Upper Gierts brook
The name "Upper Gierts Brook" is a little misleading; the waterway is more characteristically comparable to a large stream or small river. This cold fed stream is made up of several other smaller waterways on the eastern side of Björkfjället (Birch Mountain) and is situated north of the small village Kraddsele. 

The upper part of the stretch, below the waterfall is partly very difficult to access, as the stream winds its way through the canyon like surroundings. But with a careful approach you will find many of the pools will hold very nice sized fish. 

The main stream is about 13 kilometres long and offers the angler wonderful stretches of unique and varied character. From this area you also have good access to "Harrträsk". This is tributary stream is characterised by slowly moving calm water, which is separated by narrow fast running sections.

The middle part is a relatively shallow and broad. Wading is a bit tricky though as the bottom is  a mishmash of large rocks, surrounded by gravel and smaller stones. It is this part of the stretch here that you will find our well equipped 4 bedded "Wilderness Cottage" situated, which makes it the perfect "Base camp" and starting point for daily outings along the waterways.

The lower parts of the stream is easily accessible and offers a variety  of different types of water to explore, small pools, rapids and slow moving stretches. On the very last part before the lake, the stream is calm with some deep pools ranging from 2-4 meters mixed with shallow parts only some 20-30 cm. Due to the clear and deep water this stretch is very demanding, but also at  times utterly rewarding.

Late evening and early mornings in July and August frequent observations of large brown trout's migrating up the waterway, reviling themselves only through a minimal disturbance by the surface.


Fish Spices
The water system here is predominated  by the grayling (Thymallus thymallus). Which generally through out the system displays  a good size 35-50 cm, but each season   several specimen close to 60 centimetres (about 4 Ibs.) are caught.

The grayling is migrating from Giertsjaure (the lake) up the waterway to spawn in April and May and the main part is will remain until the late autumn. In the deeper pools the fish will  remain throughout the winter.

Brown trout 
Like the grayling, the trout migrates up the waterway to spawn. Unlike the grayling, the Trout spawns in September/October, but begin their journey during the first week of July.

If very observant, one can observe the trout as they quickly, but cautiously wind their way up the waterway. Only a minor disturbance on the surface, as the pass the shallow parts will betrays their presence.

The trout is by its nature wary and always prefers to keep a low profile, hiding during the daytime in the deeper parts of the pools, under the riverbanks amongst the tree roots which  offer excellent protection.

After spawning in September/October, the trout return to the lake for the winter, here there is an abundance of food which helps them build up their energy reserves for next years spawning. Adding a pound or so...

The best time for the angler to successfully entice these shy fish to bite, is during the hours of dusk and just before the evening mists settle, which during the Swedish summer sometimes is quite difficult, as often it remains partially light the whole night. (The land of the midnight sun).

The relation weight and length for Grayling in running water.
Weight in i kilogram Length in cm
0,5 34-38
0,6 38-42
0,7 42-44
0,8 44-46
0,9 46-48
1,0 48-50
1,1 50-51
1,2 51-52
1,3 52-53
1,4 53-54
1,5 54-55
1,6 55-56
1,7 56-57
1,8 57-58
1,9 58-59
2,0 59-60

(Source: Gunnar Westrin).


Trout that have been caught and recorded have been of a good size of between 2 and 6 Ibs. The record for the stream caught on fly is 10lbs 30zs.

From 1998, it is only permitted to fish this area with a Fly rod and artificial flies (dry/wet/nymph).
The minimum length of both trout and grayling that can be taken is 40 cm.

It is only permitted to take two fish per species per person per day. Fish that are not kept are to be returned to the water unharmed.

It is not permitted to fish the stream between 3/5 to 14/6 and 15/9 to 15/10, as these dates are the spawning seasons.

Rods and lines.

It is recommended a fly rod from class 3 to class 6 equipped with floating line and 7 to 9 feet leader. Tippet material between 0.14 and 0.25 in size should cover all eventualities and fish types.

Under normal circumstances, one do not need a sinking leader, but if the water level is exceptionally high it can be useful when fishing the deeper holes. Alternatively a floating line with a sink tip or tungsten paste such as "di-do" could be used.

