ASR web report for weeks 25 and 26 ending Friday 29 June
Young fishers visit the ASR. Unfortunately we received short notice that the military authorities would conduct operations within the restricted zone of the Northern Kola Peninsula during the two week period of 16th – 30th June 2018. As a consequence, we were deeply disappointed not to be able to welcome our regular guests/friends on to these weeks. However, Vladimir and the staff were delighted to be able to seize the chance to provide a unique and unexpected opportunity for groups of young fishers from the Murmansk, St Petersburg and Moscow flyfishers communities to experience the thrill of the ASR rivers and the tundra. As a result, many wonderful memories were created for these young fishers (and their parents) – reinforcing their developing interest not only in flyfishing, but also their awareness of this unique environment that is the Atlantic Salmon Reserve.
ASR River conditions during the 2 week period:
Water temps rose from 9.2C to 12.3C
Water levels dropped from 30cm to 28cm (with some rain rising the rivers during the 2 weeks)
Water temps rose from 10C to 13C
Water levels dropped 13cm
ASR Fishing Stats:
Week 25 – total of 152 salmon for 6 guests (14 over 20)
Week 26 – total of 207 salmon for 8 guests – mostly fathers and sons (23 over 20)
Largest salmon were: 33, 27, 26 pounds
Most successful flies: Sun Rays, Golden Killers, Willie Gunns
Week 25 – total of 74 salmon for 4 very young anglers and 5 of their parents
Week 26 – total of 120 salmon for 10 more youngsters and their parents
Largest salmon were: 32, 25, 22 pounds
Most successful flies: Golden Killers, Willie Gunns and Sun Rays
There was a total of 45 salmon over 20 pounds!
Fishing highlights were big – silver and plentiful over the exciting 2 week period!
Good to see the Farlows Russian shop managers Alex – Andrey and Mikhail on the water for an unexpected break! These 3 pros released a total of 70 salmon during their week.
And then their was the morning that Volodya and the dog slipped away for a quick pass down through the mighty Home pool to find a bright silver 24 pounder.
Ilya landed his first 14 salmon on fly last week! Including a final PB 24 pounder however by this time the camera was not functioning any more.
Last week was all about inspiring the next generation on the ASR. Young Alexander who is 6 was thrilled to catch his first 2 mighty 5 pound grilse and his newly named AFF fly (Alexander’s First Fish fly..)
Mikhail decided to leave his motorcycle and the big city in St. Petersburg behind this week and get back to nature on the ASR.
Good choice! Mikhail had a 12 nice fish including a 21 and PB 24 pounders!
Always nice to see Svetlana back on camp who landed a half dozen good fish and enjoyed the time on the water with her sons.
Iliya from Murmansk.
Tatyana with her 32lb salmon from Rynda Home pool.
Very keen fly fishing family from Murmansk (Vladimir – Tatyana and son) with their catch at Rock Island.
Evgeniya from Moskow with her 11lb from Rock Island. She came with her son Mikhail. She is keen flyfisher and often goes with her husband to Varzina and Ponoi but has always dreamed to fish ASR.
Evgenia’s son Mikhail with his 13lb salmon.
Mikhail with his guide Jenya at the Zolotaya river ready to release his salmon.
Valeriya from Murmansk with her another 15 pounder from Rock.
Valeriya from Murmansk with her 13 pounder from Rock Island. Her first time fishing with a fly rod. She was very enthusiastic and keen neophyte.
Max who is 10 years old and very talented with his guide.
Dad teaching flytying to his daughter Masha.
Mashas first fly is ready!
Father will always help!
Masha is fighting her salmon hooked on her fly.
Mashas first salmon on her fly.
8 years old twins Senya and Masha fighting together with a salmon at the Rynda Home pool.
Everyone was very grateful for Vladimir’s invitations to the camps. In addition to the wonderful atmosphere and the great numbers of fish, compared to their experience on the public waters closer to the big cities – our invited guests were also very impressed with the pristine state of the tundra and to see all fish get released! All returned home with a better understanding of nature and that wild salmon are a treasure that must be cherished and protected.
Hope to see you all again in the future!
Team Rynda and Kharlovka