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Why not “Switch” next season!

July 26th, 2016 - steffen

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What if you could have the best of both worlds? What if you were fishing light and fine but you had the length and power of a Spey rod? What if you could cast a big juicy Salmon or Steelhead fly eighty feet without any fuss, and still had a feeling that your where fishing a single handled rod

There’s been a lot of talk in the past couple of years about switch rods – lightweight double-handed rods in the 11 1/2 to 12 foot range that are designed for both two-handed and overhead casting. To be honest, the switch rod thing seemed some years back to be a little gimmicky, but today it has become an awesome and very serious weapon in many Spey Warriors “weapon arsenal”

  • Switch rods are really fun. Most switch rods live in the 6 to 8 weight world, and small rods mean little physical effort. Add lightweight to a multitude of different Spey-oriented and overhead casts, and you get lots of variety and lots of fun – Here is some of the reasons
  • Switch rods are effective for more than swinging. The classic sunken swung fly presentation works great with a switch rod. Switch rods are great tools for fishing Dry flies and hitch patterns on floating lines. The extra length of a switch rod means incredible line control, whether slowing down a swing, steering that flesh fly into and out of a snag, or skittering that hopper all over the surface of the bucket.
  • You can fish small water with switch rods. You already know that we think spey casting is fun, but full-on spey outfits, even in light weights, are just too long for small rivers, side channels and small tributaries
  • If you have back and shoulder problems when casting your big Stick try a Switch rod – It is far effortless fishing a Switch rod and you will discover that you will get more fishing hours without muscle and shoulder pain
  • You can handle big Salmon and Steelies as easy as with any big Spey rod – by putting side pressure into the fish
  • Switch rods will make you a better spey caster, because you can do it more. Great, you fish a spey rod for a week in June on Grand Varzuga and then for a week in September on the Umba. What about the rest of the year? If you live near decent-sized trout water, you can fish a switch rod for a lot of the year. Making those spey casts year-round will make you a lot better at it.
  • Switch rods will make you a better spey caster, because these little rods are unforgiving. There’s no two ways about this one – it’s a lot easier to spey cast a big long stick for a 9 weight than it is to cast an 11 foot for a 6 weight. You don’t want to learn spey casting on a switch rod. So why in heck is this a good thing? Mistakes can be overcome with those big, long traditional spey rods. If you’re fishing a lightweight switch rod and you pull your anchor, or leave too much line on the water, or try to over-power a cast, or commit any one of a number of other spey casting sins, the cast just won’t work. Yes, it’s hard at first, but fishing light, switch rods will definitely make you a far better spey caster, because you pay for your mistakes.

Switch rods add a lot of charm back into the Spey world dominated by big rods – Today I´m using Switch rods during the entire season. So why not “Switch” next season – I guarantee you will get a tons of fun out there.

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For the die hard Spey Warriors – The hottest Salmon fishing in the world.

July 15th, 2016 - steffen

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Any sea run addicted Spey geek should try to fish for Chinook Salmon at Skeena watershed, where the average weight are far higher than anywhere else in the world. Pound for pound the Skeena Chinook are 20 – 25% stronger than any Atlantic salmon. The heavy pull of a giant Skeena whopper grabbing your fly is something your will never forget, just remember to bring plenty of backing line as the furious runs from an angry Chinook will test every element of your skills and tackle.

Lastly let us not forget the breathtaking surroundings and the super professional guides who will share their most closely guarded secrets with you for a price 30 – 40% lower than any high class Salmon destination in the world.

Browse through Columbus Leth and Ulrik Boel Bentzen epic photos after a trip to Skeena where they landed 18 Chinook between them.

Our top team Ulrik Boel Bentzen and Columbus Leth who normally both are very modest guys, went flipping crazy and caught some really nice fish.

Biggest for Ulrik and Columbus was:

2 Salmon between 35 and 40 lb

3 Salmon between 30 and 35 lb.

2 Salmon between 25 and 30 lb

2 Salmon between 20 and 25 lb

And as a bonus – 8 “small guys” between 14 and19 lb.

Biggest Salmon caught last week was a 45Lb beast by “The King of Terrace” Mr. Sky Richard

If you want to join us next year for the meanest Salmon fishing in the world and the best available fishing guides on Skeena please contact me sj@salmonjunkies.com

Best wishes

Steffen Juhl

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If you are chasing the biggest and most ferocious Salmon in the world, two things goes hand in hand – Skeena river and Joe Saracione´s matchless fly reels

June 29th, 2016 - steffen

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The new Saracione MARK V Salmon reel is the latest refinement in the evolution of the famous MARK series reels. New is a totally sealed Carbon Fiber drag system. The system incorporates two proprietary seals operating on the rotating shaft; a primary and secondary seal to ensure a truly sealed drag chamber.

