Trout Fishing Reports 2009
Hope you are well, and that you have good luck with the big ones !
I want to tell you how much I appreciated one of the three best weeks in my lifetime on your rivers.
In this I count the world class fishing , your very nice staff at camp and your concern of me having a good time. As usual everything worked out excellent, the arrival, the helicopter deployment, food, change of camp, and then on Saturday back home again.
First campsite was the Kharlovka Dreampool, which I have as the best beat on all your rivers. Immediately before landing, I observed very high water level, and some hour later I measured the water temperature, it was only 8 degrees Celsius. I took a nice picture of a flower with my new underwater camera, just to show the high water level.
Here we stayed for three days , during these days there was very little activity from the fish, and no hatch at all. Then we where picked up and moved to Litza Running Pool. Very strong winds on the lake upstream camp made it very difficult casting our not so heavy lines, but we still managed to catch some nice brownies first evening.
So the next day came with what ? Yes, all the tundra ground was covered with something, it was snow ! This day we had snow-and hail showers all day, but believe it or not, the hatchings started. All of a sudden we had fish in every pool and in the outlets to the lakes, I caught some very nice trout with the biggest 3,4 kg.
Even just before we where picked up on Saturday, there was still big trout rising, and I caught one 3-kg:s just some minutes before take off.
Next weeks first part we had a marvelous fishing on Litza Swan, with very great hatchings all three days. I caught again one 3,4 kg trout, first take the leader broke , some hours later this fish started feeding again, this time I got it in the net, with the first fly in its mouth !
Second part of this week , we moved to Kharlovka Dream, so now I was back again ! Now it seemed we made it just right into one of the biggest hatches ever seen ! First look downstream i counted about 40-60 trout rising steadily, only big trout.
The first one was caught only some feet outside “ the maria-stone” and summarizing this day we all had caught a lot of nice trout, only on dryflies, like the pictures below.
This sedge with its green colour on the front is only spotted on the rivers Kharlovka-Litza, and I have tied up this green cdc-fly specially for this hatching. It worked out very well for everyone in the group, so I think this should be a pattern to put in the flybox when fishing on your rivers.
The next day hatching started already at 10 o’clock, now both my flies and sedges
And this day I broke an unbeatable record, 21 trout with the biggest one 3,4 kg, all taken again one those Sedge Imitations. But still the biggest wasn´t in the net, with one long rush downstream the leader broke, the day after I hooked it again , but this time the hook straightened. So no look this year with the very big ones.
Hopefully I will be back next year with stronger hooks and better knots !
It is now obvious that your efforts of protecting the area has come to be seen, never before there has ben that much trout in the Kharlovka area, so keep going on with this program.
Dear Peter, this is only a very short summary of my tree weeks, my Swedish diary will comprise more than 15 A4 pages .
Once again , thank you so much for your concern about me, and hopefully I will see you next year again, my plans are for next year two weeks.
Trout Report: Week 35A
Pina Litza and Oset Kharlovka. Ended Saturday 29-Aug-09
Group: Torben Mertz, (the Doc.), Henry Børholm, Jan Andre Pettersen, Øystein Lilesand Kurt Albertsen. Last but not least: Igor
Group Leader:Kurt Albertsen.
Nothing can compare to the tundra a late august afternoon. I should now, its my fifth time out here; Few mosquitos, big fish and beautiful weather are key words.
This time everything started out better than ever before. 17 degrees, sunny, nice water level and… BIG FISH!!!
Pina was showing itself from it most beautiful side. Before five in the afternoon we were already dressed and armed for some big Pina trout. Rumours had told us that august can be record braking if conditions are right. In less than five minutes Jan Andre started the show with a 3,2 kg beauty by the camp. He quickly followed up with a 3,4 kg and ended up with 5 fish: 2,0 2,4 2,9 3,2 and 3,4!!! Several of them on dead drift caddis. Nice start for a salmon fisher with little or no experience in trout fishing.
Øystein, also a beginner in the art of trout fishing, worked hard this afternoon trying to catch his first trout on a fly rod. He succeeded after four hours and what a fish! 5,3 kg of trout took him fifteen minutes to land on his class 5 rod. Total catch the first day was 11 fish with an average weight of 2,6 kg.
The next day gave us sixteen fish, and this time it was the Danish Doc that showed his muscles. 7 fish ranging from 1 to 2,4 kg. A stroll over to Dream Pool Litza gave 7 fish, but with a lower average size.
