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Varzina Season 2008

 

Varzina Trout Camp Season 2008  

 

The season at the trout camp started 12.7. this year and ended 30.8. Seven weeks of incredible brown trout, atlantic salmon and arctic char fishing. The accomodation is in comfortable 3 person tents which are equipped with wooden floor and stove to heat it. The main building consists of dining room, kitchen, warehouse, sauna with two showers and accomodation for the staff. The camp was full booked for the season with 10 anglers per week. Season was late and water was higher than normal for the entire season which made fishing a little bit more trickier especially for the first two weeks.  

Week 1. 

The first guests arrived at the camp in the afternoon 12th of July. Eino, the camp manager, had put everything ready with his staff. The water was higher than we had ever seen and the water temperature in the beginning of the week was 10 degrees celsius. This meant harder fishing for the group from Switzerland than we would have hoped for. Salmons had not still arrived in numbers because of the season being late. So the first week was purely fishing for trout. Floating line did work in the outflows of the pools but sinking lines were the way to go with streamers. There were surprisingly good mayfly and stonefly hatches and the fish were also feeding beetles and midges from the surface as well.  

Flies:

Dries - Light olive parachute Adams #14-16, black stonefly #6-8, beetle #12           Nymphs – Pheasant tail #14-16 (bead & beadless), Hare’s ear #12-16 (bead & beadless),            Black stonefly nymphs #6-8 (bead & beadless)            Streamers – Black streamers (eg. Black Marabou Streamer) #2-6, Sculpin #4-8  

Week 2. 

The first week had been warm so the water temperature had risen to 16 degrees celsius. It stayed warm until the middle of the week before wind started blowing from the north. This meant that in the first part of the week there was good hatches of mayflies, stoneflies and even caddis. Lot of trouts over 60cm were caught with dry flies. Salmon had also arrived and at times it was spectacular. Dry flies worked well this week. There were big salmons hooked but not landed. The biggest landed was 112cm with a dry fly (appr. 14-15kg). Ofcourse other flies worked well too but with the warm water the floating line seemed to work best. 

Flies:

Dries - Light olive parachute Adams #14-16, black stonefly #6-8, Nalle Puh #10-12 and           Caddis #12          Nymphs – Pheasant tail #14-16 (bead & beadless), Hare’s ear #12-16 (bead & beadless),            Black stonefly nymphs #6-8 (bead & beadless)          Streamers – Black streamers (eg. Black Marabou Streamer) #2-6, Sculpin #4-8          Salmon – Bomber #2-6, Sunray Shadow, Shrimp flies, Hitch tube, and it’s good to carry          some basic hair wing singles or doubles as well as scandi tubes  

Week 3.  

This week started colder than the first two. Water had fallen about 20cm from the first week but because of the cold northern wind the water temperature had fallen to 11 degrees celsius. Daytime fishing seemed to be better for trout than night. The cold weather stayed the whole week but there were good mayfly hatches during the day that provided us first class dry fly fishing. The Olives are tough! Streamers didn’t seem to work as good for trout as expected this week. But the salmons were eager for our black streamers. This was the best week for salmon this year. Also dry flies worked well despite the cold and wet. 

Flies:

Dries - Olive parachute Adams #16-18, yellow parachute Adams #12-14, mayfly emerger          patterns like Twisted Hackle Emerger or thinly dressed Klinkhamer #14-18, Caddis #8-12          Nymphs – Pheasant tail #14-18 (bead & beadless), Hare’s ear #12-16 (bead &           beadless)          Streamers – Black streamers (eg. Black Marabou Streamer) #2-6, Sculpin #4-8, black Surfboard #2-4, mice/lemming/mole patterns worked well          Salmon – Bomber #2-6, Surfboard #2-6, Sunray Shadow, Shrimp flies, Hitch tube, and it’s good to carry some basic hair wing singles or doubles as well as scandi tubes  

Week 4. 

Like the week before this started cold as well. On Saturday evening the temperature dropped to 3 degrees celsius. Water temperature was 9 degrees and water level had dropped 10cm from last week. We only had one warmer day this week when the wind turned, but it was short lived. Very similar to the previous week. Mayfly hatches continued during day. Mice patterns worked well this week. In the upper part of the river near lake Enozero fish were feeding on crane flies when they happened to pass by. 

