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…

Top 10 trout of 2017

As 2017 is coming to a close I can look back at what has been an absolutely incredible year of fly fishing adventures. I have probably fished more this year than in all my previous years combined. There have been many memorable moments from different parts of the world and some spectacular fish caught &…

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 4 – Second Knee Litza River

The feeling of waking up in the extreme wilderness of the Russian tundra is magical. Apart from our group of 7 people there were nobody around for hundreds of miles, except for some reindeer and the occasional bear. We had 3 full days left of our adventure before the MI-8 helicopter would pick us up…

Kola Russia 2015 – Part 3 – Second Knee Litza River

This blog has not been updated for a while, but that is about to change. We have been fishing a lot these last couple of years and there are many tales to tell. Let us start with finishing the story about our visit to the Russian Kola peninsula in August 2015. The tundra taxi had…

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….

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…