Last salmon season. Beginning of June. Strelna river.
For those anglers who are going to come for the salmon in the north of Russia, on the Kola Peninsula, might be useful in my notes. I started the season salmon fishing on the river Strelna in late May and early June.
This is the beginning of salmon season, so we had to take account of the high water level. Salmon were often groups in places with deep water close to the areas with strong currents.
Effectively worked big flies, but they should have been held as deeper as possible. I fished floating line and used quickly sinking leader . Sometimes convenient to use lead core.
During the first days of the week fine orange flies worked well. I liked the fly with black wings and orange, silver detailes, they were excellent.
All caught in the first week of June salmons had silvery color. These were fish in the 3 - 3.5 kg of weight. Some of them had a slight purple hue. Rarely seen salmon in the 4 kg weight. We expect the fresh fish of the sea, weighing up to 5 kg. Salmon are very actively resisted. Perhaps the strong current caused injury salmon during the struggle. Many salmon are bled when releasing the hook. Surely part of the fish have been released was killed.
That was a lot of salmon, we caught no more than 4-6 hours a day. On average, each of us caught 10 to 20 pieces a day.
Water temperature is gradually increased and reached the end of the first week of June, 11 degrees. The water level is lowered daily. It was noticeable how salmon were overcome waterfall and go upstream.
With the change of water level in the river changed course and appeared and made available for new places for salmon fishing of the waterfalls.
At the mouth of the river quite often come across kelts Salmon, who also actively attacked the bait.
I came across a waterfall above the salmon smolts unusually large size. Fish were caught about 25 cm long. Perhaps it is a sign of the presence of very large adults. This is indirectly confirmed catches of salmon in August and September.