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Umba Midweek report 28 – 30 September

October 1st, 2014 - steffen


The weather has changed and it has become far colder with rain the last days at Umba. The river has come up with 1 1/2 feet which also has improved the fishing considerably. Clive Bruton who caught a 35Lb salmon last year at Umba has been a bit more humble this year, however he caught one the same day two magnificent 17 Lb Chromers in Krivetz Tuesday. Kai Welle from Germany continues his odyssey with several nice fish to the net. Biggest for Kai during the last couple of days has been a super fresh 15 Lb salmon from Krivetz. (Please read more about Kai´s catches in the previous reports from last week. Biggets so far has been French Andre Riviere who manage to land a beautiful 23 Lb from Lower Umba. Another Umba veteran Gilbert Pieters from Belgium managed yesterday a 18 Lb Whopper on a Podolsky fly together with two 10 Lb salmon and one 9 Lb. All salmon were sea liced and straight from the sea. All together very promising news. Biggest salmon during the first three days has been 8 Salmon between 10Lb – 14Lb. 11 Salmon between 15lb – 19Lb and 3 Salmon between 20Lb – 24Lb. Beside these Salmon around 15 smaller salmon has been landed. Best fly has been. The Cascade, The Podolsky and Umba Tiger. The water continues to rise, so we expect some bigger salmon in the system during the next days / weeks. Stay tuned for more Umba news within some days.

Ps. 30 Minutes ago Kai Welle texted me, telling that he just has landed a 24Lb Super whopper in Krivetz (This is his second Twenty pounder). Congratulations Kai

Umba Full week report

September 29th, 2014 - kaare


The German super duo and Umba veterans Kai Welle and Henz Pape from Germany really hit it off this week by catching 65% of all the fish landed. Biggest salmon for Kai and Heinz were; 3 salmons of 15 Lbs, 1 x 16 Lbs and 2 x 17 Lbs and 1 x 18 Lbs and a super chromer of 22 Lbs, caught by Kai.The 22 Lbs was quite an adventure for Kai with a nerve wrecking 300 meters stumbling/wading/shaking down to the strong rapids below Office Pool – He managed to land the whopper after some very intense fight, yeah! All together the duo landed 25 salmons, and they will continue fishing the coming week and hopefully we will hear more from them and the new team as the fist week of October always produces some of the biggest fish for the season, historically!

Gerard Garnier from France and a true Salmon Junky veteran, caught a real beauty of 20.5 Lbs, his biggest salmon ever. Gerard I am wondering if you still cary that old hat?It has produced many fish over the years, but getting a bit old:) I do know you had a great party that night and a BIG welcome to The 20 Lbs Club, well done and wish I was there!

This week some BIG salmons was lost and Jean-Luc and Claude Vin from France unfortunately witnessed that at first hand, but these are the ones you never forget and you will get them next time, name of the game in salmon fishing and Umba always seems to reward the ones who keep trying. Waterlevel has risen and very fortunate for our new team and we do expect some real big ones this week as this will push fish. I dare to say, conditions are almost perfect. Biggest salmon this week; 11 x 10-14 Lbs, 9 x salmon 15-19 Lbs, 3 x 20-24 Lbs.

Stay tuned for some BIG news – hopefully – shortly,

All the best,

Kåre Lundquist



Umba Full Week report

September 21st, 2014 - kaare


Low water condition and less salmons entered Umba this week. Weather looks much better this week = rain and cooler temperature. Nevertheless, last week did produce 52 salmons with 14 between 10-14 Lbs, 2 salmon between 15-19 Lbs and 3 super chromers between 20-24 Lbs. The two brothers Eskild and Lars Dam Nielsen (Umba veterans from Denmark) caught 18 salmon with the biggest of 20 Lbs, A BIG welcome to the 20 Lbs Club. Lars managed to catch on of the salmon in Rat Channel, which is a very difficult place to catch a salmon, well done.

Umba verean Petri Teleranta – Finland –  caught some very nice chromers too, but at one point ran out of luck with a monster lost in Nicks Pool. The salmon jumping all over but after some real intense minutes the fly simply lost its grip. Robert Layton – from UK – caught a real hot fresh whopper of 20 Lbs in Office Pool, not the most easiest wading pool, well done.

Best flies this week; Red Butt, Billy Butt, Cascade, Podolsky and Snelda. Water temperature = 12c.

This autumn has been challenging however some really big fish has been caught this season, weather does seem to improve now and we hope for normal autumn condition. We usually encounter some really BIG fish the last weeks of October so we are all very excited whats is in store the coming weeks.

Stay tuned for more  reports, shortly.

