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Framme i Tyskland!
2011-09-30  20:52

Så efter en lång och galen färd på autobahn är vi så framme i Peine hos ADH!
Imorgon blir det hårdkörning med flugbindningsdemo för många hundra fiskare- bara att hoppa i säng så man pallar!

Det ska bli kul att se vad de tycker om alla nya fräcka flugor!


Andra och för mig sista dagen!
2011-09-30  07:21

Den obarmhärtiga solen fortsatte att plåga oss - fantastisk brittsommar bra för nästan allt utom havsöringsfiske! Jag fiskade endast ett par pooler och det utan att något hände. jag såg en fin fisk i Home pool - den enda jag såg dessa dagar. Jag tror aldrig jag fiskat Em med så lite aktivitet. Många riktigt skickliga emfiskare gick bom och många pannor var ordentligt rynkade! Det är oroande och det är ett faktum att uttaget i havet nu måste minimeras innan stammen når kritiskt låga nivåer! Ett stort och svårt arbete! jag lämnade Em innan kvällsfisket. imorgon bär det av mot Tyskland och ADH. Flugbindning och "husmässa". det blir säkert trevligt som alltid!













Onsdag!
2011-09-30  07:16

Upp i svinottan. Möllers envisa väckarklocka skrämde uoo oss redan kvart över 4 - svintidigt!! Den tidiga morgonen gav inget , nere vid träbron kom jag lagom för att se vår isländske vän Hilli dra på en hygglig höstlax. -That was a goood take! ekade ut över pikepool. Efter diverse tråkningar om att han som isländning inte var van vid större fisk landade han galant en 12-13 kilos laxhona. Fluga? hmmm... en gummibens försedd Snellda..........Efter kaffe och klockan blev 10 gled jag ner till Barrett pool, min favorit. Det drar så fint i den flugan fiskar som en dröm. Nere i "klämet" kom så en ytterst försiktig dragning, jag drog försiktigt bort flugan då kom hugget - stenhårt! En strategisk seger, kanske hade jag aldrig fått den om flugan bara fått fortsätta....Det var ingen av åns jättar men en liten vacker blank knappa 3 kilos öring. Den enda som togs den här dagen. Den bet över en liten gummi Pahtakorva, ett säkert kort för emöringen.













Första kvällen..
2011-09-30  06:57

Efter att ha kört som en galning för att hinna med ett par timmars kvällsfiske hoppade jag i prylarna och gick upp längs åns norra sida. Stigen tog mig till Stone pool. Ganska bra med vatten, ca 20 m3/s hade gjort att jag valt en 13,7 LeCie 10/11 och till det några linor. den som jag började med var den nya Flyt/int/sjunk2 en fantastisk lina som ger bra kontroll och hyggligt djup. med några sjunktafsar kan jag variera det hela ganska bra. Jag fiskade mig ner genom Stone, Fence och island utan att så mycket som se en fisk! En besvikelse men en fin kväll som gjort för fiske.

River Dee rapport - 26 september
2011-09-28  07:05

Recent Catches
As I write FishDee beats have reported 300 salmon and grilse for the week which may rise with late reports. Park reported 37, Aboyne castle (a 2 rod beat) 23, Culter 19 and Crathie 18 with another 6 beats in double figures. Largest reported salmon were 24lbs at Deecastle and Crathie. River levels still fluctuated with a number of rises and this may have curtailed catches a bit. There is a big head of fish in the river at the moment and it appears there was not a lot of new fish running last week on the neap tides.

As always I am grateful for feedback from anglers and Ghillies and I have received a number of reports I can share with readers. Firstly Mr John Murray from Anstruther e-mailed me and commented ‘The Anstruther Angling Club have just had their annual two weeks fishing on Aboyne Castle. This is the 28th year the club has been fishing the beat. At times the fishing was difficult with high water and some very strong winds. Nevertheless we managed 17 salmon/grilse and one sea-trout for the first week and 23 salmon/grilse and two sea-trout for the second week. Notable catches were Dr Stuart Gray and Gordon McKay with sea liced fish, David Dick a 23lbr and a red letter day for Stuart Murray with 8 salmon and a sea trout on Friday past including a 20lbr. I myself had the honour of landing the 200th fish from the beat this year. Successful flies were the monkey, and a raffia shrimp fly first shown to us by ghillie Alec Coutts who often tied one up on the river bank and encouraged us to give it a cast. We are as always very grateful to the Humphrey family for allowing us to fish a well sought after beat and to Alec for his advice and company.’ Dinnet proprietor Edward Humphrey commented ‘Another successful week on Aboyne Castle with Anstruther Angling Club members following up 17 salmon for the previous week with 23 for last week, not bad for a 2 rod beat. David Dick landed the biggest fish at 23lbs and Stuart Murray also landed a 20 pounder, both out of Tanar Mouth. Stuart’s fish was one of 8 he landed to his own rod that day and together with the 4 that Davie Dick landed was the beat’s most productive day of the season. The previous day John Murray, Secretary of the Angling Club, caught the 200th fish for the beat and all fish were caught in either a Monkey or a Basil Shrimp.’

Archie Hay advised that the Ford party had an enjoyable week which is split between hill and river and he commented ‘We had 18 salmon and grilse last week with Mr Keyser top rod with 8 salmon. General Palmer had a big 24 lb salmon from Craigenrhur on a cascade. I had a 21 lb salmon from Polmonier and Mrs Caroline Ford 20 lb salmon from Keiloch. It’s pleasing to see so many big fish in the river this year.’

Mads Pederson who is a fine Ghillie, and experienced global salmon fisherman at Culter advised ‘We had some good sport at times last week with 14 salmon for the first 3 days to regular Culter anglers. Two anglers had four fish on Friday. There is not a lot of new fish coming forward though and we only had one grilse, a nice sea liced fish of 5lbs. Hopefully with tides building we will see new fish coming forward. If it gets warm we shall encourage anglers to fish with longer leaders and small black flies.

Keith Cromar at Park commented ‘We had a mixed bag with fresh and coloured fish through the week and steadily picked away. Most of the fish caught were cock fish and we did see pods of small grilse going through the beat first thing in the morning and last thing at night. This helped stir the pools up a bit as the pools are full of fish.’ I also received a note from Jim Coates who advised ‘Attached is a picture of David Tilly Golder with his 3rd ever salmon, a real brute weighing in at 22.5lbs. David caught the fish in the Durris stream at Park. During the tremendous fight I was just psyching myself up to tail the fish when Bert Webster appeared with his extra large net. Bert is a fine Ghillie with many talents, not least of which is his immaculate timing.

