Trout Fishing Report 5A – 2017
by Alf M Sollund
Once again a dream week at Dream Kharlovka during week 29 (15th – 22nd of July 2017). Five fly fishermen caught 92 trout larger than 1 kg topping with 4,8 (estimated from measurements) and 4,5 kg. Again our warmest thanks to Mr. Kola, our guide Luganscky Volodya and the rest at Kharlovka Company.
The group (from left): Luganscky Volodya (Russia, our guide), Frank Pedersen (Norway), Stian Jacobsen (Norway), Thor Evensen (Norway), Steinar Simonsen (Norway – group leader)), and Alf Sollund (Norway).
Late spring and all kind of hatches
The area had a record late spring, and when we arrived at the camp at Dream Kharlovka the water level was very high with temperature of 11 degree C. The fish was not at the normal places but some pools held large number of trout.
The first days of the week was hot with no wind and 26 C in the air, and the water temperature peaked at 19 C after a short time. In the second half of the week the wind was northly with lower temperatures around 10 C, fog during the night and the water temperature dropped to 10,5 C.
There were some short intense mayfly hatches during the first days mixed with caddis. We have in fact never experienced so many different mayflies at the same time at Kola. We identified among other the following species: the Usual #16 white transparent body, the usual #14 olive, the Usual #12 olive and the Usual #10 dark olive/green.
Again; matching the hatch
The trout focused on insects only, and streamers and striping flies were of no use. Although much kind of insects hatched at the same time, the fish were selective on one kind at a time. Therefore, both presentations and patterns had to match. This time the preferred caddis was a hook #10 with almost white wings.
Again, the great caddis pupae challenge
As usual, there were some intense swimming pupae hatches (or rather drifting?), and this time during any time of day. The trout was very active downstream of the riffles, and these places held large numbers of trout’s. We have over the last years tried different pupae and the hit-rate is steadily improving. This year almost half our catch was caught on pupae’s.
We can only repeat the 2014, 2015 and 2016 advices on pupae fishing and hopeful others can add more knowledge:
• Colour of fly? Same as the natural, in 2017 signal green
• Size of the fly? Same as the natural or smaller
• Rubber or other legs on fly? No
• Floating? Yes, even most pupae’s are taken just below surface. Add foam or snowshoe rabbit hairs.
• Swimming action? No wobbling, in fact most of our was taken dead drift or very slowly retrieved
• Long cast? No, no, no, no. Never cast across more than one stream, as it’s too hard to control the fly.
The trophy trout
Steinar had been training with heavy weights, long distance hiking in waders and lead-vest for the 2017 season. He was in top-shape and always two beats ahead of the rest of the pack. The fourth day he headed for the monster-trout-neck. When arriving he discovered that he had lost his net. What to do when the moby-trout was rising? Steinar spent the first half of the day building a small dam below the neck pool, and the second part waiting for the trout to rise. After hooking the trout on a caddis, he played the trout into his trout-dam-trap. He was rewarded with a trophy size trout of 65cm and a circumference of 45cm. A conservative estimate is 4,8 kg.
A bonus extra day
Due to fog, our departure with chopper was delayed. What to do? Some took the opportunity to sleep, others kept on fishing the pupae beats. In our 13 years of traveling this is the first time with a major delay.
Kola, the dream place for trout fishermen
Dream Kharlokva once again turned out to be one of the top places in the world for dry fly fishing the brown trouts. Luckily, no year is the same.
Our thanks to Kahrlovka Company and our excellent guide with his chef-type meals for once again making the brown trout fishing available and enjoyable.