Sport adventures
Munkholmantie, Kotka
  • Siikakoski miljöö
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The Siikakoski fishing area is 3 kilometres upstream from the river’s mouth. Together with Siikakoski, Kokonkoski and Hinttulankoski, the area comprises an uninterrupted stretch of rapids more than a kilometre long. It includes countless excellent fishing spots for those in search of salmon, rainbow trout or sea trout. Siikakoski is the most popular location in the area, thanks to its accessibility and the relative ease of catching fish there. For those who want a quieter spot, Kokonkoski and Hinttulankoski offer wider waters.

The entire area is excellently suited to both trolling and fly fishing. It can be handled best by wading. It is possible to wade to the islands in the rapids when the water is low. However, this is not advisable if you feel there is too much water or the current is too strong. The use of a wading stick and of your own judgement is sensible. Many of the rising trout early in the season are caught in the Kokonkoski area. The Kokonkoski area also offers excellent opportunities for catching small salmon with one-handed fly rod in August and September, when the water is low.

The salmon begins its rise to Kymijoki around midsummer, and the neck of Siikakoski rapid is one of the best locations in Langinkoskenhaara for catching the rising salmon. The rising fish stop for a moment around Niskakivi after passing Siikakoski, and may also be caught there. Around Niskakivi, in September, there are often also the giant salmon that have risen early in the summer, which somebody has perhaps already had on the other end of their line for a moment. The battles with these giants will often end in a victory for them. They know the rocks in the bottom and the other places where lines can be entangled. Sometimes somebody will nevertheless get lucky before the close season, and manage to drag up to land the 20-kilogram catch of their dreams.

Catching rising salmon at the neck of Siikakoski is often waiting on the moving fish: when a wide tail or back is glimpsed below, it is the moment to try for a catch. When the fish is seen at Niskakivi or above, it will soon be at Ruhavuolle. Then it is the turn of the fly fishers.