Trout Fishing Report Week 28B – 2014
We have just come back from an amazing trip to the following camps Big Trout in Kharlovka and Dream Litza. This year my group consisted of good fishing friends from Norway. All of them had been to Kola before but not to these rivers Here is our group from left: Tommy Lafton, Trond Bentestuen, Glenn Christensen, Igor (Master Chef), Kjetil Johansen, Øyvind Dahl and Tom Tuskin (Group Leader).
The group arrived in Murmansk as normal on Friday evening with the bus from Kirkenes and we stayed the night at the Meredian hotel preparing for the week on the Tundra. Expectations were high and we expected a lot of hatching since reports so far had been not too good due to very bad and colod weather. We could already see in Murmansk that spring has just arrived here up in the north and that warm temperatures had not yet come, reports from the groups coming out from the Tundra didn’t bring too good news either regarding fishing conditions.
We arrived safely as always with the Helicopter at our first camp in Big Trout Kharlovka in cold weather Saturday evening. Not much happening on the river this first evening so we went early to bed hoping for better weather the next day. Sunday morning the weather had changed into sunny weather and temperature rising above 20 C. Fishing this day turned out to be an amazing experience for us all. 4 out of 6 in the group broke their personal records this day with the biggest at 4 kg caught by Glenn. First day we caught more than 25 fish with an average weight way above 2 kg! The group now really was ready for more, and there was more to come…
Monday turned out to be even warmer than the day before with more than 28 degrees in the shadow. Hatching of different insect started in the morning and intensified during the day. In the evening we experienced one of nature’s wonders with an caddis hatch like I’ve never witnessed before! The flies popped out of the water like heavy rain and fish were rising all over the place!! By dinner these evening everyone in the group have now caught trout’s above 3 kg! Øyvind breaking his personal best 3 times already the first 36 hrs, finished the day with a nice trout on 3.3 kg! Pictures from this evening speak for themselves.
Tuesday continued as Monday with very good fishing, due to fog in the morning the pick for moving to Litza was delayed by one day. Weather this day was a bit colder but the fish didn’t seem to care too much. This day we caught several fish above 3 kg. The highlight was Glenn catching a 4,5 kg that were hooked in the back fin that gave him a fight he will never forget. I also caught a nice trout of 4,9 kg (biggest for the group this week) this day that I had to follow the whole way down in the currents on the major site at Camp Big Trout. It was luck and some experience that made it possible to net this trout. Tuesday and wednesday morning was then spent on the river enjoying very great fishing, we ended up catching 97 trouts during the 3 first day at Big trout Kharlova with an average weight wll above 2 kg!
On Wednesday afternoon we were picked up by the helicopter and transferred to camp Dream Litza. This is an amazing camp site and a great fishing site and we of course were exited too see if hatching had started here as well. We sat up camp and went to fish the streams up and down. The first evening were ok with some very nice trouts caught, but hatching was yet too come.
The next days were spent upstream and downstream of Home Pool Dream Litza . We caught many fish and experienced the wild nature around us. Weather was warm during the few days spent at Litza, hatching did never really kick off so we didn’t see too many rising fish.The best fishing we experinced on the end current upstream home pool. But never the less, we managed to have some unforgettable moments as you can see from the pictures.
All together we caught a lot of fish during the week, with a total of 148 fish above 1 kg (23 above 3 kg and 66 above 2 kg!!) Conditions were good all week with at times some wind that might explain why the hatching wasn’t good all week. All guys within the group caught fish over 3 kg and we caught even a lot over 4 kg as well. Biggest trout this week was caught by Tom Tuskin which managed to land a beautiful brown trout of 4,9 kg on dry fly at Big Trout Kharlovka.
Some experiences that we can share from the week to future participants is that you should bring a wading stick since wading conditions can be very difficult (especially at Kharlovka) and it provides you with extra safety. Bring enough Caddis and emerger flies, this is good attraction patterns which made the fish come up even though you have not seen them rising before. Regarding clothes you have to be prepared for warm and cold weather, it changes fast, I rather have a bit too warm sleeping bag than freeze during the night. Bring enough insect repellent and maybe a mosquito net if the bloodsuckers are too eager one day. Some big ones were lost during the week due to line breakage/weak hook which reminds us that these are really strong trouts. Remember to use extra strong leader/tippet (2x or even 1x!!) they do really give you an unforgettable fight!
All of us got new unforgettable moments regards to fishing and also with weather and nature sights. We would all like to rise a big thank you to Igor, our Boss at campsite and always there to provide excellent service for us. If they were handing out Michelin stars on the Tundra for excellent food you would have got one! My group really appreciated your service and that you took really good care of us, your smile and good mood makes a difference during the week. 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!
See you again next year!
On behalf of the group best regards to everyone
Tom Tuskin, Group Leader