Trout Fishing Reports 2010
Trout report week 8B (14 – 21 August)
Scones Kharlovka and Swan Isles Litza
Group (from left at picture): Martin Olav Moen (Norway), Erik Nerland (Norway), Tommy Josefsen (Norway), Steinar Simonsen (Norway), Igor (Russia, our guide) and Alf Sollund (Norway – group leader).
Another year, another splendid trip to the largest wild brown trout on Earth. This time we started with really nice weather at Scones. But it soon came evident from the clouds that something was cooking. And true enough, the weather turned really fresh and minty with wind in the range of 20m/s and worse. During the first days the temperature dropped from above 20 to around 3 in the air, and from 16 to 6 degrees in the water. The fishing became difficult. Some resorted to fry imitations, other tried to sleep during bad weather. Kudos to Tommy who didn’t sleep, but rather hibernated for days on end.
Luckily we had our excellent guide Igor to keep tent standing and provide us with steaming hot soups and heavy-duty food to battle weather. In spite of the rather fresh weather we cached some nice Kharlovka trout, and Martin broke his old record with his first 3,0 kg trout.
Once in Swan Isles the weather improved a bit, but we still needed to camp downstream below the small river to get shelter for our tents. We started fishing up around the Isles around the usual camp-site. Due to the foul weather there were little hatches. Even then we managed to get the fish rising to caddies, Alf starting off with a beautiful fish of 3,0 kg. The next day’s continued with both fry imitations and dries. During daytime the trout rose to dries in spite of some wind, water temperature of 6 and air temperatures of around 5 degrees. In the evening the fry imitations (large un-weighted) were most efficient. We also had a couple of noticeably short caddis pupae hatches were the fish took flies on and just above surface. Martin once aging made a personal record with help from Steinar with his unique “shuffle” netting technique.
Some of us rounded off with a day in Murmansk were we have found the most beautiful girls one can imagine!
Our summary from the trip is that we are lucky to have experienced some tough weather and difficult fishing. It is truly amazing how one can experience large trout rising to dries in any but perfect summer conditions. Two in the group made new personal trout records. We ended up with 48 trout over 1kg on 5 fishermen, and 7 of these of 3kg or larger.
Trout report week 5A (24 – 31 July)
Big trout Kharlovka and Bush Litza
Morten Lafton (Norway), Frank Henning Skaarud (Norway), Frank Tønnesen (Norway), Kjetil Tønnesen (Norway), Thor Oyvind Hagen (Norway) and Johnny Liverød (Group Leader Norway)
The journey started without any complications, the weather was perfect with an easy wind to keep most of the mosquitoes away.
We landed at Kharlovka Dream pool right on time. 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 22 degree and the sun was shining. The water temperatures reach 14 degree and the Mayfly was hatching. We were a little bit worry because the weather forecast was saying hot and sunny the most of the week. But suddenly we saw the first fish rising and everything was forgotten. I went 200 m above Frank T and Kjetil and after 6 – 7 casts a big bastard took my caddis fly and run away with it. The big monster fish start with an unbelievable jumping circus; I stopped counting the number of jumps after 10 times.
We where fishing night with very god result from 1200 to 0300.
The next day started just as god as the first. Frank S also caught a fish over 4 kg and we ordered pay TV and this was what we got:
Frank S also had an unforgotten episode with a nearly 1 kg trout. A 4 – 5 kg pike took it with a really nasty splashy attach. It was a hell of a fight :
We enjoyed the next days in Kharlovka and we caught several nice fish
The conclusion of the week: It was a fantastic week with several nice fish, there where breaking several new personal records.
Igor the chef was taking very good care of us as always with good food and hi is always in a good mood independently of the weather.
We are all looking forward to returning to this fantastic place
Very Best Wishes from Johnny and the rest of the group.
Trout report week 4B (17 – 24 July)
Oset Kharlovka and Running Litza
Group: Raymond, bjørnar, Geir Ove, Thorbjørn, Lasse, Erlend (Group Leader) and Vasiliy (Guide and Chef).
It is always a joy to bring new faces to the tundra. Four of the guys on the group where rookies, and to see the excitement that never leaves their faces for the entire week is a thrill for a group leader.
