Kharlovka 1st Farlows/Sportfish hosted Week 32 ending 8th of August
The inaugural Farlows/Sportfish hosted week got off to a fabulous start with four salmon caught on the home pool within two hours of arrival by Andy Adams and Steve Hunt, memorable moments as Steve was waving to the departing rods in the helicopter whilst playing a 14lb salmon.
The week proved eventful and productive, testing even the more experienced anglers with water temperature climbing to 22 ◦C and air temperature recorded at over 30◦C towards the end of the week.
Despite these conditions, memorable moments where many, David Kynaston and John Morgan, newcomers to Atlantic salmon both caught there first silver tourist early during the week and went on to catch several more, adding to a very impressive overall total for the week of eighty five.
Personal bests where celebrated by many, including a cracking 33lb cock fish caught at the Litza tent pool on a Frankin Snealda by Shaun Watkins, Steve Hunt’s 34lb, 108cm hen fish caught on a micro willie gunn tube at the rock pool lower Kharlovka (PS don’t forget your camera next time Steve), and not forgetting birthday boy Dave M’s fine 23lb cock fish from the home pool on the weeks favourite fly the Golden Zsar.
With the superb assistance of guides Big Alex and Kola, Atlantic salmon newcomers John Morgan and David K both managed to land impressive salmon of 17lb and 20lb, memories of which will last for a long time.
Exceptional efforts (given the weather) were made by Paul S, Stephen C and Shaun W with an impressive twenty six fish tally for the week. Not forgetting an amazing 27lb hen fish for Gordon R from the Dream Pool on the Bonia tied by guide Sergey on the last day, soaring temperatures made this fish even more special.
Huge amounts of large and fresh salmon where seen, caught and frustratingly lost on a very broad fly selection e.g. small singles, skated bombers, stripped and hitched sunrays .The Barrels, Rock and Home pools on the Kharlova proved the most productive. A mention must go to Chris Ryan catching and landing an amazing 6 salmon from the rock pool, this was accomplished on the smallest willie gunn in his box (and without falling in!) However I am sure all pools on both rivers will hold longstanding memories for all.
The Guides where truly outstanding in their knowledge and tireless hard work helped by an amazing pilot of the euro helicopter, landing on a sixpence and stirring up the fish when needed.
Camp manager Volodya and host Katya where exceptional in coordinating a superb service to all, a special mention must also go to the kitchen staff for a delicious cake for Dave M’s 65th birthday.
We all enjoyed the award ceremony on the final evening, however further special awards must go to:
The falling in up to his chin whilst playing a salmon award…. Chris Ryan.
The honey monster breakfast award …….Gordon Richards.
The I’m not getting in the rubber boat award…….Andy Adams.
The bravery (I’m really ok) award….Stuart Macoustra (now in plaster).
The walking the camp walkway boards unsuccessfully award ….David Batchelor and Paul Suter.
The Scottish diplomatic award with bar …..David Mc Suspension.
The humpy appreciation award …… David Kynaston .
The leap of death award …. Shaun Watkins.
The skagit master award …..John Morgan.
The longest caster whilst wearing a midge net with a T@T rod……Richard Stevenson.
The laughing policeman award ….Stephen Coulter.
The fashionable comic award …..Dave Meyrick.
The Dave appreciation society award ……Steve H.
The week ended too soon for us all but the sun burnt faces and aching bones all were delighted to meet and thank ASR owner Vladimir on our departure to Murmansk.
Many thanks! See you again next year!