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09-03-2005 05:04 PM
Russian/Home Pool on Zolotaya

Good to hear you all had a great time at Rynda- what a special place. I had a day of fishing which I'll take to the grave with me on the Zolotaya- just incredible. A friend of mine spotted a big fish in Russian pool, and proceeded to put no less than 100 casts over the fish with various flies. It eventually took the fly, ran upstream and threw the fly in fast water. Within 10 mins it had returned to it's lie and once again Jim was covering the fish cast after cast. Believe it or not, after about another +-200 casts, (out of frustration?) it took the fly for a second time, this time heading downstream and once again(!!!) threw the fly! What my mate what thinking I'll never know, (probably spurred on by the size of the fish) but sure enough the fish returned to it's lie again and Jim being Jim didn't give up. The fish eventually (another 150-200 casts?) took his fly for a 3rd and final time and low and behold after a long and tedious battle on a 5wt trout rod the hook stayed and Jim's biggest fish (23lbs) to date was netted! Determination pays off!

What an amazing little river!
09-02-2005 07:52 AM
salar76 note, i did say it was 'lean' by Rynda standards. We had 80 for the week, which is a fair bit down on all the other (record) august weeks this year. But frankly, its still more than enough for the 12-14 rods that were fishing, and, as i said, the big fish certainly made up for the many blank days. to my mind the longer you go without a fish, the better it is when the line finally goes tight - its nice to have a mental challenge when fishing for salar
09-02-2005 07:19 AM
trevwf What was the final count for the Rynda? Shame you had a 'lean' week but it is always AMAZING being out even if you are not catching as many as you expect!
09-01-2005 11:44 AM
salar76 Sven - good to hear you guys had a good time. After all the reports I thought we would be in for a real bonanza on week 34, but low and behold yet another arctic heatwave set in! Personally I had a few grilse and a 19 pounder on the last day, which really made my week. I lost 2 other large salmon on the friday/sat morning that will be turning over in my mind for a very long time!! By Rynda standards, it was a fairly lean week, but most people either caught or at least got into some serious fish, and a great time was had by all both on and off the river. Zolotaya was lovely too, but with low water and a blazing hot day, it was hard to fish with much confidence!


09-01-2005 10:17 AM
wilbert Bone I would love to fish Rynda at the end of June but it is far too many $$$ for my budget (roughly zero last time I dared to look) don't know when I will be back but i will be back again 2007??. I know what you mean about Zolotaya, very nice small river. I lost a fish and had one splah at a bomber but it didn't take so ended up with no fish but still had a great time. It was good fun looking at the fish in Russian pool from the clif, my guide was watching 2 large fish come out of their lies to within an inch of my fly open their mouth and then sink back down without taking. At 1 piont I was bouncing a willie gunn on a fish's nose but it still would not take or move out of its lie.
Its allways the big ones that get away that you remember, I am still having dreams / nighmares about the very big fish that I lost in Tolstoi but it is these things that keep us keen and coming back for more.

09-01-2005 04:18 AM
bone Hi Wilbert,

good to hear from you again! My brother and I also had a fantastic week(32.nd). The Zolotaya was a little paradise, athough i didn't catch a fish that day. It was too warm/sunny. But I've lost the biggest fish i have ever had on the rod (40+?/Russian Pool), the LOOP double hook#10 wasn't strong enough! I also hope to be back in Russia next year ( 2nd. or 3rd. week in June?). The guide was great(Vadim) and the organisation was perfect, again.


08-28-2005 05:42 AM
wilbert Just got back from Rynda, we all had an excellent time but the conditions were once again against us. It started off perfect, cool and overcast then the wind picked up and blew all the cloud cover away to leave us with blazing sunshine and very strong winds. I broke my personal best twice this week with fish of 18 & 28 lbs. Most of the fish were coloured but I did manage to land 2 fresh fish. I lost about 8 fish this week which is far more than I normally do and 1 of them was a monster which was on for 10 mins before the hook came out. Going to start saving hard so i can return to the Rynda again but dont know when I will have saved enough.

