Umba autumn Report 2012 from the Salmon Junkies
Report by Kåre & Steffen at www.salmonjunkies.com
With only 2 weeks left of the season in Umba, we can conclude that this autumn has been very generous to our all our many wonderful and loyal guests. Almost every evening during September we celebrated new members in our Twenty Pounds club. What a great season
Unfortunately our first August weeks was pretty skinny booked, with only some few rods fishing Umba.
A common misconception is, that August is not as productive as September and October months. However August can be as good as any of the later weeks. That became obviously when Rolf Berliat caught a fantastic 29Lbs Chrome sealiced salmon in Lowe Rat pool (The second largest salmon this season). Christoph Meyer and Uwe Kopp average Third week in August more than twenty salmon each, with 2 huge +20Lbs salmon to Uwe
Last week in August:
In this week we went from late summer to autumn - the surrounding forest literally exploded in a spectacular mix of colours along the banks of Umba river.
Largest salmon caught was following:
29 salmon between 10Lbs -14 Lbs
16 salmon between 15Lbs -19Lbs
2 salmon between 20Lbs - 24Lbs.
Highlights to be remembered: Our French group who were all first time visitors to Umba had a great week after some fine tuning the first couple of days. Nicolas Bernard had no need for any lectures, and first night he caught a nice 19.5Lbs Buck in Home Channel. In total Nicolas caught 13 fresh Salmon. Biggest fish for Nicolas was 3 x 12 Lbs, 1 x 14 Lbs, 2 x 15 Lbs, 1 x 19.5 Lbs and 1 x 21 Lbs (Welcome to 20 Lbs club Nico). Marc Bizien entered the Umba history book as well with 13 Salmon. Biggest fish = 2 x 14 Lbs, 1 x 15 Lbs, 1 x 16 Lbs, 1 x 17 Lbs, 1 x 18Lbs and 1 x 19Lbs – Congratulation Marc. Stéphane Warnier was as usual between the top rods with 13 salmon and with a 21Lbs Chromer as the biggest
The first week in September:
September is a spectacular period in Umba with autumn colors making a fantastic scenery for the eye and the camera. There is simply nothing like it. Now the warm weather turns into crispy cold mornings and water temperature drops, but anyhow with salmon quite aggressive busy in the pools.
The fishing hours on the river get shorter as darkness of the night appears much earlier. But then there is time for a Scotch or a glass of wine. Time for talk and tales around the fireplace in the lodge: “The huge salmon that was lost” or “The beautiful ones that was caught”; “The bear that was seen only 100 feet away crossing the river”.... Autumn in Umba is a very special time of the year.
Largest salmon caught was following:
14 salmon between10Lbs – 14Lbs
6 salmon between 15 Lbs – 19Lbs
2 salmon between 20Lbs – 24Lbs
1 salmon between 25Lbs – 29Lbs
Highlights to be remembered: On our bonus Saturdays – the extra day our guests get for free – anything can happen in Umba; Ragnhild Samuelsson caught a super chromer of 22 Lbs. in Brads Pool - there is something about women and salmon fishing. The following day her son Erik Samuelsson lurked her tricks and caught two silver torpedoes in Home Pool – 18 Lbs and 18.5 Lbs. Well done and congratulations to both mother and son. Last couple of days same week some of other guests have landed some really nice fish between 12 and 19 Lbs. Lovely!
Franco Sirtori caught a big colored male in Boat Pool – Krivetz. It forced him 300 m downstream in a very intense fight but ended up with a catch of a 26 Lbs Salmon. We suppose that it must have been a 30+ when it entered the system last autumn. Welcome to 20 Lbs Club…again Franco:) Franco caught the angry male with a cascade seize 8 with a small 11.9 switch rod.