Monday 16 May 2016

A great day

Yesterday pretty much summed up why we look forward to coming back to the Varzuga every year.

Bright skies, enthusiastic fishermen, keen guides and numerous fish.  Our first full day proved that everyone had got rid of their rustiness and people fished well from the off.

Jonathan B with one from Bear Island
Here at Lower we finished with 68 fish put in the book but I am not sure I have ever seen a day where we lost so may fish either.  These were not just knocks and bumps but fish that were fully on and then simply were not.  Proximity to the sea and fish with soft mouths will be one reason but luck will be another.
Graeme Y on Moscoi Island
Graeme Y had a fantastic day and landed 12 but Yuri D had a superb session on Moscoi and Beach in the afternoon where he grassed a further 12 fish to take his daily tally to 18.

At Middle they also had a very strong start to their week.  Duncan F and Kevin F were the first to really find the fish and they had 20 between them for their morning session on Fortress - not bad for two people who haven’t fished the river before.

The definition of happiness?
Simon R, who knows the river well, was not going to waste his first opportunity of the year to fish Clarkes and he made the most of it in taking 10 for his afternoon session.

A total of 74 fish to the 10 rods was a top result for the opening day.

A happy team at Lower last night
We are planning to fly over to Kitza this morning to take some new boats and a new generator before opening up the camp in earnest and I hope to bring you pictures of the new dining room and kitchen tomorrow.

It is really very bright this morning and beginning to warm up but we hope for more of the same on the fishing front as the water temperature is holding steady at 8 degrees and there appears to be plenty of fish around.

Charlie White