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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

Miramichi in summer close-down mode

Hit by a summer drought and high water temperatures (see recent picture, left), the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, Canada, has announced a closure of its main salmon fishings as anglers await further rain. It is felt anglers wading in cold-water pools, many of which are where tributaries enter the river, could disturb salmon that have gathered to seek refuge. ... Full story

Hardy Loses a Legend

It is with great sadness that we bring news that James Leighton Hardy has died. James, who was better known as Jim, was the last direct link between the company now known as Hardy & Greys Ltd and the founding family. He was the son of a former joint Managing Director, William Hardy. He passed away on Saturday, 28th July, 2012. ... Full story

Iceland: the other side of the coin

It is now well documented how the north Atlantic jetstream has disturbed the UK's summer weather to an even greater extent than usual but the situation for those who head to Iceland in search of its summer harvest of silver Atlantic salmon has presented the opposite to flash flooding in England's home counties. There, an extended drought has put the dampeners on sport and a recent report from fieldsports agent Roxtons shows catches around 30 per cent down on west and north coast rivers. ... Full story

Game Fisher’s Diary Aug/Sept Issue: FREE TO VIEW

To mark the arrival of summer (at last), and our launch onto Samsung Smart TVs, the Aug/Sept 2012 issue of the free-to-view video magazine Game Fisher’s Diary is the biggest yet, with over three hours of great content for fly anglers everywhere. ... Full story

Superb Sela Salmon

Arni Baldursson has posted this photograph on Facebook of his superb salmon from Iceland's River Sela that is estimated to be over 30lbs and looking at the scale of the fish next to the rod I don't think we would disagree! ... Full story

Costa’s 580P Sunrise Lens Wins at ICAST

Serious anglers and outdoors enthusiasts know with fishing, time of day can be everything. At the American Sportfishing Association’s ICAST event held recently in Orlando, Costa Sunglasses took home the award for Best New Eyewear for its high contrast specialty 580P™ sunrise lens. ... Full story

It's a Dog's Life - Week 7 report from the Ponoi

Keeping us up to speed with life at the Ryabaga camp on the Kola peninsula's Ponoi River, camp manager Matt Breuer shares all the news and highlights of week 7 of the Atlantic Salmon season in his part of the world. ... Full story

Salmon Anglers Tackle the Scottish Independence Issue

An independent Scotland would have a damaging effect on the nation’s salmon fishing industry, creating uncertainty for the annual £240 million income from country sports tourism, claims new research. The report reveals that over half of anglers fear that the break up of the Union would have an adverse impact on field sports tourism. One in four declared themselves “very worried” by the prospect. ... Full story

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