Salmon fishing in Finland
Salmon is one of the most desirable trophies for both spinning and flyfishing. The latter, incidentally, has created a cult of salmon fishing, the center of which is located on the Kola Peninsula. Meanwhile, the Scandinavians salmon is not less important. In the Nordic countries has its own specifics such fishing, however, as the special nature of the rivers.
For those who travels quite a lot, including with a spinning rod in the trunk, state borders are much less a barrier than poor infrastructure, poor conditions of fishing, a small probability of catching fish and low fishing or even its absence. In this regard, many Russian citizens rivers of the Kola Peninsula are often far more inaccessible than some of the waters of neighboring States. The reasons you can find quite a lot, and another thing — is it worth it? I’m not in any way wish to oppose the Western fishing grounds to our. Let’s be Frank: this is a completely different environment in which you can find a completely different value.
Having some experience fishing trips, I decided to share it and talk about salmon trails, a few rivers flowing through the territory of Finland. Led me to this desire to show the true situation: a few years ago, relying on advertising, we went on a trip in which we waited for a serious disappointment.
Finland is the closest to us both geographically and in spirit. This country is famous for its reverent attitude to salmon fishing and loves every way to demonstrate their wealth in this area. This is partly justified. But the Scandinavian rivers vary considerably depending on geographic location, but because different conditions catching them. Try to figure out and understand how to achieve success in salmon fishing in Finland. An attractive image of the country Suomi is formed by three main rivers. To the South is Kymijoki into the Gulf of Finland, the most visited and well-known Russian fishermen river. In southern Lapland torneo with the largest populations of the Baltic salmon coming to spawn. However, this river, which flows into Bothnia in the northernmost part of it, is not very popular among tourists because of the affluent and fishing. There is another river of the title tune, which can be safely attributed to the salmon waterways of Finland teno. It is famous for the biggest Atlantic salmon coming to spawn. Unlike the previous two rivers, the teno belongs to the basin of the Barents sea, not the Baltic. These are the main areas of interest for anglers. But the nature of rivers and fishing conditions in them vary considerably. Pay attention to the region of Central Finland, where the fish is very diverse and is found in large quantities.
Torneo and its neighbors
The river Tornio is known not only for lovers of salmon fishing. It’s familiar and those who go to the Norwegian fjords, crossing of Finland. This waterway serves as a natural border between the two Scandinavian countries -Finland and Sweden. Its name is often glimpsed in advertising slogans travel companies operating in Finland and arranges fishing trips on the salmon river.
We can say that torneo due to its size created conditions which later became a cult rowing fishing areas. To this day the famous wooden boats from its shores are the standard rowing fishing. Despite the rather substantial population of salmon fishing in the torneo is not easy. It is not the shoals of the Kola Peninsula, where looking at the course, you can read the river and with high probability to find a point of Parking fish. Deep and deep torneo does not allow to visually locate the fish. So coming to the shores of this river anglers who are not familiar with the local specifics, usually leaving with nothing. One of them was once, and our team. More than ten years ago, my teammates were on the side of Tornio. Alas, all our efforts did not produce results.
Here is a rowing fishing is the most effective. Anglers sometimes employ up to six rods at a time. And it is in terms of the flow and move solely at the oars.
Experienced anglers know the path of migrating salmon, the so-called roads and the places it stops. As a rule, are caught in the mainstream. Extensive coastal and, of course, more shallow waters rarely gives the result.
Realizing the effectiveness of this method rowing and fishing use on other rivers. Located to the South of the Simojoki and kokemäki is also famous for their trophies, also flow into the Gulf of Bothnia, and on each of them you can see wooden boats for rowing and fishing. During one of his trips I asked the local guru for salmon fishing, why not here common classical spinning and fly fishing, so popular in the Russian North rivers basins of the Barents and White seas. The reasons were simple. The surrounding waterway is quite deep, while a convenient approach to the shore is not much.
For an average uniform, and it is difficult to predict where it will stop salmon. In addition, in the tradition of the local fishermen, fishing with homemade lures of Abasha. Not the best bait for casting. However, fans are spinning and fly fishing still occur in these rivers. But more often in upper reaches where the depth is much less, and the nature of the flow more clearly, where there are more shoals and rapids, and, of course, where are the spawning sites where the fish spends a long time. In the middle and lower reaches, salmon and sea trout are rarely delayed, but there are still chances to catch silver fish. Many of the rivers of Central Finland, including at kokemäki, installed dams and other hydraulic structures. In most cases, rising to the spawning salmon leave the special fish pass. Below these places, the salmon and trout are delayed and can become the prey of the Fisher.
From theory to practice
Like I said, artery Middle Finland have little in common with the rivers of the Kola Peninsula. And because the experience of fishing in the Murmansk region is unlikely to be of great help in these places. As a rule, coming to salmon fishing from other countries use the services of local guides, knowledgeable and migration routes, and the time at which the fish in the river. According to my observations, a pronounced period of time, as in the Russian Northern rivers. Moreover, fresh fish can be encountered throughout the year, including the summer months. But this applies more to the lower and partly middle reaches of the river. In the headwaters, spawning areas, salmon falls only to the middle of autumn.
Local fishermen traditionally caught with powerful rods and reels. Kind of tackle to choose? It is a matter of personal preference. I am a supporter of classic spinning reels, the main requirement to which the ultra — reliable clutch. We theoretically argue that the really big fish (category 15+ kg) it would be enough just to hold a few moments. In practice, when a fish is on the other end of the line, the only and greatest desire of the angler — at any cost to keep the trophy and not let go of it. A good animator can provide better control over fish. The clutch coil must operate so as to never to hesitate in those moments when the line should be given, and at the same time to keep the fish when the situation requires it. Unfortunately, among the spinning reels a few can boast of such reliability. For many years I use the Shimano Twin Power and Stella. Some of my friends have successfully used reel Daiwa. If to speak about the multipliers, it is clear that svedka Abu Garcia is the most popular among local anglers. Model Salmon Special, which was appreciated by some fans trolling in our country, indeed has become the benchmark of reliability and quality. Not inferior in characteristics but slightly higher than the price of a Shimano Tecota. Those who practice solely rowing, fishing used reel with line meter. Those who are caught in various ways, including spinning, used a model without a meter.
