Saturday, 14 July 2018

Week 7-14 July

Date: 7-14 July

Air Temp: 7C-26C
Water Temp: 12C-16C
Water height: -26cm to -33cm
Number of rods: 14
Number of fish caught: 157
Biggest fish: 26lbs David C and 26lbs Jean Marc F
No 30lb+: 0
No 20-29lbs:  6
No 8-19lbs: 38
Grilse: 114


After a reasonably cool start to the week it was a hot finish with some sweltering sunshine.

Bright sunshine
Manager’s Comments:

Looking at the numbers we had a good start to the week with the cooler weather. As you might expect this was when the larger salmon were landed. There were two terrific fish, both of 26lbs, landed by David C Jean Marc F.

26lber from Pump
The increasing sunshine and air temperatures over the course of the week meant increasing water temperatures and consequently the bigger fish were elusive and reluctant to take a fly.
26lber for Jean Marc F
There has been a good push of grilse in the month of July and these fresh silver bullets have provided good sport throughout the week and have kept morale going.

Rob W at 7 Islands
I head home now after an enjoyable three weeks on the Yokanga. There follow a couple of weeks of Russian clients and our final week of the season will commence on 28 July.

Bill Drury

Hot Day in Waders

Date: 13 July

Air Temp:14-26C
Water Temp :16C
Water height: -33cm
Number of rods: 14
Number of fish caught: 19
Biggest fish:
No 30lb+: 0
No 20-29lbs: 0
No 8-19lbs: 0
Grilse: 19


Sunny, thin cloud and a warm wind.

Manager’s Comments:

It was another very warm day out on the river. With the water temperature at 16C and bright sunshine, the larger fish have become less aggressive. The odd one can be seen rolling, just enough to keep us focused. Today was another day for the grilse with 19 of these 4-7lb fresh fish landed.

Hot Weather
When the clients returned to the lodge they were very happy to get out of their waders! It was like being in your own personal banya!

Bill Drury

Friday, 13 July 2018

Grilse Galore

Date: 12 July

Air temp: 14-25C
Water temp: 15C
Water height: -32cm
Number of rods: 14
Number of fish caught: 21
Biggest fish: 10lbs David C
No 30lb+: 0
No 20-29lbs: 0
No 8-19lbs: 3
Grilse: 18


Warm and sunny.

Manager’s Comments:

A warm bright start to the day was compounded when due to circumstances out of our control we had to quickly draw up a walking program.

Ready for the walk
Despite the day remaining very warm and bright, the rods applied themselves well to the conditions and landed 21 fish. A very respectable number considering. The fresh grilse once again made up the bulk of the catch and comments of the great condition of these fish were spoken about by all the guests.

Changing fly in Home Pool
All is back on track for a normal program tomorrow so we are looking forward to a good final day.

Helicopter service again on Friday
Bill Drury

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Hot Sunshine

Date: 11 July

Air temp:13-24C
Water temp: 13C
Water height: -30cm
Number of rods: 14
Number of fish caught :16
Biggest fish: 15lbs Stephen L
No 30lb+: 0
No 20-29lbs: 0
No 8-19lbs: 3
Grilse: 13


Warm very bright sunshine.

Manager’s Comments:

Today was a tough fishing day with hot sunshine dominating proceedings. The fish were not in a taking mood and very few fish were seen moving on the beats.

Rob W at 7 Islands
Stephen L landed a fresh 15lber from below Lyliok rapids. Peter E had a 13lb fish from 7 Islands. Elsewhere the pods of fresh grilse running through provided intermittent sport.

Grilse masquerading as a salmon
Bill Drury

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Sunny Skies

Date: 10 July

Air temp:10-17C
Water temp: 12C
Water height: -28
Number of rods: 14
Number of fish caught: 34
Biggest fish: 26lbs Jean-Marc F
No 30lb+: 0
No 20-29lbs: 1
No 8-19lbs: 13
Grilse: 20


Sunny, cool NE breeze.

Manager’s Comments:

Today was a day of mixed fortune with some beats fairing reasonably well while others were blank. I am sure the quick change from cloudy to clear blue skies played its part.


