Thursday 16 May 2019

Over to Kitza

Yesterday was a busy day on and off the river.  A cold downstream wind was present all day but it was otherwise a lovely fishing day.

Here at Lower we had a very good morning with Mick M doing well again with 6 fish before lunch but the afternoon was simply bonkers.

Eskild with another beauty
Jonathan B and Neil C were on Beach and they reported hundreds and hundreds of fish pouring into the river.  Jonathan managed to land 15 of them whilst losing as many again and Neil was into fish for over 4 hours.  Beach is our bottom beat and it is good to know that the run of fish is truly building.  Our final tally was 56 fish to our 7 rods and we have a very happy team here.

Mick M with one from the boat
Sadly I missed all of it as in the morning we flew to Pana to ensure that the camp is all up together and after interminable discussions about curtains, it was back to the village to get all of the supplies for Kitza which will host our first clients on Saturday.

Loading the Kitza supplies onto the heli
The river there is pretty big although not as big as I have seen it. The guides reported that the water has fallen about 4 feet from its peak and they are very upbeat about the fishing prospects.

Looking upstream at Kitza
Middle had another superb day and the 11 rods landed 97 fish between them.  Hugh L was not only  the top rod with 15 fish for the day but also landed a cracking salmon from Clark’s.  Stuart M is not letting the fact that it is his first time on the river hinder him and landed 11 to his rod whilst Brian McL had the same tally.

Hugh with a lovely fish from Clark's
I asked Jack to find someone to go out to land the 3 fish that would have taken them to the hundred mark but he reported a team who were very happy with their lot and I think he was too busy opening bottles to go out himself.

This morning is very bright but the team demolished their bacon and eggs and are keen to get back on the river – who can blame them.

Charlie White