Photo Samples, Temperate Fishing


Temperate sports fishing is normally synonymous with trout and salmon. Even including the mighty sturgeon of North America, the variety of species is much smaller in the tropics, but this is usually compensated by the beautiful nature. From Alaska and Canada to Patagonia and New Zealand, the fly and spinning fishermen both stand a chance to get trout and salmon, much bigger than anywhere in Europe - and just as shy.

All photos are, of course © Claus Qvist Jessen, and none of them are to be used without my permission.

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The west coast rivers of Canada and northern USA contains lots of big and hard-fighting, white sturgeon. Growing to more than 300 kgs, they are the scavengers of the river, eating anything from salmon roe to dead Indians. This one is from Fraser River, British Columbia, Canada. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Danish angler and biologist, Thorke Østergaard, with a magnificent sturgeon from Fraser River, British Columbia, Canada. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A very nice feature of the large Fraser River sturgeon is their  tendency to jump. Not twisting and turning like the tarpon, but nevertheless it's quite impressive when 200 pounds of solid muscles get airborne. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Nice one, indeed. 6 feet + 6 inches to the fork of the tail, about 7½ to the tip, and an estimated weight in between 110 and 120 kgs. My biggest fish so far, however, they grow much bigger, and sturgeon three or four times bigger have been caught in Fraser River. © Claus Qvist Jessen

An even bigger one was caught by Swedish angler Lars-Göran (left): 7 fat feet and an estimated weight of 150 kgs. Like the other sturgeon, this was caught with a barbless single hook; Fraser River, British Columbia, Canada. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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The magnificent Lake Benmore (New Zealand South Island) show it's colours at it's best in the fall - March and April. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A skinny but well-conditioned, 58  cm brown trout from Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand South Island. Note its impressive tail. © Claus Qvist Jessen

With no waders, fishing in Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand South Island, is a very cold affair - even in the high summer of February and March. The temperature is about 14 deg., however, landing a 2 kg rainbow on a fly rod compensates for the freezing temperatures. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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The rainbow trout of Lake Wakatipu, close to Queenstown (New Zealand South Island), contains a good stock of big, hard-fighting rainbow trouts. This one was taken on a tiny small-fry imitation.
© Claus Qvist Jessen

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During high summer, the favourite of the Kiwis is a small dry fly. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Lake Middleton is a crystal clear and hard-fished water with a few, very shy trout - in particular in the middle of the day. Compared to Scandinavia or Chile, New Zealand fishing is next to impossible. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Spinning in the Tekapo-Pukaki Canal (New Zealand South Island) during a quiet moment. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A 6 kg solid rainbow trout, caught on a heavy spoon in the productive Tekapo-Pukaki Hydrocanal. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A fish of a life-time, this 11.9 kg (26 pound, 94 cms), WILD rainbow trout was caught on a small spoon in the Tekapo-Pukaki Hydro Canal, South Island, New Zealand. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Once again: The absolutely magnificent 11.9 kg rainbow from Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand. Note the diminutive size of the 14 gram spoon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Kodiak angler Scott Weigh fly fishing for coho salmon in the beutiful Olds River, Kodiak Island, Alaska, in the beginning of October. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A nice, 6 kg Buskin River coho salmon. This one hit a small green-white streamer. A great fight on a class 6 fly rod. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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The North American coho salmon is hard to catch, however, small reddish flies or streamers may do the trick. Buskin River, Kodiak, Alaska. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Another nice Buskin River coho, caught on a small, red streamer. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The beautiful Quinsam River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Any hooked king salmon would dissappear downstream into the trees in the background. © Claus Qvist Jessen

 Balkan beuty - the small and hard-fished Radika River in Machedonia. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local specialist Igor fishing the uppermost reaches of Radika River. Behind us are two heavily armed soldiers to protect us from Albanian attacks and possible land mines! Northern Maceonia. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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The Balkans got a few rare, endemic trout species, such as this tiny Radika trout from the river of the same name, bordering Maceonia and Kosovo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A 800 gr. specimen trout from Radika River, in between the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Kosovo. The fish was caught with a bunch of soldiers and a fully armed tank right behind me! © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A very fine and very fat 6+ lbs (62 cms) rainbow trout, caught on a dry fly at 9 pm in the pool of River Klokot, north-western Bosnia. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Trolling in the Baltic Sea sometimes produces some decent size salmon. This 9.5 kg fish is not even a big one - but my best so far.
© Claus Qvist Jessen

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A magnificent 2.05 kg specimen perch from the Susaa, southern Sealand. the fish was caught in the beginning of May by local angler Kim Faber. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Not a giant, but fun to catch: A fat mid-size grayling from Grindsted River; south-central Jutland, Denmark. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Cheers! Freezing cold carp fishing at Twente Canal, Holland / Netherlands. Above water, it was -15 C, below +15 due to outlets of cooling water from the Akzo salt plant. © Claus Qvist Jessen

 Danish carp specialist (and surgeon!) Kenth Espensen with a nice winter carp from Twente Canal, Holland (Netherlands). © Claus Qvist Jessen

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In Scandinavia and Russia, ice fishing is a great winter sport. This Danish TV company (TV2) seems to think the same; at least they spent a whole day shooting our Sorø Sø fishing session, despite almost no fish. The angler is Peter Machholt, chairman of the local angling club. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A nice, 800 gram perch caught by Danish angler Thomas Vedel from the ice. The water depth was shallow, less than four feet, which is quite good towards the end of the winter season; Lake Sjael (Sjælsø), Norhern Sealand, Denmark. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Drilling the last hole of the day in the ice of Lake Sjael (Sjælsø). © Claus Qvist Jessen

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