|2004-08-19 - Freezing day
19 Aug, 04
First fish on the fishingrod N62°25´43.3 E150°46´51.8. Overcast, 7°C, partly strong winds from the North East. 45 km;s paddled.
Written by: Johan Ivarsson
We´ve experienced the coldest day on the trip so far plagued by a freezing headwind. The feet have been frozen stiff most of the day, but I guess that´s what you get when only wearing wet socks in sandals.
Anyway, we´ve paddled 45 km;s today, which is very good regarding what we´ve averaged so far. We´re still in civilized areas and we´ve passed the small village of Debin today. Quite interesting just to float slowly by, unnoticed, with the stream and watching people when they do their everyday work. We´ve also seen some people fishing along the river today. Which inspired us to think that maybe it was time for our, so far unsuccessful, fishingrods to do their work! I figured:
´´Since the locals are out trying, it can´t be impossible, can it?´´
Therefore we placed our night camp on an island close to were we thought the fishing would be good. While Mikael cooked the dinner - soup made of potatoes and conserved meat, delicious - I went to try to lure the fish with my flies. On the third cast I felt the first fish hooked on the rod. But the luck only lasted for a couple of seconds, then the fish let go. It didn´t take long though before I got another one on the fly, and this one I landed. First catch of the expedition! A good sized grayling taken on a ´´Särnaheds´´ fly. We immediately grilled it as a dessert!
Now lets hope that luck will continue!