Trout Fishing Report 4A – 2016

Posted on 11/08/2016

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We have just come back from an amazing trip to the following camps Mystic in Litza and Dream Kharlovka. The week were amazing and we had many moments regarding fishing, amazing photo light in evenings and all sorts of weather. As you can see from the group picture, we had tropical trout fishing weather on the tundra most of the week. The men in waders posing on the picture from left is Emil Westrin, Geir Krovoll, Luganscky Volodya (our chef and tundra expert), Tom Tuskin (group leader), Andre Emanuelsen, Stian Jacobsen and Dag Kyrre Jensen. All but Emil had been had attended the trout program once before.

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The group arrived in Murmansk as normal on Friday evening with the bus from Kirkenes and we stayed the night at the Azimut hotel hotel preparing for the week on the Tundra. Expectations were high but also we knew that the weather forecast predicted both wind, rain and warm weather.

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Saturday morniing our buses from Kharlovka Company picked us up as promised on time outside the hotel. After a calm and a little bumpy ride to the helicopter pick up in Tomani we arrived safely at in Rynda camp to pick up supplies. Some of us where so lucky this time to be picked up by the smaller helicopter and had a rather pleasant and exclusive ride to Rynda camp. After disinfection of waders and net, we all were ready to leave Rynda and head out to our first camp at Mystic in Litza. We arrived in rather warm weather with a light touch of rain this Saturday evening, tents and camp where set up in a hurry as we all were anxious to start fishing. Emil had the honor of being the first one casting as this was his first time on the russian tundra, something he had been dreaming to do for a very long time. This first evening we managed to catch a few fish, but with no insects hatching there was not so many fish to see. We managed although to lure them up to take different caddis imitations (i.ex chernobyl ant variations) and CDC caddis. Below you can see some pictures from the first couple of days fishing.

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Monday we woke up to a lot of rain in quite warm weather. Strong wind and heavy showers made fishing challenging, to catch fish this day we had to try on some streamers. The classic black wolly bugger turned out to be the winner this day. The evening turned out to be very beautiful regarding light for taking some very nice photos. We also enjoyed nice food and Borsjtsj soup prepared from Volodya in the lavvo. Here are some nice pictures from sceneries and beautiful red spotted trouts from the Litza river(Litza delivered 29 fish above 1 kg which was not so bad taken the conditions into consideration.)

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Tuesday efternoon we prepared camp for moving to Kharlovka river. This day continued with hauling winds but the pilots in the helicopter told us that the forecast promised a weather change. By the time we had reached Dream pool in Kharlovka and started settling into the camp the weather cleared up and the sun appeared on the sky. We divided into groups to fish homepool, upstream and downstream. Dreampool Kharlovka has so many places to fish so there are plenty of space for everyone to fish on. First days delivered many nice trouts as you can see from these pictures.

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While we were at camp Dream Kharlovka the weather turned out to be very warm, actually to the extreme where we measured almost 35 C in the shadow one day. In these temperatures it is almost impossible to sleep in the tent or to do any fishing. We therefore did other things like fly tying, having some laughs (and drinks) in the lavvo or picking nice berries from the tundra. I let the pictures speak for themselves

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All together we caught a lot of fish during the week, with a total of 80 fish above 1 kg (average 2.1 kg!!, 4 above 3 kg and 46 above 2 kg!!)Conditions first part was windy and the second half extremely warm. Everyone caught fish above 2 kg and several made new personal records on dry fly. Of the 80 fish caught more than 70 were caught on dry flies. Geir also caught a Salmon at 4.6 kg in the home pool in Dream Kharlovka. At night time we had a lot of rising fish in the aquarium downstream from the camp in Kharlovka and also a lot of rising fish at the pool called the museum (only see don’t touch) upstream. It was difficult fishing with fish that where very selective on flies. Fun to watch but at time frustrating to fish. Last night before the helicopter came to pick us up I managed to break the code and caught a very nice trout at 3,6 kg that gave me a fight that I will remember for a long time! Here are some more pictures from beautiful trouts at the Kharlovka river.

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I’d like to raise a big thank you to Volodya, our friend at campsite and always there to provide excellent service for us! My group really appreciated your service and we all see you as one of us in the team. Thank you to Kharlovka company and the ASR programme that makes it possible for us to visit these rivers at The Kola Peninsula and experience the World’s best dry fly fishing for wild brown trout!

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See you again next year!
On behalf of the group best regards to everyone
Tom Tuskin
Group Leader

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