As the fishing season draws to a close for the upper beats this week there are rods available for lower beats on FishDee if anglers are wishing to source fishing before the close season is upon us. We will hopefully see new fish coming forward to ensure angler fishing the lower beats have enjoyable sport. Finally I would like to thank the Ghillies for their feedback and ask anglers to pass on any stories, news or anecdotes they wish to share. Please write to me, Ken Reid, with any news or reports of success to ken@riverdee.org and tight lines to all. Copyright FishDee Ltd September 2011.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 24th September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Blairs 4, Kingcausie 15, Culter 19, Altries and Lower Drum 13, Middle Drum 4, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 13, Tilbouries 9, Park 37, Lower Crathes and W Durris 13, Crathes 6, Invery 5, Lower Blackhall 2, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 11, Middle Blackhall 1, Cairnton 6, Woodend 3, Commonty 4, Sluie 4, Ballogie 7, Borrowston 4, Kincardine 4, Carlogie 12, Lower Dess 2, Birse 2, Aboyne Water 8, Aboyne Castle 23, Craigendinnie 4, Dinnet 14, Deecastle 9, Headinch and Cambus O’May 5, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 8, Crathie 18, Mar Lodge 2, Heughhead 9.
Total: 300 Largest: Deecastle & Crathie 24lbs
SEA TROUT: Culter 3, Tilbouries 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 3, Ballogie 2, Borrowston 1, Aboyne Water 1, Aboyne Castle 2, Heughhead 2.
Total: 15 Largest: Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 3lbs
TROUT: Heughhead 1. Total: 1.

Prospects
I thought I was hearing things when a lady told me on Saturday whilst visiting Glasgow that we were going to see a heat wave arrive this week. Alas she appears to be correct as the weather forecasters are predicting a rise in temperatures this week to perhaps 23 degrees Celsius or more. This warm air should arrive on Wednesday and continue through the weekend. How this impacts on angling is difficult to predict; if its bright fishing may be dour, but if it is cloudy and overcast fish may respond to small flies fished on longer leaders. The maritime influence sees tides building to 4.8 metres on Thursday and Friday before starting to drop back and this should bring new fish forward if they chose to run the river. There was a small overnight rise in river levels up the top of the valley which sees the Sepa gauge at Mar Lodge running at 1ft 4 inches, Ballater is 1ft 9 inches and Park 1 ft 4 inches. There doesn’t appear to be much rainfall predicted this week but high air temperatures just may produce a thundery downpour. It could be breezy at times as the southerly winds arrive with Wednesday perhaps seeing blustery conditions.

I suspect perseverance will be called for this week as fish may be on the move. As daylight hours are shortening and it is dark around 7.30 pm fish may get on the move at dusk. It may pay anglers to fish on until dark when local colour goes. Please consult your Ghillie about what tactics to employ as they will know best on how to go about finding a taking fish on their beat. The ones I have spoken to this morning are suggesting as the river temperature rises this week to fish with longer leaders and small dark flies like the Stoats tail, Crathie fly, Arndilly Fancy and Tosh. Some ghillies swear by the effectiveness of small red or black Frances flies. A small lightly dressed monkey fly or silver shrimp might also be worth a try. If you are in the right place at the right time and salmon do come on the take you could do well.

I would like to remind anglers that the Park Trophy is awarded annually for the largest rod caught salmon that is verified from the River Dee. It was won last year by Jesper Holm Nielsen with a salmon of over 30lbs from Dess. This year the largest verified salmon has been reported by Borrowston Ghillie Bill Palmer for a fish of 36lbs landed by Mr Judson, netted and photographed by Bill Palmer. There have been quite a number of good sized salmon reported most weeks and it may still be possible for a salmon of that size or bigger to be caught before the season finishes so good luck to all anglers. I would also like to advise that there is good rod availability on the FishDee website for the remaining 2 weeks of the season on lower beats so please ensure you book some fishing now and give yourself every opportunity of catching potentially the Park trophy winning salmon. Please write to me, Ken Reid, with any news or reports of success to ken@riverdee.org and tight lines to all. Copyright FishDee Ltd September 2011.


Så nu är man 50 bast och på väg till Em igen!
2011-09-27  11:30

Jepp - det har varit lite tyst här några dagar men jag har nu klivit in i den exklusiva skaran av erfarna laxfiskare över 50 år!

..så får vi se om det är som de säger att erfarenheten är allt! Då borde det ju fler hugg efter att man passerat halvtid!

Nu drar jag till EM - åldern visar ju att åren rullar på.. jag har nu fiskat där årligen sen -82! Jösses!

Det ser ganska trögt ut, liten stigning och svåra förhållanden. Väderprognosen talar om stekande sol från en molnfri himmel! Värsta tänkbara.. men men ni vet ju hur det är.. detta är ett balanserande på slaklina - ett hugg en öring 12 kilo så är det succé!

Färdigpackad sticker nu - tar det första i mörkret i kväll!!
; )

River Dee rapport - 19 september
2011-09-21  14:17

Recent Catches
Rainfall was not in short supply last week and thankfully salmon sport was better than I expected given the wildly fluctuating river levels during the week that saw the gauge at Park peak at over 6 ft on Saturday morning. As I write FishDee beats have reported 259 salmon and 12 sea trout for the week with perhaps some late additions to follow. A notable feature last week apart from big water levels were big fish captures with every day seeing the largest salmon of the day over 20 lbs. Crathie reported a super 41 salmon and grilse for the week, Park 38, Aboyne Castle 17 with both Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld and Tilbouries reporting 15 salmon and grilse. There are still sea liced silver salmon entering the river as evidenced by the nice picture Keith Cromar, head Ghillie at Park sent me of TV celebrity Paul Whitehouse with a fine 18lb cock fish. As always, many thanks to the Ghillies and anglers who have written providing feedback to share.

Firstly Bjorn Riise from Norway provided some comments about his parties fishing week and advised ‘Just back from the annual Dee autumn trip. This time we fished Waterside & Ferrar with 2 rods on wed, and then added Deecastle, Dinnet and 3 more rods thu-sat. Wednesday was very windy with the water on the high side, but we managed to beach 2 good sized salmon from Waterside pool. The biggest one estimated to be 17-18 lbs. On Thursday the sun was shining most of the day, but I managed a fat hen around 7 lbs from Red Brae and one of the other rods landed a nice fish from Upper Kirks. On the first part of the Friday the weather was grey, and the river continued to drop. This brought the fish on the take, but they were “coming short” as you Scotsmen say. So in addition to landing 2 fish (Pol Slachd and Cobbles I believe), we lost 7 (I lost 4 myself). It rained hard Friday night, and our hopes were very low when we barely could see the gauge below Dinnet Bridge on Saturday morning. But the brilliant new Ghillie on Dinnet (Euan Reid) said that we still had some fishable pools, so Sandy Bay, Boat Pool, Pol Ba and Waterside Pool were fished – with great success. We had 1 fish out of Pol Ba, 1 out of Sandy Bay and no less than 8 fish out of the Boat pool on Dinnet. 1 brown trout, two sea trout, 1 skinny little grilse and the rest were fish in the 6- 11 lbs range. And thanks to excellent guiding from the Ghillie, both our 2 new rods, Christoffer Ostvik and Rune Haglund, landed their first sea trout and their first salmon while fly-fishing that afternoon. Sverre Einersen also had a successful visit. In fact all rods caught fish on the Saturday. We also had the pleasure of having Englishman Dave Hatwell as a guest for 3 days, and he managed to land 3 fish in total, with 2 on the Saturday. It’s also interesting to note that all fish on Saturday took just 1 to 3 meters from the bank, on tube-flies fished quite deep. It should come as no surprise that we’re already looking forward to our next trip to the Aberdeenshire Dee.’ Ghillie Euan Reid also advised that Matthew Brown fishing with Dad Sandy Brown had a 6lbs fish.

