Trout Fishing Report 5A – 2019

Posted on 02/08/2019

Trout Fishing Report 5A – 2019

Bush Litza and Dream Kharlovka By the second week of july, the summer had not yet taken its proper grip on the tundra. An ever present northern wind prevailing for the last two weeks, had however calmed down and it all looked promising when we settled for camp by the small lake dividing the fantastic Bush piece of Litza River in two separate zones, both to be heavily explored for three days. The team was indeed a nice display of experienced tundra fishermen. From left Igor Zhuzhev (camp chef), Svein Røbergshagen, Marius Warnken, Lars-Are Gudmundsen, Bjørn Broen, Pål Wermåker and Nikolay (camp assistant) Litza was approacing slightly above medium water level on our arrival saturday evening, with a water temperature of 8 C. The neck a short walk upstream from camp, was gliding slowpaced out of the lake and into the turbulent whitewater below, no fish disturbing the surface. What a nice place for the patient flyfisherman to wait for a rise or for the impatient to skitter a dry. The first night at Bush was an exercise in searching the water, tempting the trout with all the well known tundra attractors like Streaking Caddis, Chernobyl Ants and even a Daddy Long Leg. The trout have a very special way of inhaling this terrestrial when slightly twitched on a slow surface, the trout lifting its nose in an everlasting slurp. The first full day of fishing always gives the true status of the fishery. Waking up as usual at nine to enjoy morning coffe and Igors splendid breakfast is the best possible start of a new day. It was soon revealed that a major hatch of small mayflies was the ticket of the day, at any pool concentrated at the edge of the riffles flowing into the pools and spreading out on the wider flats below and the backeddies closer to shore. It was a feast very much resembling the nightime drifts of caddis pupaes usually seen later in the season, the trout gorging themselves in any possible configuration of riseforms and with a frustrating degree of mobility. Some bigger mayflies mixed in, but were completely neglected by the highly selective trout, so focused on the feeding that we many times could approach them at a very short range, setting the scene for a wide screen movie og big mouths softly closing around tiny mayflies. Decorating the tippet with a small, dark parachute or comparadun fly, and casting persistently precise, we had a full day of the best possible tundra fishing imaginable. The exercise was sucsessfully repeated the next days and several fish close to personal bests were caught. Some of us chose the difficult water of mixed currents to get hold of one specific trout repeatedly rising, the trout neglecting everything but a completely drag free drift of the fly. Easier, and more scattered trout was to be...

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Trout Fishing Report 4B – 2019

Posted on 23/07/2019

Trout Fishing Report 4B – 2019

I have had the pleasure to once more visit the Kharlovka river with good friends that now can call themselves regulars as all have more than 5 years of experience on these rivers. The participants this year was from left; Tom Tuskin (Group leader), Stian Jacobsen, Øyvind Dahl, Trond Bentestuen, Glenn Christensen, Kjetil Johansen and Luganscky Volodya (our excellent camp chef) As before we had been preparing a whole year for this trip with fly tying, sharing experiences from trips we have done before and looked forward to a week with hatching and super conditions. As the weather forecast predicted cold weather and lots of wind, we lowered our expectations a bit. But as we know when you decide to participate in a trip like this you cannot always predict weather and conditions, you have to do the best out of the conditions you get! You can always hope that the weather forecast is wrong, but this week they were correct! Due to the weather conditions we stayed at Dream Kharlovka camp the whole week. On Saturday we were delayed with the helicopter out due to fog. But close and good communication with Kharlovka company on hour basis we were all standby and ready to go as soon as they gave green light. Finally, we arrived safely Sunday night in Dream Kharlovka camp and put up our tents in record time as the rain had a short pause. We went quickly in to our tents to be ready for fishing early Sunday morning. On Sunday we had a lot of hatching of mayflies, but heavy wind made it difficult to spot rising fish. Flies also blew over to different parts of the river which made the fish move to places in the river out of the normal places you would find them. On Monday the weather improved a bit and we had small periods in the morning with sunshine and less wind. This woke up both insects and fish! We had amazing hatches with mayflies and a lot of rising fish in the end of the currents. The low water temperature (8 C) made the fish incredible strong, they jumped around and gave us unforgettable fights! The group caught more than 40 fish this Monday with the highlight of Kjetil getting new personal best of a beautiful trout of 4,2 kg! Glenn also caught some really big ones this day. On Tuesday the strong wind was back. We therefore decided to rig the boats and bring them up and down stream to make it possible to fish from the boats and to make river crossing easier and safer. With boat you can also reach small Islands and rocks in the river more easily without risky wading stunts. With high wind levels at daytime and no hatching there was difficult fishing this Tuesday. However, as you can see from the...

