Late May at north end of Hokkaido, you have not much time to sleep as you can start to fish from
three in the morning and end at nine in the evening, 18 hours if you like. Just after three I got to
the river, as I imagined that it's Sunday morning, there's already a couple of anglers were wading
in the river at the most famous spot in front of parking for flyfisher as we have enough back space.
It's very strange but in Japan, Ito fishing can be done whatever you want, bait, lure, fly, spear, net,
no regulations at all. As I mentioned the fish is critically endangered spices, but no legal protection.
Of course some volunteers and groups try to save and protect this fish and people say in this river
resources are getting better, as anglers gently and immediately release it after landing and commercial
fishers who use to kill and thaw it away started to release it from trap net. According to the scientific
report, average hook injury in early June was 1.64 and maximum was 4. Of course it's very difficult
to say how many times it landed, for example double triple hook on a minnow lure cause a couple
of injury at once, but it says and seems like catch and release work well.
If you want to fish your favourite spot you have to be the first one on the river! Anyway, I fished
from right bank for a whole but annoyed too much by sea wind from my right, as I am right handed
and tried left hand cast, back cast, etc but none was comfortable, moreover a guy started to fish
from my left where was empty space, I used it for false cast.
Ok, let's move. My decision was right. This side was much easier to cast and comfortable. I always
think firm strip is very important to give life to your fly and like first and short pitch strip. Some
says it never be too fast to take. When shooting head was about to in top guide, a firm bite and
I pull the line to set hook. I love it, the wild silver beauty!
Seafood is really good in this village, especially scallop. Hokkaido is surrounded very rich seas and
seafood paradise. If you are a seafood lover it's worth to visit just for it, King, Snow crab, Salmon,
Salmon roe, Sea urchin, Oyster, Cod... endless and Sushi, Grill, Steam, BBQ...
After lunch, I had a bit nap, then got to the river again, the other side of the bank where I fished
in this morning. Sea wind became more and more stronger, hooked too much broken seaweeds and
it took time to take it off. It always comes all of sudden, a typical take, soon I knew it's a small fish.
Then a very funny thing had happened I thought, hooked a small dice or river sole. It was exactly
a dace, which was still hooked with a whole bait fish rig, sinker, two bait hooks. Maybe it could
managed to escape from sole angler in the sea and wandered into river. After taking photo, I hooked
off and released it.
River Sarufutsu, Sarufutsu village, Hokkaido
Day ticket: Free
The 1st day of Neap tide
Moon age: 6.1
Sunrise: 03:48, Sunset: 19:00
Moonrise: 09:19, Moonset: 23:09
High tide: 05:10, 109 cm, Low tide: 13:10, 28 cm,
High tide: 20:33, 74 cm, Low tide: 23:30, 73 cm (Monbetsu)
Weather: Light rain
Wind: N 6.1 - 7.1 mps, ENE 6.6 - 9.7 mps (Hamaonishibetsu)
Temperature: 3.8 - 4.2 ℃, 4.6 - 4.7 ℃
Fishing: 03:30 - 08:30, 15:30-19:00
Fly: Stickleback fly (Yellow chartreuse zonker) #10
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