Crathie Ghillie Archie Hay very kindly supplied some notes about the fantastic sport that was enjoyed at Crathie where they had their best weeks fishing of the season. Archie comments ‘Just a short note about last week’s fishing at Crathie. We had a fantastic week catching a total of 41 salmon and grilse plus 1 sea trout of 4lbs, largest fish of the week was caught by Dr John Lewis, a fine 26lber on the Wednesday. Top rod of the week went to Mr George Renwick fishing only 4 days who caught 16 salmon, largest 14lbs using a fast sink tip and an Admiral Nelson 1" tube. Miss Charlotte Stone accounted for 5, her biggest a 24lber fishing a fast sink tip and size 8 Ally’s Shrimp, which also brought up the 300th of the season, Mr Kenny Scott had 5, biggest 19lbs plus the sea trout. Mr Ian Hill caught 4 on Friday, and on Saturday Mr Simon Sharp caught his first salmon of 5lbs. I accounted for 4, largest 19lbs, with other successful rods being Mr Mike Lane 14lb and Mr Alan Lankshear 12lbs.’ Many thanks Archie for your report. Crathie are having a very productive season where they have so far landed 324 salmon which compares very favourably with their 5 year average of 218 salmon. Keith Cromar, as mentioned earlier advised that the Paul Whitehouse party had 26 salmon and grilse and 4 sea trout for their week. The party led by Paul’s father Harry Whitehouse, are annual visitors to Park, and it goes without saying the group are very talented anglers who always do well during their visit to Deeside.

As we enter the last few weeks of the season there is still rod availability from some of the top beats on the River Dee so anglers should get their fishing booked before the long close season is upon us. Finally I would like to thank the Ghillies for their feedback and ask anglers to pass on any stories, news or anecdotes they wish to share. Please write to me, Ken Reid, with any news or reports of success to ken@riverdee.org and tight lines to all. Copyright FishDee Ltd September 2011.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 17th September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Kingcausie 9, Culter 3, Altries and Lower Drum 7, Middle Drum 3, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 8, Tilbouries 15, Park 38, Lower Crathes and W Durris 10, Crathes 2, Invery 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 3, Middle Blackhall 1, Cairnton 6, Woodend 2, Commonty 9, Sluie 4, Ballogie 14, Borrowston 6, Kincardine 1, Carlogie 8, Lower Dess 7, Upper Dess 5, Birse 1, Aboyne Water 8, Aboyne Castle 17, Craigendinnie 2, Dinnet 8, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 15, Crathie 41, Heughhead 5.
Total: 259 Largest: Crathie 26lbs
SEA TROUT: Upper Drum and Lower Durris 1, Park 2, Sluie 1, Ballogie 1, Lower Dess 2, Aboyne Castle 1, Dinnet 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 1, Crathie 1.
Total: 12 Largest: Crathie 4lbs
TROUT: None reported

Prospects
This could be a good weeks fishing for anglers on Deeside with weather forecasters suggesting less rain than last week’s rainfall amounts. That said the winds could be challenging for anglers with some days seeing perhaps fresh to strong winds which will make the air feel cool. Air temperature maxima will be around 17 degrees and dropping a bit as the week progresses. The maritime influence sees high tides falling back from 3.7 metres to 3.4 metres on Wednesday and rising to 4.3 metres on Sunday. River levels are on the high side with the Sepa gauges sitting at 1ft 5 inches at Mar Lodge and 3ft 6 inches at Park. The river is full of fish from top to bottom with good catches being made in top, middle and lower beats last week. New fish are still coming forward off the tide in reasonable numbers. As river temperatures are falling more fish will come on the take.

I would strongly advise visiting anglers to heed the wise advice of beat Ghillies who will do their best to put anglers onto taking fish. Ghillies will advise anglers about what lines to use and flies to fish with as well as what parts of their pools fish may take a well presented fly. If you don’t have the services of a Ghillie to call on for advice then perhaps you will fish with a sink tip line or intermediate line and get the fly down a bit from the surface. As there are big fish being caught daily do not fish with a light leader, a shortish leader of around 4-5 feet 15lbs breaking strain or more would be advisable. Fly choice may include the red or orange Ally’s shrimp, Park Shrimp, Red Frances tube fly with a sunken sunray shadow or monkey fly an option to try. Perseverance is required as salmon may be seen in good numbers but may appear to be reluctant at times to take the fly, a comment I have heard so many times this season.

I would like to remind anglers that the Park Trophy is awarded annually for the largest rod caught salmon that is verified from the River Dee. It was won last year by Jesper Holm Nielsen with a salmon of over 30lbs from Dess. This year the largest verified salmon has been reported by Borrowston Ghillie Bill Palmer for a fish of 36lbs landed by Mr Judson, netted and photographed by Bill Palmer. There have been quite a number of good sized salmon reported most weeks and it may still be possible for a salmon of that size or bigger to be caught before the season finishes so good luck to all anglers. I would also like to advise that there is rod availability on classic beats on the FishDee website during the remaining few weeks of the season so please ensure you book some fishing now and give yourself every opportunity of catching potentially the Park trophy winning salmon before the long close season is upon us. Please write to me, Ken Reid, with any news or reports of success to ken@riverdee.org and tight lines to all. Copyright FishDee Ltd September 2011.






River Dee rapport - 12 september
2011-09-12  17:13

Recent Catches
Salmon fishing was productive at times with FishDee beats reporting 265 salmon to 28lbs and 25 sea trout. It could have been considerably more, however we had fluctuating river levels which always seem to put salmon off the take. The SEPA gauge at Mar Lodge rose 4 times over the course of the week and some coloured water coming from some of the tributaries did slow sport down temporarily. Park reported 29 salmon for their week, Crathie 21, Tilbouries 18, Upper Drum 17 with Kingcausie reporting 16 as did Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld. Heaviest fish was reported to be 28 lbs at Park landed by Mr Phil Walker.

