Second fish is always easier.
Even I can manage that ;-)
The moment of victory has finally come.
The dinner tasted particularly good - what a magic just ''one fish each''
Even enjoyed a pleasant walk to Ainu Kotan, where a nightly tribal dance
Amemasu, a native fish of Hokkaido is a jwel of Akan.
Unlike in autumn, amemasu char in the early summer are great fighters with
full of stamina.
Sayuri negotiated the bout with maximum care, successfully netting up the
first game of the trip.
After a few hours' nap back in the hotel, we went out again to place our bet on the late afternoon session.
And finally, Sayuri had a fish on.
We woke up at 4:30 - an accomplishment in itself. But the sun rises even
earlier at this time of the year. Already light.
It was a calm, nicely settled morning. We fished good four hours, but alas,
there was only one bite for Sayuri and, again, not resulting in a hook
Sayuri's first fish, a handsome 51cm buck.
Our favourite pool was, as was on our previous visit, full of good size
rainbows feeding on the surface. The success was almost instant.
Hard to imagine for those of us visiting the region only during the summer
time, Akan region and its people must survive the coldest climate in Japan.
A simple yet heart grabbing slogan here (sorry, in Japanese only) presenting
people's attitude here.
Akan region in early summer is literally insects' paradise. Of them all, giant caddis ''Higenaga'' is the most sought after meal.
Casting big dry fly right in front of the feeding fish is the order of
After fishless morning we needed some kind of a motivation booster - any
kind of it!
We decided to spend the daytime hours on Akan river in search of easier
Our trip this time began on June 29th - rather late for Monkage's mass
hatch, which normally occurs in early-mid June.
We assumed our positions at 5p.m. The air temp was 23c and the water 17.5c.
We took lodging at Hotel Akankoso.
It is conveniently located right next to the path to ''Bokke'', a good
Prompted by the still vivid memories of the exciting fishing a year ago,
we visited Lake Akan again in '11.
Among average fish around 40cm, a solid fish of 58cm came to greet me.
'11 Akanko in Summer - 1
The condition looked good, with just enough ripples to invite surface actions.
But no easy giveaways. Both Sayuri and I had one half hearted take each
and no hook up. Well, it's just Day1.
The Japanese style room offers ample space.
Panoramic view of the lake out of the window.