Our rivers are full of graylings under 35 cm, good amount from 35 to 40 cm and then some areas nicely +40 cm. I know that we have in some rivers around 50 cm and over that. I had seen those, some I had hooked but not landed. There is pretty similar rivers in Sweden and from those I have caught many around 50 cm graylings and some +50 cm. On those rivers I have fished similar kind spots than in ours, and caught big ones.
When we had world championships in here I was sure that they will caught some or at least few or even one 50 cm or plus. Biggest grayling was 48 cm so I started to think that our big graylings don’t hang similar spots than in Sweden. It feels funny and sounds strange but that is only conclusion I had made so far. Of course one reason is that we have different rules and you can take all +35 cm graylings but still.
So next summer to get that +50 grayling from here I need to re-think my fishing. I had to take risk that there will be trips with zero catch. That is just price to pay. I need to move my fishing out from my comfort zone, away from spots that I know everything about. I need to find spots and waters which are less fished, I need to find different type waters to find big one. I need to fish unknown waters, backwaters or slowly running water with deep spots. I had to reject my safety net and go to straight to deep end.
It will be difficult but luckily I had whole winter to do background search, reading maps etc. I have few spots in my mind allready. I know that this ”hunt” will be difficult, still it is worth to do. It doesn’t matter if I got that +50 cm grayling or not, I have still learned something and will improve my fishing. That’s why sometimes we all should jump out, take a risk and reach stars. Fishing is all about catching but to get better on that you need to got empty trips, that is when you are learning.
Have a nice weekend
Mika from Finland