To my big surprise we then experienced something quite unusual in august. The wind turned a to northwest, and the temperature dropped to about 6 degrees with heavy wind and rain showers. Despite the bad conditions, Henry landed a 3,4 kg trout on a heavy nymph. A new personal record in extremely difficult conditions. Hard work always pays off.
This weather change gave us slow fishing for the rest of our Pina stay. But we will be back another august for some more “big game” trout fishing.
By the time we moved the camp to Kharlovka the weather improved a bit, and we were excited to start exploring the river from Oset up towards Dream Pool. Still the wind was giving us a lot of trouble but we landed 4 fish the first afternoon. The following days developed nice, and we started to see fish feeding on emerging caddis in the late evenings and eventually also during the day.
In total we caught 55 fish, 30 in Pina with an average size of 2,03 kg, and 25 in Kharlovka with average size of 1,9 kg. A beautiful way to end the trout fishing season.
Thanks to Peter and Kharlovka company for perfect logistics and service, and also thank Olga in Pasvik Turist, for getting us all from Kirkenes to Murmansk and back.
Now its time to let the rivers rest and the trout spawn. We look forward to be back another time.
Trout Report: Week 33A
Swan Litza and Oset Kharlovka ended Saturday 08-Aug-09
Group leader Pål K.
Flyfishermen: Odd, Magnar, Tore, Trond, Pål A and Pål K.
The trip started with fog delaying the group. They had to spend the first night in the Rynda salmon camp. Before arriving to the salmon camp the helicopter had to land upstream from the camp because of fog, here the group spotted a wolverine, and they were able to film it for awhile. In the Rynda camp they were taken care of in the best way, and were served food and drinks at the lodge. They even got beds for the night. The next day while waiting for the fog to clear we went to a small lake close to the salmon camp, here Trond caught 3 char above 1kg on a dry fly, the largest 1.5 kg. Several small trout were caught by the others..
Because of the delay we decided to use only one camp, Swan Isles on the Litza. This was probably a mistake. The water level was lower than I have experienced in the past and it seemed like our fishing made the fish move away. The fishing was very good in the beginning around the islands. When the fishing slowed down there we went downstream. This proved to be better, and when the weather improved we caught quite a few fish there.
One of the first mornings at the camp, a wolverine (it might have smelled the bacon), was spotted swimming across the river and jumping up on the rocks very close to the camp, a great experience for those of us out of bed.
We had variable weather all through the week, with the best fishing in calm sunny conditions.
We had a great stay and the group was pleased. The only thing really missing was insect hatches and rising fish. We probably saw less than 20 rises during the stay.
Best flies were Streaking Caddis, Kola Killer (A Wooly Bugger style fly) and Marabou Woolybugger.
Trout Report: Week 32A
Wulf’s Lear, Kharlovka and Dream Pool, Litza, ended Saturday 08-Aug-09.
By Erlend Welde (Group leader)
Group: Magnus Haugen, Gunnar Johnsen, Torgeir Riise, Lars Sigvald Riise and Ulf Nilsen.
As usual, the journey from the hotel to the tundra went smoothly. By 14.00 the group had made their tents, and were in their waders. The weather was sunny, and despite a slow breeze from the north, the air temperature was 20 degrees Celsius. The water temperature held 17 C. All in all, the conditions seemed better for cold beer on the riverbank, than for dry fly fishing. But a good compromise is to have a beer and then go fishing. And so we did.
I had some concerns about the conditions. There were no insect activity. Even the mozzies were sparse. This could be a tough start. But the group went to work, presenting caddis patterns to every potential holding pool. Lars was the first in the protocol, with a fantastic start. He started gently, with a nice 2,2kg trout. His next catch dropped the scale to 3,5kg. Finishing of with a fantastic 3,7kg trout, he figured it was time for lunch!
His amazing catch brought the mood back to the rest of the group, who had fished upstream with no result. While Andrei prepared our coffee I took a few casts on the tail of the home pool. A 3,6kg trout took my Tsjernobyl Ant with slow confidence.
In the evening the fog came in from the north, dropping the air temperature to a decent 8 degrees C. In the bigger pools below long rapids, caddis started to move around. Suddenly huge tails were waving at us. The fish gave their positions, but were not easily caught. Feeding selectively on caddis pupae, size 12 to 14, big floating caddis patterns were inefficient. Luckily some of us had tied up a bunch of the excellent Kjell Sømme Pupae, and it did the trick.
