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Hucho Hucho

March 25 2018

Hucho Hucho or Danube salmon is endemic, which could originally be found in the submontane rivers flowing into Danube River in Europe. However, the changes of biotopes, hydraulic structures and hydroelectric dams and water pollution have almost killed off this species. At present it can be mainly found in Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Germany, Slovenia and in Balkan where mostly artificial breeding and raised protection are helping to maintain the current population of Hucho Hucho.

 

It grows to the length of 1,3 metres and the weight of 20 – 25 kilos. Spinning is a common way of fishing when it comes to this species. More frequently you can meet fly fishermen using heavy single hand or double hand fishing rods with streamers as large as 15 – 30 centimeters. My favourite set when fishing for Huchen is Loop Cross S1 Flatsman #10 or Loop Booster #9 in combination with Evotec reel and intermediate and fast sinking lines.

 

Winter months, when the food of Huchen is heading to its wintering place in deeper waters, are ideal for fishing. Bridge pillars, river boulders and outwash from pools are the places which are loved by Huchen and where they often search their food.

 

Temperatures around zero degrees , raw weather, snowing … these are the ideal conditions for Huchen fishing. However, fishing in such conditions is only for a faithful few. It is said that to get one bite you must cast one thousand times. Huchen is the living proof of this saying. Some fishermen don’t hook it for few years in a row. It is really disheartening to be fishing in icy water, lashing rain and biting wind from dawn to dusk. Ice must be regularly removed from an eye on a fishing rod and no gloves can warm up fingers numb with cold.

 

As a reward for all this ‘torture’ you get a bite. Cut must be firm and dynamic so the hook may get all the way through its hard mouth. The cold is gone, adrenaline floods your body and your only wish is not to lose the fish. While you are fighting for each meter of a line in a strong current, you admire mighty copper body rolling over and over. Only after a short while you are holding a noble majestic body and you may admire its beauty to its fullest. Just a few quick pics and you carefully put the fish back into the river.

I bet you know the feeling of absolute happiness. Only then you understand that all the discomfort, kilometres you have passed along the river, tens of strimmers which were torn off on the bottom and several days of having no contact with a fish are all well worth it.

 

Do the first little step;  get out of your comfort zone and try your luck.

 
Writen by Kurt Konrád
Translated by Denisa Karaková
Photo by Kurt Konrád, Zdeno Vranák

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