Saturday 28 March 2015

Spring salmon fishing in Russia. Parts

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Vasil Bykau

Part 1

Salmon fishing season  on rivers Chavanga, Strelna and Varzuga begins in May. This period is characterized by high water levels in rivers, cold water and big quantity  of fish. With the increase of water temperature of 6-8 C   salmon becomes active and reacts to artificial flies. Therefore, for many anglers last May - first June weeks are the best start to the season.

The problem is that spring comes every time another. Therefore, the situation on the river almost never repeated. Keep in mind that the simplest combination of temperature and water level is complicated because we have to take into account a host of other factors. One of the most important is the dynamics of these factors. For example, the high temperature of 18-20 degrees is not a threat to the activity of the fish. But if the temperature is increased in a few days, then it will lead to a significant decrease in activity.

This is the case in the spring, a sharp change in transparency, water level and temperature decreases   fish activity. A very important factor is the state of the rivers in the winter. Especially dangerous are  hard frost  and  freezing of the  rivers. Drastically reduces the number of suitable sites for salmon. A considerable part of the fish may die under the ice.. The transition from winter to spring is often strongly influenced on    spring fishing. The rapid melting of snow and ice leads to a very intense lifting and movement of water and  ice. Traffic jams of ice, which is deprived of the salmon sites. Part of the fish is killed by  stormy spring break.

For these reasons, the behavior of salmon in the new season may significantly differ from the picture that we remember from last year. The fish can be different in temperament, others positions  in the river, and a completely different reaction to our flies. Therefore, our last year's technique, fly, which we had placed so much hope, work is not as good as last year. Every year we have to try to understand what has changed in the river, what factors were decisive for the behavior of salmon. Then we have a chance to choose the right tactics for fishing, identify promising places to find the best equipment and gear.

  Part 2

The main problem that we face in the spring - is a high water level. In a large volume of water is difficult to navigate and find parking salmon. The river changes its nature, salmon chooses way to go up the river and places to stay  that are not obvious to us  .  Most often we have to use tackles  that   can bring  our  fly closer to the bottom. Here there are four choices,1.  use a heavy line (leader) and a heavy fly -.2.  use only   heavy line,3.  use a heavy fly on a floating line 4.  and use special techniques presentations that allow you to omit the fly sink. The correct choice between these options or the right combination determines the success of catching salmon. Given my own experience, I would suggest using a normal fly on a sinking line for use in such areas of the river where we can not confidently know   where salmons are staying.  . In this case, we have to present the fly over a wide area. This option is suitable for fishing on the broad reach, it allows you to quickly test a large area. Sometimes we find a good place in which salmon attack one after the other. With high water levels cause accumulation of fish in a certain place is not clear to us. But in the summer, we often find in this place - for example - a few individual stones that served as a hiding place for salmon in the spring.  If we know in advance about the existence of such anomalies at the bottom, we can greatly narrow down your search and do not waste time fishing in unpromising places of the river. This is the right place to apply the floating line  and heavy flies. Floating line  facilitates casting and management of fly, and weight allows it to fly down towards the bottom. In this situation, we do not need to check   large area, we can focus on fishing in a particular location. If we can apply the casting upstream or casting slack line, we will be able to   deep  the fly to the desired location. Mending of varying intensity is very useful  to achieve the same goal. If you use the   upstream  mending  - fly reduces the speed downstream and an added opportunity to dive deeper. If we do Mending downstream, we make fly to move  across with increasing speed. This technique can cause salmon, but more often it is suitable for the first version, in which we have to handle a large area.

Part 3.

  High and cold water, season beginning, end of May – early June.

Location 1

Fishing at the  very deep places , large depth, big volume of the water,  the main stream, 
under rapids holes , deep plum.
Bottom  fishing by fast sinking line and large  heavy flies.
Flies -  2-inch copper tubes, Waddington and other heavy body, wing length  up to 10-12cm.
Colors are mostly bright, contrast, in the wing of a combination of red, yellow, black with 
bright elements on the body flies.

Location 2
  Slow, not a very deep pools, clamps along the river, small holes where salmon stays for rest.
Fishing near   the bottom,  sinking line  and flies   0.75-1.5 inch brass tubes, Waddington 
and other bodies  are not very heavy, wing length up to 8 cm.
Bright enough,   wing -  combination of red, yellow, green, black.

The very beginning of the summer, the water is still high and cold, but becomes 
and the level falls.  First weeks of June.

Location 1

The same  deep places , large depth,   bottom  fishing by fast sinking line  at the main 
under rapids holes , deep plum.
Flies -  0.75-1.5 inch copper tubes, Waddington and other major carriers, wing length 
up to 8 cm.
Bright enough,   wing -  combination of red, yellow, green, blue, black with bright
on the body flies.