As the stream is generally rather shallow, thigh boots will do the job. But chest waders with felt soles give a good safety margin and grip on the slippery stone bottom.


To give a whole new dimension to fishing this stream, a pair of polarised sunglasses with yellow or light brown lenses is highly recommended.

Fishing tips

It should be mentioned that this water is by no means easily fished. Under normal water conditions the stream is rather shallow and gin clear. Especially in the slow moving stretches the fish is really easily spooked.

This water system seems to be fishing really good even during and after heavy rain floods. Occasionally even better then normal a water level. This is especially true regarding the brown trout.

Plan your fishing.
Here it really pays if one take time and try to carefully read the water.

During good weather conditions and accompanied with a pair of polarised sun glasses there is a real thrill slowly walking up the stream trying to spot fish.





If the fish is "a-rized" ?

All to often when arriving to a new water, especially where the fish is reviling it self by surface activity, one is tempted to immediately start casting at that fish.

Sometimes successfully, but not seldom one fails.
It is always better to adapt a slow approach, settle down and try to determine what's the fish is feeding on. And perhaps especially in this water to see if there are a fish between you and the one that reviled it self.

It does not really matters whether you have a great imitation, placing the fly delicately in front of the rising fish, if you at the same time scarring another who by placing your flyline lashing into its vision of sight. In relatively small water as this, the disturbed fish will in most cases move into another place, passing through another fish territory...

Even if the grayling in general is much less wary then the brown trout, one must assume that the bigger specimen have become big, much due to their ability to adapt to threats and feeding opportunities.


Flies and fly-selection
As in most running waters the main source of food for the fish is based on stone-, may-, caddies, and not least black flies. Beside this menu, the diet is also on what ever is offered to the fish, ants, wasps, moths, fry etc.

Throughout the years a number of flies have turned out to be working really good. We have collected them into the non imaginative name
"G i e r t s b ä c k s s e r i e n".

The series covers most situations throughout the entire fishing season for both trout and grayling. From the early summer to the frost bitten autumn.

But of curse there are circumstances, especially occurring with the first bigger hatches, when the fish doubtless seems to take everything that passes their way. Never the less, normally the fish is quite aware of what it is feeding on.

This "pattern recognition" tends to be even more evident as the fish become bigger. And that is really of little or no surprise, taking under consideration the number of times that a two pound grayling have risen to a newly hatched mayfly.

But of curse no rules without exceptions!
Some times it really pays to try out some non "orthodox" methods. Especially in dead periods and/or when the water level is high and the temperature is low.

Here might a streamer fished fast across the stream awaken the fish, and give the angler some really memorable moments. Be aware though, do not go for a to light tippet.
-The take is often quite violent.

As mentioned before this water, is not easily fished. It is not uncommon as in many of the water situated in the mountain area, to be totally dead for hours, not showing a single sign of life. And suddenly change in matter of minutes into a fish fighting heaven. 

Wise of experience our recommendation is to stay at least three or four days here to have the best chance to experience a really nice game of fly-fishing.

On the map we have marked some of the "countless" hot-spots this water system possesses, and is well worth a visit.

If you only have the possibility to make a couple of days visit, or is somewhat uncertain regarding the fishing, please inform us and we will arrange with a skilled guide.


"Normally it works better to be fishing the "wrong" fly right, then the right fly wrong."

Below we have put together three different selections of Giertsbäcksserien.


Mer kanske för den som endast vill komplettera sin flugsamling.
-Och åtminståne inneha ett säkert kort! Förpackad i 6-facksflugask. Innehåller 15 flugor, dvs en av varje mönster i serien.

Pris: 300 Sek


Innehåller som ovan men dubbla uppsättningar flugor. Förpackad i 8-facksflugask. Innehåller 30 flugor.

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Här har vi förutom Giertsbäcks-serien, vilket här representeras av tre flugor för respektive mönster, även inkluderat tre specialmönster för de riktigt knepiga fiskarna. Förpackad i en Dewitt Box, en av kanske marknades förnämsta okrossbara ultralätta flugaskar. Innehåller 55 flugor.

Pris: 1000 Sek