapland and beetles in southern Sweden.
Wherever you go it seems like there are always some kind of land insects that fail their mission and end up in the river. It’s very fascinating with a trout feeding on land insects. The slow but determined take of a completely helpless victim, is a lot different from the often vary take of a midgefly, or even a mayfly. In some way it seems like the trout realize that this insect is not going to escape, and just roll over it very calmly.
When Anders hooked the trout and it came closer, I noticed a big scar on its side. Later on we compared the photo of this trout with a trout I caught six weeks earlier, which also had this scar. It became clear that it was the same fish, caught at the same place. Last time he was fooled by my imitation of a Baetis Rhodani. Very nice to see that catch and release worked out fine this time.