Well you know how it is – not me exactly but part of my forearm/wrist. And one of my hands, but that’s on the back cover. Yes it was ‘that’ perfect Varzuga springer again, expertly photographed by Roxtons’ Kola camp manager Jess James in May of this year – and now reproduced in beautiful gloss full colour on the cover of the Sportfish winter 2011/12 catalogue. The fish was perfect – but great fun to see it there in that iconic slot on the cover and if anything the back cover shot of the flank of the fish shows that perfection more. Here is a top-notch Russian springer, no ice-bound ‘rainbow trout’. Good enough to eat but we slipped it back with no fuss at all once Jess had taken a couple of shots. Happy days indeed.
Hang on, no fuss at all? Anyone who has read the Salmon Adventure carefully will remember there was quite a lot of fuss actually. As Jess bent down ever lower to get the shot, his lifejacket exploded, to the delight of our Russian guide Sergay.
Hope all is well out there for you all and you’re sliding gracefully (or disgracefully with all those office parties) towards Christmas. I’ve been settling down to ‘enjoy’ the close season, with my favourite reading matter. Although I should be reading history books (he said enigmatically). Oh and running – it’ll be a leaner and fitter salmon junkie for 2012.
Whether that means one catches more or bigger fish I don’t know. But of course I was forgetting – that’s not the point is it?