Take care Kuro, till we come again (soon)!
It was only when she ended up losing her first fish that I realized I hadn't
taught her how to set the hook and deal with the rest. A few minutes of
extra lesson was enough for her to successfully land her second quarry.
Back to salmon fishing. There shall be a definite advantage for two handed
rods in foul weather with big waves washing the shore. But on a sunny calm
day single hand is far more effective.
Pull out some 15yards of line out of the rod tip, scout the sight of the
passing salmon, cast, and bang!! A good pair of polarizing glasses are
must. The better you sight, the more you'll catch.
A handsome buck Karafutomasu.
Shame they rarely jump out of the water but, hey, odd spirited fish does
Fishing day two, we fished the morning. We were lucky the low pressure
front was approaching slower than expected.
By then, Sayuri's mum had already had enough of dryfly prowess up on her
belt. So I decided to take her to the next stage - fishing for pinkies
albeit with a spinning gear.
Though pink salmon are clean fighter, there are a degree of risk the fish
could get tangled up in the forest of kelp. A rod with enough stopping
power, say, 7 or 8wt, and tippet of 12lb class shall work in your favour.
While I was having fun catching the Pinkies, Sayuri led her mum to a nearby
stream - for some more dry fly actions.
The area was quite shallow at about 3ft deep. The floor was covered with
seaweeds - confusing to the eyes. But keep gazing at the given area for
a while, it is easy to identify fishy objects - especially those that move.
''err. . . didn't you come yesterday too Mister?''
To avoid spooking, you have to cast beyond the school and retrieve it slowly
back. It took her some half an hour to learn, but she proved to be a quick
learner - for a 60yrs old anyway!
'11 H'kaido in Summer - 4
The streams of Shiretoko are, almost without exception, teeming with lovely
chars. No better place to learn the zen and art of dryfly fishing, or is
Fresh Pink salmon reacts well to small streamers in size #8. And they are
all fighting fit in bright silver body.