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Trout Fishing Report 2B – 2019

Posted on 23/07/2019

Trout Fishing Report 2B – 2019

Trout 2 B Dream Litza, Big Trout, Ivan Capaul, Alex Joerg, Jan Ekmann, Remo Lemp, Bernhard Raemy. Group Leader Christopher Rownes / Igor Zhuzhev Weather 4-10 Degrees Dream Litza We arrived in Dream Litza in cold conditions set up camp quickly and made our way down to the river. The tundra was really still sleeping but we managed to tease some fish to the surface. The fishing was still difficult but we had the occasional hatches of olive duns and Dream Litza woke up for a short time during the daytime. Jan caught a beautiful 4 Kilo trout in a short hatch of olive uprights in the home pool. Big Trout We Arrived in Big Trout in freezing temperatures and we set up camp. Not really any hatching insects around and the fish seemed to be still asleep after a cold winter. Towards the end of the week, temperatures increased and we began to see insects and rising fish. I hooked a fish at the very end of the V who came up to a size 12 CDC Caddis and tested my backing to the limit running 2 times way out into the lake. After 15 minutes we landed a beautiful 3.8 kg fish. Some really big fish rising at the outlet of the lake. Alex and Jan had a great afternoon with some fantastic fish over 4kg rising freely at the out let of the lake. After a tough weeks fishing with some amazing fish caught and lost. Happy faces all around. We finished off with 45 fish caught, 4 fish over 4 kilos, 8 fish over 3kilos Big thanks again to Igor our chef and guide with his fantastic humor and Power-Boosting Russian soups Big thanks to the Kharlovka company for the perfect organization and the ASR program that allows us to visit these beautiful rivers. On behalf of my group best regards to everyone at Kharlovka. See you next year Christopher...

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Kharlovka week 27 ending 5th of july 2019

Posted on 19/07/2019

Kharlovka week 27 ending 5th of july 2019

Number of Rods: 10 Nationalities: Russian Number of salmon: 151 Best Salmon: 16 over 20 pounds There were 4 personal bests: Pavel – 19lbs Eugeny – 24lbs – first ever fish on fly! Sergey Balan – 26lbs Sergey Boldyrev – 26 lbs The biggest fish of the week is 27-pounder landed by Vladimir Snr on Litza’s Classic Pool. Unfortunately our regularly scheduled foreign guests were not allowed to join us this week due to ongoing military restrictions within the restricted zone of the Northern Kola Peninsula during this week. Nevertheless the Kharlovka staff were pleased to see a smaller group of Russian friends arrive to camp under partly cloudy skies and perfect river conditions with a water temp of 10.6C and a level of 32cm on the home pool scale. Temps remained mild through the week with some morning fog and air temps rising to around 10C with the water staying near 11C – while the rivers dropped slowly 11cm during the week down to 21cm on the Home pool scale. Top flies were Sun Rays, Willie Gunns, Green Butts, Samurai, Cascades, and Snaeldas. Highlights from a few of the guests that managed to pause for the camera included: Our new friend Pavel had a wonderful adventure catching his first 13 salmon ever with a 19 pounder for his new PB. Eugeny was also on a steep learning curve catching his first salmon ever on fly including a new PB 24 pounder. Alex from Farlows St. Pete with 13 salmon including a 24 pounder from the Litza Tent. Vladimir landed 18 salmon including the largest of the week at 27 pounds from the Litza Tent pool. Vladimir Jr. was top rod with 33 salmon including a couple of 25.5 and 24 pounders. While we greatly missed our foreign guests again, it turned out to be another exciting week for a small group of new friends and camp staff alike. Team...

