A spotted winter

Published by: Dawid Kaszlikowski

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March 22, 2018

A spotted winter

The first months of the trout season were some of the most bountiful I can remember. The temperature was above 0℃, which helped the trout get back into shape quickly. The conditions were also good for fishing trips. I managed a few enjoyable trips to my favorite fisheries - small, lowland rivers, where trout and grayling live. Though I didn’t get a fish with a “5 at the front”, I caught quite a few smaller ones. Some days the fish were only feeding for about an hour, so it was crucial to stay for the whole day to catch that small window of opportunity. A big, 6 centimeter wobbler turned out to be the most effective lure of the winter, though there were days when a small, pearl soft lure on a 3-gram cheburashka was a bigger hit. I had to be very creative to find the right time and the right lure. It seems easy enough but...

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This season I’m using an entirely new set - I got my hands on a four-part Excellence Journey travel rod. It was love at first sight. The design is beautiful and the rod comes with a firm tube. The transport length is only 65 cm, which is good news for those trout fishing enthusiasts who like to take more than one rod with them. Despite being very strong - the casting weight is between 4 and 21 grams - the rod is just 235 centimeters long. I use the word “just” because I have never used a rod shorter than 260 centimeters for trout fishing before. It was no accident that I got this rod - I first saw it a year ago, when the samples came to Poland. I immediately decided it would be great for trout fishing and I had to try it out first thing this season.  

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imageExcellence Journey has a very slim blank, which makes it incredibly sensitive. I could feel the slightest touch. It seems a bit stiff at first glance, but it bends nicely with the larger fish so you don’t lose them. A 3007 size reel is the best fit for this rod and I chose the Black Crystal with the 0,20 mm LX Sapphire monofilament.

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I always try to emphasize how important it is to respect the fish. First of all, wild fish such as trout spawn every year, which means that the population decreases with every fish killed before it had the chance to spawn. You also need to realize that a brown trout is incredibly territorial and if you catch and kill a fish in a good spot it will stay empty for a long time. In good conditions they can grow up to 10 centimeters a year, so if you release a 40-cm one this year you have a good chance to catch it again next year when it reaches the magical length of 50 cm. Fish released in a good condition have a big chance of survival and they return to normal life quickly. Just this season I caught the same trout twice in two weeks.

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Fishing is our passion - let's study it, perfect our technique and remember to respect our opponent. Nature will always reward that. 

 

 

See you on the water,
Dawid Kaszlikowski

 

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