Kola Peninsula

Autumn on the Kola? It must be Umba

Salmon Junkies (tag: 'We are hooked!') are renowned for not just a great name but also for the groups of adrenaline-fuelled salmon fishers they send out over the wilds of the southern Kola Peninsula to fish the Umba river and these days too, the upper Varzuga (or Grand Varzuga as they call it). Now it's September their focus is firmly on the River Umba from where their first autumn report arrives via Kåre Lundquist.. ... Full story

Varzina trout camp comes good

Every self-respecting famous Kola Peninsula salmon river these days has to boast its own trout fishing camp in the upper reaches and the North Kola's Varzina river is no exception. Here, a recent report posted on Facebook by the camp reflects, yes a few salmon caught (that's inevitable), but also some quite exceptional brown trout caught. Salmon sized brownies really. Or at least, it would be exceptional, if we didn't just pinch ourselves and say this is trout fishing Kola-style - and anything really is possible.. ... Full story

Yokanga's August Bruisers

With rivers like the Ponoi put into mothballs for a fortnight, and other Russian fisheries only for the hardy or the mosquito resistant – at least so far as UK rods are concerned – and the autumn season of the Umba yet to start, August is a non-peak month on the salmon rivers of the Kola Peninsula. But Russia's trophy salmon river, the Yokanga, which had a good July this year, is set for the late show as the season rolls to a high summer climax. ... Full story

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