In June 2014 I fished at the legendary Middle Varzuga camp, sharing my lodgings with Southampton University climate-change academic Paul Rouse.
Mind the bear. Said Paul… Nice and grainy image so nice and far away, this Middle Varzuga resident brown. Incidentally, the water is nice and high – up into the grass. (It would be extraordinary for Kola, midsummer, if we hadn’t enjoyed water almost as high last year in the ‘previous week’.
This year Paul returned in what was, in calendar terms, a week later than our visit. It is well documented that ’15 has been harder going but I feel Paul did well to catch 20 fish in his week – and one of these was the stunning big one pictured above, which I would put at a good 17lb or so. Paul also not only saw a bear but caught a rather nice silver Humpy – or humpback Pacific pink salmon. Here’s what he said:
“Suffice to say it was harder going this year – I managed 20 plus one very fresh Humpy which was a big surprise. However, I actually enjoyed the fishing much more. It felt like proper fishing, thinking it through, working things out and getting more fulfilling rewards for that. My whopper attached for now. It was estimated at 15lb and put up a fight like a 20lb springer.”
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