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marcusjanssen 02-02-2005 09:05 AM

Russia's Kola Peninsula
I'm fishing the Rynda River in Kola this August. I'm looking for any useful tips in terms of techniques, gear and especially fly patterns, hook sizes, singles, doubles, tubes etc? Can anyone help?

salar76 02-02-2005 11:41 AM

Hi Marcus

What dates are you fishing Rynda? I was there last year (Aug 2-9), and somehow managed to convince the lady to let me go again this year (week 34, Aug 20-27)!!

Flies used were anything from 1.5" thinly dressed ali tubes (black & yellow, willie gunn, silver stoat etc etc) - my guide loved them and i couldn't quite believe that fish would take these when the water temp was edging onto 20 degrees celcius (bit of a heatwave last year, in case you didn't know. praying it won't be happening again this year), through to size 12 & 14 wee doubles. People were also having huge success on skated bombers and hitched singles (size 6 or 8 is what I was using there), and of course sunray shadows - generally a few inches long.

One of the Norwegians in the party caught all of his 13 or so fish on tiny francis conehead tube.

To be honest, all the flies seemed to be equally successful, so I don't reckon its too important

At that time of year we were all fishing full floaters. What was amazing though was that we still managed 100 fish for the week between the 12 of us when the conditions were so bad with such warm water. On the days when the sun wasn't blazing we were coming in with about 25 fish, and on the sunny days usually 10 or so. We were all using 15' rods too - its not as small a river as i thought it would be. Maybe a smaller double hander or a 10' #8 could be a useful additon.

I'm sure you've read up all about it on the website, and I can say, even with last years conditions it really is an amazing place to be.



marcusjanssen 02-02-2005 11:58 AM

Russia's Kola Peninsula
Thanks for your reply Lawrence.

It seems that we will just miss eachother, or perhaps meet on the day you arrive! I'm fishing the week before you- 13th - 20th August.

Thanks for your helpful tips- anything else would be appreciated.


salar76 02-02-2005 12:11 PM

well maybe i'll see you in murmansk!

another thing - take some heavily weighted nymphs suitable for upstream nymphing - my brother took 2 fish in 2 casts with this when the going got really tough. funny thing is after the first one he offered me the rod to have a go, but I turned him down as i wanted to fish some fresh water. so he pulls this one out. now there's much deserved success, and then there's taking the p*** . it was his biggest salmon to date, so you can't begrudge too much!!!

marcusjanssen 02-02-2005 01:32 PM

Thanks. I intend to get tying this June, when I graduate from uni- I'll be sure to have some weighted nymphs in the box aswell. On that note, when you say weighted nymphs, any particular patterns, hook sizes?

I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to the trip.


wilbert 02-02-2005 03:08 PM

I fished the Rynda last year with Lawrence and I am going again this year, looking forward to going back as I had an excellent time even though the weather was against us. Every pool on the rynda has its own character and no 2 pools are the same and the guides encourage you to approach each pool in a different way. I used a wide range of flies from 3" copper tubes to bombers, willie gunns worked well as did small yellow ally's shrimps (size14). I hitched large singles, small doubles and plastic tubes as well as bombers and muddlers. If you have never fished a "dry" for salmon you are in for a real eye opener as it is a very exciting way to fish and no 2 fish take the same. I missed the first 2 takes as i was convinced they were trout as they were so delicate but as the second turned a saw a flash of silver and knew I had missed a good oppertunity although I never felt the fish. I mannaged 3 on bombers and a total of 9 for the week as well as loosing a few. There are also lots of good trout throughout the river and I will dedicate some time to them this year. In the space of an hour I had approx 30 trout between 1 and 3 lbs on a skated tube (1 every cast) but the powerful salmon rod took the fun out of it. You will have an excellent time and I may see you in the airport at Murmansk on your return trip, just remember to listen to your guide as they know exactly where the fish are and how to tempt them into a take.


marcusjanssen 02-02-2005 04:14 PM

Dave, thanks for the info- I'm keeping notes, and my brother (who I'll be fishinmg with on the rynda) and I will be tying flies furiously before we go. So, would you recommend taking a lighter rod for the trout? I've heard about the trout fishing on the Rynda, and even if it's just for an evening, I quite like the idea of having a go.
If you or Lawrence can think of any other valuable information that you'd like to share, then please do. Thanks.

wilbert 02-03-2005 03:53 AM

Marcus I would use a 6 weight rod for the trout and I would be good to spend an evening fishing for them if you get chance, don't use too light a leader as some of the fish are big and you have every chance of hooking a salmon. There are also some sea trout in the river but these don't tend to run too far up the river. Can you spey cast from both banks? it would be a plus if you can as there are a few pools which you can't overhead cast but there are plenty of pools where you can. It was great to use a floating line for 98% of the week and my casting improved greatly as I don't normally get chance to fish every day for a week. Get plent of sleep before you go as you will not get too much while you are out there especially if you like a drink at night. One last piece of advice don't drink all the beers as I will want a few on my arrival.


salar76 02-03-2005 04:21 AM

.....and leave us some fish!!!

bone 02-03-2005 08:23 AM

Rynda 2005
Hi Lawrence and Dave,

Greetings from germany! I'll also travel to Kola again, this time my brother is joining me. Unfortunately we will be there in the 32nd week. I hope, that it won't be as hot as it was the last summer...


last year (early August) my flies were much to big. We had the best results on tiny Tubes, like the Conehead Frances( check at or the Black Pussy(Gena's Creation). Hook size 8/10/12/14!.

Can't wait to be there again!


Smolt 02-03-2005 08:52 AM

Okay, I'll bite. What is the recipe for the "Black Pussy" and who is Gena?

marcusjanssen 02-03-2005 09:08 AM

Sven, Thanks for the tips. I just bought a supply of cones for tying conehead tubes, and because my home river is a relatively small highland river, I'm generally well stocked with hooks in sizes 8-14. Dave and Lawrence, we'll be sure to leave you some beers, but can't promise we'll be so generous with the fish!


bone 02-03-2005 09:20 AM

Black Pussy
Gena is one of the Russian Guides. The sample is a big, fat black Frances with a lead Conehead.

Boy's we'll be there first. Sorry...

bone :eek:

wilbert 02-03-2005 10:13 AM

Sven you will have to let us know how you get on and what patterns are working as I will have 1 week to tie them between you getting back and me setting off. Have you been on any fishing trips since Rynda?


bone 02-04-2005 02:34 AM

Hi Dave,

good idea! I just came back from Aruba, caught some Bonefish. Maybe I have the chance to visit Los Roques in April with Eger.

When do you start fishing?


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