Just before we left for Tumaniy, we got word from the previous group. The report was that fishing was difficult, with high water temperatures and sparse hatches. Even this far north, the weather can be very warm for long periods of time. With this in mind we tried to bring our expectations down.
But still. This is the famous Kharlovka and Litza rivers. Even on a bad day, the fishing is better than most rivers in the world. Landing in Oset, and seeing the beautiful Kharlovka again, made my hopes go high again. As we set our tents up on the ridge, we could spot the first rising fish down in the home pool. And after a few hours of fishing the first 8 trout where landed. The biggest, a fat trout longer than your leg, weighed in to a respectable 2,8kg.
The following days where quite decent. The Kharlovka held 16 degrees, and the air temperature balanced around the twenties. The wind was on and of during these days, and when it stopped we had small hatches, with a mix of mayflies and caddis. The best day gave us two ours of mayfly hatching and a magnificent evening with size 22 spinners. In general the fish did not rise steadily, but they where still keen on our dry flies. In three days we caught 52 fish. A very good number, considering the conditions and the lack of experience in the group.
We stayed in Running Pool, Litza for the second half of the week. The water temperature in the Litza was 17,5 degrees when we arrived, and this forced us to change tactics. In this type of conditions the fishing tend to be slow during the day. Mid day is a good time for siesta.
In the evening the caddis will start to move below every rapid in the river, giving an exiting but difficult fishing. You can se big fins waving at you, making your heart rate rise. In these situations the trout can get very selective, giving a true challenge for the angler. You need both the right fly pattern and the correct presentation.
Friday morning the wind grew strong, making flyfishing impossible. It turned out to be a real summer storm, and we had to seek shelter in our tents for the entire day and night. Because of this we lost 24 hours of fishing. This is not something that happens often, even on the Tundra. But when the storm hits, take it with a smile. It’s all a part of the tundra experience.
The total catch in Litza where 21 trout. That gave us a total of 73 fish after five days of fishing. With a few exceptions they where all caught on dry flies.
Behind the statistics there are many great moments. How about Lasse, who caught a 50 gram trout on his Muddler. While reeling it in a 2kg trout attacked the “live bait” and hooked itself! We have pictures to prove it.
And Raymond, who had to run down a 100 meter rapid, before he could land a 2,9kg trout. I, myself, had a 2,1kg trout take my parachute dun only three meters from my feet. I sat the hook, and the fish went on a 30 meter run upstream through strong currents.
And let’s not forget. All the guys went home with new personal records. In total we caught seven fish over 3kg. Top five: 4kg, 3,8kg, 3,8kg, 3,6kg and 3,3kg.
Raymond, bjørnar, Thorbjørn, Lasse and Geir Ove, thank you for your great company. Thank you to our guide Vasiliy, and a great big thanks to Kola and the staff at Rynda Camp for your organization skills and flexibility.
See you next year.
Trout report week 4A (17 – 24 July)
Big trout Kharlovka and Saami Kitchen Litza
Pål Henriksen (Norway), Rune Liverød (Norway), John Ivar Liverød (Norway), Vidar Mørch (Norway), Frode Hagen (Norway) and Johnny Liverød (Group Leader Norway)
The journey started without any complications, the weather was perfect the sun was shining and the guys were very kin on start fishing.
We landed at Kharlovka Big Trout. After we had set up the camp and had a quick info we spread in 2 groups for fishing.
The water temperatures reach 14 degree and the Mayfly was hatching. The fishing was trickier than we thought but we caught a couple of nice fish. Pål had his first not very planned bath for the season and hi confirmed the water temperature, but he was happy anyway.
The hot weather kept on and the fishing gets more difficult because these guys had now intended to fish with streamers in the beginning. After some days with only a few fish some of the guys started with streamers and that give result in several really nice fishes over 2 kg.
Frode, John Ivar and myself went to the upper stream in big trout While Frode and I was relaxing in the grass at upper stream John Ivar had a big one on just 100 m downstream when we was locking at his drilling we thought he was screaming the fish is too big for the net, so I rafted down to him. Result 3,1, hi had screamed I don’t have the net.
