The water in the Finnish rapids is very murky. It’s almost impossible to see any fish if they are not rising. That’s why for me, one of last summer´s most memorable events was when we found this place with water that’s as clear as the Finnish vodka Koskenkorva! And to make matters more exciting, once in a while you could see huge trout cruising just two meters from the shore…
For me and Joona (who is the protagonist in the video), it was a training day. With sight fishing conditions as good as it gets, we found ourselves humiliated by the extremely shy trouts time after time.
I had my chances. I had around 10-15 opportunities to present a fly to the path of a sighted cruising fish. No success. One time I saw a trout around 2kg coming my way following the shoreline. I casted my #12 parachute Adams well in advance. It landed just three meters in front of me. The fish came closer, noticed the fly, started to rise towards it in slow motion, opened the mouth… And only 5 cm away from the fly, it closed the mouth and turned gently around…. Damn… The guys on the other side could hear my heavy breathing at that moment.
Sight fishing part 1 shows the experience from Joona’s point of view. But why does he look a bit like Bono in this video?!
Enjoy, and stay tuned for part 2!
Music: Jazz & Fly Fishing
Photos: © 2010 Roger Bråthen