Monday, September 27, 2010

Hoppalong Danja with friends, Lukas, Turbo, and the others...

Another weekend without any fishing, what so ever to write about. Since i have dedicated my blog to almost only fishing, it's little bit hard try to relate everything to fishing. It might be a little hard to relate my doings this weekend to fishing, but i give it a go: 
I have found others things to make me busy during weekends that may at first sight have nothing to do with fishing. I like all sorts of animals and woulden't mind having some if my lifestile could allow me to keep them and take care of them as they deserve. Cats, Dogs and Horses is what i like most. I have been more and more intrested in forestry last few years and could see myself harvesting and using horses for that purpose instead of machines that destroy, in my eyes, to much when collecting logs. I don't know where this new intrest for forest and horses is taking me, but this weekend i had the opportunity to take a course in handling workhorses. One place remaining on the course when i phoned the people organizing it, and, off course i decided imidiately that i wanted to take part of it. 
Ohh man, i really didn't know wich part of the animal was back and forward, but was sorted out fast:-)
A complete Novis am I in this, really. I went to Ryasjö Hästgård two days in a row, sat-sun. We were some people there, taken care of some really professional people and really calm, welltrained horses, making it easy for me to learn how to put on the different gear on the horses and choose the right things for the purpose i wanted to do with the horse. Pull logs, wagon etc. And then, after training in the paddock for many hours we went to the forest doing the same things. This is among the coolest things i have done for a long time and of course i signed up for the two following courses. More training in the forest and then driving heavy loads of logs is what I want to learn properly, and more about the horses, naturlich.
This winter i will spend four days there and i'm allready looking forward to it. 
This intrest for horses could come from my genes. Grandfather was a horseman, using horses long time even after buying tractors to the farm in north Finland. And his father was a horseman too...After some digging far deep i have found i like those animals too, simple as that. No, jumping, racing, betting with and on them. Just work with them, nice and slow in the forest without leaving any marks but a pile of shit here and there;-)
So what does this story have to do with fishing? 
In Isaac Waltons "The complete angler" i know there is a description of lines, tippets and leaders made of horses tailstrings there. Hmm..That is a tough material and with soft rods, a thought in mind that the line and leader is a bit weaker than scimilar, modern ones, i think it's possible to land good sized fish with them. Just read below what they used in Japan not to long time ago. (yepp, horsetail)
In the good word of spreading the fishingcultures in different countries, I post the article and photo of the fly without permission from the author.
Below the article i post some pics of the horses from this weekend Danja, Lukas and Turbo are their names.

Kurobe headstream area 

kurobe 2Flies of professional fishermen of Kurobe 
that is in Northern Japanese Alps
of 3,000 meter
class in the border of Toyama Pref. and Nagano
Three in the left are flies of Mr.Zenichirou Onikubo
who kept fishing iwana (char) by the Kurobe
for 40 years. The hook was Kaizu No.14.
Bantam of black in early season, brown in best season,
black-and-white in autumn were used for the hackle each.
The body was tied three times by silk black thread
and was tied by peacock herl in summer.
Shamisen string was used for the eye.
The rod length was 3-3.6m.Horsetail was used for the line.

After it had become hard-to-find, the nylon line
No.3 (12lbs.) that was shortened 50cm more than
the rod was used. The right side is the fly with a tail of
Mr. Bunpei Sonehara who is last professional fisherman
in Kurobe. He kept fishing iwana for about 10 years in
Kurobe until the fishing area was lost by constructing
Kuroyon Dam.
The hackle was bantam of red brown.
The body was tied 3 times by black thickish silk thread.
The eye was not attached. The rod length was 3.9m.
The furled tapered line of horse tail that is a little
longer than the rod was used. The tippet was
No.2 (8lbs.) 30cm. These are flies that I reproduced.
(Sources of refere
nce: IwanaⅡ Last Professional Fisherman in Kurobe 1989,
Iwana Ⅲ Sequel Professional Fisherman in Headstream
edited by Shunji Shimura Hakujitsusha 1990)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Benlöjor, skarpsill och siklöja till salu!

Säljer en del av mina beten för att få plats i frysen till lite annat än fiskar. Betesfiskarna är vakumpackade och preparerade efter konstens regler. Köldkedjan inte bruten, raka och fina beten, osv.
Jag använder själv beteskallar av fabrikaten Vuoksiraksi, Vk, Salsa, Anchovy Special, Krippled Anchovy.
Jag har fångat flera 10+ laxar med de här sorterna av betesfisk och beteskallar och delar med mig lite av det jag kan om ni köper lite fisk av mig.  Hör av er om ni är intresserade.
Mobilen: 0730-294 782

ps. I usually write here in english, but this is an add for selling off some of my baitfish to clear space in my freezer. I don't think anybody abroad is intrested in buying some fish of me, so i'm writing this add in swedish.
...or, I know that especially "Anchovy", skarpsill will improve after being refrozen and almost halfrotten it will sometimes do very well for trouts. So maybe i should put some bags in a package and send it abroad if someone is intrested;-)



Skarpsill (anchovy)

Gone fishing!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Huskvarna, Lake Wättern..a good spot for jigging char.

Highway,  gardeners place and the Silo in the background.
I went to Huskvarna fishing yesterday. Did a little tour on "Liakanten" just outside Elmia. My fishingspots are just on the line of the protectionarea, so after september 15 it's not legal to fish there untill december 31, so i thought I try them.
 I found some really good spots there and I will try to practice some verticaljigging after Arctic Char coming weekend if weather is ok. Yesterday was just perfect for that yesterday, but i wanted to try out the boat so everyting works just fine fore the autumns adventures. Went through "Liakanten" and had a nice fish biting a baitfish tackled to a flasher on just 16 feet. I had the fish in the net, but lost it.
Then i had another 4 bites. Fish hiting my baitfish but didn't stay on the hook. I also tried to fish outside the Silo, next to the highway, but had only one hit there. I got all fish biting on the flasher combination, but the only fish that i got up in the boat was an undersized char that took a 1 1/2 inch homemade, green Apextype of lure. All fish biting was between 15-25 feet of depth, wich is little strange since it was 14.3 degrees even on 100 feet. Who said Arctic char likes only cold water?

I tried out a new system yesterday: A tandemflasher. Two VK-flasher tied together with a 50cm leader and the baitfish 1.20m behind the second flasher. I had some bites on this system, so i think it will work after some finetuning. When fishingday was over i met some fishermen in the harbour who told me they used "Spålänga" wich is a system of big spoons, a rod length long and then a small bait or lure tied to the the end of it. This was good yesterday, so i wasn't so far away with my tandemflasher. Very nice weather and this years last sunburn, but no fish brought home from this trip.