No less, and in some way, and more important is the rod. In spinning fishing, from fishing rods must be long and at the same time, accurate throw enough light bait, making it clear alarm wiring and everything happening with bait in the water column (whether it was hitting bottom or contact with fish). For many years in the circles of those who catches the salmon, developed a cult spinning rods GLoomis. And although today this brand has little to do with the models produced by the founding father of this brand, yet it remains the main GLoomis spinning rod for most anglers hunting for salmon. What is the reason, I can not say, but in my Arsenal also includes a pair of rods of this brand is length of 2.7-3 m, the middle order and with the test not more than 30 g. This combination of characteristics has become a classic for those who catches sabres on Scandinavian rivers. Supporters rowing fishing is also often use spinning rods GLoomis, but with a little more dough. However, and then build the rod choose the middle, sometimes closer to slow. This is necessary in order to quickly exhaust the fish and more effective quenching powerful jerks (especially while jumping salmon). Perhaps it is these quality spinning rods GLoomis more important than the logo on the letterhead.
Traditionally for all kinds of salmon fishing on the reel spool manolescu. In recent years, used the leash from fluorocarbon. The diameter of the main fishing line depends on the mass and type of baits used, the need for long casting (or lack thereof), the ability of the angler to contact with the gear during the fight with the fish. I often put a fishing line diameter of 0.3-0.32 mm and lead thickness of 0.28 mm. Many of those who practice fishing and rowing, applying a more durable fishing line diameter of 0.4 mm. But I have to say that on the line diameter greater than 0.3 mm small lures, up to 6 cm, are significantly worse. If the tackle is generally balanced, and fisherman’s dealt with big fish, especially salmon, lower breaking load of the line can be compensated by the use of the rod and clutch.
A flight of fancy when selecting lures
The bait is always acute for the angler. Usually, knowing the conditions of fishing, species of fish and its forage base, we may with some probability assume what bait will be most effective.
Salmon much more complicated. As is known, this species does not eat in the river. And his companion the brown trout, also coveted trophy angler, though, and is powered, but not active — the goal of its location in the river has nothing to do with Gorom. There are many theories and hypotheses why the salmon attacks the bait. But none of them have not received 100% confirmation. However, the fishermen from year to year trying to get to the truth, to find the key to whimsical fish in each river. And find the characteristic features of the rivers that derive the techniques and tactics of fishing on each of them, determine the most efficient lures for a particular place. And every time there is a history with putting up all the theories.
Finns usually catch salmon on lure. Given the number of wizards that make lures in this country, it becomes obvious that lures handmade form the basis of the Arsenal of the local fishermen. In the course of travel I have had the privilege to chat with such masters, each of which has its own view of the manufacturing of lures. One of my friends not just making the lures, but fishing guide on the rivers of Central Finland. In his catalogue, at least five different models and over 120 colour options. But neither he nor anyone else I failed to answer the question what bait or colouring, the most productive. Of course, there are some General provisions. For example, a distinctive feature of the river lures — Z-shaped paddle. Such baits work much better on the jet and don’t yell when a sharp change of flow rate or the transaction. The wobblers with Z-shaped blade have a specific trajectory, according to anglers, attracting salmon. The disadvantage of such a bait — a small working depth. It is rarely more than 1.5 m, while the depth in the shery may exceed 4 m. the “Dips” (diving crankbaits) are not used because they believe their work is inefficient. And to deliver the bait to the desired depth, use a variety of tools — including the mentioned “dips” in as deep trolling systems.
All the masters and many anglers claim that effectively work only handmade lures and, say, serial crankbaits even with Z-shaped blade are doomed to failure. I cannot accept this. And the world famous Rapala native of this area, and a number of others, including Asian, baits may be used in such fishing. The attitude of local rather caused by some prejudice and desire to catch in exclusive lures.
Quite a lot of argue about the size of the used lures. In most cases, you are caught on lures with a length of 4-6 cm, But trends vary from year to year. In some places more inclined to put baits larger, in others smaller. In this case a special reference to characteristic features of the river here. From personal experience fishing on more than forty different rivers, including the Russian North, I can say a definite answer to this question is no. Ultimately, the bet is made at random.
The same applies to the coloring of the lure. The river is very different. In one the water is clear, the other (for example, in kokemäki) is similar to a cappuccino. However, the palette used in both cases, includes almost all the colors and basic shades. There’s a kind of top models, but I’m not sure that the result of their popularity based on ulovistost. Subconsciously we all decide for ourselves effective the bait and pay much more attention. Because the variety of colors, which usually offer the wizard is directed to a much greater extent to attract the attention of the angler than the fish. For salmon it is important only that the lure was bright and flashy. But this does not mean that you require traditionally, bright or fluorescent colors. Sometimes Wobbler, painted in black, brings a better result than the brightest lure.
Over the past ten years, I had more than a dozen times to visit the river of Finland in different parts of it. Even when I was on the banks of familiar rivers, over and over again, convinced that, eventually, every fishing trip is a completely new story. The reality is usually far from advertising slogans and colorful pictures in the booklets. Although the chances of getting a good trophy high in many rivers in Finland, easy prey is not going anywhere. Hopefully, the tips given in this article will help you to get real Finnish trophy.