The first day gave us a good indication on the week to come. The fish were slow, but big! A few days later Ulf took an evening stroll down to Lars` neck, and caught a 4,5kg lunker. I caught a few more fish next to the dinner tent. Two 68cm beauties came out of the home pool tail, taking an insane looking rubber legged dry pattern. One weighed in at 3,2kg, and after releasing it we found that the scale was broken. It stayed at 3,2 in the protocol, but was probably near the 4kg mark. The next was a real monster, weighing in at 4,6kg. This time on a proper scale. A new personal Kola record for me.
The weather conditions stayed more or less the same for the rest of the week. Warm days, ending with cold and foggy nights. We had caddis activity from 23.30 to 02.00, with rising fish. During the day fishing was slow, but far from impossible. The cold nights made the water temperature drop a few degrees, and a quick shower on Wednesday made the mozzies wake up. -And stay for the rest of the week.
The rest of the group where fishing for Kola trout for the first time, and it took a while for most of them to get a hold of the fishing technique. Under conditions like these, you need to «read» the river. Casting your fly to where the fish are holding is essential. But when you crack the code, the Litza and Kharlovka always give you a great reward.
Our stats for the week: 59 trout over 1kg. 31 over 2kg. 9 over 3kg.
Wulf`s Lear, Kharlovka
29 fish, with an average weight of 2,25kg!!!
Top three: 3,7kg, 4,5kg and 4,6kg.
30 fish, with an average weight of 1,95kg!
Top three: 3kg, 3kg and 3,1kg.
We didn`t catch a great number of fish, but who cares when they are as long as your arm?!
A big thank you to Peter Power and his staff, especially the guys at Rynda Camp and our excellent guide and master chef Andrei.
Rynda 32 week ended Saturday 08-Aug-09.
Paddlers. Per, Jørn, Edvard, Morten, Knut, Kjell and Pål
This trip started where the last trip on Rynda ended, by Torismanjavre. While staying in Camp 1 we fished the river from the lake and downstream to The 5 finger rapids. The first 200m of the river from the lake is one of our favourite parts of Rynda. Some group members also went exploring the lake by canoe, and went upstream the Rynda and a small tributary.
This week showed us how important it is for us to use Norway time on our watches. We are at longitude about 37.5 degrees east and that is 2 ½ hours before GMT. Norwegian daylight saving time gives midnight (sun lowest) at about 2330 Norway time, and 0130 Moscow time. Every night we had rising fish from about 2400 Moscow time, and a lot of our fishing was from that time and the next 3-4 hours. When living on Moscow time it is very easy to go to bed to early in the evening if nothing has started happening.
By Torismanjavre it was difficult to find out what the fish were eating. One pool had many fish rising late every night. We had very interesting fishing, and several fish above 2 kg with the largest at 2.8 kg The flies used were small caddis imitations of several kinds. Sømme Puppa, Rackelhahan, Dyret, Elk Hair caddis, etc. During the day a few mayflies were hatching and a couple of fish rising, these were taken on mayfly imitations.
Camp 2 was about 6 km downstream, another beautiful campsite along this river. From his campsite we fished up to The 5 finger rapids and downstream for 6 km. There is a lot of interesting water here and we had some really great caddis hatches with swimming pupae, they started hatching around midnight (sun time, 0130 Moscow time). Several large fish were caught with the greatest being a 6.6 kg salmon taken on a hook 10 Sømme Puppa (dry fly), by the inventor of that fly, Kjell Sømme. (the salmon was rising like a trout).
It seems like everybody were pleased with the trip as most of paddlers want to go again.
Trout report week 31A
Running pool Litza and Second knee Litza, ended Saturday 01-Aug-09
Group: Frode Heiestad, Bjørn Frantzen and Roy-Idar Brandlistuen (group leader)
When we looked out of the hotel window in Murmansk it was not so optimistic as it was in the bar the night before. A lot of fog! As usual, the driver was in time, but the message was that we probably had to wait a bit before we could lift with the helicopter. When we came to the helicopter it was still thick fog and little optimism. But we had always good information from Rynda camp; weather forecasts and information about the plans. Very good! At 15.30 the weather changed suddenly and only a few minutes later we got the message: Now we go! The world’s best trout fishing was started.
