Where June is the fly-fisher’s peak season on Danish rivers, July is usually a somewhat quiet month for the angler who has an inclination towards dry flies and wet nymphs.
Most of the fly-fisher’s insects hatched in May and June, which may make the rivers seem relatively dead over the summer. However, the fish are still there, and they certainly still feed. The difference is that this takes place near the bottom instead.
Or the fish focus on the land insects that might fall or be blown into the water by mistake. A fatal mistake, as the fish are usually there like a shot during the summer months, where food is less abundant.
If the summer is wet and cold, July may offer really god sea trout fishing in the rivers. So good that it is not a rare thing for the biggest catch of the year to be made here – newly ascended, bulging and silvery, after a nourishing stay in the plentiful larder of the sea.
This was especially the case in the fantastic summer of 1998. A summer which yielded more and bigger ascending fish than are normally seen. And this was all due to the water that happened to come down at an unusual time.
If you meet these fresh ascending fish, you are almost guaranteed that they will rise to your bait. They are not at all difficult. provided they have been in freshwater for only a few days. Then they still have the reflex to rise, but if they have spent just a week in the river, they become much more difficult to lure.
If you are on holiday by the sea and the beach, there are excellent opportunities of making contact with the cod all through the summer. By July the coastal waters have become a little too warm for them, and they will move out to slightly deeper waters. Here they are usually not difficult to find at depths between 5 and 15 metres – usually where a little current refreshes the water – and usually over a hard bottom.
The flatfish have now also gained some weight after the spring breeding, and this makes them an attractive prey – and a great delicacy in the kitchen. Flounders, dabs and not least plaice will also move to deeper waters as the summer heat increases. If you can find a spot with a purely sandy bottom, you are almost guaranteed a helping of plaice on a hand line.
If you have access to a boat , there is a good chance of encountering mackerel in deeper waters at the end of July – if the weather behaves, that is. Mackerel do not like to get sand in their gills, as their gill rakers are too fine-meshed. However, if you come after a few days of good weather and calm winds, the water is usually clear, and then a shoal of mackerel may come rushing by at any time.
The chances of meeting mackerel increase during the month of July and peak sometime in August. So there is something to look forward to and wait for!
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Danish Angling Destinations
If you want to experience Denmark and Danish fishing at its very best, take a look at these domestic destinations that I can personally recommend:
Located on the banks of the beautiful River Vejle, this intimate hotel is located very close to Billund International Airport and has its own private stretch of private river angling for brown trout and sea trout. Browns on dries during the day. Sea trout at night.
Located right on the beach at Lillebælt, the narrowest and deepest Danish strait. This location guarantees profitable summertime sea trout angling as the water here will never get too warm for fishing. The current is too strong for that to happen.
Located right on the banks of Denmark’s most prestigious salmon River Skjern where the all-time Danish salmon record was caught back in 1954: 26,5 kg heavy and 136 cm long. This remote hotel has its own private stretch of the famous river.
This impressive hotel is surrounded by waters offering Denmark’s most productive saltwater fishing for sea run brown trout. More than 25 years of dedicated fisheries management of local rivers has resulted in more sea trout here than anywhere else.