Friday photograph

I'll try and keep these going through the summer when I can access an internet connection, whether in Norway, Scotland or Cambridgeshire! (Actually no problem with the latter lol). ... Full story

Varzuga's 2012 record-breaker

The Varzuga river in Russia has just recorded one of its best-ever seasons in 21 years - with more than 8,500 salmon and a bigger average size of fish than in previous seasons (and immaculate silver salmon too). To mark a result that, not least is extremely encouraging for the potential fight back to abundance of Atlantic salmon as a species we here reproduce the final post from Roxtons' Varzuga Blog. ... Full story

Iceland's Hofsa, Sela and Big Laxa rivers open their accounts

North Atlantic Salmon Fund chairman, Orri Vigfusson, with news of some very encouraging early reports from Iceland's rivers where many have been producing salmon since early June, a good month before they usually open for serious fishing effort. Now in the last few days fish are being caught in prolific numbers which bodes well for the big fish which arrive in July. ... Full story

Orvis announces Game Fair charity auction

In 2012 Orvis, America's oldest mail order outfitter is celebrating 30 years in the UK by holding the first ever CLA Game Fair charity auction. A saltwater fly fishing trip for two to Belize and days on the Test and Itchen plus Orvis bamboo fly-rod and Fulling Mill flies are among the lots. ... Full story

Gaula sea-trout – and salmon after the flood

  It's always good to see sea-trout running a salmon river and the latest report on the Norwegian Flyfishers’ Club Gaula website shows a photo of a nice ... Full story

High Noon at Sabacchi

Here's another post from my 2012 Varzuga visit. In my last instalment I'd been enjoying an early start before breakfast and later fishing with Eoin Fairgrieve on the Ultimate Salmon-fishing Course. After beaching a 6lb salmon on the lower home pool (Greenbank) we'd decided to walk upstream but encountered the sight of camp manager Jess James playing a very decent salmon with an extremely low-angled rod. It was a dramatic moment which I was videoing on my smartphone.. ... Full story

VIPs gather on the Ponoi to discuss Kola's 'wild lands'

News from Matt Breuer of Ponoi River Company's Ryabaga camp this week included visitations from the governor to Murmansk region Marina Kovtun and the party of PRC owner Ilya Sherbovich. Apart from sampling the salmon-fishing, the parties met up to discuss the future of the Ponoi and other Kola rivers. ... Full story

Best morning ever? Good anyway..

It can be hard when you return from a memorable salmon-fishing trip to calm back down to earth and truly take in what you have just experienced. I was lucky enough to fish Lower Varzuga - the jewel in Roxtons’ world fishing crown - two weeks ago and although the fishing on this last week for the lower camp was not as prolific as the camps further up the river, it provided me with some sublime fishing sessions. Here's (part of) one of them. More will follow! ... Full story

Ladies raise money to beat breast cancer

Based in the North-east of England, the group Ladies Fishing has helped spearhead an influx of women into the sport of flyfishing and their charitable achievements are winning friends throughout the UK. Here, Anne Woodcock outlines recent activities and their plans for a full season of fly-fishing effort. ... Full story

The Ultimate Field Test - for a wading boot!

I have just returned from attending what was billed as the Ultimate Atlantic Salmon-fishing Course on Russia's Varzuga river. Apart from giving me the chance to catch numbers of salmon in a day that in Scotland one would hope for in a week (or month), the course gave me the perfect chance to test out for Fish and Fly, Patagonia's new Rock Grip (aluminium bar) wading boots and also their new wading Crampons too. ... Full story

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