We were ready to fish at. 19.00 in Running pool Litza, a place which for me is going to be one of my favourites. First out was Bjørn. We found a rising fish right away but Bjørn was little too eager and misses several times (but after a little frustration and meditation, Bjørn was the only one who got the fish during the daytime the next day). Frode got fish in his first two throws. A very good start. This evening and in the night, it was a lot of rising fish and we caught 11 fishes, all on dry fly/caddis.
We had heard about a difficult fishing, where the fish just ate swimming pupae . This we experienced in a backwater every night. The fish rising completely insane, but took only swimming pupae. This I must be prepared for next time.
The same was repeated every day. It was bad fishing during the day and a good evening/night-fishing (22.00 to 04.00) and we took almost all fish on dry fly (caddis). Frode and Bjorn set a new personal dryfly record, 2,5kg and 2,1kg.
Second Knee Litza was a completely different place. The river is much wider here and looks a little complex and difficult, but we found out quickly that we could wade and fish everywhere. In Running we got almost all the fish at dry flies, but here it was different. No rising did that we used streamers. It was just one pool that produced rising fish, but what a pool. I am sure that there were 20 trout there.
The last day we walked a little upstream. We stopped at a wonderful place, where it looked good. After getting a few fishes here I got a large one. After a couple hard fights, it would just go downstream and I had to run after. After a hard struggle and a 200meter run, I got it finally in the landing net. 3.5 kg, a new personal best for me.
So Running and Second knee gave us 64 fishes with an average of 1.5 kg. 9 over 2 kg. 1 over 3kg. Highest 3.5 kg. Bjorn and Frode had personal best at dryfly.
Need to thank Andrei for delicious food and great spirits.
We look forward to coming back!
Best regards Roy-Idar Brandlistuen
Trout Report: Week 30B
Mystic Litza and Big Trout Kharlovka, ended Saturday 26-Jul-09.
At first we where 3 Italians and 2 Norwegians leaving for Mystic and Big Trout. But just 5 days before leaving Italy and Norway Lars Tarald joined the group, and with his skills in Italian and Russian he made the dialog much easier throughout the whole trip. We started in Mystic Litza which was a lovely piece of river. The weather changed from rain, sun, wind and fog in minutes and the temperature was low.
The fish was rising at the hatching mayflies, but they where hard to get. We found it difficult to find the right fly, but caught several fish on Klinkhammers, duns and mayfly nymphs the following days. Massimiliano caught the trips biggest trout, 3, 4 kg. The weather was pretty much stable unstable, but the fish seemed to like it. Sometimes there was large amount of caddis flies in the air. After catching about 30 nice trout in Mystic we headed for Big Trout Wednesday.
The weather changed a bit and got warmer daytime and colder nighttime. Since we where recommended to inflate the boats, the Norwegians started with the smallest and took it upstream, and the Italians went to the currents downstream. We were going to experience that the fish was even harder to catch in Big Trout than in Mystic. The whole group went down to Wulfs Lear on Thursday. We brought some great lunch boxes from Igor and had a nice day in the sun. In pure desperation of not catching fish I tried a Czech nymph in the deep currents which worked great. Lars also had a good day down there with 2.3 kg as the best.
Lars had never caught a fish on dry fly before this trip, and on Friday he finally got the opportunity. A rising fish on pretty still water was spotted, and armed with a superpupae and 4x he got to work. He made a perfect cast and the trout took the fly straight away. His dry fly debut weighed 3, 1 kg. Nice start. Filippo went alone to Wulfs Lear the same day with the result of two nice fish over 2 kg. Øystein had two days in Big Trout with no fish, but he never gave up. His experience and determination paid of with two nice fish Friday. Marco was always catching fish and this day was no exception.
Thanks to Igor for great food, and great company. If needed he always had a helping hand. In summary, all the guys where happy with the trip and had a great experience.
Until next time….
Best regards and tight lines
Espen Wiik Stigersand
Trout Report: Week 30A
Dream Kharlovka and Bush Litza, ended Saturday 25-Jul-09
Group: Steinar (Group Leader), Ivar, Cato, Kjetil, Alf & Odd
As usual good fishing, but not so many fish caught as the best weeks.
Total for group 30A: 71 trout over 1 kg landed, 53 in Dream and 18 in Bush.
Largest trout: 3, 1 kg (three). Most caught on dries; May fly duns and caddis.