We went up to Frode with the story and after a while John Ivar and I decided to raft down, We hit a rock and john Ivar decided to do the diver’s jump and fall in the water with his back first, the hole man was under water except tree rods hi hold in his right hand. Hi did what a true fisherman do, always save the rods?.Now two of the guys had fell in the water, but this wasn’t the end because rune and Frode fell also in the water so it isn’t strangest that we caught so few fish in big Trout.
We changes place to Samii kitchen and we started to land several fishes on dry flies Pål caught a real nice one at 3,4 kg new PR. He had a good fight and his rod snapped of in the end of the drill, so he had to land it without the rod but it ended well.
Then the storm hit us and it hit us really hard with up to 30 m/s it was impossible to fish so we reached in the tent for a while
We had a fantastic trip even if we didn’t caught as many fish that we had in our mind, sometime it is just hard, but we will definitive get back again.
Very Best Wishes from Johnny and the rest of the group.
Trout report week 3 (10 – 17 July)
Rynda river canoeing
Group: Martin Berglund Jensen (Leader), Morten Nilsen, Kjetil Johansen, Roar Kreutz, Jens-Petter Kihl, Jon Erik Jacobsen, Ilia (Chef ).
After 3 seasons in the Russian tundra where I have fished at Litza and Kharlovka I was really looking forward to this new canoe program at Rynda river. And yes!! What an amazing week. We did not paddle the first night because we were late in the tundra with a lot of luggage. So we made a camp place with lots of opportunities for both fishing up and downstream. We were ready at midnight, the weather was perfect and insects hatched. We caught about 5 – 20 fish this first night.
Here I am with 2 fishes on 2,2 kg the first night
We chose to stay here for 3 days. We had good fishing, good food and opportunities to move across large sites and make Canoe program fantastic.
Morten with one of his fish
Jens-Petter and Jon Erik on the beach
Roar looks happy here
Kjetil with a 2,2 kg fish
Time to move camp and Canoe paddling should prove to be a tough challenge in the rapids with lots of luggage. But the guys think this was just fun, even if the canoe was unfortunately destroyed the capsized.
Ilia was very good in the river. Look at all the luggage and others are not as good.
We all had a tremendous week in the tundra and I strongly recommend others to test the program. The canoe allows you to see and experience the tundra in a completely different way than the ordinary trout program. The possibility you have with moving to unknown places and ironing is just great. I will end with these two pictures of a beautiful tundra trout and a fantastic wonderful gang. Unfortunately I’m missing some pictures cause some of us went straight on vacation when we got home.
P.S. we caught 102 trout over 1 kg and among them about 15 – more than 2 kg. The grand stalled, but again a fantastic experience.
See you next year. Best wishes from Martin
Trout report week 3B (10-17 July)
Bush Litza and Dream Kharlovka
Group: Niklas, Dan, Super Chef Vasiliy, Erik, Geir, Magnus, Jan
After a long wait, October 2009, and then some, we touched down at Bush pool Litza late 10th of July with modest expectations. And that turned out to be a smart thing. We measured 15 degrees in the water, and a little higher in the air.
At our stay in Bush, we, (Geir, Magnus and Dan), caught in all 8 fish passing the 1 kilo mark, where the biggest one was weighing in at 2,3 kg. During our stay, the river temperature raised to a staggering 17,5 degrees. There was hardly any fish rising, but Dan found a few and caught them on E12. Vasiliy kept our moral up with awesome food.
With hope for better conditions in Dream Pool Kharlovka, the chopper was highly appreciated on Tuesday at 3:30 pm. Flying in over Kharlovka was great, if the fishing would be anything like the looks of this river stretch, it would all be good.
Before long, we where into Kharlovka trout. There was both caddis and mayfly hatching going on, and it looked like we would have a little luck. We found rising fish, but it seemed that the only thing they took was Caddis Pupae’s sub surface. The results after great effort the first 2 days was 23 fish, where Magnus caught his personal best with a beautiful trout weighing 3,1kg. Dan lost one that just parked at the bottom, and despite that, it looked a little brighter. Magnus’ fish surely lifted the mood for the whole group.
The last 28 hours started with a hysterical Swede running from tent to tent at 2:30am waking everybody up, just because he had landed the trout of his lifetime, after chasing it 150 meters downstream. Four – point – two, (4,2), had suddenly a very special meaning for Niklas. Great job!
