Wednesday 22 May 2019

Action packed

It was always going to be a busy day off the river yesterday but I could not have predicted how busy it would be on the river.
Loading the heli to fly to Pana
We flew to Pana in the morning to find the river looking in perfect shape.  For those of you who know it (not many as a maximum of only 32 people fish it per year!), Hippo rock is just showing and the camp is looking in great shape.   It is one of the highlights of the season to catch up with the Russian team at Pana as they are great fun and really care about the lodge and the fishing.

The Pana team reunited
It was then time to refuel the helicopter at the village and fly back to Lower in order to take our clients over to Kitza.  The 9 rods who have been fishing Lower had another wonderful day on the river and once we had counted it all up, they had landed 302 fish for their 3 days – great fishing and great fun.

Jim A - loving his time on the river
I was talking to Jim A who was trying to tally up how many he and his son Alex had caught but after a couple of attempts he said “I give up and I don’t care – just brilliant!”

A great pic from Jack of a crow mobbing an osprey
We flew over to Kitza and found a very happy team of 8 rods who ended up with 196 for their 3 days.  As can sometimes be the case when lots of fish are being landed, the talk tends not to be about how many they got to the net but how many they had lost and how much action they had had throughout their fishing sessions.  It is dropping over there but the water still essentially remains high and cold (around 5 degrees)

Bryony - our cook at Kitza with her first ever salmon
Middle had the day that I thought they might.  An exact score of 100 fish to the 11 rods was more representative of the number of fish that we have seen traveling through here and it was clear from Jack that it had been pretty much non-stop action.

Bill Drury on Lower Mall
Craig C landed 16 with 9 from Beach whilst John R had 12 of them, 8 of those from Party Bar.  Simmons can be a tough wade as Tony B found out.  He landed 6 fish before going for a swim and then landed 4 from Generator whilst drying out.

Peter W with one of 11 he had for his day
It is really cold this morning at around 4 degrees and with a biting wind but Paul P was unfussed and has landed 7 before breakfast from Heli. All I can see from my office are scores of fish moving through Larder and so we hope for another busy day.

Charlie White