Our thanks to our guide (Vassili – please check spelling) who served great meals and fantastic soups and was always helpful and in good spirit
The weather was cold in first part of week 30 when we stayed in Dream Kharlovka, with temperatures from approx 10 degrees C in daytime to just above zero at night. Some rain and wind from north. The water level seemed normal to medium high.
In spite of (or because of?) very cold weather there was some heavy mayfly hatches in sizes 12-14 (light green) and 14-16 dark olive/brown. The trout was rising steadily around 12:00 – 14:00 to 19:00, and even some rising during evening. The real challenge was to present a dun dead drift in the path of the trout. If so, we had near 100% acceptance by trout, but far from full hooking rate. The trout took the flies very lazily; each take looked like slow motion.
Even though the trout was rising to duns it seemed like most fish took mayfly emergers just below surface, with typical head and tail rises.
The weather turned quite warm, with small winds from southwards and temperatures above 20 degrees C. During night fog appeared, and it was cold enough to ensure sound sleeping. Perhaps this change in temperatures from day to night affected the fishing in a negative way?
Bush Litza had quite low water level, and the fishing was slow with few fish rising. We had some small may fly hatches at daytime (10:00 – 16:00) and caught some trout’s on duns, but most were caught on blind fishing with dry caddies. During the darkest hours around midnight some caddies appeared, but not in so large numbers that the fishing was affected.
Trout Report: Week 29B
Big Trout Kharlovka – Running Litza – First Knee Litza, ended Saturday 18-Jul-09
By: Martin Berglund Jensen ( Group Leader )
Group: Peter Wulf, Are Bjorlykke, Eivind Hagen, Øivind Torsen, Martin Berglund Jensen
After trip with plane and bus, and a nice party in Murmansk, we suddenly arrived the Russian Tundra. We meet Peter Wulf on Rynda Camp who was going to join our group this week. After a short meeting with info we go by helicopter to Running Litza.
We had hope about good fishing, the weather was nice 20 gr and 13gr in water, and the group in week
28 had marvellous fishing. All guys set up tent in a hurry, rigged rods and ran to the river .The first we see is
rising. This is heaven. Eivind catch a fish on his first throw, with his new split cane rod. The fish is very strong and
the rod get broken, but he catch the fish in the net.
Nice start. Eivind with 2, 4 kg trout.
The fishing is fantastic so we catch 21 fish the first night. Mostly on caddis.
Øivind with personal record 2, 6kg
We really like this river. Tremendous. A lot of good spots, and fish almost everywhere. But on day two and three there
are more mayflies and mayfly emerging. The fish appear to be much more selective. But we take our time and study the
flies on water and we catch a lot of fish. 64 trout before we leaving Running Litza.
Biggest is Peter’s 3kg trout catch on nymph when he is eating lunch
Day three we move the camp to First knee Litza. The weather has changed. Wind and 10 degrees.
Eivind has problems with his tent in the wind.
There are no rising to see in this river so here we have to use streamer. Eivind catches a nice one second throw. 2, 6kg.
We think its not that fun to fish with streamer, but with these circumstances we have no choice. We catch some nice fish
Peter is trying fish luck in the lake.
On day two in First knee, Are, Eivind and me decide to walk up to Swan Camp.Its a very long trip, but we start in the
morning.After a 2 hour walk we are not even at the half way point, so we decide to start fishing. We stop at a nice
part of the river. Big rocks and deep water. Eivind sees a big trout smashing the water. So he tries to catch it.
We never reach swan, but we had a tremendous trip, with nice weather, good food, and good fishing.
Are with personal record. 2, 6kg
The last day on the trip, we all stay in camp. We are fishing with streamer, this day also. We get a few fish, and it’s
really cold. But after lunch I go upstream and look for rising. But there are no fish to see. But suddenly the weather changes to
sun, and small mayflies start hatching, the rising starts. But then I find out that my fly box with mayflies is in the camp
i have to run. I run the fastest I can, so the guys think I have a bear after me. He He. I yell to the the boys that the
rising has started upstream, so Eivind, Are and me run up again and start to fish. Its a lot of fish rising, and we all have
fish on the same time. This is very nice. We have this fantastic fishing in about one our, and then it starts blowing again
and the fish stop rising.
We stop fishing when we have got 100 trout over 1 kg.
We all had a fantastic time at the Tundra with good fishing, and very good food.
