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Grand varzuga – final week – 2015

June 24th, 2015 - kaare


The final week was not very different from the other weeks this year with lots of rain and cold weather/wind from the North and with water temperature just around 10c and below, jumping up and down. An extreme situation which we haven’t seen before and that have affected all of the Kola Peninsula and Northern Europe. Odd year, climate change ? Looking out the helicopter window leaving the camp for this season made it even more clear with excessive water in the back country. However, the brave and hard fighting team caught almost 100 salmon. Biggest fish caught 15 Lbs. A quick calculation shows we are about 55-77% – depending on the week – down compared to last years fishing.

We wish to thank all the tough and hard working anglers (40) who were with us this year, thanks for your good spirit, unforgettable memories and new friendships. A big thanks to all the staff and hard working guides, you have all been great.

2016 bookings have begun and with a high number of returning rods a BIG thank you for your support! We can’t wait to be back to Grand Varzuga in 2016.

Bye for now Grand Varzuga – we will be back!

All the best,

Kåre Lundquist



Umba week report – week 25 -2015

June 24th, 2015 - kaare



This week continued last weeks rainy conditions and added yet lots of more rain showers and maintained the high water level. The minute the brothers Lodovic og Jerome Pommel and their good friend Francois Cardet commenced their first cast for the week they were hit by a cloudburst.

Sunday was a beautiful day almost summer conditions as it should be with blue skies and sun but released again Monday and Tuesday with more rain. That did not stop our french team and they caught several salmon despite the hard odds.

Ludovis and Jerome caught each a  16 lbs fisk, which were biggest fish caught for the week. On top of that they caught a couple of shiny fresh salmon around 14 Lbs. ”Lodo” had big success with a 4 centimeter black and red tube fly, while Jerome caught his fish on Red Butt. Francois 3 biggest fish were between 10-14 lbs, all very fresh and straight from the ocean.

Despite Krivets (11 km), was pretty unfishable due to the high waterlevel the 2 brothers decided to give it a shot Thursday with guide Daniel Podolski, they were rewarded with 3 salmons, 2 from Nick Pool and 1 from Golden Pool and 1 lost.

The week produced 23 salmon for the french team,which is quite an accomplishment looking at the very tough conditions. Seems like Umba always pays off despite conditions.  We will be back again in August and with this kind of water level we are even more excited to come back:)

Photo: Lodivic Pommel beautiful salmon from Brad’s Pool and landed safely by our super guide Daniel Podolski.

All the best

Kåre Lundquist


Grand Varzuga 3rd week report – 2015

June 14th, 2015 - kaare


This week produced 100 salmon and quite a few between 10-14 Lbs, nevertheless it has been a tough week with water levels bumping up and down. The arrival of the very late spring and unstable and cold weather have been challenging. Its still quite cold, first 3 days,  storm with fallen trees and lots of rain and water level unusual high making it difficult getting to the fish. Water temperature is jumping between 8-10c which is also quite unusual this time of year.

Despite the unusual cold weather, storms etc 100 salmon is still pretty good, where else?

Floating line and intermediate line with fast sink with a Cascade and Redbutt attached is still the right medicine.

Please stay tuned for more reports,

All the best,

Kåre Lundquist

Umba 2nd week report – 2015

June 14th, 2015 - kaare


Fish report from camp manager Orla Bertram in Umba. The week (Week 24) started nice and sunny but the river still much higher then usual. Unfortunately sunday brought us strong wind and a lot of rain,which was the last thing we wanted.

Fishing from the bank was impossible most places and during my more then 20 years at the Umba I never saw so constantly high in june.  Of course it made the fishing difficult and the salmon run very quickly through the lower Umba while the Krivetz was in reality almost un fishable.

So our client,very experienced steelheader and war hero, Paul Waters from Washington state visiting us for the second time, had to struggle hand for his fish.

Still we had 13 bars of silver.Biggest salmon was 19 Lbs.-a rate seize for the river-from the always reliable Home Pool. The strong fish fell for a small white tube named Albino Junkie.The most productive flies were good old Red Butt and Paul’s own dressing with purple body, silver ribbing, black hackle and white hair wing.

At the end of the week the river started dropping nicely and we pray for dry weather the coming days. Best day was Thursday with four fish landed.

Stay tuned for more fishing reports,

All the best,

Kåre Lundquist

Grand Varzuga – 2nd week report 2015

June 8th, 2015 - kaare


Steffen managed to get of hold of me this evening with news/ final report from the 2nd week from Grand Varzuga.

This week week will be remembered for its extreme weather conditions, a hurricane came by with strong cold wind form the North and lots of rain for almost 3 days. The weather changed for a short while to much milder conditions and produced around 100 salmon the calmer days, unfortunately the strong cold winds came back again from the north and water temperature dropped to around 7c,  – from 10c – really cold for this time of year. Steffen said he had never experienced anything like it.

We expected excellent fishing in the last report but the weather had certainly other plans for us. The group managed however to catch 150 salmon, Top Rod were Stephanie Warnie with 25 salmon, well done:) Biggest, a beautiful 15 Lbs. and quite a few fish between 10-14 Lbs.

Today ( new week), 25 salmons was caught so Steffen were a bit more optimistic, fish are also spotted in all the holding pools, so fingers crossed for better weather.

Floating line with fast sink, Cascade, Redbutt etc is the medicine and we slowly concentrate the fishing upstream of the camp.

Please stay tuned for more reports,

All the best,

Kåre Lundquist


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