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Trout Fishing Report 3A – 2019

Posted on 19/07/2019

Trout Fishing Report 3A – 2019

Trout Report Group 3A Mystic – Oset From left: Tor Ola Dehli (group leader), Øystein Saga, Kristoffer Kristiansen, Oddbjørn Nordhagen, Rasmus Bonsak Løvbrøtte, Daniel Erik Gran, Volodya (guide) Finally after some trips to the russian tundra this time we hit the Jackpot!! 4 of the guys had been to Kola one time before, Øystein was a rookie and for me it was third time lucky. We started in Mystic Litza, and after looking at the river for 30 seconds I saw the first rising trout, and the first cast with a small caddis resulted in the first trout of the trip, and so it would continue for the whole week. Totally crazy amount of rising fish. Mystic is not the longest stretch of river, but we managed to catch 40 fish on dryflies, mainly mayflies. We had good hatches of many different species, both Rhodani, Eurivilie, Sulphuera and many more. No caddis at all. Only productive areas was from the camp and a couple of hundred meters down, no fish at all in the pools up towards the lake. A few fish just over 2 kg, but most of the fish was around 1,5 kg. Still fun fishing on rising fish. Øystein-with-Litza-trout Next stop was Oset Kharlovka. First look from the helicopter and camp was not that good, we thought it looked as it was only rapids and no good looking water. Well, that was the biggest mistake of the week. Oset proved to be one of the most interesting camps I have visited on Kola, so much variety, and so many cool fishing spots. Ubeliveable amounts of fish, mostly fish between 1-2 kilos, but also a big one in between. We had some of the best mayfly hatches Kola has to offer and the trout stopped rising every afternoon, I am sure the reason was they were totally stuffed, could not eat one more fly. We ended up with 149 fish here, 12 over 3 kg and one of them over 4 kg, 4250 gram. All fish caugh on dries, mainly on mayfly duns. Daniel-with-3+-fish The weather of the week was a lot of wind, cool temperatures around 10-15 degrees, but also some sun and hours with less wind. Almost no rain at all. Except for the wind it was perfect weather both for fishing, walking and sleeping. So the total for the week was 189 fish over 1 kg. A new pb for Øystein on 2 kg, never caught a trout over 1 kg on a dryfly before. A new pb on 3050 gr for Kristoffer, goal achieved for the trip. Daniel was happy just to be on Kola after missing his flight from Oslo. Rasmus equaled his pb from his last Kolatrip, 3,4 kg. A new Kola record for me with 4250 gr. Oddbjørn maybe got a Kola record with over 60 fish on dries. And...

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Trout Fishing Report 3D – 2019

Posted on 18/07/2019

Trout Fishing Report 3D – 2019

Canoeing on the upper Rynda We started high up in the upper Rynda, close to “Great lakes”. Although the river and nature in general was very scenic a few important things were missing: Hatching insects and rising fish. Water temperature was around 12C which should be good. We were able to catch a few fish on streamers and the “village idiot” fish was the only one rising and being caught on dry fly. After two days we moved downstream to Lake Torosman. During the move we had to carry everything for 1,2 km to get around dangerous rapids before commencing with canoeing. At Lake Torosman we hade great expectations, but it seemed almost fishless there as well. Especially the 3 newcomers to Kola suffered some degree of “trout fishing depression”. Per caught several large perch which was skinned and fried for dinner. After two more days we moved on to our camp 3 which was our destination. The weather detoriated as time went on. Air temperature dropped below 10C and the wind kept on blowing from north with haze and fog and some rain. Luckily the Heptagenia dalecarlica mayfly started hatching and we suddenly had a lot of rising fish. Then our catch rate improved considerably as well and the “trout fishing depression” suddenly vanished. Trout rising for mayflies is very exciting to catch and demands good presentation and drag free float of the fly. Much less drag is accepted than during caddis hatches. Some fish were also caught on nymphs. Pick up by the helicopter was postponed several times due to fog and bad weather conditions and Kharlovka company did whatever they could to get us out in time to reach our mid-day flights from Kirkenes on Sunday and if it had not been for a unfortunate minibus puncture we would have made it in time. The good side of it was we got an additional fishing day and the travel insurance covered new tickets. All together we caught 59 trout which we considered acceptable at the given conditions. The largest trout caught was 3,1 kg. Edvard Bergene, group leader. Weather was good during the first days at the upper Rynda. At nighttime the air temperature dropped below the water temperature, but the midnight sun was still up. We tried all flies in the box during the first days, however without much success. Skinned perch waiting to be prepared for dinner. We brought our own chef with experience from running Theatercafeen in Oslo! Canoeing between camps. Northern wind and misty conditions dominated the last part of the week. The “bad” weather triggered a very strong hatch of the mayfly Heptagenia dalecarlica. Heptagenia mayflies gathered in the foam below rapids. Sverre is netting a nice trout. Edvard with Rynda trout. From left: Per Sondrup Nielsen, Harald Støre, Børre Kleivan, Edvard Bergene (group leader), Sverre Lunde and Ole...

