Friday, 23 June 2017

What a day

Whilst yesterday was not spectacular in terms of numbers it was a stunner for George L. He was equal top rod with Gordon B and they landed 3 each. George returned from the river as if he owned it and celebrated well at supper. The team had landed only 3 by lunch and no one expected much for the afternoon but we ended on 11 fish despite only 6 rods venturing out.

George L at 3rd Island

Pana is still rising but despite this they managed to land a very respectable 19 fish for the day. It’s nice that after a tough season Matt gets to see the river performing at least somewhere near it’s potential.

George with a lovely fish from Sashas
King of the river
Middle had good fishing with their intrepid anglers putting in serious out of hours fishing. They landed 44 fish for their day with Craig C landing 14, Geoff and Findlay F landing 10 between them and everyone reporting a really strong showing of fish throughout the beats. Really encouraging for next week. Luckily my Visa allows me to stay… Maybe I should do a further week from Middle.

James D with a properly fresh fish
It seems almost ridiculous that 8 weeks ago I landed in snowy Murmansk to start the set up process and here I am a day away from heading home and it’s still only 4 degrees outside. Yesterday we clad Lucy in full waders and goretex jacket to brave the wind and rain and try for a salmon on Heli pool. Amazingly within 45 minutes she was shooting line with a perfectly executed double spey and by the end we had her firing out a long line with a snake roll. I could not have been more proud.

Lucy wadered up...
Perfect double spey
Here at Kitza we are finally on a dropping river and soon we will be back to where we started at the beginning of the week. Middle has now plateaued but they are at the same height as they started the season and Pana reported the river was still rising. We can only play with what we are dealt but it’s sad that we don’t have a few more weeks ahead to really see how the fishing fares once the rivers define themselves.

Seal damage
This is my last post from here and on Sunday morning I will be reporting remotely from home with updates supplied by middle manager Toby. It’s almost frightening to think I will have to readjust to “normal” civilisation and not travel everywhere by jet boat. It’s been emotional and quite educational this season and I will truly miss the camp, guides, staff and river here at Kitza. However I am no longer sure what “normal” means. I have heard this word used many times by repeating clients to describe the pools and where they have traditionally fished. This has not been a “normal” year on so many levels but we have all had a blast and really made the most of the opportunities we have been presented with.

Master of all he surveys
Lucy is once again wadering up and we are heading to Heli to try and get her a fish. She might even give me a casting lesson.

Jack Selby

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Brighter outlook

Yesterday was a good day here at Kitza. Some of the party headed out with the expectation of a bonanza after it was clear there were numbers of Grilse running in. Interestingly we once again mainly caught bigger fish in the 6-8lbs class. Paul R still heads the leader board with another 6 fish for his account. What seems staggering is the quality of these fresh bright fish and the fight they offer is way above their pay grade.

Bright beautiful fish
Over at Middle they had rain in the morning whilst we were bathed in sun. However the afternoon brightened and they then caught more fish. They landed 27 for the day with 11 fish to Craig C. Many of the rods took to the water at midnight to celebrate summer solstice and enjoy the “sunset”.

Paul R's infamous hat
Pana had a slightly tougher day on the back of the rising river landing 22 fish. Of these 11 were landed by George S. The D of M managed his first fish of the week at midnight last night. Let’s hope it will spur him on to fish hard for the last two days.

James D's lovely fish
Today we were forecast great rains. This information was gleaned from the internet and as we know the internet never lies. Paul R and Gordon B made a pact last night to go out at 5:30 if it was not raining. Paul R admitted at breakfast that he was secretly a bit disappointed to find it clear and quite mild. We can let him off as he is doing 2 weeks and needs to pace himself.

Celebrating George's fish
The mild, clear morning is only a little hampered by a stiff breeze but I have little doubt on the fast dropping river we have there will be some good success on the river today.

Jack Selby

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Up up up

Today the river is up. Maybe only 8 inches but it’s certainly up. My marker is once again in deep water in the main flow. Despite a rising river we had good fishing yesterday with 8 fish landed but Paul R carelessly lost 6 in a row in the afternoon right at the net. And James D also failed to complete on several connections.

Sergei ready to net
 Pana caught 34 fish with Jonathan catching 10 fish for the day. 9 of which were from the Pana/Indel junction pool. The river is rising on a par with us but still the fish don’t seem to have been told this and continue to take the fly.

Richard G with a fine specimen
Middle had 23 fish for the day with strong catches from Craig C and also James F who landed 3 in quick succession in the afternoon. Middle had not risen like we had to begin with but the rise has finally made it to them and they are up about a foot.

Another fine fish ready to return
Whilst today the air temperature is a balmy 8 degrees yesterday started at 5 degrees and added to rain and a downstream breeze really felt cold. Middle had some snow even last night. We have a brighter outlook today with the sun sneaking through the clouds whilst middle has drizzle and heavy cloud. It’s amazing what a difference there is between the two camps.

Viktor wears GoreTex's spring collection
We had a small party for Lucy’s birthday yesterday which culminated in my offering to cook breakfast this morning. With help from James D we managed to bring it all together and Gordon B admitted my porridge was” the best I have ever made”. Not tricky as it’s the first time I have made porridge but everyone seemed happy. Now in the kitchen I am no longer big boss number 3 but sous chef.

Jack Selby