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keskiviikko 23. elokuuta 2017

Almost like a new start.

Sorry for not posting for a while,was already prepared to close down this blog but got so many nice memories here so thought I could give it a go yet,it's like reading a diary which is pretty nice imo.
Facebook,Instagram and other social media seems to rule everything nowadays but It's cool to write small stories now and then and also good for language skills.
Anyway,there has been some fishing and fly tying this season so nothing has changed since my last post except there has been some more serious perch fishing now when weather and waters have been warmer.


Fishing has been somewhere between good and excellent,even if I blanked for the first time in a very long time,think it was a year ago....at least,but on my second trip for the season fishing with my brother I fished for at least 8 hours with only one follower,well....it had to come but we had a good time with fun and good food.

Slow fishing doesn't matter as long as the food tastes good.

Tired fisherman.

At some point I started to fish much deeper than I ever had done before and slowly I got some good results.

                                                           Fooled by a big wiggle tail fly from four meter depth.
It was a bit difficult to find all deeper potholes in middle of nowhere so very soon I found out that I need a sonar and just days after I had a Lowrance Elite Ti7 total scan mounted,
Never thought how much it would change my fishing,even if I never been too much for electronics.
Had some issues with mounting the transducer but thank's to some friends it was actually easy solved.

Looks perfect

Early mornings

Relaxing summer fishing

Fished early season in waters that I knew so well but except one trip it has turned out to be "not so good" place anymore,well...I found some new spots to fish from thank's to sonar.
That memorable day was when I fished with a friend of mine in perfect weather conditions.
We landed so many fishes I can't remember,even good sized pikes too.

Tail size !!!

After two dropped monsters this felt so good

My friends 8.2 kg:s

After this magic trip I tried couple of times same areas and even some new spots,caught some but still thought it was time to change location.
I have study maps for a long time now and found some nice places which some has been total disasters and some very good.
It was time to start fish them carefully,first place is same waters I fished for over 40 years ago,issues with that place is that it's very,very shallow and most of the time you end up casting against the wind but I like it anyway,even if it is a bit tricky you always catch,also good chances to catch big.
Fished there for two times this season,had a blast,it's just that it's very small area and if water level is -15 cm fishing is almost impossible.

In good condition

 It was time to move again,this time to a well known place that has proved to be a very good place but maybe with my sonar I could take my fishing here to next level.
Biggest issue with this place is that you have to paddle a long way and at least half of the way against the wind,after fishing for 12-13 hours I really hate going against the wind,it's also pretty open area so the waves can be some kind of pain in the hole too.
When you get there fishing can be magical,in both numbers and size.

Say cheese

Mid-summer madness

About 110 cm + 9 kg:s

Among lily pads

Solid body

Thank's to a cold summer I managed to fish for pike in to middle of July.
After that I decided to give that fly fishing for perch a serious chance,I had tried it before but always ended up with small pikes or.....big pikes.
To be honest,I don't know how or why but this time I managed to land some perches,first small ones but very soon they got bigger too and I have now while writing this fished for only perch two times in a row and both time I have manged to got some good size too.Good to have an option for warm weather/water when pikes not feeding and most important,this is so much fun too.

First perch of this season

First cast of the morning

38 cm/770 grams

So much fun

Still waiting for that +40 cm fish
Could write so much more but I'll end this post here and make a new one of flies,tying and pimpin my yak.
Stay tuned.

maanantai 10. huhtikuuta 2017

Season opener April 8:th

It might have been wise to wait yet another week with the opener but I was stubborn enough to study maps and chat with friends to find some open water and after a week long planning I decided not until late Friday night where to go on Sat morning,I had a few options and choose the one I was sure to be able to launch my yak from.
Sat morning...alarm clock was set to ring 4.10 am and once again I felt amazed how cheery I was.
Made some coffee and food and was on my way long before sunrise.

Weather was crispy,-5 degrees but a light breeze made it felt much colder.
At shore it felt even colder and for a second my thoughts went home to a warm cozy bed but when my kayak glide out for the first time in four months I forgot the cold,instead a wave of happiness just pounced over me.
Because I knew almost every bay was still ice covered  I had set my sights on a cluster of some small islets a bit out from the shore were I thought I would be able to fish.
2.5 km paddling against the increasing wind was a tough task but after a while I arrived to a small sheltered bay were i decided to start,have to mention it was the first time I was here so had no high hopes to catch anything,of course I had no ideas of any hot spots either.
Place looked good,it was much deeper than places I use to fish so I fished almost only with sinking lines,only closer to the shore I changed my setup to a intermediate line.

Feeling of the first cast.....Can't describe the feeling,it felt so good...
The wind had turn to very fresh now so I decided to fish between these islets were it was warm and shelter,also I had some nice sunshine.
Amazingly deep areas in here too,couple of times my 10 m long anchor line wasn't enough so I fished also from a drifting yak time by time.
As I wrote earlier I had no well known hot spots here so I tried to fish very carefully this area and after maybe 30 minutes I felt that familiar feeling at the other end of the line,FISH ON,felt it wasn't a big one but at least I had the monkey of my back.

Quick pic and release,now when the game was on it was time for something to eat.
Sandwiches,sausages and some blueberry mineral water,not much but to sit here at the shore in sunshine listening to the silence makes every meal taste so much better.

Not much more to tell you about,fished,eat and repeat was the name of the game,landed four more jacks which I think is a good result on a place I never been before,took some pics too.

Would have been nice to explore this place more but strong wind and a too short anchor line made me decide not to.
Got some hopes I might get out to my regular spots next weekend but if not,this is a place I gladly fish again,also found another interesting looking place while study maps,so I got some more options to choose from.  

tiistai 28. maaliskuuta 2017

New tying video released

Finally managed to get my thumb out from the hole and made a new tying video.
I love the dirty roach color,have caught me a bunch of nice fishes so I tied a couple of them,ready to to be teared apart.


torstai 9. maaliskuuta 2017

Fly tying continues

When pikes go picky I often try to downsize my flies.Of course I like to fish with Wiggle tails and have tied some with a snap lock on a titanium wire.
Also some with shanks.

I love fly tying and I like to try out new materials which I luckily have been able to do this winter thank's to my homies at Fly-dressing.
New materials enable me to also try out new patterns which is nice,you can create some fancy things with small lightweight pikeflies too.
Sometimes it's just relaxing to tie some basic patterns with a new twist using all these new materials like this Polar reflector flash,awesome to add in between the ties on a basic hollow deciver.

Also I like to use other flash than Magnum flash on my smaller ties,and I have fell in love with a material I actually have had for a while but used it very rarely.Hedron Polarflash got some super nice colors on market like the pearl blue and this dark olive pearl.

With these small twists i think my flies got that little extra "something" in them.
Tied up some basic decievers using these materials,still quick and simple to tie,easy to cast and catch well...I like that.

Still waiting for open water.....got my sights middle of April.