Friday 30 June 2017

Salmon fishing, Chavanga river, Kola Peninsula.

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Vasil Bykau

Early spring at the mid of June. 
So the end of May and the beggining of June were characterised by:

1.      High water level
2.      Low water temperature
3.       Low salmon activity
4.       Few fishing pool available
5.       Few fresh fish in the river
6.       Most of the fish caught were Autumn fish (Osenka)
Most productive pools were calm deep places that were covered from the main stream by big curves or massive boulders in the river. Attempts to fish in the main stream were not productive at all, it was too hard to control a fly in such a mass of the water. We were limited in choosing the right possition and had to fish calm spots near the shore line. Fishing salmon near the bottom required to use heavy sinking lines and leaders. We tried to fish wast amount of territory but most fish were holding in those areas not far from the bank where the current is not so strong.

Our steps:

1.       Choosing deeper areas with not such a strong current
2.       Using heavy sinking lines and leaders
3.       Using big and heavy flies
4.       Presenting flies near the bottom across the whole deep place

Next days situation changed. It was important for us the amount of fresh original wate in the river, as there was mass of melting water from the ice and snow upstream that prevent fresh fish from entering the river from the sea.


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