For the serious sea-run addict, one river that must be experienced is the Dean River in British Columbia, Canada. Its summer-run steelhead and chinook salmon are legendary fish, specially evolved and adapted to be strong and athletic. Pursuing these fish on the famous pools of the lower river between the canyon falls and Dean Channel is one of angling’s greatest thrills. Openings at the two lodges that fish this water are rare. But Salmon Junkies has heard of an attractive opportunity and would like to relay the news. Our friend, writer, photographer and travel specialist Jeff Bright, has just announced three openings (due to cancellations from long time guests) in his 4-11 July 2014 week at Blackwell’s Lodge. There is only one Dean River and this is a fabulous chance to sample its super-chrome fish! For more information visit this page on Jeff’s website: http://www.jeffbright.com/travel/trips/1408_deanriver.html
December 5th, 2013 - steffen
December 3rd, 2013 - steffen
It’s time to get ready for Santa Claus and there is so much Fly fishing gear out there that a true Salmon Junkie “must have”. Here are Five suggestions what you could put on your wish list for Santa Claus
Dear Santa Claus
Thank you for all the presents last year. They were all really nice, and I have been using all of them. I have tried to be good Santa, but boys will be boys. You must know that as you are a boy.
A new Patagonia Jacket model Micro Puff Jackets. My old Nano Puff is worn out after 6 years abuse. Patagonia´s Nano Puff has been the best piece of clothe I ever have owned. The Puff jacket serves triple duty as an insulated jacket, a thermal midlayer and a sleek micro-belay parka on quick alpine dashes – sometimes all in the same day (or night, when the dash isn’t so quick). http://www.patagonia.com/us/shop/mens-insulation?k=1D-6V
I must have a new Travel bag for 2014 – Again Patagonia has been thinking out of the box. Check out the Black Hole snow roller 167 cm. The Black Hole Snow Roller makes sure your Rods arrive at their destination in the same condition as when you packed them. The bag is even big enough to contain all my clothes – A really awesome “Must have bag”. http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/black-hole-snow-roller-167cm?p=49285-0
New boot studs for the slippery stones at Umba, where the stones get slippery bad in the summer / autumn. I put these in and it made all of the difference in the world! http://www.simmsfishing.com/shop/accessories/hardbite-star-cleat-16-puck.html
Simms new super awesome G 3 Guide bootfoot waders. Finally Simms has decided to take up bootfoot waders again. Unfortunately the model will NOT be available in Europe, but Santa Claus – with your connections it must be possible. Check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAhyBD62JJc or http://www.simmsfishing.com/shop/waders/g3-guide-bootfoot-waders-felt.html
A Bamboo Switch rod. My friend Bob Clay in BC make some of the most fantastic Bamboo rods in the world. Besides being fantastic fishing rods with crispy action and an outstanding finish, all the rods comes with just right Karma build in. If you don’t understand what I’m taking about please check this video and you will understand. http://vimeo.com/19982291 You can find more about Bob Clay´s Bamboo rod here http://www.riverwatchrods.com
Thank you for thinking of me and all the other Salmon Junkies around the world, and please give my love to Mrs. Claus, the elves, and all the reindeer, especially Rudolph. I will leave some carrots for the reindeer next to your milk and cookies.
December 2nd, 2013 - steffen
In August just two days before I was heading for my Umba fall season, I came up with a new Umba fly in honour of late Nick Podolsky – Our Umba camp manager and dear friend during many years
During six weeks I was only fishing with The Podolsky fly and the fly proved its worth, with 45 salmon in total.
Biggest Salmon was 3 x 15Lb. 2 x 17Lb. 1 x 18Lb. 3 x 20Lb. 1 x 22 Lb and 1 x 25Lb.
“The Podolsky fly”
- Hook: Double Hook 6 – 8
- Tail: Bucktail, Kingfisher Blue, mixed with 2-4 strain of Krystal Flash in color Pearl Blue (notice that the tail should have the same length as the fly, or a bit longer
- Body: Braided Silver Tinsel.
- Wing: Black Polar Fox.
- Hackle: Black Hackle and Orange front Hackle
November 28th, 2013 - steffen
The famous Varzuga River is one of the most admired and exciting salmon rivers in the world. Salmon Junkies has an exclusive long-term lease on more than 30 km of the most attractive and enjoyable salmon fishing on the Kola Peninsula. This charming section of river gives access to the most prestigious and remote part of Varzuga, from the Yzia tributary down to the junction with Pana River = 30 Km of fast rapids sections and kilometres of prime fly water
The Grand Varzuga camp accommodates up to 10 guests in single rooms over five cabins. There is a central shower and washing block, plus a cosy centrally placed dinning house with a veranda overlooking the river.
