Kharlovka big guns + Dee Trust unsold dream lots

It’s nice when you rummage through the drawers of your bureau and find something interesting. There among the old memorandi of sale from the time Chloe and I were house hunting, bank statements from a time I seemed to be much richer than I am now and so on, was a real gem.

It was the autumn/winter 2002 issue of Farlows Magazine and in it was a great little piece on the Kola rivers Kharlovka and Litza by Per Stadigh. It gave the results of radio telemetry research carried out on the Kharlovka that year. Studying the movement of fish upstream of the Kharlovka Falls, NASF-sponsored scientists found that of 30 radio-tagged June fish, 15 took the Falls in early July then swam up to 30 miles upriver. It’s another endorsement of catch-and-release to see that of the 30 fly-caught then tagged salmon, every one survived and some were re-caught.

Okay this wasn’t exactly news to me – I remembered the research at the time and Peter Power, the enigmatic former owner of the Atlantic Salmon Reserve referred to to the study in his 2010 film, Home For Salmon. But once again it makes a strong case for C+R, especially since a well-returned fish (played fast and hard, not lifted from the water – well just enough for a quick photo – and never, ever picked up by the tail unsupported) that has not also been harpooned by a tag is in an even less stressed state and likely to survive to spawning.

Per talks about a fly called the Animal Garden which he fished out there as a big gaudy tube. Does anyone know that one? Or Per even, if you got my message on FB? Please comment, I’d like to tie a couple..

Per also cranks up the prose to describe those Kharlovka big guns (now where have I seen that before?!): “The fish are big, aggressive and sea-liced. The sensational feeling of hooking into a rock-hard 25lb plus salmon on a short line, seconds before he explodes out into the powerful flow to disappear in a 100-yard screaming run is unsurpassed.”

Let’s have that again: “hooking into a rock-hard 25lb plus salmon on a short line”. That’s nice and now my finger is itching!

Finally, here’s an email I’ve just received from Ken (Reid) Fisheries Development Officer of DDSFB and the River Dee Trust. If this is the year you aim to splash out on superlative sport (or 2013 for Roxtons’ TDF lot), then you may as well do it in style and contribute to a really good cause too (the Aberdeenshire Dee):

Dear All, As you may have seen in the media the River Dee Trust have recently hosted an auction in London at the home of the Flyfishers Club. We have shifted 11 out of the 14 River Dee Trust auction lots and have 3 left over-would you be interested in any of them?
River Reisa (sister river to the Alta)-Any full week between 8th July and 19thAugust-Fishing for one rod, full board accommodation, guide and river boat transportation-Guide £ 4.5 k-will look at any reasonable offer www.reisastua.no
 Yokanga River-4th August to 11th August or 11th August to 18th August-full board and accommodation provided for full weeks fishing for one rod including all helicopter transportation etc-Guide £3.5 k but will look at any reasonable offerwww.flyfishyokanga.com
 Rio Grande, Tierra Del Fueggo-Fishing for two anglers in the top weeks in February 2013 through Charlie White at Roxtons with full board accommodation, guides and access to 30 miles of the most amazing sea trout fishing in the world-Guide £ 12k but will look at any reasonable offer www.roxtons.com
 If so please get in touch … Kind regards, Ken
[Ken Reid, DDSFB & River Dee Trust Office, Mill of Dinnet, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland AB34 5LA +44 (0) 13398 80411 M +44 (0) 7979 878971 E-Mail ken@riverdee.org River Dee Trust Registered Charity No SC028497]
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