A Handful of Flies from the Kola Peninsula: Part Two
April 3, 2019
The second post in a series of phone photos featuring the flies the author used during a week chasing Atlantic Salmon in Russia at the The Belousiha River Lodge. The beginning of the series can be found here.
This stubby, heavy purple thing was the second fly a Russian guide told me to use. Looking at this fly made me realize I was in a different world. It is a simple pattern designed to plunge through heavy current without creating too big of a profile. It did not look very fishy to me and wasn’t much fun to cast. It didn’t hook a salmon, but I bet something similar would let an angler fish heavy water with a dry line in the summer…. If you think being a little further down would make a difference.
I hooked the biggest fish of my trip on this fly. Chartreuse works everywhere. When it threw the hook after a third run into the backing, the guide turned away from the river a moment and might have been more disappointed than I was. And I the guy who had traveled for thirty hours to be there. When I re-gained my composure, I asked him how big he thought that salmon had been. He had gotten a better look at it then I had. He admitted that it had easily been a meter long. We don’t use the metric system in the United States, but I know that a meter is a big salmon. I later lent this fly to a friend of mine and he lost it in some rocks.
I don’t remember anything about this fly, but from the photo it is obvious I hadn’t entirely figured out how to cast a conehead well with a scandi line.
Stay tuned for Part 3 in a week, and if you missed part 1 click HERE.