Trout Report: Week 29A
Big Trout Kharlovka – Saami Kitchen Litza, ended Saturday 18-Jul-09.
By: Johnny Liverød
Group: Morten Undersaker ( Norway ), Morten Gregertsen ( Norway ), Knut Hegge ( Norway ), Calvin Harris ( Austria ), and Johnny Liverød ( Group Leader Norway )
From left Igor(chef), Morten G, Morten U, Knut, Calvin and Johnny
The journey started with 5 excited guys.
We landed at Big Trout Kharlovka just a couple of hours later than schedule because of some heavy fog. After we had set up the camp and had a quick info we spread in 2 groups for fishing.
The weather was splendid! It was 24 degrees and the sun was shining! The water temperatures reached 14 degrees which is perfect for hatching.
Then suddenly we saw the first fish rising and all thoughts of alcohol and women were very quickly forgotten! The fly was hatching and the hunting could begin.
It took only a few minutes before Morten U. landed the first Kharlovka trout, 3, 6 kg J This day was absolute wonderful and everyone was satisfied. When we fell asleep everyone dreamed about the next day
We fished from early morning to late nights with very good results from all day long. The next day started just as well as the first.
We enjoyed our days at the Big Trout area with ‘great’ fishing weather the most of the stay, but unfortunately the weather switched to northwest wind. Water temperature was rising 1 degree every day and stop at 17 degree. Sadly the fished stopped feeding on the surface.
On Wednesday, we were picked up by MI-8 and flown to Saami Kitchen Litza. The weather got bad with Northwest wind and some rain, it started to be harder to get the fish.
Week summary: It was a good week with a lot of different weather and a lot of hatching we caught approximately 60 respectable fish over 1 kg, with several personal bests being broken.
A big thanks to Igor our guide and camp chef, who took very good care of us as all wise, and a great thanks to the whole staff that is helpful and caring. Thank you all! We are all looking forward to returning as soon as possible.
Trout report week 28A
Swan Isles Litza and Dream Pool Kharlovka, ended Saturday 11 July 2009
Group: Kai Finbråten (Group leader), Kristian Topp (Film photographer) , Finn Amundsen, Roy Idar Brandlistuen, Peter Wulf, Igor (chef)
That trout fishing in these rivers are world class is an understatement!! What we experienced these 6 days are difficult to write down in words. But I`ll try…..
As always the trip from Murmansk with bus and helicopter was right on scheduled.
Out on the tundra we went. When the MI8 hovered over swan isles looking for a good landing spot, we saw lots of birds feeding on the surface. That only means one thing…insects HATCHING! It was 2 degrees Celsius in the air and 7 in the river… Insects where I`m from is not really keen to emerge in these conditions…! Anyway, we landed, got the gear out and the helicopter left. After 3 minutes we saw the first rising fish. After two more minutes we saw waving tails everywhere, we didn`t believe our eyes. Mayflies and caddis flies were all over the river. The fish were only feeding on caddis. I think a tent camp on the tundra never has been raised so fast ever…. 14.30 we were ready to fish. To make a long story short. We managed to catch 47 trout before dinner at 21.00. With an average of 1, 9 kilo, the biggest weighed in at 2, 8 kilo. All fish caught on dries. We were speechless!! After dinner and rest of the three days, the fishing was as good as it started. We had freezing cold weather with snow in the air a couple of times, but the temperatures slowly moved the right direction during the days. Swan isles gave us fishing that cannot be described in words, luckily we had Kristian Topp with us to document it on film: We landed unbelievable 114 brown trout the first three days with 4 fish over 3 kilos with 3, 4 at the top. Average 1, 9 kilo. And we saw hatching of millions of mayflies, caddis flies and stoneflies. The mosquitoes did NOT like the cold weather.
