2017 has been an unusual season for salmon fishing in Russia.

Record snowfall and a very late spring influenced the openings of all the Russian rivers. However, the silver lining to this situation was that on the Kharlovka and Rynda we enjoyed good water levels throughout July and the annual risk of warm weather and low water making fishing challenging was not something we had to worry about. In fact, the fishing went from strength to strength throughout July.

I fished the Kharlovka and Eastern Litza during the last week of the month and the fishing was excellent. Following on from some record breaking weeks we knew there were a lot of fish in the river and conditions were good. The water was higher than normal, which meant we were fishing slightly different water in some beats, but this worked to our advantage.

Our first three days on the rivers saw cold, overcast weather with some rain and in these ideal fishing conditions we landed 75% of the week’s catch in the first half of the week. However, when the sun came out on day four the fish became much less interested, although everyone continued to catch. In total fourteen rods finished on 195 fish for the week, up to a best of 28lb.

There is no doubt that a week at Kharlovka is difficult to beat as a salmon fishing experience. The opportunity to fish two different rivers, both stunningly beautiful, combined with the excellent guides, camp staff and luxury accommodation mean that not only do fishers return season after season, but often fish several weeks during the season as well.

If you would like to hear more about fishing opportunities on the Atlantic Salmon Reserve please call 0207 484 1006 or email [email protected]