All the best,

Kåre Lundquist


Umba full week report

September 14th, 2014 - kaare


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20 Lbs Club red hat party, summarizes this week, this despite the warm weather with sun from morning to evening and temperatures around +20c, which is quite unusual this time of year. All rods have produced BIG fish so a great week for all our guests. Umba veteran of them all, Illtyd Griffiths – from Wales – landed 4 over 20 Lbs  - and lost a big one – on his own very special Boyo fly.

Umba veteran Jamie Tabor –  from UK –  landed the biggest fish of the week =  a beautiful 24 Lbs Chromer.  Benjamin Domange – from France – caught 2 x 20 Lbs – and lost 2 same seize and both salmon emptied his reel in just matter of seconds. This weeks highlight came from  Benjamin Domange 83 year old father who caught 22 Lbs Whopper in  Doc Pool, well done:) Biggest Salmon this week;  16 between 10-14 Lbs, 8 between 15-19 Lbs and 11 between 20-24 Lbs.  Every night was big party night welcoming all new – and older members – to the 20 Lbs Club.

Most productive flies this week: Red Butt, Green Highlander, Boye, Silver Doc and Podolsky fly. Water temperature 13c and new team have arrived and if we could get the water temperature down to 10c then this would produce even bigger numbers, fingers crossed.

All the best,


Umba midweek report

September 10th, 2014 - kaare


Good push of Umba Whoppers this week despite the warm and quite unusual weather this time of year.  Every night we have celebrated new and old members joining the 20 Lbs Club. Umba veteran Jamie Tabor –  from UK –  landed 3 beautiful Umba salmon in just 2 days of 18 Lbs, 20 Lbs and 24 Lbs. All on a Silver Doc fly seize 6. Umba veteran of them all, Illtyd Griffiths – from Wales – landed 2 beauties the first bonus day and as always caught on his own very special – please read more below - Boyo fly.

Benjamin Domange – from France – fished Doc Pool yesterday  - from land – and hooked a super strong  who pulled him around for 10 nerve wrecking minutes, jumping all over, backing emptied for more than 300 m backing whereafter it decided to head for the White Sea. Again one of this fish you will never forget.  The fish were estimated to +25 Lbs, we will never know.

Biggest Salmon so far; 7 between 10-14 Lbs, 3 between 15-19 Lbs and 7 between 20-24 Lbs.  Most productive flies so far: Red Butt, Green Highlander, Boye (see picture), Silver Doc and Podolsky fly. Water temperature 14c and every minute enjoyed as Umba is slowly dressing in its characteristic Umba colors. An improvement from last week and we look ahead with great hope and optimism.



Illtyd Griffiths is a AAPGAI Master Fishing Instructor in both single handed (Trout/Sea trout) and double handed (salmon) disciplines. This is the most prestigious and difficult to attain qualification in the UK. Illtyd also share a deep passion for Umba river. A river he has fished fourteen times always with good result, maybe because he is almost always fishing his trusted Boyo fly. With permission from Illtyd, YOU have now a chance to fill your boxes for the upcoming season 2014 season with Illtyd Griffiths super fly – The Boyo fly

Dressing for Boyo:

Hook: Double 4,6,8,10 or 12 this fly is tied on a Salar Size 7

Tag: Oval silver

Back Body: Silver flat braid ribbed with oval silver

Mid Hackle: Orange hen or soft cock

Tail: Yellow and orange mixed Bucktail with a few strands of orange Flashabou Accent or similar.

Front Body: Black UV dubbing ribbed with oval silver.

Wing: Black bucktail or on smaller patterns Arctic Runner Hair

Front Hackles: Black and sunburst Yellow mixed hen or soft cock hackles

Cheeks: Jungle Cock tied below horizontal

Head: Black with band if fluorescent red thread.

Illtyd tells I used this fly first in the late 80’s for salmon having had problems with the tails on my Ally Shrimps wrapping round the hook. The method of tying helped to avoid this. I initially used this mainly on my home rivers in Wales and in Scotland with great success and for many years I kept it as a bit of a secret only sharing it with some close friends – who more often than not came back for more!

Since the late 90s I have used the fly extensively and to say I am now a three fly man is probably true for most of my salmon fishing this being the first “go to” fly. I have caught fish consistently on this fly all over the UK, Norway and in Russia.

This year on the Umba the conditions were as testing as I can remember in the all my fourteen visit there for a September week. We had very low water and high daily temperatures with no sign of clouds throughout the week. The water temperature at 13/14°C was very strange for Autumn and of course the fish were difficult to tempt. The Boyo again scored very well with one fish of more than 20lb and a number of others in the teens in the toughest week of the season!

Give this fly a go – I am sure you will enjoy it!

Illtyd Griffiths



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