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Kharlovka week 26 ending 28th of june 2019

Posted on 07/07/2019

Kharlovka week 26 ending 28th of june 2019

Number of Rods: 9 Nationalities: Russian Number of salmon: 115 Best Salmon: 24 over 20 pounds (20% of the salmon) with 2 over 30 pounds There were 6 personal bests: Young Alex – 16lbs in Home pool Vladimir Jr. – 36.3lbs in the Tent pool Sergey – 32lbs in Tent pool Max – 20lbs in Julians Ivan – 24lbs in Upper Dream Elena – 24lbs Lower Tent Litza The biggest fish of the week was 36.3, 32, 29.5, 29 pounds We apologise that we have not been able to publish the weekly web reports as normal so far this season however unfortunately the military closed the ASR camps to all foreign guests for weeks 25 – 30 from 15 June – 27 July. As a result, the Rynda and Zolotaya rivers have been rested through the cancelled weeks with senior Rynda guides being invited over to the Kharlovka to help lead a group of Vladimir’s resident friends who received last minute fishing invitations – some of which flew in for the unexpected opportunity from other Kola rivers. The last minute guest list for week 26 included Vladimir’s family (little Alex who is 9, Svetlana, Vladimir Junior and Elena) along with 4 more family friends including Max, Alexey and his friend Sergey with his son Ivan (who is just learning how to cast now). Family and friends coming together made for an enjoyable atmosphere on camp as well as along the riversides through the week. The opening Saturday was cold with morning air temp of 4.7C. There were only 7 salmon caught on the day but several memories that would last a lifetime. It was a fantastic day for Vladimir’s family: little Alex caught his new PB on the Home Pool – a fat 16 pounder with Igor (the guide) claiming that it was all Alex’s fair work. Back at the lodge, proud Svetlana was sure that young Alex’s fish would be the highlight of the day before she learned of Junior’s results over on the Litza. Vladimir Junior and Elena were fishing on the Tent Pool with the guide Dima. At first Junior landed the 29.5 pounder on the Upper Tent pool and then wondered down and crossed over to the other side of the Tent pool to wrestle with a mighty 36.3 pounder. Jr. confirmed that this fat salmon was bigger than his previous 36-pounder from Kharlovka 4 years ago so claiming the monster for his new PB and the biggest fish landed so far this season! Jr. did not receive the ring because he already earned one before:) Dima the guide (and top Kola fish scientist) reported that actually the biggest fish of the day was lost – estimating it to be about 40 pounds. Elena was fishing with fly rod for the first time ever and did hook a couple of 20+ pounders – she just...

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Rynda week 25 – 27, 2019

Posted on 03/07/2019

We apologise that we have not been able to publish the weekly web reports as normal so far this season however unfortunately the military closed the ASR camps to all foreign guests for weeks 25 – 27 from 15 June – 6 July. As a result, the Rynda and Zolotaya Rivers have been completed rested for the duration of the closures! Except that is for Nikolai and Nadya, who along with the rest of the staff have been patiently waiting for our fishing friends to return to camp! Nikolai tests the Home Pool – https://vimeo.com/345871030 So far this season the weather has been cool and breezy with temps in the single digits for a good part of June before the air temps finally started to rise up a bit into the low teens from the 25th June. Having received some refreshing rains which pushed the water up during middle of the month, the rivers are currently flowing nicely with perfect mid summer water temps currently of 11.5C on the Home pool scale. Looking forward to seeing you all on camp again soon! Team...

