Kharlovka week 22 starting 27th of May 2017
Following a record 80 year high winter with loads of snow and ice, spring did make a brief appearance back in middle May with air temps up to a promising 10C. Unfortunately this warm window only lasted a couple of days. While the rivers were slowly beginning to open up, the north coast has basically experienced freezing conditions ever since.
Faced with a challenging forecast leading up to our first week of the season that included strong cold winds and additional snow, we decided early on to reduce the number of guests on the opening week down to Mikael – Chuck and Thomas – our ASR veteran-viking friends.
Guests and staff alike all arrived to camp this season in awe of the of the huge snow pack that still covers most of the peninsula. In fact there is still a half meter of snow in the camp – with much deeper drifts filling the north facing canyon cracks. Although it was too early to set up our measuring station at the home pool due to the ice flows, last week the rivers were just starting to rise up from low winter levels with a water temp of 0.5C
Despite having some of the hardiest spring fishers on the planet on camp last week, the rivers simply had not developed enough with the freezing conditions to allow the boys to locate that first fresh springer of the season. Nevertheless with some 50+ weeks of ASR experience between our three friends, this was a week and one of those places that they were not going to miss out on. These veterans are now significantly closer to being able to say that they’ve seen it all.
In addition to the freezing conditions, the week was full of new experiences. Along with plenty of time for bonding and story telling amongst old friends, there were also loads of kelts with some nice brownies and sea trout. There was even a bit of ice fishing for fun one afternoon up on the tundra.
Towards the end of the week we flew our friends over to the Rynda for a few casts and also to be a part of the opening ceremony of the re-designed galley with full-equipped kitchen. Although there are large lakes (which are currently frozen) at the top of the Rynda and Zolotaya rivers with spring conditions are that are normally about a week behind the Kharlovka and Litza rivers, this season they all seem to be opening up at a more equal pace.
Spring is finally back in the air! The geese and ducks have already arrived back to the far north and it appears the bears have woken up from their long naps. They also seem to be much more visible from the helicopter as they gallop over the snow covered tundra.
Although the forecast for the northern rivers is looking quite positive, we will be limiting guest numbers to a couple veteran friends again next week to allow the rivers to rise up and the remaining ice to clear as the big fresh salmon start to flood into the system.
Stay tuned to our ASR facebook page for further updates during the week as the rivers begin to take shape.
Justin and Dasha