Trout Fishing Report Week 31A – 2014
This year’s story from the experienced fly-fishermen (and one newbie) was once again great fishing by catching 63 trout larger than 1 kg (largest 3,9kg) during normal water level conditions at Swan Isles Litza. Again our warmest thanks to Mr. Kola, our guide Luganscky Volodya and the rest at Kharlovka Company and Olga at Pasvikturist.
The catches this year was quite evenly distributed and everyone caught beautiful browns worth remembering during the winter days.
The group (from left): Alf Sollund (Norway – group leader), Thor Evensen (Norway). Luganscky Volodya (Russia, our guide), Åsmund Lange (Norway), , Erik Nerland (Norway), and Martin Olav Moen (Norway).
Uncertainty about fishing conditions
We had heard about late spring and cold summer without major hatches from first groups, so we were uncertain about what to expect. However, when we arrived at the camp at Swan Isles at Litza we soon discovered normal water level and conditions. This time we agreed with our guide to camp downwards below the small tributary instead of the normal camp place up at the outlet of the lake. The reason for this was to stay between the Isles and the lower part to avoid long hikes downwards since everyone was eager to return to the pools downwards.
Where we found the fish this year
Normally we have found minor numbers of trout among the isles and small streams, and huge numbers downwards. This year was opposite. There was many trout in the labyrinths of the small beautiful streams among the isles, and seemingly less downstream. Why this is, we cannot judge. There were no major hatches, so our theories spanned from rare earth minerals to reindeers impaling trout on their antlers.
Matching the no-hatch
This is what I wrote in 2013 “Note to self after 2013: Tie smaller more realistic patterns and add a lot more swimming pupae in small sizes in a new low-water box”. Therefore, this year our boxes was brimming with small delicate caddis and pupae’s. During our week, the wind changed from strong north to very strong south with still in beginning and end. This is probably why we had almost no hatches and lack of rising trout. The result was that we needed none of our brilliant new patters. What to do then? The solution was as always to dive into our old and proven boxes and to go for larger dry caddies’ fished dead-drift. These are so strong triggers that the trout was fooled repeatedly to rise.
Litza, the place to be
Litza once again turned out to be a top of the notch places in the world for dry fly fishing the brown trouts. Our thanks to Kahrlovka company and our excellent guide for once again making the brown trout fishing available. Our guide Luganscky provided reat meals. He is also a experienced trout flyfisher and an excellent guide with in-depth knowledge of Russian fishing.
We hope to meet again in 2015.