Carp anglers on a trout expedition

Published by: Norbert Regulski

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March 4, 2019

Carp anglers on a trout expedition

During winter time, when all the lakes are covered with a thick, solid layer of ice, our family’s fishing thoughts are drifting towards spin fishing. Very recently, trout fishing became our second favourite thing to do (right after the carp fishing itself).

After our brief, last year’s Dunajec river adventure (where it all began), we planned another, longer quest for that fish. This time we aimed for a three-day, winter trip merged with daily angling. Perspective of three days spent wandering along banks of that beautiful river, equipped with our rods, filled us with optimism.

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DAY ONE
We were greeted by slight frost and full sun. Overfilled with hope and armed with Mikado Excellence rods (Contact; Fight), we decided to head off. We started angling in the upper course of the river, close to our base. Initially we decided to go for light spoons in various colours and shapes. This part of the river has lots of shallow spots, hence bank angling is a little bit tricky and often results in getting multiple weeds, sticks and other things stuck to treble hooks. That is why I, fitted with the Mikado neoprene waders, was angling from the main stream. Despite three hours spent on restless angling, we came home emptyhanded. It was only a first day, so beaming, we decided to have a break, eat something and come up with a plan for a next day.

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DAY TWO
Everything changed. At 3:00 am we were woken up by gusty wind. I got out of bed at 6:00 am and after having a quick look out of a window, I could not believe what I saw. Everything outside was covered in white. We did come here fishing though and assumptions were that the weather will not scare us away. We dressed up heavily and after a breakfast we headed towards the Dunajec.
This time we decided to try other part of the river. We started at the Przystań Flisacka.
Stone spurs that catch your eye at the spot are often hiding lots of local trout. Snowfall and sub-zero temperature, however, were not helping us and we ended up with no fish at all yet again. After two hours spent by the water we decided to head back to the base. On the way back we found a tempting spot though, that we decided to test right away. It was more of a hidden place. In order to get to the river, you had to go down a dozen steps. What we saw at the end of a descent made us very hopeful. Not only the sun decided to show up through the clouds, but also the river was spiked with the boulders, that often serve as a great hideaway for trout. We chose to use small spoons again and again, sadly, almost an hour filled with attempts, brought not results. Rather disappointed, we got back to the hotel. We decided to give it a go one more time this day before the dawn, for an hour or so.

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Temperature dipped and it was nearly -10C in the evening. Nonetheless we went out. Frost was so severe, that when I was spooling a line onto the reel, guides were getting covered with a thick layer of ice, blocking my line. We did not give up though, as we had a proper chance for a big prey at this time of a day. In order to use that chance, we went for bigger lures. After nearly an hour we remained with nothing at all. Cold, we decided to call it a day. We got back to the warm guesthouse for a hot dinner and some fireplace quality time, that cheered us up.
During the supper we manged to have chat to local anglers that explained our poor results with bad conditions by the Dunajec, saying that in the last days they were really adverse; trout were not into feeding at all and it was hardly possible to make them cooperate. We did not loose our hope completely though, as the last day was yet to come.

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DAY THREE
We took tips of the local community seriously and decided to go fishing at midday. It was cold, but really sunny.
After about an hour we had one strike. A fish attacked the lure, sadly decided to unhook after few brief seconds. Trout Mini spoon made by Mikado provoked a successful response. On the one hand I was mad, on the other we finally made it to at least one positive interaction. Filled with new energy we continued our efforts to catch anything, moving along the river. Regrettably, results never came.

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This battle belonged to trout, yet we will be back to these waters. During those three days we marched over many kilometres, gathering plenty of invaluable information, spotting multiple great locations. Next battle will surprise trout with an enemy much more experienced and better prepared.

We are ready for new adventures to come, this time focused on carp fishing :)

All best.
Norbert Regulski
Mikado Fishing Team

Subject: pstrągi, spinning,

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