After discovering the benefits of pollock fishing,
the next step in the process was to test my fly-fishing skills. It has long been
claimed that Pollack will actively feed on the correct fly pattern. This was a
challenge for the staff here at www.netfish.no
could not turn down.
Knowing what type of fly to hunt Pollack with was
a subject that needed some research. One of our local sports stores seemed the
best starting point for the search for information. The lads at Nordisk
fiskeustyr gave what they thought to be the best flies for the job. The three
they recommended were “lefty’s deceiver”, “clouser minnow” and a blue
It was explained to me that these were some of the
best flies for the one simple reason that they simulate a fleeing bait fish. If
fished in the correct manner they can really test you fly skills. The tip they
gave me was to fish them fast and give as much action as possible
Below: Skot McColl with a hard fighting deep diving pollack In the winter sun
One of the smaller pollack
the piles of fly boxes that we travel with, these tree will always to the job
was in doubt as to what rod weight to use; as Pollack can grow huge I decided to
take my all-round rod, which is my small salmon rod. Fly choice was simple. You
see Pollack don’t eat insects unlike their fresh water buddies but they are
active hunters and as with most predators they strike from the underside, so
with the use of a white belled fly, I could simulate the under belly of their
This theory proved to be perfect for, because I caught a small fish on my first cast and nearly every cast after that. This was great fun, but what I wanted was some bigger fish so I could prove my point.
my limited brain mass I sat and thought for a moment and realized that a sinking
rig was the answer, the first cast slowly drifted to what I thought was “the
zone”, this was a complete success the largest fish I had ever caught hit my
fly, the bottom!
with one fly less in my collection, this taught me to bounce the bottom with the
fly, it worked a treat and I managed to find the fish. Three fish later I had
figured I was the main man for this type of fishing.
As I said earlier the pollock have a reputation as
fighters, this is no lie, wow do they go! What surprised me the most is that
when they are close to land they’ll make a run for the nearest ledge, trying
to find shelter, running hard and fast, not unlike Moby Dick! This is some thing
that will be repeat again and again, so when the fish is close to land, don’t
relax or they will have the upper hand.
In Norway this fish is under rated as a sporting fish, so with the winter season approaching why not add a new string to your bow and take a day off from the trout fishing and have some saltwater fun.
When fishing the salt water currents it is import to remember that the artic water can kill! So use a life jacket at all times and always ask the locals for the best tips. These two tasks can not only save your life but add to your fishing pleasure.
Salt water currents are dotted along the entire west coast of Norway. It is
here you will find your fish