The spawning season is almost as exciting as the actual dry fly fishing itself. The probability of spottning big brown trout is high. This is especially true in small streams either going out or in of big lakes where they can reach impressive sizes.
This particular stream has suffered from a high human impact during the last century. First, it was cleared out of large boulders, straightened and channelized in order to faciliate timber transport. Secondly, a dam was built at the outlet to store water and release it when the logns needed to be transported. In addition, a c. 2 kilometer long channel was digged with manpower work to be connected the nearby lake causing a complete dried out riverbed downstream. All these actions were made before trucks and railways were avaliable.
Luckily, the stream is now steadily coming back to the good old days. Biologists have for many years been actively been working to restore the faboulous spawning creek. Migration barriers have been remowed, restoration efforts have improved all types of habitats including the most important ones. The spawning habitats.
Several nerds from the FsFly-crew have of course been parts of the rewarding work. The spawners are coming larger for each year. Juvenile densities are increasing at an impressive level and the most happy surprise of it all. We have secretly altered the genes of the spawners. This will give the offspring a pretty sweet attribute. They will only feed on dry flies.
Rolf made a documentary about parts of the work a few years ago. It’s in swedish and we are to lazy to make subs. Have a look anyway. It’s well worth a watch!