Jean-Marc F landed a lovely 26lber from Lyliok in the evening topped off with a grilse. A good after dinner session.
26lber for Jean Marc F from Lyliok
There were also fish of 17-19lbs caught by Rob W, Gordon A and Branson A. The pods of grilse pushing through the pools continue to provide sport albeit fleeting at times as they are continuously on the move.

Bill Drury

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Thick Fog

Date: 9 July

Air temp:10-13C
Water temp: 12C
Water height: -27cm
Number of rods: 14
Number of fish caught: 24
Biggest fish: 17lb Mike M
No 30lb+: 0
No 20-29lbs: 0
No 8-19lbs: 6
Grilse: 18


Heavy fog clearing at lunchtime. Sunny with a cool breeze.

Manager’s Comments:

Today’s heavy fog meant that we drew up a walking program for the day fishing from Poachers down to Crow’s Nest.

Thick fog in the morning
The order of the day was a good healthy and sporting crop of grilse, 18 of the 24 fish caught were these well-conditioned little bullets.

Wading the Pots
The biggest fish of the day was caught by Mike M a cracking fresh 17lber from Lyliok.

17lber for Mike M from Lyliok
 The fog has returned this evening. Here’s hoping it has gone in the morning.

Bill Drury

Monday, 9 July 2018

Superb Start

Date: Evening 7 July and 8 July

Air Temp: 7C-10C
Water Temp: 12C
Water height: -26cm
Number of rods: 14
Number of fish caught: 42
Biggest fish: 26lbs David C
No 30lb+: 0
No 20-29lbs: 5
No 8-19lbs: 12
Grilse: 25


Partly cloudy, cold upstream wind.

First day
Manager’s Comments:

The evening of arrival was a real success for Peter E who landed a 24lb fish from Pump. Angus C landed his first Yokanga salmon shortly after enjoying his birthday cake!
Birthday cake for Angus C
The strong upstream wind was on everyone’s mind this morning and on certain beats it caused some problems.
18lber for Gordon A

The fishing remains steady and some good size fish were landed notably David C’s 26lber from Island. There were three very nice fish from Crows Nest. A 23lb for Rob W who also landed a 14lber and 18lber. There were also two 20lbers for Geoff B.

26lber for David C
The number of fresh grilse caught are rising and they continue to give good sport.

Bill Drury

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Week 30 June-7 July

Date: 30 June-7 July

Air Temp: 8C-25C
Water Temp: 11C-14C-13C
Water height: -16cm to -23cm
Number of rods: 15
Number of fish caught: 157
Biggest fish: 34lbs Jim Cochran
No 30lb+: 2
No 20-29lbs: 18
No 8-19lbs: 85
Grilse: 52

The team depart

The weather this week was similar to the previous week in that the good cloudy fishing conditions gave way to bright warm sunshine which thankfully changed back for the last three days.
Sunny day on the Yokanga
Manager’s Comments:

This week we had a number of anglers who caught their first Atlantic salmon and one, Jim C, whose first Atlantic salmon was a fish of a lifetime weighing 34lbs. Dreams can and do come true on the Yokanga!
Jim tells the story of his 34lber
There have been a lot of fun experiences this week and entertaining stories of various wading exploits and even rods taking off with fish on! Almost everyone in the group had a story of a big fish hooked and lost.

One that did not get away
The river temperature has now dropped back a couple of degrees again and the level has remained the same for the last four days following the rain we had earlier in the week. This is all good news and bodes well for the coming week.

Bill Drury

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Last Day of the Week

Date: 6 July

Air temp: 8-10C
Water temp: 13C
Water height: -23cm
Number of rods: 15
Number of fish caught: 23
Biggest fish: 25lb Rob Toth
No 30lbs+: 0
No 20-29lbs: 2
No 8-19lbs: 12
Grilse: 9


Cloudy, cool breeze, occasional drizzle.

Manager’s Comments:

A week has flown past and here I am posting the final fishing report of the week. With the continuing cooler weather we finished with a solid 23 fish for the day. Fresh fish continue to enter the system and all beats are at a good fishable height and have numbers of residents building.

Last day
Rob T continued to perform and scored the largest fish of the day, a fantastic 25lber. Well done Rob for keeping at it and for a great week!

Summer colours on the Yokanga
The lodge continues to run very well. Our chef is getting high praise from many clients and Den the waiter is ever attentive. No empty wine glasses here!

