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JUNE

The fishing begins 15th June and big fresh springers up to 35+ lbs arrive amongst kelts on their way back to the sea.
 
Water levels can be high and cold usually ranging from 1 to 8 degrees C, with the salmon moving up along the banks and slower side pockets to conserve vital energy.
 
Big, bright, flashy flies, on short leaders with sinking lines, fished slow will do the trick, casting downstream with an upstream mend and reducing the speed of the fly with your rod at a 90 degree angle.

Many fish are taken each year as the fly enters the slower water, slowly fluttering closer to the bank.

JULY

Summer arives late June into July, when the main run of MSW-salmon is on, fish averaging 15+ pounds with many opportunities for the big 30+ pounders.
 
As the summer progresses water levels are dropping back to perfect levels, Grilse start running mixed with 2SW salmon, with temperatures in the range of 7 to 14 C and the salmon start becoming more active sticking to the faster flowing stretches of the river.
 
Floating lines and smaller sparsely dressed flies, fished fast are king during the daytime and larger slower fished flies at night, as the air and water temperatures cool. Most of the summer, fresh salmon up to 20+ pounds are still caught. 
AUGUST

Late summer is our most interesting season, with large coloured resident salmon becoming active again and Osenkas or big bright autumn fish make there way up the river stirring up activity and average size is up between 15 to 30 pounds.
 
Water levels reach their lowest mark with occasional rains inducing spates, water temperatures are approximately 10 degrees C and fishing can be varied and truly spectacular.
 
Salmon congregate in deeper steady flow areas of the river but still react to a swiftly fished fly, floating and light sinking lines are employed with varied colour patterns and sizes of flies depending on the changeable water conditions.

THE RIGHT GEAR CAN MAKE ALL
THE DIFFERENCE

RODS
Single hand rods from 9-10 feet, class 6-12. Double hand rods from 11-18 feet, class 6-12.
 
LINES
90% of the time we fish with versi tip lines with a floating belly and different types of sink tips. Simply because you can quickly change the tips, while standing in the water. If you don't have a versi tip line make sure that you at least have a floating, sink 2 and sink 4 with you. But remember, one can't have too many lines.
 
LEADERS & TIPPETS
10-20 feet tapered leaders with a tippet between 0,25mm. and 0,50 mm. Colder waters expect leaders as short as 4 feet.
Tippet spools from 0,28 mm. - 0,45 mm.
 
SALMON FLIES
The most important thing is that you believe in the fly! The name of the fly comes second. Make sure you bring flies in sizes from 2 cm-10 cm. Bigger flies from 15-20cm can be used in high and cold water during June. Make sure your hooks are strong and sharp! Only fish size 6 hooks or below are permitted. Popular patters that regularly work here are:
 
Onka - Banana - Björk - Grey & Green - Phatakorva - Red Butt - Green Butt - Silver Garry - Silver Grey - Sunray
The Usual - Willie Gunn - Blue Charm - Black Doctor - Green Lucy - Samurai

 
CLOTHING
Layers are definitely the key! You will need warm underwear and thick socks wool is the best. A warm hat and a warm down or primaloft jacket for the cold evenings. Waders and a wading jacket or any other type of shell jacket. 

BOATS
We have a traditional rowing boat for use at the Onka home pool to access both banks. We also have a 2-3 person float boat for guests to use on the river and access the more hard to reach spots when travelling down stream. Guests can arrange a pick up point and time with their guide/ghillie to transport back to the camp.
 
DONT FORGET
Mosquito spray or roll on repellent such as "Jungle Oil" is strongly advised. A wading staff is always good to have on hand and a camera for the special moments!

OUR GUIDES WORK HARD TO
FIND THE FISH

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