The excitement of watching your own lure flit over the surface of the water is a unique form of action. If the fish is suspicious, you’ve lost your chance and will have to move on to spot another you can try for.
If fishing for salmon or sea trout, heavier tackle is needed, such as one-handed class 7 rods up to two-handed class 9 – 10 fly rods. In the springtime, the fish prefer to be near the bottom, but as the weather gets warmer they rise to the upper levels.
There’s also a lot of pleasure to be derived from using a spinner rod along the river bank, keeping an eye out for the places where the fish are hiding. Spinners from 2 to 18 grams or lightweight wobblers are ideal. The Gudenå is very deep, and it can be difficult to keep a light spinner or wobbler down near the bottom, which is why lead weights of 10 to 20 grams are often used in front of the lure. Such weights are tied onto a three-way swivel approx. 1 metre in front of the spinner, and hold the line down in the water or near the bottom.
If you intend to fish from a boat, a shorter rod than that you might use for shore fishing is recommended. A 9 foot rod with a good old-fashioned fixed spool reel and a 0.35 line or 0.15 woven line work very well for angling for flatfish, eel, cod, garfish, mullet and sea trout.
Bottom tackle with a couple of hooks and sand worms, brush worms or herring streamers work very well for flatfish, cod and eel. Spinners and flies are recommended if going after predatory fish.