Trout Fishing Report 3D – 2019

Posted on 18/07/2019

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.

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Weather was good during the first days at the upper Rynda.

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At nighttime the air temperature dropped below the water temperature, but the midnight sun was still up.

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We tried all flies in the box during the first days, however without much success.

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Skinned perch waiting to be prepared for dinner. We brought our own chef with experience from running Theatercafeen in Oslo!

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Canoeing between camps.

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Northern wind and misty conditions dominated the last part of the week.

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The “bad” weather triggered a very strong hatch of the mayfly Heptagenia dalecarlica.

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Heptagenia mayflies gathered in the foam below rapids.

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Sverre is netting a nice trout.

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Edvard with Rynda trout.

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From left: Per Sondrup Nielsen, Harald Støre, Børre Kleivan, Edvard Bergene (group leader), Sverre Lunde and Ole Martinsen.