Flies:

Dries - Olive parachute Adams #16-18, yellow parachute Adams #12-14, mayfly emerger patterns like Twisted Hackle Emerger or thinly dressed Klinkhamer #14-18, Caddis #8-12, Crane Fly or Daddy Long Legs #12          Nymphs – Pheasant tail #14-18 (bead & beadless), Hare’s ear #12-16 (bead &           beadless)          Streamers – Black streamers (eg. Black Marabou Streamer) #2-6, Sculpin #4-8, black Surfboard #2-4, mice/lemming/mole patterns worked well          Salmon – Bomber #2-6, Surfboard #2-6, Sunray Shadow, Shrimp flies, Hitch tube, and it’s good to carry some basic hair wing singles or doubles as well as scandi tubes  

 

Week 5. 

The water level had been dropping quite evenly 10cm per week. This week was an exception. In the middle of the week the southernly wind brought water from the lake and also the rain rose the water a bit. This brought new salmon in but the salmon fishing was harder than we expected in these conditions. The water temperature started to rise on Tuesday after it got to 8 degrees celsius on Monday. Trout fishing was good. And probably because of the caddis hatches the night time fishing was better than day. So this was the week the big caddis hatches started. Also Streamers seem to work better this week than in the previous ones. A black streamer retrieved fast downstream on the surface worked really well in the outflows of pools. Also Surfboard fishing was exceptional. 

Flies:

Dries – Caddis #8-12, Emerger Sparkle Pupa #10-12, olive parachute Adams #16-18, yellow parachute Adams #12-14, mayfly emerger patterns #14-18, Stimulator #8-12          Nymphs – SL-pupa or DSP #12, Super Pupa #10-12, Pheasant tail #14-18 (bead & beadless), Hare’s ear #12-14 (bead & beadless)          Streamers – Black streamers (eg. Black Marabou Streamer) #2-6, Sculpin #4-8, black Surfboard #2-4, mice/lemming/mole patterns worked well          Salmon – Bomber #2-6, Surfboard #2-6, Sunray Shadow, Shrimp flies, Hitch tube, and it’s good to carry some basic hair wing singles or doubles as well as scandi tubes  

Week 6. 

The water was still about 5cm higher than it was beginning of the previous week. The conditions were really good this week, water temperature had also risen to 12 degrees celsius. This provided unforgettable fishing. There were good caddis and mayfly hatches, the streamers seemed to work really well especially on the upper part of the river. It also seemed that there were more big fish fallen to the river from lake Enozero. Many guests were especially impressed by the caddis hatches. Although some nights it was only 4 degrees celsius the caddis were hatching in the almost dark night. Catching a trout of 60-65cm with a dry fly in the dark is something that many will appreciate for a long time. This was the best week for trout this year. Some salmons were also caught but because fishing was really concentrating on the trout only 4 salmon were landed this week. 

Flies:

Dries – Caddis #8-12, Emerger Sparkle Pupa #10-12, olive parachute Adams #16-18, yellow parachute Adams #12-14, mayfly emerger patterns #14-18, Stimulator #8-12         Nymphs – SL-pupa or DSP #12, Super Pupa #10-12, Pheasant tail #14-18 (bead & beadless), Hare’s ear #12-14 (bead & beadless)          Streamers – Black streamers (eg. Black Marabou Streamer) #2-6, Sculpin #4-8, black Surfboard #2-4, mice/lemming/mole patterns worked well          Salmon – Bomber #2-6, Surfboard #2-6, Sunray Shadow, Shrimp flies, Hitch tube, and it’s good to carry some basic hair wing singles or doubles as well as scandi tubes  

Week 7. 

This week the temperature had dropped, both air and water. And although there still was caddis hatches it wasn’t like the two previous weeks. But the mayflies were waking up again and day time fishing was actually better than evening or night. Streamers worked well on the upper part of the river. And big fish were caught and lost again. But one fly pattern really rose above others this week. And that was the Crane Fly. During the olive hatch it worked like a charm. The ones that felt really difficult with mayfly patterns just needed one good cast with the Crane Fly. Also the big trout were eager for it.  

Tackle for Varzina 

Rod:

9’-10’ #7-8 for streamer and salmon fishing, 9’-10’ #5-6 for dry fly and nymph fishing and if you prefer double handed for salmon 13’-14’ #7-9

Lines:

Floating – 400 grains

Reels:

Reels with capacity of at least 100 metres and equipped with a good drag.Leaders: Use as strong of a tippet as you dare. Use at least 0,35mm for streamers and salmon fishing. For dry fly and nymph fishing I would think twice about going under 3X.

Wading:

Wading boots that are good for walking (Aquastealth or Amphibia is my choice for sole). Good breathable waders and it is good to have a wading staff with you. Also your jacket should be one that keeps you from thinking about sweat and rain as well your underlayers.

Miscallenous:

Take a net! A day pack is good for longer hikes. Headlamp is good in the tent and fishing late in the season. And don’t forget all the little necessities like floatants, pliers, cutters, mosquito repellant etc…