BA did there usuall trick with me and lost my rods on the way out so I had to use the Sage rods at camp (nice rods but too fast an action for my casting style I prefer my 15' B&W Powerlite Speycaster). I have now got them back but when I arrived at Heathrow BA didn't know if the rods were in Germany, Manchester or London but they turned up at a neighbours house (nice to know that their baggage tracking system works).
08-26-2005 04:19 AM
wrke Hi Marcus
I've fished all four rivers and enjoyed them all immensely, they're all different. I've fished most of the Litza and the Kharlovka to above third waterfall. I've only spent a day on the Rynda and Zolotaya, but enjoyed them both. I do find myself thinking about the Litza a bit more than the others. All great rivers, though.
Glad you had such a good time. Would love to get back there.
08-26-2005 02:13 AM
marcusjanssen Bill, I didn't fish the Litza or Kharlovka only Rynda and one day on the Zolotaya. I would love to go back and fish the Rynda again and I would quite like to fish the Litza aswell, it apparently fished better than the Kharlovka in our week. Which of the 4 rivers have you fished?

08-25-2005 09:59 AM
wrke Mark
Thanks for the great report. I've been there a couple of times and look forward to when I can afford it again. Nice that you got a chance to fish the Zolotaya . . . it's an amazing little river. Did you get a chance to fish the Litza?
08-25-2005 09:41 AM
marcusjanssen Thanks Juro- I shall post pics asap. I was affraid that Malcolm might have something to say about my new found love for the Willie Gunn (the fly obviously!!). We had over 500 flies with us in over 50 patterns, and as usual, I only fished a handful of patterns although I did change flies and leader about 15-20 times a day as you are constantly fishing over BIG fish and you just don't want to take any chances with worn leaders or blunt hooks. As I have said already, I would recommend the Rynda to anyone- not only does it have great fishing, the professionalism in every aspect of Peter Power's operation is astounding. I am definitely going back as soon as I can afford it!!!
08-25-2005 09:24 AM
juro Marcus,

GREAT report! I must visit the Kola Peninsula, it's become part of my lifelong angling checklist and your report only reinforces that.

As for fly selection, I'm afraid we'll never hear the end of it from Malcom (Willie Gunn) now!

(post some pics )
08-25-2005 09:16 AM
Rynda Report

What an amazing week- by far my best week of Atlantic salmon fishing I have ever had. Everything was incredible- the fishing, the scenery, the guides, the food, the company- it really was a week of a lifetime. Between my brother and I, we had 27 fish, and I hooked and lost another 11 fish. The majority of them were taken on Willie Gunns in various sizes and weights depending on the stretch of water being fished. I wasn't before, but am now a fan of the Willie Gunn. Small conehead Francis's in red and black tied on loop bottle tubes faired well too. Biggest fish for the week was 32lbs, with 9 others between 20 and 26lbs! What an eye opener. Most of the fish varied from being slightly coloured to dark although a number of fresh fish (the majority being grilse) were caught. I learnt more about Atlantic salmon fishing in one week than one can imagine. It was challenging fishing and it must be said that we fished harder than any of the other rods- averaging 14-16 hrs on the river a day. The great Michael Daunt was part of our group, and what a privilege it was to have him on the river bank with us- he taught me a lot about both casting in difficult conditions and indeed getting the fly to fish well through some difficult lies. He was responsible for two of my fish as he told me exactly where to put my fly and as sure as eggs, within minutes I had fish on on both occasions.

With regards to the Zolotaya, I had an incredible time. I used a single handed 7 wt and had 5 fish for the day. Some blistering runs well into the backing and indeed I had to do some hard running myself in order to keep up with the fish! I also had my first salmon on a bomber in water no more than a foot in depth. I had literally tickled it's nose several times with sunk patterns which it wasn't interested in, and when I changed to a green bomber the fish immediately livened up and on the first cast it showed to the fly and on the second cast it took the fly with confidence! Heart stopping stuff- I am now a convert to the North American style of fishing dries for salmon. I also had a few fish on skated sunray shadows with smash takes which left my legs feeling a bit wobbly!

It was the first time that I properly had a chance to put the new rod- a Loomis Deveron 15 ft properly through it's paces, and I have to say that it is beautiful- it snake rolls like a dream and I found single and double speys as well as the snap-T easier than I did with my previous rod.

I could ramble for ages- don't want to bore you all- but I am on a serious high after a week which ranks up there with my best ever. Anyone considering the Rynda shouldn't think twice.

08-09-2005 05:18 PM
trevwf I took both, with both you can cover all water. It is not exactly difficult to take two rods!! Single handed is great fun to play a salmon
08-09-2005 01:37 PM
wilbert Is it worth taking the 15' rod to Zolotaya for the wider parts (if there are any) ? or is all the fishing done with a single hander? I have never had a salmon on a single hander so that should be fun if I get one.
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