Try fly fishing for mackerel itís a blast.
Late summer is a fantastic time here in Norway often
the light summer breeze blows across the open rocky coast. This is the best sign
that the mackerel season is underway. My father and I had an idea to test our
salt water fishing skills and the chance to catch a mackerel could not be
Mackerel is not just a beautiful fish but is one of the
healthiest sources of omega oil in the seas. Mackerel are a schooling fish when
the first one arrives on the coast thousands if not millions follow. The problem
when fishing with lure or bait it is no real challenge in landing one.
I had the desire to try something new so armed with my fly road my father
and I took up the challenge!
Skot McColl on the outer coast of Bergen Norway looking for his first fish.
The best place to find your prey is at the back of out
going or ingoing currents or in between small islands or around headlands. The
west coast of Norway is filled with such spots. We found ourselves on the outer
islands west from my base of Bergen. After some discussion my father decided to
follow my advice and try his hand at salt-water fly fishing. This started a
father son challenge that was the mother of all battles.
My pleasure was indescribable when the first cast
produced a hard fighting fish but to my utter disappointment it was a Pollack.
The time it took me to release the fish cost me a victory. He had proved he was
still the old master. (As the photo shows). This led to the pattern of the day.
We waited for the schools to swim by and simply cast into the pack, and 25% of
the time we hooked up.
Imitation flies are loud but they do the
Kerry McColl showing he is still the master!
Choosing a rod is an inexpensive adventure. Simply put,
any trout rod will do. I used my 5-6 AMF vangen trout rod. This is the exact same rod I take to the
mountain which fishing for trout.
Knowing what fly to use is always a challenge so I
sought advice from one of my local fishing tackle shops, (as you should always
do when in need of information) Their suggestion was to try two forms of fly.
Imitation or irritation,
Imitation forms of flies are generally silver based and
look more like Christmas tree decorations. Simply put think like a hunting
mackerel and you will find that size 14 hooks work best. As for coloration blue
bodies with a thin silver flash and a white underside is the perfect
combination. Or the other great choice in this group is epoxy body flies. I have
always found these to be successful when fishing the salt water. They have a
habit of fooling any sea creature into biting them.
Irritation is with out doubt the most popular form of
salt-water fly among the Netfish.no crew. It is fished behind the school or cast
in the middle of a feeding pack. How it works is that the bright colours of the
fly stand out among the constant silver and blue flashers of herring. The tip is
to forget all the rules and try the loudest and ugliest fly you can lay your
hands on. I have found the red is the best colour to begin with.
With out doubt this is a great way to spend your
afternoon. After all is there a better way to pass a sunny day that sitting on
the rocks watching the beauty that the North Sea has to offer?
There is one important point to remember and that is to always wash you equipment after a day on the coast. We all know that salt water is a killer.
Skot suggests this Ocean Deceiver would be a very good fly for mackerel.