The next and last day, Kola Peninsula showed us why so many fly fishermen has taken the trip, and keep coming back. Erik and Jan managed to land their dream fish as well, while Geir just kept on catching fish, many fish – in light of the difficult and selective feeding. Magnus more or less walked around with a very content smile on his face, where Dan became more and more focused and looked like a man with a sole mission in life.
Vasiliy just smiled and made one dish after another that just became better and better. It might be that our taste was affected by better fishing, but still, he made GREAT food. Thank you Vasiliy
As most of us know, fly-fishing is for fools and geniuses’, and mother earth still does exactly as she wants when it comes to making the bugs behave like we want them to do. Sitting in the Dingy across “Home pool”, and seeing a LOT of big tails waving at you, knowing that none of the fish weigh less than a kilo, is just fantastic on it’s own. Thank you Kharlovka.
The total for Week 3b:
52 beautiful Trout might not be the world record, but it sure feels close in the company of this group.
Thank you Dan, Erik, Geir, Magnus and Niklas.
Jan Aa Gjeterud
Trout report week 3A (10-17 July)
Scones Kharlovka and Dream Litza
Roy Thue (groupleader) Tom Ivar Gullseth, Trond Torkildsen, Helge Ringhus, Marius Warnken, Peter Wulf, Igor (guide and chef).
Four rookies and I picked up the most experienced trout fisherman, Peter Wulf, in Rynda camp, Saturday 10th Of June. He had already spent a week at the tundra and the feedback gave us the usual Kola ‘shiver’. Life was good.
When touching ground at Scones Peter’s comment was something like ‘too low water’, and of course after having big expectations we really wondered what that meant. We found out. The water level was actually not the reason why fishing wasn’t as good as we know it can be, the spray on the water surface was the explanation..
The start was great, as it usual is, when you fish a location after it have rested for a week, and actually we were the second group at Scones so there hadn’t been a lot of fishing here yet.
We caught a couple of nice fish the first evening/night on dries but already the next day the wind started to accelerate to ‘non fishable strength’ . Even ‘Koian’ didn’t give us any catch the upcoming days, but some of us found a less windy stretch downstream at ‘bjørnenakken’ where Marius and Trond had their experience of life.
Every time they fished the stretch they made the fish rise. It was marvelous to see a man of almost 2 meter drilling big trout’s with his 7’6” bamboo and a reel making more noise than a train ? The most spectacular scenery was anyhow when ‘the big man’ caught a 4,4kg standing on a stone in the middle of a riffle with his short stick. I am amazed he actually got it in his nest..
The result in Scones was 19 trout above 1kg.
Tuesday we moved to Dream Litza and I must say I was quite disappointed when I saw the water level from the helicopter. The level was probably so low that Peter even didn’t mind to give it a comment.. The level was probably 30-40cm lower than last year and last year had low water! Never the less, we raised the camp and went to the bank to look for raising fish or at least some hatching. Unfortunately nothing was seen.
We all spread out to different locations in the pool but no one had good fishing. Hopefully the next days gave more hatching and some raising fish.
The thrill of these days was that Tom Ivar finally caught a nice trout as his first on the trip. All together he caught most in Litza so I suppose he just warmed up in Scones
The combination of the participant of this group couldn’t have been better. The rookies never gave up although the conditions were not at the best, and they caught a good number of fish. Upstream Dream Helge caught a great fish of 3,7kg.
We could hear his scream from several kilometers, he was really excited. He actually was so excited that he drank more vodka (which he usually never drinks) than he ever had to calm down. Like he said, ‘there is no point for me to go out there again..’ When the fishing was at its worst Peter tried to give us inputs from his experience so we could be more prepared, and the information was of great value. The next days we caught more fish…
With a group of people as mention it’s easy to be a group leader. These guys really know how to fish and how to act in the vulnerable nature. I also have to give thanks to Svein Rødbergshagen who arranged the whole trip (he was supposed to be the group leader but unfortunately he wasn’t able to attend).
Trond got his trip as his 40year’s present and I am sure he would like to be 40 again. He smashed his previous record several times and the bigger the fish was the more silent he got. It’s amazing how much impression it make on people to get the chance to catch these brownies with the scenery around. You really forget about mosquitoes, headache (after too much vodka), wind and lousy latrine conditions.
