Denmark, the quest for sea trout

Departure

This Rodtrip started in the City of Liège at 08.00PM.

The plan was to drive the 900km to Denmark during the night, so traffic would not be a problem.

We talked about flyfishing almost all night!

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WE REACHED OUR DESTINATION

Driving trough some magnificient landscapes we arrived at the Denmark Fishing Lodge owned by Omar Bo Gade.

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It was still very early when we arrived, so instead of waking up everybody, we took our filming gear from the car and started shooting some footage of the lodge and its surroundings.

A bit later we met Omar, he showed us around the beautiful lodge, and we put our stuff in our room. After that we looked at the map of Fyn together, to look at possible good fishing spots.

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There was a strong wind blowing so certain spots would not be fishable. We also got general advice about the tactics for coastal seatrout fishing and the flies to use at the moment.

FIRST CASTS

After the precious advice of Omar, we prepared our fishing gear. Our first fishing spot was not a good choice because it was unfishable due to very strong head winds.

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We decided to look for other spots on Fyn which had better chances in these conditions.

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We moved a lot during that day, and eventually got our first few small seatrout, we also caught and missed some garfish. On the last spot of the day Mathias also caught a nice strong pollock.

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We got back to the lodge just in time for a delicious dinner made by Omar’s Italian girlfriend Valentina.

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ADVENTURE Æbelø ISLAND

After the first day, we knew the best was yet to come. Because on the second day of this trip Omar would take us to Æbelø Island.

Nobody lives there anymore, as the island was designated a nature preserve in 1998 in order to conserve and restore the natural development of the coast and the woodland as well as the many rare animals.

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Most of the island is covered with forest – mainly old oaks and beeches – but there are also plains where we saw a lot of deer.
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The island can only be reached through water. The trip is about 4 km long, 1½ km wading through knee deep water.

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The trip around the island would be about 7 km in all.

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It took us about an hour to walk to the island via the ebb road from Lindøhoved where there is a parking.
On the first spot we immediately caught a few small seatrout of about 15-20cm. We soon moved away from this spot in search of bigger fish.

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After an hour of fishing along this beach Mathias hooked a nice 40cm seatrout which unfortunately unhooked itself just in front of the net.
A bit later Gino got a strong hit on the ice blue shrimp fly on the dropper, and after a few runs and a hard fight he was able to bring the 52cm strong bright silver seatrout to the net.

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After shooting some pictures it swam away nicely in front of the submerged gopro camera. We continued to fish this island all the way back, and caught a few more small seatrout and also some garfish.

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Mathias also landed another 40cm seatrout which also put up a nice fight.

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In the evening, on our way back we were able to film a herd of deer running across a plain. A magnificient sight to see!

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By the time we got back to the car we were really exhausted. A fantastic adventure!

GO FISHING ODENSE, AND THE LAST CASTS

On our last day we visited the Go Fishing flyshop in Odense. This 600 m² shop is like the Mecca for all seatrout anglers visiting Fyn.

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If you need advice, gear, flies or info on current hotspots this is the place to go. They also provide fishing licences and guiding.

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In the late afternoon we fished a few more beautiful spots, but the increasingly strong winds made fishing hard and catches were few.

We got back just in time for dinner at the lodge, and had some good times drinking beer and eating salami with Omar and a few fellow Italian anglers.

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The next morning, it was time to say goodbye (and see you soon) to Omar and Valentina and drive the long way back to Belgium.

It was a very nice rodtrip, that was again a few days too short….

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