“Sadly” we had to leave the most incredible 3 days. On Wednesday at 14.00 the MI8 picked us up right on the minute and transported us to dream pool Kharlovka, and we all agreed what we just had experienced cannot be copied, our trip was “saved” the first evening…
And what happened when we landed in Kharlovka? Déjà vu!! Feeding fish everywhere!! We were a bit more chilled this time and made a perfect camp before we went out fishing, and the fishing continued as it did in Swan isles. We landed 42 fish before dinner at 23.00 first night…what can you say?? Now the temperatures were 16 degrees in the air and 12 in the river. And the mosquitoes have definitely arrived… Peter Wulf, a real kola veteran and a true trophy hunter had observed an 11-12 pound fish feeding on the surface, and we saw it in his eyes.. He was on a mission! After several hours observing and casting the fish, he managed to hook it and the fight was on! Some minutes later Peter lost the fight. The leader broke…. The same thing happened two days later on the same fish, but then the fish straighten the hook. You can`t win them all Peter, I know you will hit back…. Peter also manages to break a new personal record this week. 21 trout over 1 kilo in one day!! The fishing stayed this good for the rest of the week. On the last day Roy, Finn and I found a big fish rising. There was a “small” fish rising next to the big one. Finn landed the “small” one…2, 9 kilos..! We had to give up the “lunker”, because it was only one hour to pick up. Back home all went perfectly as always.
So Dream Pool Kharlovka gave us 118 brown trout the last three days, which gave us a total of 232 trout with an average of 1, 9 kilo. In these numbers there were 103 fish over 2 kilos and 12 fish over 3 kilos. All on dries except of two fish caught on a streamer! Everyone in the group landed fish over 3 kilos. UNBELIEVABLE!
I want to thank the whole group for a record-breaking week, and the respect they show the fish and the nature on the tundra. Of course also a big thanks to our excellent chef Igor for his cooking skills and his positive and smiling personality.
I could probably write 100 pages of what we experienced this week. I gave you the short facts. We have this week experienced the best dry fly-fishing for brown trout the world has to offer. Thanks to the ASR and Peter Power`s way to conserve this area. So to all of you who want to experience this, respect the rules and regulations in this area and it will be this good always!!
Trout report week 28B
Scones Kharlovka & Dream Pool Litza, ended Saturday 11 July 2009
Group: Lars Kalek (Sweden), Ola Johansen (Norway), Roy Thue (Norway), Nils Oskar Søgaard (Norway), Vasiliy Kiselev (Guide/chef), Tom R. Bekkeli (Norway, Group leader)
After a pleasant trip from Kirkenes Norway via Murmansk and out to the helicopter platform at Tunami we were 5 anxious guys waiting to land at the tundra. After picking up necessary gear and our always fantastic chef Vasiliy at the Rynda camp we set course for Scones.
The first two days were a bit cold and chilly. Wind direction North West, air temperature approx 2-8 degree Celsius and water temperature was about 8 degree Celsius. Even in this relatively low temperature we saw some hatching Mayflies. Incredible how some insects and a rising trout can make you warm inside even when it’s chilly outside. We managed to catch a nice amount of fish even in these conditions on dry flies.
Our rookie this year; Nils Oskar (17 years) broke his personal best with a very nice trout on 2.4 kg on the very first day. Roy who later proved himself to be a bad ass fisherman did also catch several nice fish these two days. The rest of us had a little slow start.
At the end of our stay at Scones the wind turned and we could feel the temperature rising. And you know what….with higher temperature comes the hatchings. The last part of our stay in Scones was a dream.
Mayflies and Caddis everywhere…and yes; the fish was feeding. All five of us found the rhythm and we all landed many nice fish. Our all time favourite Swede (Lars) had marvellous fishing the last day. He caught six big ones in the currents by the famous «Cabin». We left Scones with three trout bigger that three kilos attached in our memories and on our memory cards.
When the chopper picked us up and sat course for Dream Litza we all had a feeling that we were leaving something extraordinary. After all the hatchings were incredible when we left Scones. When the chopper went in for landing at Dream Litza we could see Dream Pool from the air. When I was looking out of the window I could see a rising trout in the pool. Maybe Litza should continue were Kharlovka left off??
After setting the camp we spread out by the river. I soon spotted some really big trout feeding on the surface. When I sat down on the bank to find out which was the biggest a strong breeze came and ruined the risings. I guess this set the standard for the rest of the week for all except Roy … He just continued to catch fish no matter what. The rest of us had to work hard to find fish feeding on the surface. When we did find rising fish we had to do things «right» to catch them. Satisfaction even bigger….
Anyway; with nice temperatures in the air and of course incredible fishing from time to time Litza proved itself to be one of the worlds greatest trout streams again. We caught more than 30 fish over one kilo here as well. For the records; we had a blast all five of us in each others company. We even broke the world record one night when it came to emptying vodka bottles, wine bottles and beer cans:-)
Five guys left the tundra with big smiles on their faces. 97 fish bigger than one kilo! 39 of them were bigger than 2 kilos, four bigger than 3 kilos and very few smaller than 1.5 kilos. We asked ourselves: were else in the world can you have trout fishing like this??