Archie Hay reported this morning that Crathie had 3 rods fishing through the week with Trevor Cardy and Peter Cheesewright landing 11 between them. Trevor had the biggest fish of the week for the beat at 24lbs. Simon Miller fishing on Friday had four salmon. When asked to speculate why they had steady sport during the week with fluctuating river levels Archie suggested it was because the water temperature had dropped to 8 degrees Celsius. His anglers also put the hours in over the week and typically fished from 9am to 7 pm most days. Successful flies were the silver Ally’s shrimp, Cascade and Crathie fly. Earlier in the week anglers fished with small tube flies and by the end of the week were fishing smaller doubles.

Willie Banks at Tilbouries reported that fishing was hard going at times due to coloured water with anglers really putting the hours in. The biggest fish of the week was caught by a local angler who landed a super 20lbs sea liced fish. He has good experienced anglers on the beat who know the beat well. He advised that there were a lot of fish about this morning and allied to good water levels and high tides is hopeful for another good week. Anglers will be fishing with intermediate lines and sink tips fishing small bottle tubes. The water temperature was recorded this morning at 12 degrees Celsius.

Mr Tom Charles reported through the FishDee feedback reporting system a really enjoyable trip to Lower Crathes and West Durris. He advised that head Ghillie Robert Harper was away and he had received outstanding service and customer care from Ghillie Charles Booth and deserves special recognition. I am delighted to pass on Mr Charles comments and am sure that Charles will be a great asset to the beat. He is a smashing Ghillie with super personality. Finally I would like to thank the Ghillies for their feedback and ask anglers to pass on any stories, news or anecdotes they wish to share. Please write to me, Ken Reid, with any news or reports of success to ken@riverdee.org and tight lines to all. Copyright FishDee Ltd September 2011.

SALMON & GRILSE: Blairs 6, Kingcausie 16, Culter 11, Altries and Lower Drum 8, Middle Drum 3, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 17, Tilbouries 18, Park 29, Lower Crathes and W Durris 14, Crathes 2, Invery 5, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 10, Middle Blackhall 3, Cairnton 4, Lower Woodend 2, Commonty 2, Sluie 3, Ballogie 9, Borrowston 3, Kincardine 13, Carlogie 10, Lower Dess 3, Upper Dess 2, Birse 13, Aboyne Water 1, Aboyne Castle 8, Craigendinnie 5, Dinnet 5, Headinch and Cambus O’May 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 16, Crathie 21, Heughhead 2.
Total: 266 Largest: Park 28lbs
SEA TROUT: Kingcausie 1, Tilbouries 1, Park 1, Middle Blackhall 2, Commonty 1, Sluie 2, Kincardine 6, Carlogie 4, Lower Dess 2, Birse 3, Aboyne Water 1, Aboyne Castle 1.
Total: 25 Largest: Middle Blackhall & Lower Dess 4lbs

Prospects
With a variety of weather forecasters predicting different things for Deeside I would suggest that we will have some tricky conditions at the beginning of the week with the remnants of Hurricane Katie due to reach Scotland as I write. As to how troublesome the rainfall and wind will be is difficult to foresee as the mountains will act as a buffer to the approaching storm. I suspect there will be rainfall in the western catchment and we will see river levels rising on Tuesday, however I am hopeful that we will see levels drop off during the week as the weather is forecast to become calmer as pressure builds. Air temperature maxima will be around 16 degrees Celsius and night time lows will be around 6 degrees Celsius. The maritime influence sees tides building to 4.3 metres tomorrow and then dropping back during the week. The SEPA gauges are currently running at 1 ft 9 inches at Mar Lodge and falling and 2ft 5 inches at Park and rising. The river is full of fish from top to bottom, therefore anglers contemplating some fishing, would be well advised to book some fishing from the FishDee website, as rods are becoming scarce as we are entering the final few weeks of the 2011 salmon fishing season.

There are still reasonable numbers of fish, coming forward off every tide now and hopefully this will continue. Some numbers of grilse have are still running the river and are moving through the lower beats, as are bigger fresh salmon. I can advise that there are reports of red vent syndrome caused by the Anaskis nematode parasite. Some ghillies and anglers speculate that this causes some irritation to the fish and makes them more aggressive. Your beat Ghillie will do all he can to put you onto some taking fish. Your Ghillie will advise you on what flies to use however if you don’t have a Ghillie to advise you then perhaps you will fish with perhaps small tube flies or doubles from size 8-10 depending on patterns. As always the Park shrimp, Ally’s shrimp, Cascade, and Red Francis can be fished with confidence as can tube flies fished deeply such as the Monkey, Red Frances and 1 inch gold bodied Willie Gunn or pot bellied pig. As the water temps are cooling down it may pay you to fish onto the pool tails as not all salmon are concentrated in the necks of the pools now-pool tails can be productive for intercepting running fish. Fish hard and persevere and you may get your rewards if you are in the right place at the right time when fish come on the take. I know it can be disheartening for anglers watching dozens of salmon leaping around them and not one of them is inclined to take their fly at that time. However salmon can come on the take when something triggers a change, air pressure, river level, other activity from fish; anglers like to speculate however it pays to persevere when fish are present in your beat. Prospects are looking good for continued sport.

I would like to remind anglers that the Park Trophy is awarded annually for the largest rod caught salmon that is verified from the River Dee. It was won last year by Jesper Holm Nielsen with a salmon of over 30lbs from Dess. This year the largest verified salmon has been reported by Borrowston Ghillie Bill Palmer for a fish of 36lbs landed by Mr Judson, netted and photographed by Bill Palmer. There have been quite a number of good sized salmon reported most weeks and it may still be possible for a salmon of that size or bigger to be caught before the season finishes so good luck to all anglers. I would also like to advise that there is good rod availability on the FishDee website for the remaining 8 weeks of the season so please ensure you book some fishing now and give yourself every opportunity of catching potentially the Park trophy winning salmon. Please write to me, Ken Reid, with any news or reports of success to ken@riverdee.org and tight lines to all. Copyright FishDee Ltd September 2011.




River Dee rapport - 5 september
2011-09-12  07:53

Recent Catches
Having just returned from an assignment with Trout and Salmon magazine I was really delighted to hear during the week how well the River Dee was fishing. The River temperature cooled for a number of days last week and really put fish on the take with FishDee beats reporting 93 salmon & grilse on Tuesday, 101 salmon and grilse on Wednesday and 90 salmon and grilse on Thursday. This helped boost the weeks catch to 427 salmon and grilse and 38 sea trout which is the best week of the 2011 season by quite some way. I am grateful for Ghillies calling me this morning with feedback and I am pleased to report that they were very happy for their fishing guests.