Grand Varzuga is located about 15 km upstream of the Pana tributary. Here the river is medium sized at 30 to 65 metres wide with numerous fast runs and rocky sections, which provide awesome holding spots. The biggest Varzuga salmon are actually ‘designed’ to reach this part of the river (In season 2013 we landed and scaled 9 x 20Lb). The Grand Varzuga beat is so remote you will feel you have finally come to ‘salmon heaven’! Close to the camp there is plenty of good fly fishing water. Not all of the pools have been discovered yet, so you may even find get a pool named after you!
Join Salmon Junkies on our new Varzuga program and you could learn more about Atlantic salmon fishing in one week than you will in a lifetime of fishing Norwegian or Scottish rivers. Average catch per rod 23 – 27 Salmon per rod.
Grand Varzuga travel itinerary: This is how you will spend your week in Grand Varzuga – Please notice that the program will run from Sunday to Sunday.
- Sunday/Day 1: Pick up service at your Hotel in Murmansk at 12.00 a.m. Following a 2 hour bus journey to Kirovsk airport, you will take a 50 minute helicopter flight to Grand Varzuga. Sunday evening fishing will take place 1–4 km upstream from the camp under a schedule directed by the camp manager (Manager 2014 Steffen Juhl)
- Monday/Day 2: Salmon fishing – Grand Varzuga
- Tuesday/Day 3: Salmon fishing – Grand Varzuga
- Wednesday/Day 4: Salmon fishing – Grand Varzuga
- Thursday/Day 5: Salmon fishing – Grand Varzuga
- Friday/Day 6: Salmon fishing – Grand Varzuga
- Saturday/Day 7: Salmon fishing – Grand Varzuga
- Sunday morning/Day 8: Return to Murmansk via Kirovsk Airport, arriving in the afternoon.
18/5 – 25/5 – 1 open rod
25/5 – 1/6 – 2 open rods
1/6 – 8/6 – 2 open rods
8/6 – 15/6 – 3 open rods
15/6 – 22/6 – 5 open rods
We feel confident that our Grand Varzuga program represents some of the most interesting, challenging and maybe the cheapest salmon fishing on the Kola Peninsula.
For more information please mail email@example.com
One of G. Varzuga many great sections. The Grand Varzuga Salmon are very strong fighters, so please check your line splicing before coming.
November 26th, 2013 - steffen
Our 2013 season turned out to be one of the hottest and driest seasons on Kola Peninsula in almost one hundred years! My old embattled but trusty fly reels are screaming out for oil and a service, and my smelly waders need a serious scrub after kilometers of long and sweaty hikes.
Grand Varzuga – A true gem
My Varzuga season started on 20th May when I arrived in Grand Varzuga together with our two Swedish fishing guides. As we flew in by helicopter we could see that the mighty Varzuga River below us was already was about 3-4 feet below its normal seasonal level. Unless something radical happened quickly it would only be a matter of a week or two before much of the river ‘disappeared’. Luckily for us the first two weeks at Grand Varzuga turned out really well and we managed to land just under 400 salmon. (How on earth you get that under such difficult conditions, I don’t know). The second two weeks were an even bigger challenge, with a lot of tough hiking to reach the ‘hot’ pools and fishing spots. As a result of our hard work and persistence we managed to land nine 20lb fish. An exceptional record for Varzuga that proved what we already knew – the biggest Varzuga salmon were heading to our part of the river! All in all we landed 510 fish during our 4 weeks at Grand Varzuga – a staggering result when you take into account the extreme conditions.
The many faces of the wonderful Umba River
At Umba River we experienced some of the finest spring fishing for many years, achieving high numbers of twenty pounders every week. In spite of low water on most of the other big salmon rivers on Kola, the Umba was still running perfectly with no sign of what was to come later in the season. One of the many memorable stories from Umba this spring stars David Stocker and Peter Kremsner, who came directly to the Umba from Grand Varzuga. During just five days they manage to land six twenty pounders between them – what a blast! And then there was our Finish friend, Thomas Tallskog, who came to Umba for the first time after 8 years fishing Norway’s grand salmon rivers without a single catch. He landed twelve salmon including a big twenty pounder. For more stories from the past Umba spring season please check our Umba reports archive here. (more…)