Rynda Fishing Week 23 – 2012
For those used to early season fishing on the Rynda, arriving in camp for the first full week of the 2012 season, they could be forgiven for thinking that they’d mysteriously missed a month in the calendar and were fishing an early July week. In lieu of the normal snow on the banks of many pools and a week of fast sinking tips, 2012 has seen the full opening of camp take place with leaves already on the birch trees, the majority of fishing on floating lines and fish already moving to skated flies. In short, condition-wise, this season can be marked down as one of the earliest Springs for some years.
Whilst the weather and river conditions are well in advance of normal patterns, the fish have proved far more consistent with the first fresh salmon taken on 31st May. Consistent with the run of Rynda spring fish typically coming 1-2 weeks after the start of the Kharlovka/Litsa run, the last week has seen a growing number of fish coming into the system although they remain concentrated in the river from Home Pool down. As the weight of fish in the system continues to build, the early nature of the conditions should make for some excellent fishing as the hardcore of early season specialists give way to increased fishing effort in the coming weeks. On the fishing front, guests this week have been rewarded with some wonderfully fresh fish, hard fighting, typically sea-liced and exceptionally bright. Although the week prior to the start of the formal season saw many kelt picked up around the beats, the bulk of these are now out of the system, helped by warmer than normal water temperatures, above 7C throughout the week. With lower water than normal for this time of season, those big early springers are going to have a little less river in which to hide over the coming 2-3 weeks so there is a real chance of some excellent sport through the balance of the month.
For those returning to camp this season, you can expect not only all the regular familiar faces of guides and camp staff but also some subtle but entirely positive improvements to camp. The enlarged lodge is extremely comfortable whilst losing none of its intimacy and an updated banya is already operational. The other major change to camp life has been the arrival of the new helicopter. Whilst like many, there will always be a degree of fond sentiment arising from many seasons shuttling around in the wonderful old MI-2, its replacement is a little like trading in the trusted family saloon car for the sports car that you always promised yourself. Not only does it have significant operational advantages for camp but morning deployments are faster and accompanied by a big smile factor.
In short the rivers, camp and the tundra are looking better than ever. All concerned should take heart that the transition to the new era for Rynda and the ASR is off to an excellent start.
Simon and Kola