Trout Fishing Week 30A – 2013
Group Leader: Tom Tuskin
Kurt Soyka (AT), Harald “Harry” Weidler (AT), Jan Varchola (SK), Karol Pastucha (SK), Tobi Günther (DE), Igor the Chef (RU) and Group Leader Tom Tuskin (NO)
Once again we are back from another fantastic trip to the beautiful Tundra at the Kola Peninsula. This is the third year in a row I’m taking almost the same group back to fish this beautiful rivers. This year we fished at the camps Wulf’s Lear at Kharlovka and Dream Litza.
Wulf’s Lear Scenery
We arrived at Wulf’s Lear in beautiful weather; water level was extremely low but nice water temperature approx. 12 degrees. We had heard rumors that due to early spring we wouldn’t be expecting too much hatching of insects and this was true. We only had some hatching of caddis late at night and with some pupas in the water that made the fish rising. Almost everyone caught fish over 3 and 4 kg here on dry flies! We even caught two above 5 kg. Myself had the experience of a lifetime catching a new personal record of a 5.3 kg Brown Trout on Dry Fly on a #4 rod. The fished jumped completely out of the water when it took my fly! Fishing was best late at night when we could see some rising fish in the pools. From the pictures you can see some beautiful huge wild brown trouts caught at Kharlovka River.
Tom with new personal record Trout 5,3 kg
Catch and realease 5,3 kg
Tom with nice 5.1 kg
Karol with 4.5 kg trout at Wulfs lear
Harry with a nice 4.0 kg at Kharlovka
On Tuesday evening we changed camp to Dream Litza. Again the weather was beautiful and expectations high. Water level here also was also extremely low, this made wading and crossing the river very easy. Dream Litza is a really nice camp with a lot of water to fish, however we could notice that fish was more easily scared due to the low water level so it made fishing a bit more challenging. But overall we caught a lot of fish at Dream Litza and the group finished up the last day with everyone catching nice trouts above 2 kg.
The sceneries and beautiful nature at Dream Litza are breathtaking. This year I also experienced close encounter with a brown bear downstream Litza, as soon as it became aware of that I was there it run away. It shows good example of that these animals probably are more scared of us then we are of them. Although a bit scary it was an amazing experience seeing these beautiful animals up close (sadly I didn’t have time to reach for my camera). I’ve enclosed a few pictures showing the beautiful streams at camp Dream Litza.
Even if we had difficult conditions the whole week we managed through hard work to land more than 36 fish above 2 kg, and almost everyone caught fish above 3 kg! The biggest 5 fish this week was 5,3, 5,1, 4.7, 4.5, 4.1 kg! Must say this this is very good and again we had unforgettable moments and enjoyable evenings in the tent. Must as always give Igor honor for his very nice food, good mood and service minded attitude. Thank you Igor from the whole group! Thanks to Kharlovka Company also for taking good care of us and bringing us safely in and out of the Tundra.
See you probably again next year
Tom Tuskin, Group Leader