Delicious starter
Bill Drury

Friday, 6 July 2018

32lber Landed

Date: 5 July

Air temp 10C-8C
Water temp 14C
Water height -23cm
Number of rods: 15
Number of fish caught: 30
Biggest fish: 32lb Rob Toth
No 30lb+: 1
No 20-29lbs: 5
No 8-19lbs: 13
Grilse: 11


Cloudy, showers and cold wind.

New Yokanga beat map at the lodge
Manager’s Comments:

It was considerably better fishing conditions today, although the cooler north wind meant at least an extra clothing layer had to be worn.

Jim C fishing Upper Norcamp
The fishing was steady over all the beats and there were a good number of larger fish encountered but not all landed! Rob T was fishing on his own in lower Norcamp when he hooked, landed, measured and photographed and returned a 32lb fish, well done Rob.

32lber for Rob T
There are a good few pods of grilse on the move each day and when they appear in the pools double hook ups are common.

Max K with his 23lber from Lyliok
Five salmon between 20-29lbs plus another over 30lbs is a fantastic day by any standard. The weather is cloudy and cool again on this the last morning of the week, so we are hopeful of another good day ahead.

Bill Drury

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Some Clouds

Date: 4 July

Air temp 17C-16C
Water temp 15C
Water height -23cm
Number of rods: 15
Number of fish caught: 20
Biggest fish: 21lbs Justin Miller
No 30lb+: 0
No 20-29lbs: 1
No 8-19lbs: 11
Grilse: 8


Cloudy, muggy with light rain until lunchtime.

Manager’s Comments:

A muggy start to the day with rain until lunchtime. Hopefully it might be enough rain to influence either the water temperature or height. The anticipation of fishing with cloud cover was high after yesterday’s beating sunshine.

In too deep for the photo!
Andy B lost four fish in Lyliok in the morning. Justin M chose to fish the faster pocket water on Upper Norcamp to good effect losing as many fish as he landed, and in the evening landed a 21lber from Lyliok.

Fat Yokanga salmon
 A much cooler evening has enticed more rods out this evening, that and no games in the World Cup!

Suits you Sir
Bill Drury

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Blistering Heat

Date: 3 July

Air temp 20-25C
Water temp 14C
Water height -21cm
Number of rods: 15
Number of fish caught:12
Biggest fish: 20lb Jim Cochran
No 30lb+: 0
No 20-29lbs:1
No 8-19lbs: 6
Grilse: 5


Bright sunshine all day. It was 20C at 9am.

Blazing sunshine
Manager’s Comments:

It was a warm sunny day that definitely put the fish down and made the fishing tough.

Some innovation was applied by Jim C who turned a child’s toy into a tube fly! He landed his only fish of the day on it which was 20lbs!

Innovative fly pattern

Not available at Farlows
Another notable fish was a fresh 19lber for Rob T from Island.

Rob T with his 19lber
Max Krottenhaler kept up his average of catching double figure fish every single day this week with two 15lbers from Poachers.

Bear track in the sand
Evening fishing was minimal with only a couple of guys braving the mosquitoes. The option of watching the World Cup on the lodge TV seemed to be more favourable!

World Cup takes precedence over fishing
Bill Drury

Bright Sunshine

Date: 2 July

Air temp 12-25C
Water temp 11C
Water height -18cm
Number of rods: 15
Number of fish caught: 31
Biggest fish: 24lb Rob Toth
No 30lb+: 0
No 20-29lbs: 1
No 8-19lbs: 18
Grilse: 12


Bright Sunshine!

Yokanga in the sun
Manager’s Comments:

The order of the day was protection from biting insects! Even though the wind was blowing, the heat today encouraged the insects to feast. As manager’s we recommend a daily dose of antihistamine, liberal applications of repellent and a head net for just the rare occasion. These precautions usually ensure that insects are not a problem.

Rob T at Sand Island
The fishing was good despite the very bright sun, again stories of a couple of big fish being lost. There are noticeably more grilse in the book today all very fresh spread across all the beats.
Heli transport to the river
Tono P continued to put fish in the book this time fishing Lower Norcamp. An 18lber and 14lber.

Tono P with an 18lber from Lower Norcamp
Rob Toth had a good day up at Sand Island and has shared the photo below.

