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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2016, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Byske river, Sweden, 2016

A trip to Byske river in Sweden in June 2016.
This river is famous for it's big baltic strain of atlantic salmon (90-100 cm is average size in the beginning of the season)

The river is very diverse mix of slow glassy pools, powerful whitewater rapids, fast riffles and medium runs between them.
River is not easy for fly fishing, especially for beginners. It is surrounded by dense forest, and you barely can wade farther then 3 meters from the shore, due to powerful current, and immediate depth. Spey casting skills in tight quaters are must. I found the most convenient way to fishing there is to stand on some submerged rock or boulder, and use it as casting platform .

Also, fish is very strong in Byske. These big salmon are crazy, and can spool to the backing in a seconds. The guide gave me good advise: try fish in pools which are immediately after long rapids. The longer are rapids, the more fish tired, and more chances to land it quickly. Actually, the most suitable places for fishing are below or after rapids, in pools or moderate-fast riffles.

Unfortunately, I didnt land a salmon for the whole week. Fishing was very slow, the reason for that maybe low water and no fresh run from the sea. Fish which was already in the river for some time, was not willing to bite. I spent the whole day (24 hours) on the pool full of fish jumping. Tried all possible flies - big, small, colorful ,black and white. And I hold only one for 5 seconds, then he came off the hook. Very strong, almost pulled rod out of my hands.

Some stretches of the river look really wild, and people are scarse. But, on popular parking spots, there are anglers all the time. Some fishing sites equipped by small cabins and fireplaces. Parking spots usually have toilets and signs, pointing to the trail to fishing site.

Despite lack of luck, I want to return there, and catch my deserved Baltic salmon. Maybe next year.
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It looks like a beautiful place to fish. I'm sorry you didn't catch a salmon. Maybe next time. Thanks for sharing your report and photographs.

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Getting to fish a beautiful river makes me for get about not catching fish. Thanks for taking the time to share.
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Thanks for sharing your report and photographs.
Byske is still on my bucket list and much closer for me than my favorite rivers in British Columbia.
However I know those BC rivers quite well and don't know the Byske and it takes time to explore a river.

My best memories are not too old!!
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First time on unfamiliar river more spent on searching approaches to water, than actual fishing.
In case of Byske it is kind of tricky, because the whole stretch dedicated for salmon fishing is near 100 km long, divided to zones from zone 1 (near river mouth) to zone 5 (upper part). Zone 1 is crowded, because it is in Byske city limits. Best fishing pools are in walking distance from downtown with shops and cafes. But Zone 5 is a huge wilderness area without paved roads and convenience stores.

I'm working on the article with attached Google map, with marked access sites, parking spots, etc. Could be helpful for somebody going there first time.
Once ready, i'll post a link here.
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What a beautiful river !!
Thank you for sharing this report with us
I must say this river was off my radar but have to say you definitely have peaked my interest !!


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River guide with travel tips, photos and google maps locations:

Fly Fishing in Sweden, Byske River by Victor Mikhailov ? Polish Woven Nymphs
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