Well this weekend I had a big fly fishing weekend organized in with guided courses booked both days through http://www.ruoto.fi
On Saturday I had signed up for the beginners fly fishing course again because despite my best efforts I still hadn't caught anything on dry flies and felt my basic casting skills were not that good. And I'm glad I did as my casting is now much improved and I landed my first fish on dry fly! A small chub but a fish on dry fly none the less! My biggest problem seems to be the fact I only have an 8wt rod, with the course I used the rods they provided which was a 5wt.
Fishing down the rapids was a lot slower than the last beginners course. I think the last one was much better as they had more guides that actually went over a wide range of techniques, with one showing dry fly fishing, another nymphs, another with a 2-handed rod throwing large flies for zander or asp and another showing streamer techniques with intermediate and sinking lines.
This time there was just the 2 guides between the 10 students and only used the 5wt rods with floating lines fishing the basics leech and nymph flies.
I hooked into a small trout early but it shook the fly shortly after I saw it take it. Then I swapped to a dry fly as I could see some action up near the surface and started to land small chub. I was glad to finally catch something on a dry fly at least. Moved up and down the bottom section for most the day but it was slow fishing. Hooked into a lost a couple more small trout, landed a small perch and large roach. Hooked into a larger rainbow trout that gave an impressive fight before eventually managing to shake the fly right up near the surface while I was reaching for my net, just to taunt me.
Went up to the top section for the last hour and soon hooked into an landed a small rainbow. Continued fishing the top section and hooked into a big sea trout! Gave a very solid fight before I finally managed to get a net under it. This is the 3rd sea trout I've hooked since I've started fly fishing and the first I've actually managed to land! Was 58cm long and 3kg with the cut adipose fin indicating it was originally a stocked fish, which is lucky because in the rapids you are only allowed to keep sea trout with the cut fin and then only if they are over 50cm.
When I got the fish home I found it was a ripe female so I looked up how to prepare the roe (Thanks to +Pali Fisher
on youtube) and made an attempt with a basic brine cure. Seems to have worked but I'll need a more experienced taste tester to tell for sure, I don't eat much roe so can't really tell.
On Sunday I had signed up for pike fly fishing from a float tube. As it turns out the weather was terrible for pike, warm bright sunshine! Didn't get a single bite all day but some of the others caught a couple pike. But the weather was warm and sunny and it was actually quite relaxing spending the day floating on the water gently kicking myself along. It my first time fishing from a float tube and my first time fly fishing for pike. I'll have to wait for the weather to turn a bit and have some good cloud cover and try again, apparently I can rent the float tubes from Ruoto when they are not being used for courses and they fit into a small enough carry bag that I shouldn't have too much trouble taking them on the public transport to some places I can launch from.
A great weekend fishing and a welcome relief after needing to work a ridiculous number of hours this week with 3 important phases I needed to support all unfortunately starting at the same time.