At the beginning it is often a good idead to use large, colourful flies featuring a lot of flash (glitter) Orange and combinations with orange are good especially as regards newly risen fish.
- Orange – “Laxgodis”, “Bagarn”, “Red Sandy”
- Yellow/Orange – “Golden sheep”, “Beiss Fun”
- Black/Orange – “Black and orange”, “Black and silver”, “Best seller”
- Brown/Orange – “Thunder and lightning”
Older fish, particularly those that may have been released previously will become sceptical after a couple of days fishing and will then respond better to a fly that is smaller and darker. The wing length of the fly can vary between 7 and 12 cm depending on water speed, water temperature, water coloration and the weather. As a general rule of thumb you can say that the larger flies will function better when the water speed is higher, the water temperature is lower, the water more discolored or the weather poor.
When spin fishing, the casting weight or lure should be between 20 and 40g. Your reel should house around 200 meters of line. Tube flies are great for fishing and we recommend colours such as those listed above. Colourful spoons, spinners and wobblers will also work.
As a general observation it could be said that the colder and faster the water the deeper you should fish. Therefore the use of weighted flies and sinking line is quite common. Many will use so called sinktip lines. These new lines have names such as float sink 3 or float sink 5. When the water temperature rises to about 8 degrees the fish will become more active and start to rise to take the fly.
More often than not the water speed in March and April is usually quite high. For this we recommend a 15 foot rod, which will simplify line handling over rocks and rapids. If the water speed is below 30 cubic meters per second then a 13 foot rod can be used. If you wish to compromise and buy an all-round rod then 13,5 foot or 14 foot is optimal. The line class (Aftma Class) should be at least class nine, preferably ten or eleven to easily move big flies and heavy lines. Single handed rods are not to be recommended.
As the water is so cold in early spring you should fish at depth and slowly with a “hanging” fly. Angle your cast and mend, lifting the fly line from the water, moving it up stream to slow down its speed. The fish will often be found I slightly calmer water conserving its energy.