The Randers area is renowned for highly varied angling, as the fresh water from the Gudenå river meets the salty fjord water, creating perfect hunting conditions for a range of fish species.
The Gudenå river
The Gudenå river, fishing and salmon are important parts of Randers' history. Today there are still salmon in the Gudenå river, but you can also catch several other types of fish, such as perch and sea trout. The fishing varies with the seasons, and there is a healthy stock of zander, pike, perch, ide and coarse fish.
Light fly-fishing is divided into nymph, wet- and dry flies. Nymph fishing is based on imitating the insects that live on the bottom of a river and that at some point rise to the surface to hatch, and become a winged insect. Dry fly-fishing tries to imitate the insects found on the surface of the water.
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.
Randers Fjord is an extension of the Gudenå river system and the long confluence of fresh water and salt provides rich opportunities to catch a very wide range of fish. Tidal flow affects the salt content of the fjord, which means the fish follow ebb and flow depending on which conditions they prefer.
At the top of the fjord, you can find fish that prefer brackish water, such as pike, zander and whitefish. Further out towards its mouth, there are excellent chances of catching flounder and herring. Perch can be found far out in the fjord at low tide, whilst sea trout and salmon are found in the fjord during migration on their way up or returning down the Gudenå, and there are good chances of catching them anywhere in the fjord.
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.
Fly-fishing tackle for shore wading usually consists of a 9 - 10 foot, class 6 - 8 rod with float or intermediate shooting head. To manage a 25 metre cast with relative ease, a stripping basket or flexistripper are highly recommended to keep the line under control. To get away from the shore to avoid getting your line tangled when back-casting, a pair of waders will be useful and there is no need to wade out into deep water. Many fish come close inshore, so wading out can actually frighten them off. A good fly choice is a size 2 - 8 streamer or size 8 -12 shrimp fly, but we recommend having 4-6 different types in a range of sizes and colours along. The simpler fly patterns are the ones that catch the most fish in these waters, such as Magnus, Polar Magnus, Fyggi, Mysis and Christmas Tree, all of which are a good choice.