Keith Cromar, head Ghillie at Park advised ‘We had a really excellent weeks fishing with 89 salmon and grilse being landed by our rods. Philip and Tony Black did exceptionally well with 29 salmon for their short stay. We had days of 17, 33 and 33 being caught midweek as the water dropped below 8 degrees Celsius, which put fish on the take. Messer’s Knox also did well with 13 salmon, with fish to 24lbs. Robert Bramman had a 25 lb salmon which was the biggest of the week. Steve Hogg, who called you from Deeside during the week, had 6 salmon and grilse. The average weight of salmon caught last week was around 14 lbs. The water is at a nice height and the temperature has risen a bit to 11 degrees Celsius. I am hopeful good catches will be made during the week as long as the river levels don’t fluctuate too much this week.’

Jim Paton, Ghillie at Upper Drum and Lower Durris commented ‘We had 30 salmon and a sea trout for the week with a good average weight of around 14lbs. Peter Brown did very well with over a dozen salmon to his own rod. The salmon and grilse were really keen to take a size 8 or 10 cascade and didn’t really take as freely with other patterns. Anglers fished with floating lines and intermediate tips.’

Sean Stanton, head Ghillie for Ballogie estates advised. ‘I booked the Ballogie week this week myself and had fishermen fishing with me during the week. As you will recall the river was really big on Monday but dropped back steadily during the week before rising again on Saturday. I had 20 salmon and grilse and 5 sea trout to my own rod so I was really delighted to get good sport. My best day was 8 fish and I was pleased to see some good runs of really fresh sea liced grilse running through the beat. David and Craig Macdonald fished Commonty and had 14 salmon and grilse for their week. I had success at the earlier part of the week with a red Snaelda conehead, and had some fish on a red Frances later in the week as the river level dropped.’

Charlie Robertson wrote to me advising ‘Hi Ken, Had a great day at Park on Tuesday with Eddie Allan and Mike MacBain. Eddie landed three, biggest 15lbs and lost 4. Mike had two; biggest 12lbs and I managed a 6lbs sea-liced grilse from Durris, I also lost three salmon. First time fishing with Ghillie Bert Webster, a real gentleman. I had a good laugh at the Durris hut with Ian Neale, the author of Shadows in the Stream. Also first time fishing the south bank and it was excellent.’

Finally Edward Humphrey called this morning and advised that the 200th salmon of the season was landed at Dinnet, which is the first time they have reached this number for this time of the year since 1988. The successful angler was Sue Rudge, who came to visit the group of fishermen from Trout and Salmon magazine. Sue caught her salmon on her self tied Vincent pattern and the fish was netted and released by Ghillie Euan Reid. Thanks to all for getting in touch with me which helps me so much in providing a weekly report. It wouldn’t be the same without your contributions so please keep them coming. Please write to me, Ken Reid, with any news or reports of success to ken@riverdee.org and tight lines to all. Copyright FishDee Ltd September 2011.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 3rd September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Blairs 4, Culter 14, Altries and Lower Drum 20, Middle Drum 14, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 29, Tilbouries 20, Park 89, Lower Crathes and W Durris 12, Crathes 10, Invery 8, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 4, Middle Blackhall 4, Cairnton 21, Woodend 5, Commonty 14, Sluie 3, Ballogie 27, Borrowston 7, Kincardine 11, Carlogie 3, Lower Dess 4, Upper Dess 3, Birse 11, Aboyne Water 7, Aboyne Castle 13, Craigendinnie 4, Waterside and Ferrar 2, Dinnet 16, Deecastle 5, Headinch and Cambus O’May 9, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 21, Birkhall 1, Crathie 14, Heughhead 1.
Total: 430 Largest: Park & Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 25lbs
SEA TROUT: Culter 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 1, Tilbouries 1, Park 3, Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Invery 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Middle Blackhall 2, Cairnton 1, Commonty 3, Sluie 2, Ballogie 5, Kincardine 1, Carlogie 1, Birse 1, Aboyne Castle 4, Dinnet 3, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 2, Birkhall 1, Crathie 1, Heughhead 2.
Total: 38 Largest: Heughhead 5lbs

Prospects
Following on from the best week of the season I am hoping sport continues in the same vein for anglers fishing up and down the River Dee valley. However the weather forecast could cause some difficulties as a series of weather fronts are forecast to cross Scotland this week bringing quite windy conditions and at times heavy rain. As long as the river levels don’t fluctuate too much during the week then sport should be good. The air temperature maxima should be around 17 degrees but will feel colder when the winds are blowing hard from the west. When the sun makes an occasional appearance it will feel quite pleasant. The maritime influence shows tides dropping back to 3.5 metres on Wednesday and rising to 4.1 metres on Sunday. The River levels are currently running at 10 inches at Mar Lodge and 1 ft 3 inches at Park, which should encourage fish to get on the move and provide opportunities of good sport on the river. We have had good river levels this summer but as we move into autumn anglers do like to see the occasional night frost to take the river temperature back below 8 degrees Celsius which seems to bring more fish on the take; there doesn’t appear to be any likelihood for air or ground frosts this week.

There are good numbers of fish, spanking new fresh fish coming forward off every tide now. Some decent numbers of grilse have made a belated appearance and are moving through the lower beats as are bigger salmon. I can advise that there are reports of really small specimens and quite a number of fish have red vent syndrome caused by the Anaskis nematode parasite. Some ghillies and anglers speculate that this causes some irritation to the fish and makes them more aggressive. Your beat Ghillie will do all he can to put you onto some taking fish. Your Ghillie will advise you on what flies to use however if you don’t have a Ghillie to advise you then perhaps you will fish with perhaps small tube flies or doubles from size 8-10 depending on patterns. As always the Park shrimp, Ally’s shrimp, Cascade, and Red Francis can be fished with confidence as can tube flies fished deeply such as the Monkey, Red Frances and 1 inch gold bodied Willie Gunn or pot bellied pig. As the water temps are cooling down it may pay you to fish onto the pool tails as not all salmon are concentrated in the necks of the pools now-pool tails can be productive for intercepting running fish. I also hear that salmon are lying in areas where they are not normally located; perhaps this is because the beats are so heavily populated that salmon are looking for a quiet spot to rest before migrating further upriver. But it may pay anglers to fish in areas on their beats that the Ghillies advise that don’t normally hold fish, but they know are holding fish just now.

I would like to remind anglers that the Park Trophy is awarded annually for the largest rod caught salmon that is verified from the River Dee. It was won last year by Jesper Holm Nielsen with a salmon of over 30lbs from Dess. This year the largest verified salmon has been reported by Borrowston Ghillie Bill Palmer for a fish of 36lbs landed by Mr Judson, netted and photographed by Bill Palmer. There have been quite a number of good sized salmon reported most weeks and it may still be possible for a salmon of that size or bigger to be caught before the season finishes so good luck to all anglers. I would also like to advise that there is good rod availability on the FishDee website for the remaining 8 weeks of the season so please ensure you book some fishing now and give yourself every opportunity of catching potentially the Park trophy winning salmon. Please write to me, Ken Reid, with any news or reports of success to ken@riverdee.org and tight lines to all. Copyright FishDee Ltd September 2011.