Location 2

  Slow, not a very deep pools, clamps along the river, small holes, fishing near   the bottom,  
sinking line.  
Flies   0.75-1-inch brass tube, Waddington and others not the heavy  carriers  and single 
hooks № 2-4, wing length up to  6 cm.
The wing is dark, but with bright elements, too bright elements on the body flies.

Summer takes effect, light and water drops, warm up to 10-12 degrees.

Location 1

Deep places near the main stream,  large depth,  under rapids holes , deep plum,   
means bottom  fishing by fast sinking line.   
Flies   0.5-1-inch brass tube, Waddington and others carriers,  double and single 
hooks № 2-4-6, wing length  5 cm.
The wing is mostly dark and bright elements on the body flies.

Location 2

In a  slow, not deep water we use  undersurface  fly on a intermediate line.   

Flies   0.5-0.75 inch brass or aluminum tubes and other light carriers, single and double 
hooks № 4-6, wing length and 5 cm .Wing dark, bright elements on the body flies.

  Part 4.

Finally, we have the opportunity to introduce you to the new salmon fishing season on
 the south coast of the Kola Peninsula. Season this year we started from May 15. 
This is the usual time for the opening of the season. Set of salmon that entered the 
river in the fall, going on reaches and wait out the winter. Last week of May and 
beginning of June, considered to be one of the best periods for catching salmon.

By autumn fish joins salmon that come into the river immediately after the ice melted. 
Winter fish differs from the presence of spring lilac shade on the skin of the back and
 a few more lean body. Often you can see small wounds and lesions on the skin of salmon, 
which had to stand in the river all winter. Interestingly, in May on the fly caught salmon
 are not the biggest. Welterweight winter fish is 2.5 - 3.5 kg. Although the fall in river 
salmon come in 8 kg weight. Apparently, large salmon quickly lose their 
aggressiveness in freshwater rivers. This can be seen in August, when the activity 
of the fish increases and large salmon are back on the hook. Salmon that come into the 
river after an ice drift in May differ decent size and reach 3-4 kg. Of particular interest 
is catching large males, which appear in the river in early June. They reach 5-5.5 kg weight 
and 78-82 centimeters in length.

Change in water level and temperature significantly affect the behavior of salmon. 
Increased transparency of the water increases the activity of fish. Lowering the water 
level and
 temperature rise leads to passivity autumn fish, but increases the activity of marine 
salmon that increase 
their numbers in the river.
In general, spring salmon fishing is characterized by the following positive features:

1. A large number of  autumn fish that wintered in the river
2. High activity of the fish in cold water
3. Presence of a large fall fish in the river 
4. Appearance of  the active  fresh fish
5. Appearance of the large and active fresh  fish in the river

To the negative points are:

1. Unpredictable water levels
2. Reduction comfortable fishing seats due to the high water level.
3. Rapid change of water temperature and the activity of salmon

Therefore, in each period on the river, we have to adapt to a mixture of salmon that 
entered the river at different times, have different activity, occupy different places 
and require different techniques of fishing.

fiske lax, fang von lachs in Russland, kola salmon fishing, peche au saumon Russie, 
pesca peninsola di Kola, salmon fishing in Russia, 

Wednesday 11 March 2015

NEW. Chavanga and Strelna rivers salmon fishing. 2015 booking

Now we have   interested weeks for Chavanga salmon fishing and MIX Chavanga - Strelna river salmon program. It`s not much time before the start of the season, so we can provide you with special rates for these programs.

Here are our programs for  the beginning of salmon fishing   season .
These weeks are the most popular.
Low season in July - August, at your disposal. Salmon fishing can be very effective in these months, only pay attention to the presence of mosquitoes in July.

Our autumn program and the weeks    available for booking, I will post a little later. Now only want to remind you about the extra interesting weeks  of  Strelna river  at the end of August - September and prime Chavanga weeks on the end of September  and October.

Still there some space     in groups on the river Icha in Kamchatka. Trips are planned for the last week of August and first week of September.  All the best!!!

 Chavanga salmon fishing program:   

1.   Chavanga village lodge program  3-6 rods      1950 euro/rod

16.05 arrival day to Murmansk airport, pick up  by bus, hotel overnight?? depends of you arrival time
17.05 first fishing day
23.05 back transfer Chavanga - Murmansk, hotel overnight
24.06 back flight

2.    Chavanga village lodge program.     sorry, this week is booked now

23.05 arrival day to Murmansk airport, pick up  by bus, hotel overnight?? depends of you arrival time
24.05 first fishing day
31.05 back transfer Chavanga - Murmansk, hotel overnight
01.06 back flight 

3.   Chavanga village lodge program.    2 rods space    1850 euro/rod  special price

06.06 arrival day to Murmansk airport, pick up  by bus, hotel overnight?? depends of you arrival time
07.05 first fishing day
13.05 back transfer Chavanga - Murmansk, hotel overnight
14.06 back flight
4.   Chavanga village lodge program.    2 - 6 rods space        1850 euro/rod  special price

