Trout Fishing Report 7a – 2019
First time as a group leader on the Russian tundra so I was thrilled to put together a group of fishermen and let them explore the tundra and how trout fishing can be if humans hasn´t affect the nature.
Nobody in the group had tundra experience except me, but they are really successful and experienced trout fishermen from waters in Sweden to around the world.
Three days before the trip started, I checked the weather forecast. Nice temperatures, 16-21 degrees, almost no wind and everything looks super. The day before we left Stockholm, I did a last check and the forecast now tells the opposite. 3-7 degrees, heavy wind from the north and rain every day. This trip wouldn’t be easy but tundra is tundra and the trouts doesn’t care about the weather, they need to feed anyway.
Arriving at Murmansk airport late evening on Friday 13 degrees and cloudy, realizing that all our luggage is stucked at Moskov airport. Luckily we get some help from Kharlovka company with the translation our luggage arrived at Azimut Hotel in Saturday morning.
David Olsson, André Nilsson, Emil Westrin(Group leader), Simon Svahn, Christoffer Nilsson & Jon Hansson.
Leaving Murmansk at lunch on Saturday and on the bumpy road out to Tumanny the expectations starts to build up.
Disinfection and loading the helicopter was quick and smooth and we head for our fist stretch. Bush, in East Litza. A stretch that I haven´t heard much about but was thrilled to test it out. A quick briefing after landing, put the camp up and we was ready to see what Litza has to give. Simon and Christoffer went upstream from camp, Me, Jon, David and André went downstream the little lake. In the first pool, downstream the neck we find the first rising fish and the three newcomers drag stick to see who’s the first guy to fish.
David won this battle, tackle a elk hair caddies and I don´t think he cast more than five cast until the trout took his fly and went downstream. First fish was landed!
David with his first Kola trout. Caddis feeder on 2,2kg
We fished the whole stretch of bush, bout downstream to the lake and upstream to the next lake. And what a fishing place! We caught trouts in almost every pool and neck, but it was touch. The name of the stretch gives you a hint about the surroundings. Lots of bushes around the river and the heavy wind made it sometimes impossible to do ”fine art fly fishing” Luckily we were prepared with 7 and 8 weight single hand rods and short belly lines.
If you are going to Kola with a thought that you only should fish light rods and small dry flies, think again. The weather can be extreme, and you go to Kola for catching big trouts. Be prepared. Both with your gear setup and your fly boxes but also whit your mindset. Sometimes you have to change tactics. The trouts are there and they need to feed.
Caddis feeder just downstream the first rapids.
Brutal fighter, caught on chernobyl ant.
Litza has probably the most beautiful trouts in the world!
André whit his biggest Litza trout, 3,7kg on a mouse imitation.
We caught 48 trouts over 1kg in Litza. 45 over 2kg and 4 over 3kg. Biggest in Litza for us was Andrés 3,7kg trout, caught on a mouse imitation.
On Tuesday we had our move to Kharlovka and camp Oset. A really stormy day with windspeed up to 23m/s but the Russian pilots is extremely skilled, put up the chopper against the wind and push it down to the ground.
Oset was a new stretch for me and like we did in Litza, we put up our camp (tricky in that wind) and had a short briefing and strategy meeting. Jon went downstream and the rest of us start to explore the upstream part. High water level made the rapids close to camp unfishable, so we decided to walk until we find more pools, and so we did. And here we also find the fish that we were here for. Long walks in rainy and windy days helped us to stay warm but it also gave us a good view over the river. We had our focus on the upper part of the stretch and two days we walk the whole way up to the lake above Dream K and fished us the way down to camp in Oset.
Even if the weather was horrible the whole week, we had superb fishing and a fantastic experience.
We sums up Kharlovka with 88 trouts over 1kg, 55 over 2kg, 10 over 3kg and 2 over 4kg.
In total 138 trouts over 1 kg, 100 over 2kg, 14 over 3kg and 2 over 4kg. A great result in terrible weather conditions.
Jon with a 4kg kharlovka trout
Emil with a 4kg kharlovka trout