Kharlovka - fredag
2011-09-10  15:26

Sista dagen. Jag masade mig ur sängen vid 6 gjorde ett svep i Homepool som gav två fiskar. En fet 7 –kilos som jag dessutom filmade själv. Mmm håll till godo med garven när jag går på trynet över fisken när den ska landas. Jag fick den ena på en liten Dee Sheep och den andra på en brutalt stor Samurai i grönt. Häftigt!

Idag fiskade vi övre Litza. Fallet är ju magiskt men bättre på lite mer vatten. Idag var det bra aktivitet och vi ,David och jag, lyckades få 3 mindre fiskar samt ett par klotrunda havsöringar. Det är lämmelår och jag lovar att ett par av dem var fulla av lämlar!

Flatstone gav en tappad fisk och Secret likaså. Fisken i Secret pool lyckades jag truga på en liten Dee Sheep efter att allt annat ratats. Secret är häftigt! Jag fiskade det snabba vattnet med de djupa groparna nedanför själva poolen. Här hade jag kunnat vara längre!!!! Sammantaget gav dagen 5 fiskar ..en schysst avslutning!























Kharlovka - torsdag
2011-09-10  15:17

Vaknade efter en natt med dålig sömn – skit, någon form av förkylning. Petade i mig 2 alvedon och så bar det av. Helikoptern tog oss till övre Rynda. Vi landade vid den övre sjön. Jag drog mig ner några hundra meter till Trou Vista och fick två grilse där samt några feta öringar kring kilot. Kolja sände iväg mig till Swan lake. - Det är inte långt bara följ älven. Hmmm- hittar ju inte vid Rynda och inte Kolja heller kanske. Efter 1,5 timme var jag framme! Pillren började gå ur och jag mådde som skit. Fiskade mig vidare ner och till slut fick jag tag i Kolja och mina Alvedon – Räddad! Eftermiddagen gav en ganska fin 7 kilos i en ficka ovanför Eagles nest. En snabbt fiskad Nobody i hård vågigt vatten var lösningen. Missat en till sen var det dags för hemfärd.









Kharlovka news - 9 september
2011-09-09  14:48

The story about our second exciting week on the Three Rivers program began in Murmansk airport on a sunny Saturday afternoon when 11 anglers boarded the big white helicopter bound for one of the most beautiful places on earth. Flying over the Tundra in its amazing autumn gown the guests’ excited exclamations drowned in the roar of the helicopter rotors. Fifty-five minutes later when the beating of the blades stopped our travellers left the mighty machine in impatient anticipation. The vast majority of them had been here many times before - great to be back!

For seven days the weather played its own wicked game testing the nerves of the fishermen. One day the temperatures went below zero and the wooden bridges and cabin steps got covered by the white frost however the rest of the week was more like midsummer with temperatures reaching to nearly 30 degrees. The water level started with the mark of 4 and kept stable for a while, but later with the warm winds and hot sun the level dropped to that of 1 cm.

However the spirits of the fishermen were never down. Due to a last minute cancellation the guests were divided into smaller groups of two rather than three guests to one guide as had been planned - meaning the guests were delighted to receive more water and attention from the guides. There was further relief for the guests and staff alike with the big news that Justin had returned to the camps. Volodya seemed to be the most pleased declaring "It was like losing our main generator on the first week and then having to run the rest of the season on the backup. Everything is brighter now!"

Each day brought good news. The anglers demonstrated their inimitable skill and patient determination in the most exciting amongst other activities. Mikael Frodin - a person whose name is familiar to every fisherman - landed three salmon with the largest of 15 lbs a couple of hours after the arrival. One fish an hour must have been his fishing pace!

The weather on Sunday reminded everyone of the camp’s northern location and demanded the guests put on warm fleece hats. However, despite the chill the fishermen kept warm climbing the steep paths and balancing on the slippery rocks. Equipped with all sorts of flies Mikael went on landing fish teaching along the way the correct pronunciation of Phatakorva - a fly originating from Finland. Among his catch were a ’fresh farmed’ 12lber and a 16 pounder. With a broad smile on his face, Iain easily hooked four nice salmon contributing to the common score. His partner Mike also won in a battle with an eighteen pound beauty - his first salmon ever caught! The only trio: Clare, Liz and Johnny added three more fish with the biggest one for Liz. She landed her 19 pounder in Barrel. Johnny had a fifteen pounder Personal Best. Kharlovka veteran angler David improved the total catch with a twenty pound salmon caught by the campsite.

Monday froze everything around, but the cool air waves made the fish move even more energetically and take the flies rather willingly. The total result for the day was remarkable 28 fish with the striking catch of Iain who managed to land a fresh grilse with sea lice, another perfectly silver sixteen pound salmon, a twenty pounder and a tagged 34 pound monster. Amazing! The only fly pattern he accepted was a self -tied Sunray Shadow. Another fresh sea liced salmon was hooked by Richard together with a nineteen pound Osenka he caught in between the entertainment show performed by hilarious lemmings. The following day turned out to be the start of an Indian summer or Babje Leto how it is called in Russia. Despite some misfortunes (John’s morning swim and Richard’s broken rod) the fishing went fine and some fresh salmon was caught by Liz and Mikael. With a feminine grace Clare landed a beautiful twenty-one pounder and thus got the biggest fish of the day as well as Clare’s PB.

Wednesday weather was fabulous for everyone. Comfortable air temperature and still cool water contributed to a good catch. Mike was lucky that day. He felt the line go taught when the first salmon took the Sunray Shadow in Litza Falls. Strong and agile the salmon made Mike struggle with its pull for several minutes from the height of the rock but in the end the salmon was in the guide’s net. Another one (14 lbs) got hooked in Flat Stone splashing the water drops around in acrobatic jumps. Fritz and John - a team of good friends from different continents; the tallest and the shortest members of the group proved to be excellent anglers. Each day they caught salmon, tied flies and entertained the other guests with funny stories. That day was the apogee of their friendship as almost simultaneously they both hooked a salmon making their guide Volodya run from one to another with the net.
The evening was noted by a Birthday cake with candles for Iain who celebrated his 40th Birthday in Kharlovka camp.

Another day of autumn was unseasonably hot. The air temperature must have gone far above 25 C. On one hand the guests could enjoy terrific weather conditions, but on the other, same heat caused the slowdown of salmon activity and made fishing hard work. However our guests were ready for this new challenge. Having turned up the sleeves of their shirts the anglers fought with sweat and dozy salmon. Mike was very close to getting a thirty-plus monster and he even held it for a minute, but…the fish took off the hook taking away the title of ’the best fish of the week’. Mikael and his triple catch were among the few who were lucky to land a salmon that hot day. The other to make the ’lucky 5’ were Johnny, Liz. Iain and Richard.

