Rynda Fishing Week 29 – 2012
Guest Report by Andrew J Dillon
The fun started early for the two groups comprising the six rods on the Rynda this week. During the stopover in Helsinki the southern Irish father and son team (Mick and Billy Lynch) managed to track their fellow (as yet to be introduced) rods (David, Carl, Omer and Andrew) to a fine Finish restaurant and after brief introductions and a few glasses of the ‘oh be joyful’ the craic commenced and didn’t stop all week.
All rods were new to the Rynda and Russian fishing in general so the whole trip was a voyage of discovery and an adventure into the unknown – and what an adventure!
All rods were amazed at the organisation and the level of comfort and accommodation in camp. This was more than matched by the very very warm welcome provided by the staff and the high quality of all aspects of the camp but especially the food and beverages (and Vodka!) which kept us sustained throughout the week. We could only marvel at how such a sustainable facility has been created in such a wild and beautiful place which at the same time fully respects and protects the environment in which it sits, the ethos is a credit to its creator and the entire team who maintain these high standards.
The party arrived in bright, hot and cloudless weather with, we understood, low water conditions. We were quickly introduced to our guides (one for each rod), who, to a man, were excellent. Their calm, friendly and patient attitude was just what we all needed, being new to Russian fishing and the Rynda. Their intimate knowledge of every part of the river matched with fishing skills of the highest calibre, hard work and a steely determination to get all the rods into fish was truly impressive – a very big thank you to the guides from all of us.
We were very soon fishing and into fish only hours after arriving (which increased the flow of vodka on the first night to the general detriment of the casting and ‘hooking-up’ the fish the next day) – but we all had smiles on our faces. We soon came to appreciate the scale of the river and the amount of fishing available and the birds eye view gained from the morning helicopter flights gave a dramatic perspective of the scenery and the river seldom afforded to fishermen back home. A big thank you to Sacha the pilot who seemed to be able to place the helicopter on a sixpence in all weathers.
Amongst the party Carl and Omer had fished before but had yet to catch a fish, this was soon remedied with both landing a ‘bar of silver’ early in the week. Carl went on the land the biggest fish of the week a 22 pounder from the Inlet pool on Tuesday (another excuse for more vodka) and Omer was on fire by Friday landing three fish too 11lbs, being broken by a big fish in the Staircase pool and loosing 2 more at the net.
It soon became apparent that there were fish throughout the length of the river and sport was had by all, with big residents showing and setting the pulse racing supported by a large run of grilse hitting the flies in most pools. We all learnt new techniques from the guides and will definitely be trying the sunray shadows and hitching methods over the pools in our home rivers, although ‘green’ definitely seems to be the colour of the Rynda.
The week was defined by the dramatic change in the weather, from Wednesday onwards, the mist rolled in and we had every type of rain known to man, fine rain, normal rain, hard rain, horizontal rain and even upward rain when it came down so hard it bounced back up and got you from below.
This was matched by strong swirling winds which provided a further challenge for the casting and allowed the guides to teach us various new techniques to deal with the conditions; all advice was gladly accepted and will now be deployed on the Scottish and Irish rivers.
Obviously the change in the weather altered the river with an 8-inch increase in level toward the back end of the week, although this seemed to have little effect on the quality of the fishing or the colour of the river. On Wednesday the helicopter couldn’t fly due to the fog which meant adjustment to the programme which was all smoothly handled by the camp staff. Further adjustments were also kindly accommodated when it became apparent that one rod with a disability couldn’t quite manage the wading in the more challenging pools and easier locations were identified and made available.
I mentioned the ‘craic’ continued all week from the first meeting with Mick and Billy in Helsinki to the last night with the guides and staff of the camp. A big thank you to Billy, who as an accomplished musician sang for us every night and to Mick for the constant supply of funny stories – the ‘craic’ was good, as they say.
Overall it was a superb week, an experience not to be missed; one of superlatives and Mick, Billy, David, Carl, Omer and Andrew would like to say a VERY BIG THANK YOU to all involved in making the week such a brilliant success.