Peter Wulf was only a shadow of himself on this trip. Unfortunately he got sick and we got the message that it was more serious than first thought. We really wish him the best and hopefully he will be back soon where he belongs- at the tundra. Good recovery Peter!
I also want to give Igor many thanks for the work he did at the camp side, having great food finished for us after every shift of fishing. He hurt his finger while raising the lavu but Russian tundra men doesn’t mind. He never complained walking around with the thump of a washing glove on his finger… The transportation went well together with all other logistics so thumbs up for all involved parties.
The catch in Litza was 20 brownies and altogether we caught 39 spectacular trout’s during this week. Less than the previous group but more than the next. It’s all about weather conditions..
Trout report week 2 (03 – 10 July)
Pina river canoeing
The participants were Morten, Tom, Oivind, Per, Edvard, Kjell and Pål. Everyone but Oivind had made several trips to Kola in previous years, so this group had a lot of experience.
Our expectations this year was very high as we would be paddling Pina during what is normally the prime time for insects, and we expected to see a lot of fish rising. To our big disappointment we had no mayfly hatches; they must have hatched before we arrived, as we saw a lot of spinners in the air. The hatches we experienced were only caddis hatches and they happened only on the lakes, and once at the outlet from a lake.
Our trip started were we started last year’s trip, about 16 km direct line from the confluence with Litza, where the Pina enters a big lake..
The fishing began well with 2 nice fish, one above 2 kg caught in the slow pool/lake by our camp by Edvard and Oivind just after we arrived. The fish was rising to caddis fluttering on the surface,
The next day we fished upstream from the camp. No hatches and just a couple of fish seen rising. Just one fish caught by the whole group.
In the evening we paddled to the next camp. That campsite is at a beach were a tributary enters the lake. This is one of the nicest campsites I have ever used. We stayed here 24 hours, but just one trout above 1kg was caught in the small river.
The next camp was planned to be where we were forced by the wind to stop last year, and where we had caught several very nice fish in the river. This is a short 150m stretch of river between two lakes. This year only one fish were caught in the river here, but we had a great caddis hatch around real midnight (0130 local time) at the neck at the outlet from the lake. Morten caught the trip’s largest fish, a beautiful trout at 3.5kg on a dry fly during this hatch, and several other fish were caught.
The next day we moved to the last camp, above the start of the trophy stretch of the Pina. Our campsite is by a beautiful stretch of the river, but we saw not one fish rising in our home pool, and only very few rises upstream during the whole stay. The pool is so nice that a common topic while eating and looking at the river was: why don’t we see rising fish here, everywhere else we have fished such a nice pool a fish would be showing itself from time to time.
The hatches we experienced staying at this camp were in the last lake on the Pina (5,5km upstream from Litza, 100m downstream from our camp). These caddis hatches started about 0100 at night local time and lasted for a couple of hours. The last two nights we had little wind during the hatches so we had a lot of fish rising in the lake every time the lake was calm. Morten and Tom decided to fish from the canoe together, they had a lot of fun, and caught quite a few fish these two nights. If they had discovered this hatch and the rising fish on the lake a bit earlier the first night, the result would have been much better.
The total number of fish above 1 kg was only 32. For a group of experienced Kola fly fishermen this is very disappointing on a week that would normally be considered prime time. (The two trout groups on the Litza/Kharlovka each caught about 120 this same week). The weather was, in our opinion, good fishing weather. One day however, was very hot. The water temperature was around 17 degrees C during the last few days of our stay.
It was a great canoe trip, the group had a lot of fun together, and no one was grumpy about the fishing. I would really like to take this group on a trip again. Everyone agreed it was a great trip, but was naturally very disappointed about the fishing.
Trout report week 2A (03 – 10 July)
Dream Kharlovka and Running Litza
Kai Finbrøten (group leader), Peder Oppegørd, Anders Wennevold, Finn Amundsen, Peter Wulf, Eivind Hagen, Igor (chef)
Again we were gathered for the trip of the year, and again everything went perfect from Stockholm and all the way to the Tundra. The staff and crew have every reason to be proud of the work an effort they put in to make us feel welcome and taken care of.