Rob T again on Sand Island
Looking at the weather forecast it will be sunny and warm again tomorrow then cooling down again, hopefully.

Bill Drury

Monday, 2 July 2018

34lb First Atlantic Salmon

Date: Evening 30 June and 1 July

Air temp 8C-16C
Water temp 11C
Water height -16cm
Number of rods: 15
Number of fish caught: 41
Biggest fish: 34lb Jim Cochran
No 30lb+: 1
No 20-29lbs: 8
No 8-19lbs: 25
Grilse: 7


It was a drizzly start to the day with an upstream wind and becoming sunny during the course of the day.

Manager’s Comments:

Daniel B landed his first ever first Atlantic salmon in Lyliok in the morning. In the afternoon on Crow’s Nest he then hooked another fish but dropped the rod in the water just when I was about to net the fish! Guide, Andrey, and Jim C chased it in the boat and grabbed the rod! With the fish still on it was landed downstream. It was his second ever salmon and it weighed 20lbs!

Dan B's second salmon at 20lbs
Jim C also landed his first Atlantic salmon in Crow’s Nest in the main draw right in front of river watcher’s cabin. It was a great fight and took him through the rapid into the pool below. The fish weighed 34lbs! Is this some sort of a record for a first Yokanga salmon? We think it probably is.

34lb first Atlantic salmon
Tono P had an excellent day on Lower Norcamp landing four fish. They weighed 24lbs, 18lbs, 14lbs and 12lbs which is an incredible average weight. He also lost a further five.

Tono P with 24lber

Tono P with 18lber
Another highlight of the day was when Brian W landed a grilse on a Bomber in Lyliok. A great achievement to take a Yokanga salmon in that way.

It has been a great start to the week.

Bill Drury

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Week 23-30 June

Date: 23-30 June

Air Temp: 9C to 21C
Water Temp: 13C to 14C to 13C
Water height: +3cm to -12cm
Number of rods: 17
Number of fish caught: 187
Biggest fish: 32lbs John Bresnihan
No 30lb+: 2
No 20-29lbs: 22
No 8-19lbs: 131
Grilse: 32


As is ever the case on the north coast of the Kola Peninsula it was a mixed bag in terms of weather. We had a warm day early on in the week but then a couple of cool ones with winds swinging around at the end of the week.

Returning from fishing
Manager’s Comments:

I have been hosting this particular week for some years now and certainly the final score of 187 is right up there among the best in recent years. The timings of spring and the ice melt were consistent with what we remember as ‘normal’ from years gone by and consequently the Yokanga delivered.

Team photo on Sunday morning
We had a great start with some beautiful weather and very solid fishing. The cool weather for the final two days of the week saw people scrambling for their thermals but the best fishing of all was on the last day with some impressive scores. Notably Bill W with seven to his own rod. Other than one grilse, his fish weighed 14lbs, 16lbs, 17lbs, 19lbs, 21lbs and 23lbs. That is one incredible day anywhere. It is always nice to finish on a high.

Typical June Yokanga salmon
Looking at the scores it was certainly noticeable that the colder weather was when we put more big fish over 20lbs in the book. As ever there some seriously big fish hooked which came unstuck. There were straightened hooks, fish that snagged on rocks, knots that did not hold and some that simply got away for no particular reason.

One that did not get away

Despite what I mention above, we had two terrific fish over 30lbs landed. One a 30lber and personal best for Paulo H and a 32lber to John B, also his personal best. Congratulations to both of you!

Paulo H's 30lber

John B and his 32lber
With an additional 22 fish in the 20-29lb bracket that makes nearly 13% of fish caught over 20lbs. What the figures do not show is the number of clean quality fish caught in the high teens. Subject to where you hook them in a pool and how fresh they are, these fish can go ballistic, jumping like crazy and tearing into your backing. There were plenty of stories to attest to this statement.

Quality salmon that punch above their weight
This was my final week on the Yokanga. It is always a sadness to be leaving and I would love to be there to see how the coming weeks pan out. Judging by the number and quality of the fish we are seeing this season and the collective action that people have had, I feel there will be plenty more good fishing to come this season and no doubt some more big fish will be landed.

More of these to come
I am handing over to veteran Roxtons host, Bill Drury, and wish everyone tight lines in the weeks to come.

Roxtons host, Bill Drury, taking over

Henry Mountain