The last day of the fishing week got a little cooler and the results went up immediately. John, Fritz and Mikael went fishing instead of breakfast and shared three salmon between the three of them. John didn’t catch a fish but he managed to be a great operator for Fritz, whose silver sixteen pounder got filmed in the best traditions of the ASR Studios J Liz landed another 20 pound fish in Ledge to celebrate the end of the week. It was the same for Richard and Mikael who performed at the very best to add to the best results of the ’family group’. One for all and all for one - as goes the popular saying.

By the end of the day all speeches were made, all PB and the ’Best Fish of the Week’ certificates handed in to the happy anglers… another wonderful week, a week full of good news has come to its end. On their way back the anglers will undoubtedly reminisce about all the fishy moments, the stunning arctic colors and the sunny joyful days they spent amongst friends on Kharlovka camp.





















Kharlovka - onsdag
2011-09-08  07:50

Idag fiskade vi det bästa av det bästa –middle Litza. Men på grund av diverse orsaker och det faktum att det stigit mindre lax än vanligt har denna sektion varit ganska tom under hela hösten. Idag var ingen skillnad. I strålande solsken slet jag som ett djur och lyckades till slut hitta en fin 5 kilos i en liten ficka. En Dee sheep i solutförande var det som gav resultat.

Jag såg bara 2 laxar under hela dagen och det var trögt! Men fantastisk natur och trevligt sällskap gjorde det till en fin dag i paradiset! I morgon ska vi längst upp i Rynda där har jag inte varit på 10 år – spännande!









Kharlovka - tisdag
2011-09-07  07:36

Idag bar det av till Litza, denna pärla bland världens laxälvar. Vädret slog om och dagen bjöd mulet, duggregn och en vind från syd. Märkligt men här uppe är vind från söder ett dåligt tecken. Bäst är nordlig vind (kanske bara här som det anses som bäst).

Vi landade vid tältcampen och hade sträckan ner till havet att disponera. Det visade sig snart att fisken var trög. Efter mycket trugande lyckades jag få en färgad 5 kilos på en liten Dee sheep. Jag fiskade ”Lower Tent” och hugget kom på nacken. En snabbt fiskad ”Nobody” gav resultat. 50 m första rusning visade att här var det fullt ös! Efter en fin fight bland stora stenar och hårt vatten lyckades jag landa en lusad ”Osenka” på ca 7 kilo – fantastiskt! Det är dessa vi kommer för. De starkaste, fetaste, häftigaste laxarna som finns!

Resten av dagen var även den trög - få fiskar visade sig och vinden envisades med att vina in från söder. Jag lyckades få en liten grilse och kunde summera med 3 fiskar för dagen.











Kharlovka - måndag
2011-09-06  06:39

Idag bar det av till Rynda - denna ”Three rivers”operationen är ganska fantastisk, 2 dagars fiske i varje älv. 2 grupper/älv – snacka om att det finns massor att fiska på. Rynda är extremt låg.

Vi landade vid Red Rock och fiskade oss ner. Det var mest ”pocket fiske” tills jag kom till Tolstoi, där var det djupt vatten och gott om fisk. En grilse och två tappade första vändan ner. Fiskade sedan homepool utan att känna något och drog sedan till Rock Island. Här drog det tag ordentligt och en fantastiskt vacker färgad 10 kilos samt en mindre 5 kilos föll för den lilla Samuraien. Jag gick sedan nära nog till havet fiskade ett par platser och sen upp till Tolstoi igen där dagen avslutades med en liten grilse på en Micro Dee Sheep. Litza fiskade fantastiskt idag , i morgon är det vår tur!











Kharlovka - söndag
2011-09-04  09:25

Första riktiga fiskedagen och vi, min partner David Saunders och jag startade i övre Kharlovka. Helikoptern släppte oss vid Guys och vi fiskade sedan från falls och ner. Jag fick en fin knallblank 5 kilos i falls och en grilse i Lower Canyon. Den här gången var det Phatrakorva i 5 cm storlek och flyt /sjunk 2 som funkade. David tog två grilse i Lower Canyon och en svart ärrad 10 kiolos i homepool. Jag fick två till på en Zonker Samurai en i Homepool och en i Junction. Fantastisk dag som avslutades med en orangeröd solnedgång över tundran. Jag älskar junifisket här men detta är fantastiskt på ett annat sätt. Vildmarksupplevelsen är mäktig och ger kraft åt själen!

















Kharlovka - lördag
2011-09-03  08:50

Äntligen landade vi så i kampen solen strålade från en klarblå himmel och det gröna landskapet visade att hösten faktiskt inte riktigt fått greppet om Kolahalvön än.

Vi flög ut för några timmars fiske och lågt vatten och ca 10 grader gjorde att jag valde en flyt/H /int på 13,7 Reaction. Jag hade fint flyt och lyckades landa 3 fina fiskar redan första eftermiddagen. De tog en Orange Samurai i 4cm storlek och vägde 6,12 och 15 lbs dvs en grilse och två mellanlaxar på dryga 5 och 7 kilo. Färgade fiskar som naturligtvis fick gå tillbaka.

Kvällen bjöd ett fantastiskt skådespel – norrsken! Detta skådespel är fantastiskt gröna blå orange ”gardiner av ljus” som sveper in den svarta natten – magiskt!




















Murmansk
2011-09-03  08:00

Framme i Murmansk denna stad av grå betong! Resan gick via St Petersburg där jag fick vänta i 6 timmar...suck!
Att på egen hand ta sig fram i Ryssland är minst sagt en erfarenhet. Inte nog med att de inte pratar engelska - det går ju inte heller att läsa vad som står på skyltar och skärmar!
En nationell rysk flygplansterminal är en intressant plats!
Det är nu dags att hoppa på helikoptern. Om en timme är vi i campen. Ryktet säger för lågt och för varmt vatten - snart vet jag!









Kharlovka news - 2 september
2011-09-02  06:51

This was to be the first of the Three Rivers Weeks with our team of 16 anglers fishing 2 days each on the Kharlovka, Litza and Rynda Rivers. Grouped into teams of 2 or 3 there were miles of river to be covered and for this week the knowledge that the rivers had been unfished over the previous fortnight.

As with any week on the ASR guests approach it with a heady mix of anticipation, expectation and hopes of a fish that might sit alongside the record 47lb monster salmon gracing the walls of the Kharlovka Camp. For those following the fishing and weather reports there was also a level of apprehension as the Kola Peninsula has had a long record hot summer to date.