Already when the helicopter hovered over dream pool Kharlovka we could see rising fish in Homepool, and we knew right away that dry fly fishing for trophy brown trout were just minutes away…? We started to set up a camp, and I can tell you that tents being set up with rising trout all over is not a good combination…..let’s just say the tents needed a “facelift” later that evening…
We had light rain and 8-10 degrees in the air, and 11 degrees in the water. We all spread out, and it didn’t take long before the first rods where bent, several nice brown trout were landed the first evening with an average of around 2 kilos. Mayflies and caddis where hatching in big numbers, but the trout seemed to be most keen on caddis.
Sunday and Monday the temperature in the air went up and so did the water level, but the fish did not care. The fishing was outstanding and I don’t think you find better fishing for brown trout in the world. The fish where rising and we had world class dry fly fishing all three days and ended up landing 100 brown trout in dream pool with three fish over the 3 kilo mark. The average was around 2 kilos.
Tuesday is moving day, and the pickup was set to 15.00 hours, and on the clock the helicopter landed and we went off to running pool Litza. And what a day….for bikinis and shorts….but the millions of mosquitoes would probably have the feast of their lifetime if we took our clothes of…33 degrees in the air and no wind….say no more..!! Running Pool was about 40 cm below normal, and had 17 degrees in the water which made the fishing hard. We found some rising fish, and landed some nice ones, but compared to Dream Pool Kharlovka, the conditions was not on our side. But then we have Peder, the most novice, and probably the most positive of us all, managed to land a 3 kilo Litza trout and followed up with a 2,1 kilo fish right after. I helped him out with my net on both. He opened a bottle of Braastad XO Cognac that night! Tasted perfect by the way……… And he/we did not smile any less after that…
So after three great, but challenging days in Running we ended up with 30 landed trout with an average of about 1,8 kilo. I need to say that 30 trout with that average in three days IS world class and tells a bit about the fishing in this area.
And then we have Igor, who has become a good friend and he is a great ambassador for the Kharlovka company. He is an excellent chef, is easy going and always smiling! Thanks my friend!!
Trout report week 1B (26 June – 03 July)
Swan Isles Litza and Scones Kharlovka
The participants were from France (Christian and Bruno), and from Norway (Trond, Geir, Erik), group leader Pål and cook/guide Igor.
The expectations were great when the helicopter landed at the Swan Islands camp on the Litza in the afternoon of Saturday June 26th. From the helicopter we had seen a few fish rising, this looked very promising.
When we set our tents up the wind already had started to pick up, and for the next three days it was howling. One of the days we where almost unable to cast from the right bank and had to cross to be able to cast at all. We had mayflies hatching, but saw almost no rises. Most of the fishing at this camp therefore was done with streamers or large Streaking Caddis dry flies. Most of the fishing was done around the islands close to the camp, but we also tried further downstream where the current is much faster. We caught quite a few nice fish, but wanted less wind and more rising fish.
The number of fish above 1 kg caught at Swan Islands was 27.
On Tuesday June 29th we were moved to Scones. The camp there is situated by a part of the river that is not excellent, so usually you either walk or row upstream a couple of km, or use a boat to go downstream to fish. In the afternoon this day we all went upstream to look, and we saw the first steady rising fish of our trip. It was a number of fish just outside our reach at the other side of the river, just above the Sami cabin (about 3km above the Scones camp).
We decided that the next day we would bring a boat to be able to cross.
The next day we split, the French guys went up to the Sami cabin (Igor carried the boat for them), the Norwegians took the inflatable with motor and went downstream. Downstream from Scones you cross a lake about 2 km, then you have a very short stretch of current with a neck between two lakes, and then another km to a part of Kharlovka with about a 100m river between two lakes. The neck and that run looked very promising. At the first short stretch of current between the lakes we found a couple of rising fish in an eddy, and we caught a couple of nice fish. Geir caught a fish about 3.1kg, nice! The rest of the day we concentrated on the next stretch of the river. We had a lot of action with quite a few rising fish, but bad luck, barb less hooks and a bit of inexperience kept us from getting a lot more than we did that day. Erik alone lost 5 fish he had almost to the net. I don’t think he will use barb less hooks anymore, but press down the barb on regular hooks
The French guys had a very good day with a caddis hatch and a lot of rising fish. They caught 12 fish this day.