Conclusion and answer; NO there is nowhere else on this planet that you can fish for wild trout in un-spoiled streams and rivers like this.
This is all thanks to Peter Power and his amazing program. A big thanks to Peter Power and his hard working crew.
To my friend Vasiliy; hope to see you again some day!
Cheers, Tom R. Bekkeli
Paddlers. Trond, Glenn, Tom, Tommy, Øyvind, Kjell and Pål.
Camp 1 was about 18km by helicopter from the fork between Pina and Litza, just where Pina enters a long lake. The first 2 days we fished the river upstream. Tom and Tommy even walked all the 10 km up to the next lake, a long hard walk that paid off as Tommy caught a 2.7 beautiful trout there. We saw a few rising fish on this part of the river, and most of the fish we caught were caught on dry flies. The weather was cold and very windy.
The 3rd day was calm when we moved to Camp 2 (only 5 km paddling), to the middle of the lake where a little rivers enters the lake from the east. This is a fantastic campsite with a great beach. There was fresh bear tracks in the sand. We had warm weather with 13 degrees in the water, and time for swimming. No insects were hatching in the small river, but a few fish were caught on Streaking Caddis and Streamers.
The next day we headed for what we had planned to be Camp 3 (about 10 km paddling), a part of Pina also fished by the groups camping at the Dream Pool Litza. The day started nice with no wind and we needed mosquito repellent. The wind picked up little by little, and while separated on a small lake , when the wind suddenly started howling, and we got large waves on the lake and the paddling was very difficult and the conditions a bit dangerous. When everyone was safe across we had to stop for the night as paddling was impossible. Luckily this was by a very nice short stretch of the river, and even in the howling wind several very nice fish were caught.
The next day we were in doubt about canoeing, and if it even would be possible to paddle into the head wind. We ended up trying, and for 3 km on one lake the canoes were towed wading in the lake. We finally made camp on what was planned as Camp 3, a beautiful campsite at a very nice part of Pina. The last 3 days were very cold with hail, fog, rain and snow. From time to time we saw a few mayflies and a few rises from fish, and we knew that a major hatch was just around the corner. 3 hours before the helicopter arrived, with Glenn the only one still fishing, the mayflies started hatching and the fish started rising. At a pool that for two days had been bombarded with Wooly Buggers without success, 3 fish started rising and all 3 were caught by Glenn before it was time to pack down the rod and go home. If we had just one more day!
Everyone agreed that this river had to be paddled again when insects are hatching.
Paddlers. Ole Anton, Jon Erling, Peter, Tor Egil, Kai, Kjell and Pål.
We started the trip just below The Great Lakes. The camp is about 2 km below the lake. For 3 days we were fishing from the camp and up to the lake. The first part of the river out of the lake has been good for the last 3 years, with hatches and rising fish. The spring was delayed this year, and almost nothing was green. The temperature in the river was from 6-10 degrees. In spite of this we had plenty of fish rising to small caddis and some midges, and we had fun dry fly fishing. Flies used were Rackelhanan, Tri-Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis and Streaking Caddis. We caught several trout above 2 kg and many between 1 and 2 kg. At this camp we were lucky enough to see a polar fox. Reindeer was around us every day at this camp.
We left rising fish to paddle on to Camp 2, a beautiful camp site at the outlet from Torismanjavri, or Lake Peter as we also call it. The trip down the river was easy, and this year we were able to paddle or line the canoes down all the rapids. We passed a stretch of the river with a small hatch of mayflies, and later regretted not camping there to see what would happen.
At Camp 2 we fished from the lake down about 4 km to what Pål calls The 5 Finger Rapids, an easy trip in a canoe. There are several interesting parts of the river on this stretch. And just below the rapid we have had excellent fishing. We had no hatches this time, and the fishing was blind fishing with large dry Streaking Caddis or Streamers. The fishing was good, but we had hoped for hatches. It was very windy all the time. On night it calmed down and Kjell went out on the lake and found some char eating midges along a foam line. He caught 3 nice char before the wind picked up again, the largest almost 2.5 kg.
We had very variable weather during the week with cold nights. The water temperature got up to 12 degrees towards the end of the week.