The spool rides on two sets of precision stainless steel radial ball bearings and two sets of precision stainless steel axial ball bearings for super smooth operation. Joe Saracione has incorporated a strong gear and pawl drag to help control spool overrun at low disc drag settings and to provide a loud audible click on both incoming and outgoing spool operation. Further design refinements resulted in a weight reduction of 20% as compared to its predecessor the MARK IV Salmon reel. All MARK V reels feature a solid side plate and spool for a more classic look, and all models are anodized Silver and Black as our standard color combination. Finally Joe Saracione lubricate the MARK V with special oils and grease to operate trouble free in sub-freezing temperatures for extreme winter salmon and steelhead fishing. Production is limited and reels are available factory direct only.

Specifications on the two most popular models Old MARK IV / New MARK V reel

The old Saracione MARK IV Model 3 ½”: Weighted 12.5 ounces.

NOW the NEW model MARK V weighted 10 Ounces. This model designed for single hand salmon and steelhead rods in the 7,8 and 9 weight class. Also a perfect choice for lighter two handed rods in 5, 6 & 7 weights, and of course switch rods. It is a truely “Crossover reel”.

The old Saracione MARK IV Model 3 ¾” Weighted 14.4 ounces.

NOW the NEW model MARK V weighted 11,5 Ounces. The 3 ¾” is the most popular salmon and steelhead reel. Anglers from all over the world have shown that this is their reel of choice. The spool capacity accommodates some of the most popular line weights, and the reel balances well on the latest 12ft to 13 1/2ft rods.

For more info please visit http://www.saracione.com/index.html or if you want to see a Saracione reel in some hot action please watch our latest salmon film teaser “We are Salmon Junkies” https://www.reelhouse.org/columbus/we-are-salmon-junkies/purchase/buy


Salmon Junkies are moving boundaries – The biggest Sea Run Char in the world

June 21st, 2016 - steffen

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The Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus) is found in Arctic and sub-Arctic waters all across the northern hemisphere. It grows to an exceptionally large size and is especially abundant in northern Canada and in the clear and unpolluted waters of the Canadian Arctic. Nowhere does it grow to a larger size than in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region of the Canadian Central Arctic. Superb fishing for Arctic char can be found throughout this vast region, but truly special among hundreds and hundreds of rivers and lakes is the little known Ekaluk River in the Cambridge Bay area of Victoria Island.

Camp Ekaluk – Thirty minutes by float plane from Cambridge Bay and located on a bluff overlooking the river estuary, Camp Ekaluk is a true wilderness camp consisting of four 12 x 12 guest sleeping cabins plus staff/guide quarters, a separate mess hall/kitchen, hot shower and outhouse/pit toilet.

The camp location offers a stunning view of the surrounding landscape and beyond to the fabled Northwest Passage. From camp, guests are within walking distance of all river right fishing beats in the five miles between Lake Ferguson and the estuary.

The camp generates electricity and cabins are all wired with an overhead light and 110V outlet. For warmth, cabins are equipped with thermostat controlled propane heaters. (Propane supply limits use to evening prior to sleeping and morning after waking.) Each cabin accommodates three guests and features three sleeping platforms with pads. Water for drinking and washing comes from the river and each cabin includes a water jug and washing dish. The mess hall/kitchen accommodates all guests and staff/guides in one sitting and serves as a social gathering place in between meals. A satellite telephone, as well as an HF radio provides reliable communication to the outside world, if needed.

The Ekaluk river – The Ekaluk originates from Ferguson Lake and empties into the Arctic Ocean in Wellington Bay. It is the principal migration route for Arctic Char returning from the ocean to inland spawning grounds in and around the lake. A medium-sized river with many rapids, runs and pools, the Ekaluk is fishable along its entire length and ideally suited for the true Salmon Junkie. Fishing the Ekaluk is now a yearly event and a guarded secret for a number of repeat guests from all over the world. To minimize environmental impact, to safeguard the well-being of the fish stock on the river and to provide for a pleasant and uncrowned fishing experience, the number of anglers per week on the Ekaluk river is limited to a maximum of only twelve rods.

What can I expect to catch when fishing a river teeming with large and very aggressive sea run Arctic char? – The fish start to trickle in from the ocean by mid-August each year, and during a couple of weeks well in excess of 80.000 silver bright fish (DFO Statistics) in absolute prime condition enter the Ekaluk river. Landing two, three or even four big char per hour (yes, per hour) is “the norm”.

The average char measures between twenty-seven to thirty inches in length and weighs in at around eight to ten/eleven pounds.

A great number of char are between thirty and thirty-three inches in length. Be prepared to battle such twelve to fourteen pound char on a regular basis. Huge fish in excess of thirty-four/five inches in length, weighing sixteen/seventeen pounds or better are by no means uncommon and are landed every season.

Join us in 2017 for a unique adventure and opportunity to test your experience and skills against the King of All Northern Game Fish – the Sea run Arctic char.

For more info contact Steffen Juhl – sj@salmonjunkies.com

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