Thursday 19 May 2016

Dropping water

As we contemplated another bright, cloudless day yesterday morning, thoughts turned to the river levels. The river is dropping around 6 inches per day which is a lot given its width.

Combined with a rising water temperature (it is now hovering around 10 degrees) we took off the last remaining sink tips and switched to intermediates and in some cases to straight floaters.  We are now fishing with ½ inch tubes as the norm.

Yuri D with a cracker from Moscoi
Here at Lower we have now moved the boats to their “summer mooring” which is slightly further downstream by the heli pad, to enable easier access and departure without the dreaded sound of engines clunking rocks.

None of which meant any difference to the fishing and in fact we saw more fish moving yesterday than we probably have so far this season.  They are not “gimme” fish and the longer casters are those being most rewarded.

Robin M on the jumble of rocks that is Bear Island
Yuri D definitely counts in that category and he had 12 fish for his day which was sadly his last as he had to fly back to Moscow today.  Whilst we have some lovely pictures from yesterday there were numerous other good fish landed and Peter C-G was broken on a really decent fish having played it for 20 minutes.

Those scores counted towards a total of 40 fish here at Lower and it was a happy but tired team last night.
Ken L with one from the boat
At Middle they had a better day.  54 were put in the book with the brothers Duncan and Kevin F doing the most damage.  They had a fantastic day and landed 15 and 11 fish respectively with one of Duncan’s fish being a cracking 15lber.

East Generator was the most productive pool and again, Terry reported lots of fish being seen over all of the beats.
Boats at the lunch spot
Much as I would like to report different, it is another bright day today but we had 3 early morning risers going out before breakfast and all of them have landed fish before coming into their bacon and eggs so we look set for another good day.

Charlie White

P.S. If you are flying out tomorrow, please look out for an email today from Lynsey Mair which will explain the new procedures in Murmansk – they love a new procedure..!