Trout Fishing Report 5B – 2017

Posted on 18/08/2017

Running and Big Trout

The spring came late to the Russian tundra this year, due to the extreme amounts of snow. Knowing that the water level was falling and the good fishing had just started – we aimed for Running with great expectations.

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With a mixed group of people we had everyting a group could wish for: 22 weeks with Kola experience, tons of flyfishing experience, young courage, and plenty of engeneering analytics and tactics.

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The group was from top left: Tore (70 years of fishing experience), Edvard (20 weeks on Kola), Kristian (young stamina – straight from Finnmark where he had been watching the snow melt), Roar (responsible for fixing the weather), and in front from right to left: Michael (the American flyfishing expert), Thomas(me, the rookie group leader) and chef Vasily.

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Already the fist evening we reached a few milestones. Roar raised his personal best with more than 400%, and by breakfast everyone except me had caught fish, or at least been in contact with a big one. This was the best start a group leader could wish for. The water temperature rised from 11 degrees to 19 in record speed, but the fish was still biting, so we did not worry too much.

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Running is a super nice place to be when the fishing is good. The fish was still concentrated in a few places – but when you found it, the fishing was “almost too easy” [Kristian].

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We took turns on the top “Brekk”[1] at Running in the evenings, and in one morning Tore caught a 3.3 kg fish in front of everyone in home pool – thank you for the big show!

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We also went up to Sami Kitchen and caught fish. On the first trip we caught a lot and a little less on the second trip. But it is an adventure to cross the lake in the little boat, especially in strong wind and rain.

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We also explored the lower sections of Running and Bush with 2 scouts in each expedition. Edvard and Kristian did well and caught a lot of fish, while Michael and Thomas managed to catch fish, but not in the same numbers as the other scouts.

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We had hoped fore more Mayflies at Running, but we did not have any big hatches – maybe, because of the weather and the late breakfasts. Tore was the only one fishing the morning – and with good luck. In the evening the caddis hatch was better than expected and the “brekk”[1] fished very well – as always.

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At Big Trout we managed to hook a few fish before the weather changed. The water temperature dropped to 13 degrees and during the drop very little happened, but it took only about 12 hours before the Caddis started to hatch again. With the colder and more moist air we also got some Mayflies – not everywhere, but in good numbers on certain places.

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Big Trout delivered what it is known for – crazy Caddis hatches. If you as a flyfisher have not experienced a good Caddis hatch at Big Trout, you really have missed something. It is an awesome experience, also for the more experienced fishermen. The fishing became a little tougher, but who cares, when you have rising fish to watch.

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It is “raining” caddis…

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Big Trout is a bit limited when it comes to fishing space, so a few expeditions was sent off to explore futher downstream, with mixed results.

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All in all, we had a fantastic trip, with a lot of fish. Big thanks to Michael for gifts and showing us the American way, and likewise to Edvard for sharing his experience on small and big things about Kola. Thanks to everyone in the group for making it a wonderful trip, and to Roar for fixing the great flyfishing weather. Unfortunately I forgot to cancel the fog order in the end; The fog kept us waiting and the helicopter on the ground. We also blame the fog for not being able to take a group picture with Michael. Michael was picked up by the small helicopter, before the group picture was taken, so Edvard had to do some magic to include Michael in the picture.

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The group maskot above, and 6 happy fishermen below. (Please click on the picture to enlarge)

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[1] For those of you that do not know the english word “brekk”, it is where the water bends; where the flat lake or pool turns into a V-shape and bends down into the riffles. The “Brekk” is were you very often find those big Kola trout.

Thomas Gran