June 25, 2013: 3rd Fishing Day
As every day, we are flown to our pools by helicopter. We had several pools, some spanning several kilometers of river, all to ourselves daily, so plenty of space.
We fish the Power Pool, a few small spots below, then the Round Pool, the 2nd Waterfall. Lastly, Hugo fishes the Nikolai and Deep Run, while I fish the Red Cliff.
Hugo catches a 19-pound colored salmon at the Smart Dog below the Power Pool and a 15-pounder at the Deep Run. I catch a 12-pounder at the Red Cliff Pool, but I lose a big one at the Round Pool.
After dinner, I go fishing until midnight and catch a 6-pound salmon at the Dancing Platform and another 10-pounder at Rocks Island.
Thus, another great day comes to an end with three caught salmon for both Hugo and me.
The Sea Crab dinner this evening is the culinary highlight. The crabs are flown in fresh from the Barents Sea and deliciously prepared, a real delicacy.
My tablemates this evening are Vladimir Rybalchenko Junior and Anton; both are businessmen from St. Petersburg. Vladimir and his father run the lodge; they are spending this week with us.
June 26, 2013: 4th Fishing Day
Today, I start at the Reindeer Pool, where I only hook a few brown trout and no salmon. Hugo is at the pools Swan Lake and The Inlet.
Nothing works for me in the morning, not even at the 2nd Waterfall, where I don't like it overall. The pool itself is impressive and very deep, but the water has swirls and eddies everywhere. Maintaining contact with the fly is challenging there. However, significant salmon are caught there every year.
Hugo catches another one at the Swan Lake, and in the afternoon, I land a 17-pounder at the Rynda Canyon Outlet.
In the evening at Rocks Island, I catch one salmon and lose three.
June 27, 2013: 5th Fishing Day
In the morning, I'm supposed to start on the other side at the Homepool. Hugo has the same idea, so I let him go first. We head to the Racepool, which is above the Homepool – and there, I experience my shining moment. Within an hour and a half, I catch four salmon, including a male weighing 22 pounds, and lose one more.
In the afternoon, I catch a 14-pounder at Rocky Island and another fish at Bouchers Place. At the end of this pool, I hook a truly massive one that takes over 100 meters of line. After several leaps and another long run, the line gets caught on a rock, and I have to give up.
For my evening session, I go to the Racepool again and catch another on the Hitch.
Seven salmon in a single day – amazing! The day was equally good for Hugo: He caught five salmon.
The weather, as in the previous days, is far too beautiful. It's around 30 degrees Celsius, the sun is scorching the water all day, and the water temperature rises to 18 degrees Celsius.
Not ideal conditions for salmon fishing, but an exceptional day for us! Hugo and I assume it must have been a good day for everyone, but it wasn't. In total, 15 salmon are caught, with Hugo and I catching 12 of them! The Switzerland-Austria duo is doing well...
June 28, 2013: 6th Fishing Day
On the last day, we are flown to the Zolotaya River, a beautiful river located about 12 kilometers as the crow flies from Rynda and about half its size.
At Peters Pocket, I immediately catch a 12-pounder. Several small pockets don't yield anything. Before the Zolotaya Pool, at the Pool Jeremy, I hook a big one but unfortunately lose it after two or three minutes.
Hugo catches a salmon at the Russian Pool.
At noon, we meet with Hugo and Sascha at the Zolotaya Camp, where we have lunch together. After that, I head downstream. I skip the well-known Russian Pool; Hugo goes there after lunch. The pools downstream are average due to the low water level and weak currents.
For the lodge as a whole, this day is the best catch day. At Rynda, there is little sun today; water and air temperatures have cooled. A total of 24 salmon are caught, with Kurt catching the biggest fish of the week weighing 25 pounds.