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Kharlovka week 24 ending 14th of june 2019

Posted on 20/06/2019

Kharlovka week 24 ending 14th of june 2019

With military exercises affecting the first 2 weeks of the season, along with an unknown number of following weeks, we were especially delighted to see our old friends touch down into the Kharlovka camp! The conditions upon arrival on the opening Saturday were excellent with air temps well into the 20’s which drove water temps up to 10C with a water level of 41cm. The next morning the winds had shifted with cool air temps back down into the low single digits while the rivers remained much warmer at 12C. Temperatures were on the cold side for the remainder of the week with fresh breezes and the occasional snow flurry along with a morning low of 1C during the middle of the week. As a result, water temps dropped slowly from the opening weekend high of 12C down to 5.5C and then back up slightly to 7C by the Friday afternoon. To add to the challenge and excitment, while the temps were dropping, the rivers were steadily rising from 41cm up to 57cm by the last cast of the week. Although the boys arrived to perfect conditions, the fishing was hard going most of the week with the low temps and rising rivers. Nevertheless the rivers were obviously filling up with big salmon as the team of 10.5 rods (including Vladimir that only fished about half of the week) went on to release a total of 99 salmon on the week. The largest salmon were 29, 30, 30, 31 pounds – 11 were over 25 pounds – with a total of 32 (nearly a third) of the salmon over 20 pounds. While floating lines were gracing the surface on the opening day, fishermen switched over to light sinking lines for the remainder of the week. The most productive flies were: Snealdas (Franco and other styles), Phatagorvas, Sun Rays, Willie Gunns, Green Samurais, Jock Scotts and few others. Highlights included Chris and Bob who had an exhilarating week with a few memorable fish each including a 23 pounder for Bob in the mighty Home pool following a refreshing mid day siesta on camp. Thomas battled hard with Ulrich who was back for his 10th season to receive his ASR Veteran ring along with lots of laughs and a couple of satisfying salmon. We were all happy that Sasha was back guiding on camp again who together with Alex from team Scotland who had a couple of impressive 25 and 29 pounders to start the first weekend. Sasha also assisted Sergey with another 15 salmon including his new PB 25 pounder from Guy’s pool. Mikael had the magic along with an arsenal of some of the best flies on earth – releasing 18 salmon on the week with 8 over 20 – that included a couple of the biggest fish of the week at 30 and 31-pounds. Vladimir also gets honourable...

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Rynda week 24 ending 14th of June 2019

Posted on 19/06/2019

Rynda week 24 ending 14th of June 2019

The spring here at Rynda this year was fast and powerful. Rynda river opened from ice about May 9th and on May 15th there was a pick of spring flood. After that the water level was gradually falling down. When we started our first fishing week on June 8th the conditions were pretty friendly. Water temp was unusually warm +10C and water level quite low for this early spring week. Therefore, our first group of good Rynda friends had most of pools below First Fall fishable. As always, early spring weeks test our anglers with challenging weather and give them a great feeling of hunting for the very first fresh salmon. The weather was a subject to consider. We started the week with the unusually warm weather. On Saturday, there was light breeze from the South and strong sun made the air temp up to 26C. Right on Saturday under the blue sky Chuck opened the score with the first nice salmon of the week from Sea Pool. Next morning the weather turned to the more common shape: Northwestern wind with rain and air temp 3-5C. The salmon run started to build up. Our friend Ivan managed to land a solid 22-lbs springer at Sea Pool. Two years ago, Ivan was awarded with a famous Big Fish ASR ring for his magnificent 28.5 pounder. This season was Ivan’s 10 years fishing at Rynda. At the dinner table Vladimir awarded Ivan with the commemorative ASR Veteran ring. Congratulations! On Tuesday the weather became a real challenge. Strong North wind with a Christmas snow dropped the air temp down to as low as 0C. Water temp went down from 10C to 6C. Nevertheless, all of our anglers were doing their best and still catching fish. Well done, Chuck! 22-lbs from 10 Islands. We congratulate our dear friend Frank with his Birthday traditionally celebrated in the Rynda camp! Every day tireless Neil and Roger escaped from camp after dinner to fish for the late evening hours. And almost every morning they added some fish to the Rynda Log book. By the end of the week, Neil, Roger and their guide Gena discovered that despite of the low water temp salmon is willing to rise on a hitched Sunray Shadow. Last Friday all the team was fishing on the hitched Sunray and caught 6 out of 7 wonderful salmon on a surface! Our congratulations to Vincent for his Personal Best of 20-lbs caught on a surface fly! Special thanks to our Giraffe Anthony for his stories that we almost died laughing while listening! This was a great week with our old friends. See you next...

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