I caught this trout in 2010 on my first visit to the Kola’s Varzuga River. All right to be honest it could be 2011. Anyway it’s rather a pretty fish and quite a rarity on the Varzuga. Certainly it was regarded as very special by my guide and I’m pleased now he took the shot (even if I didn’t look it at the time). If it is 2010 the story is that I had yet to catch my first Russian salmon and I think I caught that important fish shortly after this shot was taken.
Note the lovely high spring water height and of course the ever-looming skyline of spruce on the far (right) bank: what a place.