Cold Lake – Lake Ashino, Kanagawa

29 Nov Cold Lake – Lake Ashino, Kanagawa

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I could have picked any other occasion, but I wanted to give it a try. So I jumped on my car and drove all the way to Lake Ashino. By the time I got to the boathouse, there was wind constantly blowing, not many boats on lake, and sky was dark. Perfect condition that lowers trout’s sensitivity.

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But before even thinking about fishing, I had to deal with myself constantly trembling. Temperature was near zero in air which was further lowered by the wind blow. I could have given this game up, but had my Jetboil stove with me which provided me hot water for coffee and noodle. My face hurt in chill.

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Despite the advantage, no sign of fish on surface. I kept casting for 2 hours with no sign whatsoever. Then when I pass along big rock on coast, I saw a small sign of school of fish disturbed by something. I knew that was the only chance. I put my faith in 5wt with type 2. “Come on fish. Come on fish…”

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Then the moment of truth. Nice fat 35cm rainbow trout whose belly is full of skulpins. Lucky I was already full of noodle and feeling rather going straight to hot tab than cooking. I released the fish and let him mind his business.

I looked back the picture and I still see nice juicy trout steak…