It’s well known that the prolific run of Varzuga salmon does not always comprise the biggest fish among the Kola rivers (have I pitched that right?) But for the record, here’s a shot of the biggest fish I caught last week.
Actually, we’re now on Wednesday on my daily, seven-days-in-arrears ‘live’ blog [I know, it’s creaking at the seams this one] and this well-built chap was caught at 12.30pm on the Tuesday, from Bear Island. One of those fish that leave you turning up for lunch feeling somewhat animated and yet without the powers of speech: ‘How did you get on Henry?’ ‘Ah… Ah…Good!’
Just say you’ve had an amazing morning, because, out on the Kola Peninsula armed with a 15ft salmon rod, you probably have..
Ah yes tackle, throughout I fished my trusty 15ft Orvis Shooting Star rod with a Waterworks ULA Force Spey kindly lent me by John L. And the shooting head attached to the Vision shooting line on my reel was the light-blue RIO AFS – it’s a slow sinker basically, with a short fast-sink Versileader on the end to turn it into a slow-sinking sink-tip. A shortish (Hardy 19lb fluorocarbon, brilliant stuff) leader led to an orange shrimpy tube or a black and greeny conehead. Or a bloody great 2 inch brass tube Cascade when the water coloured up as it did on the final day, giving me one of the most
exciting 1.5 hours of the week with running fish smashing into my fly and yanking line out of my hands as they hooked themselves in the middle of the Bearlets pots (otherwise known as Jackson’s – ‘He’s 79 you know’ – Pot.)
Actually it was on Wednesday, a week before I write this, that I had a great little spell on the home pool – Heli.
Here I managed to winkle two or three out from the hotspot with the big rock towards the tail. It was raining and that just added to the ‘Scottish’ feel to the experience. A big, big shoot, running line flying out (I think I whacked it overhead) and fishing round nicely then, at 45 degrees: The Prescott (two Jags).
So I’ll just post a few more Wednesday shots now – one of the heli pad just above the aforementioned Heli pool, one of Jess James with an evening fish from Heli reflecting the rays of the setting sun, and probably one or two more. Next post tomo..