Kola Peninsula, Russia – Week 29 2018

The northern Kola peninsula in Russia is perhaps best known for its world class Atlantic salmon fisheries, but they have some truly amazing trout-fishing there as well. This would be my 5th visit to the Russian tundra, and as usual hopes were high. Last year I was there in week 27 and then it was…

Kola peninsula, Russia – Week 27 2017

I thought I had already had my share of “early days blues” this year, but there was more coming my way. My trip to New Zealand this winter was plagued by massive floods and the season so far in Norway has also been affected by poor weather and a very late winter. I had still…

Kola Russia 2016 – Week 27 – Part 2

After a short flight in the MI-8 tundra taxi we arrived at our new location, a stretch of river called “Oset” in the legendary Kharlovka river. Since Monrad had yet to catch a fish we all agreed to send him down to the river immediately to get rid of that terrible smell of skunk. It…

Kola Russia 2016 – Week 27 – Part 1

It was early July and summer had arrived in the land of the midnight sun. I had been fishing my way up from Oslo in the south to Finnmark, the northernmost part of Norway, where we share a 196 km border with our Russian friends. The weather was looking nice and according to the reports…

Kola Russia 2015 – Part 2

After some days at Wulfs lair it was time to move on to the next location. While waiting for the helicopter to arrive I took the opportunity to catch the home pool trout we had seen rising occasionally. The crew also shared their experiences of the trip so far. We had seen some truly massive trout…

Kola Russia 2015 – Part 1 – Wulfs lair

In August 2015 it was time to visit our Russian friends and rivers in the east again. Our slot was week 34 so it was quite late in the season. In theory the weather should be more stable, there would be less mosquitoes but also less hatches in general compared to earlier in the season….

Bye bye Kola

It was time to head home. Although the conditions had not been ideal, we had experienced some great fishing. The group had caught 95 fish over 1 kilo, about 20 of these were over 2 kilo and 5 over 3 kilo. While waiting for the tundra taxi to pick us up the wind settled down…

A day downstream from Dream Pool

On the following day we agreed to head downstream together with Mikael. There was supposed to be some very nice stretches of river down there. We decided to hike downstream and fish our way up the river to the base camp in the evening. We reached the lower parts and discovered that nothing was happening….

More Dream Pool, Kharlovka

On day 2 in Dream Pool we woke up with strange dreams and memories of massive trout. And laughter. We were not quite sure how the evening before had ended, but it probably involved heavy consumption of vodka and whisky. It was a bit of a slow morning but after a while we were ready…

Dream Pool, Kharlovka

We arrived at our final fishing location and immediately went into action getting our tents up and rigging ourselves ready for fishing. Lars suggested we all headed up the river so that he could show us some nice places. Sounded like a good enough idea to us. We divided up in pairs and started to…