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.