Rynda Fishing Reports 2006

Posted on 30/09/2006

Rynda Fishing Reports 2006

The Rynda Report – Week 24, Wednesday, 21-Jun-06: On Thursday, 15-Jun-06, the river came alive with the first respectable run of beautiful fresh salmon. In the last two seasons this has happened 5/6 days earlier. The last time the run began as late as this was in 2003 and it turned out to be our best season. At time of writing fresh fish are running as well as ever and we are rapidly catching up on numbers. There is every reason to expect a very good times ahead. Last week the river dropped at an even rate and the water temperature rose every day from 4.9C to 8.0C in the morning. Of course we caught a few fresh fish all week with many Osenka’s but on Thursday and Friday landed 12 sea liced fish. By the way the water is 13C today. Despite the late run the house party last week was great fun and we were all delighted to have our sportsmanship tested and rewarded albeit late in the week. Special thanks go to Way who has opened the Rynda season with us for six seasons on the trot. His spectacular casting skill is an inspiration to us all and most certainly to his partner John, also from Seattle, who landed the best fish of the week at 26 lbs taken on the left bank of lower 10 Islands just above the twin rocks. It was his personal best and we all enjoyed the deep satisfaction and happiness he took from his success. This year Way had bad luck with serious fish but his best of 17 lbs was one of the most remarkable taken in the week. Only he, with Per a close second, could have cast off his left shoulder from near the dinghy landing slap onto the first draw on the right bank of lower 10 Islands about 40 yards away to take this fish. Of course as Per taught us the thing to do at this time of the year is to work just above the top of Grand Rapids and hook a serious fish about two hours after high tide. One evening, contemplating wonderful news from Simon about his ‘guru’ and old friend, ‘Yours Truly’ was doing just this when the most enormous fish took hold literally into the fast water off the left bank. For a good ten minutes this great salmon cruised about the Croy area almost unconcerned and then dashed off for the rapids. Per if only this old fool had stood his ground and waited for the fish to settle but he is ashamed to admit panic made him run and of course Poacher’s Rock did him in. Peter D-W and Nigel had a merry week together with fine luncheons on the river bank combined with serious attention to their fishing. We are still trying to figure out how...

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Kharlovka Fishing Reports 2006

Posted on 28/09/2006

Kharlovka Fishing Reports 2006

Kharlovka News Update: Saturday, 19-Aug-06 We are now up 33% over last year for the season to date. So far this year our three largest fish landed have been at 50+ (125 cm), 43, 41 lbs. and we are expecting more magnificent fish in this range. We have landed 31 over 30 lbs, 189 over 20 lbs and 413 over 15 lbs. Over the last four weeks, starting 22-Jul-06, we have had superb late summer and early autumn fishing. The total catch for this period has been 68% up on last year and 70% of the fish have been fresh. Even last week the fresh fish were 51% of the total caught. The nights are drawing in and it is now dark well before midnight. Over the last two weeks it has been relatively cool and the water temperature has ranged between 8C and 12C. The water level is getting rather low and we need the usual late August rains to maintain these brilliant fishing results. The tundra is starting to take on its red autumn hue and the Russians are out picking mushrooms and berries in their spare time. For some of us it is the favourite time of the year. Shortly the water will start to fall below 8C and the residents will become more aggressive. Before we go home large sea-liced fresh “Osenka” will suddenly appear to give us an exciting end to this great season. Kharlovka News Update: Saturday, 5-Aug-06 I very much regret that it became necessary to suspend the “Kharlovka Report”. I would like to thank the huge number of friends who have sent messages expressing interest and concern. On current performance I think we are heading for a record year. The season started much later than usual. Lower water temperatures with higher water levels than normal have been sustained. The Kharlovka & Eastern Litza catch returns have been excellent. The total result for this season for both rivers is 34% above this time last year and 17.9% above the five year average. The average number of fish landed in the last two weeks was 67% up on the five year average. Amazingly, 69% of these were fresh indicating the possibility of great August fishing. We believe we have landed the first 50 pounder. It measured 125 cm, was hooked in Reindeer and landed in Snow Bank. Sadly, without complete authentication, it cannot go down as the record which stands at 47.5 lbs. The average weight of the 50 best salmon has been 31.2 lbs. The 12 best great fish are recorded as 50?, 43, 39, 37, 37, 37, 36, 36, 35, 35, 35 & 35. One of the 35 lb fish was caught & released at Kharlovka Falls by an eleven-year-old boy who himself weighs only 40 lbs. He was with us under the ASR Youth Programme, accompanied by his proud father,...

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