Choosing the right fly is important

Our local patterns are often the best in our waters.
Photo: Mikael Båth, 2015 - A Spider fly that imitates Blue-winged Olive


If it’s your first time in Ammarnäs or you experience that your flies aren’t that successful, you should come to us at Guidecenter. In addition to helping you with guidance, we know exactly which flies that work for the day. From many years of fishing we’ve developed local patterns that work wonderfully well in our waters. We have flies for all your fishing whether you aim for Arctic char that’s hard to please in a mountain water or the Ammarnäs Trout.


Choosing fly is difficult and many times it’s about selecting a pattern that you’re confident with and fish correctly. On other occasions the grayling is brutally selective and then it’s vital that you have the right pattern in the fly box.

Mikael Båth and Peter Schmitt have for many years been experimenting with different fly patterns in the Ammarnäs area. This work has resulted in that today there are a number of 'local' pattern that we like to use for our fishing.

Naturally we fish a lot with flies like Klinkhammer, Red tag and floating Caddis emergers. They are well proven flies that almost always do the job.

In difficult conditions with high water and cold even the grayling fisherman might be forced to search under the surface and then streamers like Wolly Bugger, Rabbit Strips with gold head and similar patterns are good.

At Guidecenter we have all the patterns you need and we also try to keep Mikael's local flies in stock, even if they tend to run out every now and then. Mikael is tying on spot at Guidecenter when he has some spare time so it’s usually possible to supplement the fly box.

Guidecenter sells flies of very high and consistent quality with premium materials.

Trout and char

When fishing for trout in mountain lakes you always try to seize the opportunity when the caddis hatch. Flies like Goddard Caddis and LL Caddis are unbeatable when the trout eats caddis flies. Other days you might have to fish with small flies in order to get the trout to rise. Here also we’re talking about small black flies, floating emergers and streamers if the water’s warm and the activity on the surface dies out. Always bring an intermediate line and streamers as you head up the mountain to fish for trout.

In flowing water, it’s often wise to lose some size of the dry flies and an obvious choice is then Elk Wing Caddis which might be the best fly pattern for trout in flowing water. Obviously Red Tag and other classics works well too.

The char is somewhat shyer than trout and if you find yourself in a mountain lake with crystal clear water, you have to be a little careful. Midges and emergers are usually good choices when it comes to dry flies. Wolly Bugger on a tippets of fluorocarbon are surefire in almost all char waters. Come see us at Guidecenter before heading up the mountain for char fishing. It’s often tricky and weather dependent why it’s crucial to come well prepared.

Ammarnäs Trout

When we get to the big trout the choice of fly becomes somewhat more personal. For this you have to fish the fly right, in the right places in the river. If you then fish with a big glittery tube or a slightly more discreet pattern is mostly a matter of personal taste and what you feel confident with.

At Guidecenter we have a number of different patterns that all work well for the Ammarnäs Trout. We try to keep Ulf Lundmark's tubes in stock, Mikael Båth’s Ammarnäs Series and Delta flies with deer hair head and a number of other designs.

You’re welcome to Guidecenter to browse among today's variety of flies. Especially Mikael has a certain ability to tie different flies every year that always will surprise you.

Did you know that every year several Ammarnäs Trout are caught on a dry fly? Tie on really big deer hair flies like LL Bomber, Matuka Sculpin or imitations of mice and try your luck for some fishing session. If you manage to hook an Ammarnäs trout on a dry fly, we promise you’ll remember it.