Friday photograph

MVWednesdaypurplepatchIt had been a, for Middle Varzuga, relatively quiet afternoon interlude. After picking up a fish from Party pool after lunch wading, we had fished a bit from the boat in lower Generator and it had all gone quiet.
So I suggested to Ivan I’d like to spend the last hour and a half wading and I headed up to the very top of Generator pool.

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Small but good on Gaula


I have been fishing the Gaula a fortnight later than this week just gone of July 20 to 27 over the past couple of years, but on the link here is a nice description of extremely low water fishing on this normally grand Norwegian river reduced to a trickle but with some beautiful little grilse still running it.

Pictured here is a small grilse taken on a trout rod and dry-fly by regular Norwegian Flyfishers’ Club guest Rolf Frischknecht from Switzerland who flicked his dry flies about hard and eventually met with success, catching a couple of decent sea-trout to boot. Continue reading

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Quiet on the Nith


Days 1-3, very little to report from a low water Nith but tributaries Scaur and Cairn are up five inches tonight following an intense small
thunderstorm and Porters beckons tomorrow.


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Fast fading into the past but Nith up next


A fish on my first full day on the Varzuga, Sunday 22nd June. And a great pose by guide Ivan. Photo by Terry Mallin.

MV fish1withCalvinsShrimp

Okay my very first fish of the week, on the Saturday night before dinner, was also a grilse. Caught on a Calvin’s Shrimp tied by Ross Macdonald.

Most of the fish subsequently were bigger (a really good average size of 8 or 9lb?) and brighter than this one but I had not got my eye in after a seven month layoff and this, my second, was important, not least also because I lost about five out of my first seven fish hooked thanks to some truly terrible wee tube doubles I was using, barbless, and the salmon just seemed to fall off! Well that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Next up the River Nith, which is low at the moment and not huge prospect of rain but there are showers up there for the next week

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MV: one before breakfast


Last Thursday morning I found myself awake at what is 4am UK time (7 in Russia). I thought Where on earth am I? Middle Varzuga camp that’s where, and breakfast is served in an hour.

I remember briefly wrestling with the Kola conundrum. I still have two full days’ salmon fishing and that’s a lot of fishing. And yet I could get a fish before breakfast by dint of simply slipping on my thigh waders and walking the two minute walk to the Generator Continue reading

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Varzuga, 40 hours ago


Here are some shots of playing a fish at 2:40pm UK time but into the last half hour of  MV2014

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Salmon Fly Presentations


Thanks to Rune Andre Stokkebekk for reminding us that we don’t have to be boring casting machines. My own view is that we do do those different things to get a salmon to take and often in the intensity of the moment this is forgotten or set aside for a winter fireside thought. But let’s pull it out now. Read this and my favourite bit is casting to a known salmon in a lie just to the edge of the window of vision then bringing on a sort of induced take by speeding up the fly.
Tight lines Henry

Originally posted on Guidelineflyfish's Blog:

Text & Photo: Kieran Conlon – Guideline Power Team Ireland

Cast down and across at 45 degrees, upstream mend as we where taught by our forefathers, fly swings across and we repeat the same process over and over again. If we are lucky we may even catch a fish or two.

For many this is how we fish the fly when attempting to catch that great prize, the Atlantic Salmon, and yes it certainly worked when our fathers were fishing for Salmon and most rivers had great runs of fish. It still works today too but there is much more that we can do to increase our chances.

So what’s wrong with the old ways, well down and across at 45 degrees with an upstream mend serves to slow the fly down as it traverses the current, in other words it fishes the fly slowly. This technique was also employed…

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