Starting April 1st, 2018, Falkenberg Salmon Fishing offers a new and exciting fishing experience in the rapids Hertingforsen. The passionate fly fisher has many reasons to feel cheerful over this new opportunity of catch and realese fishing, with only two anglers allowed a day.
New fishing stretch
Hertingforsen is directly connected to the classic fly and spin fishing stretches of Falkenberg’s salmon fishing waters. Hertingforsen is a 400 meters long stream in lush and scenic surroundings. Fishing takes place from Ätran’s nort shore. Waders are used or, if the water is high, fish from land. To maintain good quality fishing, only two anglers are allowed a day.
In Hertingforsen, the only fishing allowed is fly fishing. The angler is required to practice catch and realese fishing. You can read more about cath and release here. This must be done in a safe and responsible way and with the utmost care of the fish. As for other stretches, it is mandatory to report all catch. Fishing only takes place from Ätran’s north shore. Otherwise, the same rules apply as for the other fishing stretches.
Unique project – to restore a rapids
At Herting, one of the most far-reaching nature conservation projects for Atlantic wild salmon in Europe was carried out during 2013-2014. The old river bed was restored by cutting forest, adding spawning gravel and stone, and building angled hinge arms to secure a minimum water flow of eleven cubic meters. An automatic fish counter was aslo installed. The dam was demolished and an angled lattice for migrating fish was built in front of the power plant turbine. The project is completed, but the work to recreate free migration passages for all species continues. This work is carried out by the local energy company, Falkenberg Energi AB, who produces climate smart and renewable energy at Herting.
More and bigger salmon
The project has increased the passage effeciency for all migrating species and the stocks have increased significantly since the start of the project. The increased survival rate for salmon migrating to the sea has lead to more viewings in Ätran of bigger salmon, who’ve spent more than one year at sea. The number of salmon is increasing and, above all, they are becoming bigger in size. The new rapids has also become a breeding ground for about 27 000 salmon fry annually, which both helps to increase the stock and the number of short-distance migrating salmon. The Herting project is considered an example for similar facilities. Read more about the Herting project here.
Now is the time to take fishing in Ätran a step further, and from 2018 the rapids of Hertingforsen are opened for fly fishing.
Fishing in Hertingforsen differs greatly depending on whether the water is high or low. You can plan your fishing trip by checking the water flow and flod forecast. If 35 m3/s, or less, is released in Ätrafors, you can expect to be able to wade in the whole rapids. At flows higher than 35 m3/s it is better to fish from the waterfront on the north side. See current waterflow.
At high water
When the water is high, it is often better to fish standing in the gaps between the trees on the north side. There are, however, a couple of spots you can reach better if you just take a couple of steps out into the water. The fish tend to swim close to the waterfront since the high water creates a nice furrow by the trees. There are also plenty of rocks and burrows where fish can rest. Adjust your equipment to current conditions and if the water is high, use slightly longer rods and mabe heavier lines. However, the fish likes to swim close to the surface and will bite the fly even if the water is high.
At low water
When the water is low, you can wade all the way out to the furrow close to the south side. The furrow is between 2-10 meters wide. The whole stretch are charachterised by fairly fast flowing water with a couple of nice pools and a longer stretch of rapids. At low water, a single-hand rod, or a shorter two-handed-rod, is preferable since the angling is mainly carried out using a pretty short line. This creates a thrilling feeling when the fish bites. It is possible to wade out to the very edge of the furrow and walk along the edge the whole way down. The bottom consists of a mix of gravel and bigger rocks and we recommend using a wading pole, since the rocks and gravel will cradle and roll under your feet.
The pools of Hertingforsen
There are an abundance of rocks and burrows in each pool. A floating line with a weighted end, and possibly a weighted fly, is recommended to be able to mend the line between the rocks and yeat be able to get the fly into the stream. There are plenty of nice spawning grounds along the stretch, and if you are lucky enough to encounter a school of fish, you might end up having the best fishing day. Besides salmon, there are also stationary trout that, during certain times, happily will bite the salmon flies.
At high water, a deep depression forms at the top of this pool and it stretches all the way down to a big rock. It is a bit of challenge to fish at this spot since the waterfront is covered by bushes. But, if you take a couple of steps out into the water by the edge of the pool, you will be able to fish in the depression. Then, start fishing again after the bushes and give the fishing ground around the big rock, Storstenen, a try. Just downstream the rock, you will find some smaller rocks to stand on for fishing in some other great spots.
At low water, wade out by the upper edge of the pool and start fishing at the inlet stream. This whole pool and its full stretch is pretty much a hot spot for fishing. The spot where the two furrows meet, is a hot spot for sure. The same goes for the whole stretch down towards the neck around all the rocks in the water. Start by using a really short line. The fish are likely to linger in the surface of the rippling stream.
At high water you fish your way downstream from the waterfront or wade in the wader edge. You will reach several hot spots between the trees. Keep in mind that the fish will swim really close to the waterfront.
At low water, you continue downstream from the previous pool. Here, you will run into the inlet of a canal from one of the remaining power plants. The power plant is not operational during fishing, but the pool is pretty deep just at the canal, and quite often a really big salmon rests there. Here too, start with a short line to fish in the incoming rippling stream. After the depression, the stream is shallowing and you will se a neck with a couple of nice rocks that hold fish. Try to hit the zone close to the south side of the neck. That is where the salmon often pops up. Let the line drift all the way to the edge where you are walking. After the neck, there is a shift into a more rapids like water flow that extends into the next pool. Tons of biting spots are hidden in the rippling stream here, and a tip is to fish this stretch thoroughly.
At high water, continue to fish blank spots down towards the rock, Svartehall, at the end of the pool. There are always fish resting around the rock, but you cannot see it at high water. The furrow close to the waterfront deepens at the lower part of the pool and here too fish will linger. There are several hot spots around the deeper burrows that form on the upper side of the rock, so make sure you fish all the way in towards the waterfront.
At low water, you continue downwards following the same track as in the previous pools. This pool is more turbulent with a pretty strong rippling stream. But, don’t be fooled. This stretch contains many spawning grounds. The hottest spots are actually found in the most rippling streams. The bites here are hefty, so make sure to hold on to your gear.
This pool might be the top hot spot at high water. But, it is a little tricky to fish here. After Svartehall, the water deepens significantly and the fish make a stop below before they run the rapids. Try to wade downstream, either out in the water or by the waterfront in the reed down towards the edge of the pool. By doing so, you can fish the whole depression in an efficient manner. Be careful! It is deep all the way in towards the waterfront, which also means that fish can rest near here.
At low water you keep wading downstreams along the furrow. At the start of the pool, you will see a furrow leadning to the second canal. A depression that often holds fish is formed here. Thereafter it is a rather shallow stretch with several rocks. In between the rocks you can find many intresting burrows where the fish will bite. The stretch ends with a small hot spot neck just before the rippling stream takes over. At the end, the stream turns to the south and becomes turbulent. You can wade on a stone reef here that follows the stream towards Laxstugan. You can most often catch fish using a short line along the entire end stream. Fish it thoroughly. When you reach the very end, cast as far as you can towards the bridge. Fish will often linger here where the water calms down. Be careful as you wade back. Follow the same path back up and wade towards the waterfront above Svartehall.