At Last Ken Got One

In the morning Ken got his first salmon with his new fly, Midnight Shimmer. The water temperature was 4 ℃. He felt a feeble pull from the fish and waited patiently to get a bite. Perfect hooking! 

15.5 lb is a little bit small for the season. All of other several salmon caught by other anglers are small, too. It is probably because seasonal changes have been delayed and salmon just started coming upstream.

We felt relieved. We escaped from the worst result of ending with no fish. Salmon started coming upstream, little by little. Probably recent rain fall was the trigger. Rain is necessary for salmon to come upstream. This year could be better than 25 years ago. We hope so.

Today’s temperature is from 8 to 10 &08451;. The sun is shining now and then. But there are strong north wind and occasionally cold drizzle. We are soaking in the river of 4 &08451;. Our fingers are so numb.

The amount of water has decreased from the peak of 400 m³ to 320 m³. Yet it is still considerably high water of June. Fishing is difficult for anglers except for those who particularly love high water. Needless to say, it is the most desirable for us.

In this season in Gaula, a stricter rule of ‘the bag limit’ was announced.

You can take 8 fish per rod with you throughout the season.
You can keep a fish per rod in a day.
You can keep 4 big salmon over 80cm long throughout the season.
You should stop fishing on that day when you keep a fish.

The rule has become strict year by year. They say that it is because they should consider other Norwegian rivers with less and less catch and keep balance between restrictions on net fishing at the mouth of the river and those on fishing upstream. No one can deny that fishing becomes restricted more and more strictly.

Well, how about making Japan with beautiful big rivers into a tourist country for anglers?

REEL: KS THE HONEYCOMB Salmon II, KS SU Salmon II Burgundy
LINE: DST-12-S Type II, Type III, DSS-12/13-I
FLY: Shimmer Pattern
HOOK: ST4 #4, XD1 #2
Weather:occasionally cloudy
TEMP A: 8-11℃
TEMP W: 4.0-5.0℃
Volume of Water: 405-310m³/sec