On arrival in Murmansk cloudy skies and an updated weather report suggested encouraging rainy conditions. With the Kharlovka gauge showing a record low of -19 the change of weather was greeted with anxious anticipation in a manner that only salmon fishermen can appreciate seriously inclement weather. The heavy rains that were forecast arrived on Sunday with the rivers rose a welcome 18 cm and then a further 4 cm over the course of the week ending up at a respectable but still unseasonably low but more respectable height of +3. The weather turned colder throughout the week and this again was a significant improvement helping lower the tepid water temperatures of high summer.

For the 5 anglers who had never salmon fished before, with no bench-mark to compare the rivers it was all new and exciting but for the more experienced and veteran rods it meant having to relearn the rivers and to a certain extent the techniques needed to winkle out a lethargic leviathan or two. Areas that would normally be white-water now revealed glassy holding spots with fish moving away from some of the main pools in favour of the more highly oxygenated areas.

Heavy fog on the first Saturday afternoon prevented a two rivers deployment but all 16 rods spread out over the full length of the Kharlovka from National Park to Sea Pool and despite the extremely low-water a reasonable amount of action was experienced even if it did not translate into big numbers in the book. Vyacheslav, who headed a team of three Russians showed Maxim and his 14yr old son Gregori, (both of whom had never fished before), how it was done with an 18lb fish from Tail of Canyon as well as loosing a second good-sized fish. Henrik one of three ‘Super Swede’ brothers landed his first ever salmon on a fly.

Sunday saw the start of the rain which although extremely welcome made for a very wet day which tested clothing to the limits. John, another salmon fishing novice who had made the long trip from Australia with his wife Valerie, landed an impressive 4 salmon on the rising river whilst fishing partner Michael added another two from Lower Kharlovka. Over on the Rynda it was Krister who had a story to tell hooking a fish in Eagles Nest which looked set to beat his previous 28lb personal best (PB). Although the line initially hummed tight like a wire with concerns that the fly was attached to a boulder guide Sasha confirmed that this was no inanimate object and after a stubborn start the monster fish quickly found its legs and after tantalizingly showing itself tore off down stream into the rapids. After a significant chase and holding on grimly for survival Krister managed to ease the fish back to the pool but with 15 mins on the clock and when it appeared the upper hand had been gained the hook was gracefully returned to the owner.

With the rivers revitalized by the heavy rains by Monday expectations were high. Despite the promising outlook as is normally the case following a prolonged period of hot weather and low-water the fishing remained steady with 48 hrs being the time before an appreciable improvement is noticed. Never the less there are always surprises and of course notable exceptions, the highlight being a sea-liced 26lb Osenka (winter run salmon) from Middle Tent. Proving the maxim that you ‘won’t catch a fish unless your flies’ in the water’, Justin, having made a final cast from a rocky platform in the midst of the rapids of Upper Tent, with back turned went to navigate his way back to the home bank when the line went taught. With no guide or net to hand, a nerve wracking retreat from the centre of the river to the home bank was followed by a cliff dash down the side of ‘upper’ middle Tent, all to the encore of Chris from a scenic vantage point. Finally an almost continuously air-born and highly acrobatic sea-liced 26lb Osenka was subdued and pictures taken. A further fresh grilse and a 24lb salmon from Red Cliff rounded off a very memorable but not unusual Litza day. Elsewhere Harald landed a 25 lb Salmon from the Upper Rynda, his second ever salmon after just 4 days salmon fishing. Young Gregori delighted all and made his father Maxim especially proud taking his first ever fish, a 14lb salmon from Twin Slabs.

Thursday saw conditions substantially improve with 15 fish from the Litza and 11 from the Rynda. Dermot lead the Irish team with 3 nice fish from Litza including a fresh 10lber from the Falls and a 16 and 18 lb PB fish from Secret pool. Krister wielding a ‘German Flag Sunray consolidated the Swedish efforts with a 29lb Osenka from Red Cliff along with a 16,14 and a grilse. The Osenka looked likely to be unsurpassed as the fish of the week and showing true Viking form substantial celebrations ensued.

There were many victims in the aftermath of the evenings festivities but despite the casualties inflicted amongst the ranks it did little to dampen the catching power the next day. Chris, Sean and Justin managed 11 fish from the Upper Litza including a 28lber from flat stone, a 20, 18, fresh 16, 16 and a 15lber shared amongst Litza Falls, Flat Stone and Secret Pool. The best however was still to come with a monstrous 37lb fish from Ledge Pool. John, Harald and guide Gena could barely believe their eyes when first the head, expansive flanks and then spade like tail showed as the fish rolled on the surface. With a previous PB of 22lbs John kept a steady nerve even when the structure of the net collapsed under the weight of the fish as it was brought to the bank. A triumphant final day.

Over the autumn season on the northern Kola the rains will arrive. Exactly when is impossible to predict however when they do the Osenka (winter running) salmon will start to appear, dormant salmon will be revitalized and the rivers will yield their treasures. Beginners learnt to cast, everyone caught fish, numerous PB’s were broken along the way and all witnessed the sort of dreams that lurk beside large boulders and deep runs. When the sun shone the burnt oranges, yellows and red of the tundra reflected nature in all its glory. Reindeer herds were visible along the skyline, Lemmings, of which this season has seen an almost unprecedented population explosion, were visible at every turn of the river; squeaking defiantly, swimming occasionally and even climbing a leg … and all to the warming chink of raised glasses at the end of a fun week with great company.

Justin M. S.

Stop the Press – On the final day of the week we all arrived back to the exciting news that Justin McCarthy had been granted permission to return to camp for remainder of the Three Rivers program in addition to receiving a confirmed agreement for the 2012 season!

It was difficult to say who was happier to see whom? Justin or Volodya and rest of the veteran Kharlovka staff…











Kharlovka here i come!!!
2011-09-01  22:27

Fick ihop 11 schyssta flies! Nu så känner mig redo... lite sömn sen drar jag!

Packar hysteriskt!
2011-09-01  16:06

dags för sista resan till Ryssland för året! Drar till Murmansk i morgon och sen Kharlovka/Litza/ Rynda. En vecka i ASR med fiske i alla älvar häftigt!
... men så lite tid .. blir flugbindning i natt! Bara måste få med mig några extra Samuraier!

Jag kommer att blogga dagligen så bara följ med här!
Filmerna kommer som vanligt in lite senare!

Osanka på 15 kilo DET ni!?


Go to Bolivia cheap!!
2011-09-01  15:59



Justin has 4 rods available for the Tsimane Lodge – Frontiers – Bolivia.

The original price was $7200/rod. Now the last minute offer is $4900/rod.

The dates are Sept. 25th – Oct. 2nd

Here are some links – I have heard a lot of good reports from my friends about this place!!! Have a look at the links…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THORv1d29Oc&hd=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y9-LR7KMM4&feature=related&hd=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxZYDF_7zDU&feature=related&hd=1

http://www.frontierstravel.com/public/freshwater/1/bolivia_freshwater/mainMenu

Anyone interested can send me an email at fishondown@aol.com


Best regards,

Justin


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