The next day we switched and the Norwegians went upstream and I went downstream with the French guys. Downstream we had very little action with very few rises. The French guys concentrated on blind fishing while I decided to wait for rising fish where we had seen a lot of rises the day before. Finally I saw a really nice fish rising once at the neck. Christian and Bruno were downstream so I decided to try and catch it. I had a hook 10 Rackelhanan dry fly on my leader. On the first cast at the right spot, the fish took my fly. After a long fight the fish was finally in the net, it was a fraction above 4 kilo, my personal record on a dry fly. Christian came running up to me and took a few pictures.
The Norwegians who had gone upstream caught a few fish, but this day none of the two groups found a hatch and steadily rising fish.
The last day Christian and Bruno wanted to go upstream and the Norwegians wanted to go downstream. Christian and Bruno did the right thing because they had a great mayfly hatch with a lot of rising fish at the neck by the Sami cabin. We had a very slow day and only found a few rising fish. We also tried the next the part of the Kharlovka further downstream where it splits in two. Here Geir and I had some fun with a couple of fish taking mayflies. Geir caught one above 2kg on a No-hackle dun imitation.
The total number of fish above 1 kg at Scones was 53, which gives a total for the week of 80 fish. This is OK, but not great for this time of the year. The weather is always a factor when you are fishing, this time we were somewhat unlucky at Swan, but the next time!
We were pleased with the fact that we got to the tundra on Saturday and were picked up in the morning the next Saturday, this gives us a feeling of much more fishing time. We were also very pleased with Igor, a lot of thanks to him.
The group functioned well even though we had some language barrier. I enjoyed the week very much and the participants tell me they were very pleased with the trip and the way it was organized. The Norwegians want to go with me again next year, the same week.
Trout report week 1A (26 June – 03 July)
Big trout Kharlovka and Saami Kitchen Litza
Participants: Kai, Kurt, bjørn, Urs and Kjell. Vasilij (chef)
Our first stay was at Big Trout Kharlovka. The expectations were high as this should be the prime time of the fishing season. So when the tents were up it was off for fishing the upper stretches of the river. The group stayed together, as only two of us had been to Kola before. Through the dense bushes we suddenly realized we had company. Footprints in the grass! Bear!! The grass was slowly rising so it could only be a minute or less in front of us. We turned a bit off the tracks, and took another route to the river.
At the river we saw no rising fish and we caught only small fish on blind fishing.
On Sunday we still did not get any hatching insects, but we got some nice fish close to camp.
We decided to try further downstream the next day.
Monday came with strong northwest winds, the temperature dropped, and Kurt had hurt his back lifting stones to support his tent during the night. It was impossible to use the boat so we decided to stay close to camp. Then the hatching of mayflies started and bjørn, had some luck at last, and caught a nice one on 2.8 kg. The fishing in Big Trout was a bit disappointing, as we landed only 8 fish of 1 kilo or more.
Late Tuesday we landed in Litza, Saami Kitchen, and had some good fishing. The caddis was hatching at midnight, the best fishing was at the upper part of the river.
bjørn and I walked the 5-6 kms down to the outlet of the lake. The weather was sunny and warm and the gnats and the mosquitoes were terrible! The river itself only was disappointing, but we had some success casting big Streaking Caddis where the river met the lake.
Kai and bjørn decided to take the boat to the upper part of Litza on Wednesday and caught a lot of pike. Kurt still had his acing back and did not fish, but did a lot of walking. Urs and I had a nice day at the home pool, the fish took pupas and Urs managed to get his biggest on dry fly, 2.1 kg!
Kurt also made a try and managed to catch a nice fish, 2.3 kg.
Saami proved to be a fine place, but a bit short.The best part was definitely the upper part, but the lower parts also held some nice fish. All members managed to catch fish of more than 2 kg. Number of fish 40. Kurt was quite new to flyfishing and hurt his back, so he did not fish much. Urs also had to take it easy, so all in all the result was not to bad. Most fish was taken on Rakkelhanen, Sømmepuppa and Streaking Caddis.
Kjell Sømme (group leader)