19.06 arrival day to Murmansk airport, pick up  by bus, hotel overnight?? depends of you arrival time
20.06 first fishing day
27.06 back transfer Chavanga - Murmansk, hotel overnight
28.06 back flight

 MIX Chavanga - Strelna river salmon fishing  program  
                2 rods space Price - 3350  euro/rod (car transfer)

06.06 arrivel day to airport, pick up by bus,  hotel overnight?? depends of you arrival time
07.06 we will get to the Chavanga mid day. accommodation, evening fishing
08.06 - 10.06 fishing days
11.06 - car or helico transfer to the Strelna, fishing
12.06 - 17.06 Strelna  fishing days
18.06 - back transfer by track or helico, hotel
19.06 -  back flight

So we have MIX Chavanga- Strelna fishing days
Chavanga   3 + 1/2
Strelna       6 + 1/2 
Totally 10 days and 14 days trip

Strelna camp program
                      2 rods space              Price - 2350  euro/rod (car transfer)

10.06 - arrivel day to airport, pick up by bus,  hotel overnight?? depends of you arrival time
11.06 - car or helico transfer to the Strelna, fishing
12.06 - 17.06 Strelna  fishing days
18.06 - back transfer by track or helico, hotel
19.06 -  back flight

Monday 2 March 2015

The other side of salmon fishing in Russia. 3+2+1 parts

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Vasil Bykau

Part 3

Fishing on the coast of the White Sea has changed dramatically in recent years. Now the commercial fishing of salmon at sea is prohibited. The scope and intensity of fishing on the sea can be seen in the remains of boats and ships. Were the ruins of the collective farm buildings, factories and accessories for harvesting salmon, herring. Now the government is allowed coastal fishing in the shallows and seasonal special salmon fishing nets - traps. Local fishermen used to live the old houses, which were built 40 to 60 years ago. Sometimes the network is not used according to the rules and block the progress of salmon in the river. In the photo you can see the mouth of the river Chapoma, partitioned networks. Locals sometimes engaged in recreational fishing. Usually they use the old spinning with baubles, sometimes use fly and float.

 Dead fishing factory of Varzuga estuary

 The oldest local fisherman of Chavanga village

Coast fishing at the Chapoma village

20 years ago - Chavanga Pokosy camp, local boys

Boats die on the shore. They do not burn and do not break. They have to die themselves.

Dead boat at the Varzuga estuary

 fish on the wind

Nets for flat fish, White sea coast

Old fisherman house, east of Pulonga river

 Chapoma river estuary

the ruins of Varzuga eastuary factory

 2005 year- Chavanga fishing boats. Now - no one survive

White sea hering, 10 years ago

 Pulonga river estuary, only one house for only one man

so boats pulled ashore

Boats cementary, sea  bank near the Chavanga village

the same at the Varzuga estuary,

High  tide - low tide, falt fishing for fats fish, coregonus and sea trout

Porcher`s net at the Pialitsa river.
Ichtiologist of Murmansk  take it off the water

Fishermen house inside

Nice salmon of Pulonga river 


Part 2

Of course, something you can see from the window of the helicopter. But the interesting thing is still happening on the ground, right next to us. Here, I posted some photos of the truck, which sometimes have to travel on the Kola Peninsula in search of fish rivers. And some of the adventures that await us along the way. Flying a helicopter is not stored in memory, but these adventures remember for years to come.

UAZ all road car in the Kuzomen desert, Varzuga estuary

Ichtiologist track stopped at the sea bank, Strelna region

Our ZIL track broken at the Chavanga

The biggest one  in our region, Chavnaga village

GTs-  medium size track

One of the oldes ZIL we used for our transfer in 1990-- years
The biggest  got stuck in the swamp going to the upper Chavanga sites

Our famous Volvo in the swamp near Pokosy camp

Dead one  - UAZ

The next dead

Volvo  fell into a hole in the swamp and lost the caterpillar

At the bottom
One weel want to go away
Hard job
One of the way the locals use to repare something

Hand made all road vehicle

ZAZ  - the latest model

Part 1

Not so long ago, I had to re-discuss the shipping options for anglers fishing grounds. There is always taken into account several factors-distance, time and price. Here, a variety of combinations, sometimes quite unexpected. For example - the helicopter is not necessarily the fastest way to deliver anglers to the river. But I would like to draw your attention to the other side of the road from the airport to the river. In an effort to reduce travel time, we lose the opportunity to see the beautiful of this wild land, untouched nature and rich historical and cultural background that surrounds us in the Russian north.

I will try to illustrate this point by publishing a series of photos about the nature, history and traditions of the area and the local population.