A largest school of salmon came upstream in yesterday afternoon. A worm fisherman caught one at the beat next downstream of us. Probably it was a head of the school.
At that time we were scheduled to leave the river to join the meeting for next week and come back to the river later.
At the meeting some anglers said that they had seen a school of salmon downstream. All members were excited, full of happy expectations, waiting for a new week to start at 8 p.m.
Then we came back to the river. But salmon was nowhere to be seen. We moved to our next beat. No salmon here, either. The river was as calm as before. We fished there and went back to our Rom.
We asked the worm fisherman how he had caught a salmon downstream yesterday. According to him, after we left the river to join the meeting, a school of several tens of salmon appeared in their beat. He caught one and another fisherman missed fish twice after hooking them. Then the river became completely calm and nothing happened after that.
Well, well, while we were leaving for the meeting, the rare school of salmon has gone!
When schools of salmon come upstream, one after another, we do not mind missing a school but this is not the case. Luck has deserted us!
No following school of salmon, only pray to God---We tried to escape from such a situation. We took measures to find some rules of those salmon’s coming upstream. Fishing downstream is similar to fishing in the sea, where the tide is one of the decisive factors. Suppose yesterday’s school came upstream to the river at high tide, today’s crucial hour would be 50 min. after high tide.
Today’s water temperature downstream rose to 7 ℃. Salmon seemed to come upstream at a higher pace than yesterday of 5 ℃. We predicted this way and that and waited for salmon in vain.
There is one more thing we did today. A long spell of cold weather made the river more decrease and the smallest water-amount dropped to 140 m³. Surely salmon reached at the upper reaches. We headed upstream, giving up the lower reaches with no catch. The water temperature upstream was 6 ℃. Salmon seemed to come upstream at a slow pace. We did not expect to catch a salmon so soon but we made the fly drift to see the situation. We had to wait here, too.
We have never had such a severe experience of no fish in our 17 year fishing career in Gaula.
ROD: KS SW 1712H, KS SW ROGNES, KS SS 1712D_H
REEL: KS THE HONEYCOMB Salmon II, KS SU Salmon II Burgundy
LINE: DST-12-S Type II, Type III, DSS-12/13-I, DST-12-S Intermediate
FLY: Shimmer Pattern
HOOK: ST4 #4, XD1 #2
TEMP A: 8-11℃
TEMP W: 5.0-7.0℃
Volume of Water: 180-140m³/sec