It was nice to be back on the Kharlovka for my 20th year on these fantastic big fish rivers. Conditions was quite good, a bit cold but of course a lot better than last year’s extreme weather. 2 degrees in the water and 90 cm on the gage is quite normal and absolutely fishable. The river was full of kelts and after a couple of days I landed more than 40, a bit crazy. For sure it’s very early to be up here in May but I hooked and lost what must have been a fresh fish. It ripped 100m backing of my spool while leaving Julians into Island pool. The hook just came lose – shit! It’s very sorry not to have my friend and guide Kola here - it’s my first time on the river without him and he is truly missed!