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Winter arrived to Umba

October 21st, 2014 - steffen


The last three days of the season became cold with frosty nights under the full moon. During the days both air- and water temperatures dropped to 3 degrees C. But water level s stayed surprisingly stable and the big chrome osankas continued running. After catching the biggest fish of the week – and his biggest salmon ever – weighing 27 lbs in Long Pool Matin Gerber from France got another big fish at 19 lbs in Little Red Pool on a Silver, Orange & Brown tube, and his partner Ken Poicelet got three nice fish in Long Pool at 14, 12 and 10 lbs on a Black & Yellow Leech. Willy Forstinger from Austria had a memorable Thursday at the Lower Umba landing five salmon up to 16 lbs fishing a Beiss Tube, while Marco Wacker from Schwitzerland had a 15 lb salmon in Home Pool on Red Frances and a 14 pounder in Brads Pool on a classic Red Butt. German biologist, Michael von Siemens, did also very well the last three days with his single handed rod and landed Wednesday a fresh 15 lb in Little Red Pool on a Green Highlander, Thursday a 17 lbs from Golden Pool and the last day of the season he landed three fish.  One in the morning in Upper Rat Pool at 18 lbs an two in the afternoon in Home Pool weighing 12 and 6 lbs. All fish on a Sunray Shadow. His Austrian partner Andreas “Andy” Bachler, used the same concept and landed a beauty at 22 lbs – his biggest salmon ever. Also Erik Cullin from Sweden did extremely well with fish weighing 20 lbs (his second for the week), 16 lbs, 15 lbs, 10 lbs ans 8 lbs on his favourite fly Franc ‘n Snelda. Biggest salmon this week was 13 between 10-14 lbs, 12 Salmon between 15-19 lbs, 4 Salmon between 20-24 and Martins the jewel in the crown.

During the last night the first snow was slowly covering the ground – a good timing for the final week.

Biggest salmon this fall was 142 Salmon between 10Lb. and 14Lb. 78 Salmon between 15Lb and 19Lb. 36 salmon between 20lb and 24 Lb. 2 Salmon between 25Lb and 29 Lb. 2 Salmon between 30Lb and 34Lb – A fine result considering we had very low water conditions for the second year in a row.

Salmon Junkies wants to express our deepest thanks to all our many wonderful guests and dear friends that came to Umba and Grand Varzuga in 2014. Without you there would be no Salmon Junkies – only Junkies. The booking for 2015 have already for a while been up in full speed, so please do not hesitate to contact if you want to secure a rod for next season.

Greetings from Heinz Pape

October 17th, 2014 - steffen

Umba 2014

Hello Steffen

I would like to thank you and your Umba team for a great time at the Umba Lodge this autumn. During many years I have been fishing this wonderful place, and today Umba has become a very important part of my fishing life. Despite the difficult conditions and the low water level in my first week this season, I caught 13 beautiful fish in this week – A result that speak for itself.

Whenever I fish Umba river I always have the feeling that the next fish can be a 20 pounder or bigger, as the opportunity is always there.

Like in the previous years, I was lucky enough to reach the magic 20 pound mark again this year – incredible and really wonderful.

I am already looking forward to the autumn in 2015. Please book me in.

Greetings from Lauterbach

Heinz Pape

A word or two from Swedish Pär Häggqvist

October 14th, 2014 - steffen

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“Salmonfishing is often hard work and takes a lot of experience. When you combine that with a bit of luck you sometime hit the Jack-pot. This is what happened to me during my first week in Umba 30/8 – 6/9 2014. I was fortunate enough to land 16 beautiful salmon and lost about the same numbers. The icing of the cake was two shiny Osenkas pulling the scale down to 31 and 27,5 Lbs. The challenging river and its surroundings in autumn colors combined with the friendly atmosphere will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you Steffen and all of the staff for a great week”.

Best Regards

Pär Häggqvist



31Lb Chromer for Pär Häggqvist


27,5Lb Pure silver for Pär Häggqvist

Kai Welle – the Salmon Whisper

October 12th, 2014 - steffen


Dear Steffen!

Just wanted to tell you what a grand I had during my stay at Umba Lodge. The food was elegant, and fully as delicious as it looked. Our cabin was clean, cozy, and attractive. I enjoyed every evening at the fireplace with all the nice people in order to share great story’s with a bottle red wine. The fishing was a ton of fun. I’m no fanatic about big fish but I do like action, and even on the slowest days we caught quite a few fish, and there are still big Monster waiting of a lucky Salmon fisher! Frankly, I can’t imagine how you could catch many more during the period of time I fished. It’s great just hiking up to Golden Pool with only tackle and lunch in hand to find Salmons waiting in the water. The Osenka Salmons are sometimes very big, but even the smaller ones were big enough to be fun! And we caught enough 6 – 12 lbs to keep us on our toes. Some of the fish we caught were surprisingly strong— 14 – 18 lbs running hard and tearing line off a screaming reel? Making three or four such wild runs? I’d have trouble believing it if it weren’t my own reel that was doing the screaming.

In summary I caught in my 2 weeks stay 18 Salmons and that was more I’ve expected:

10 Salmons between 4 and 10 lbs

6 Salmons between 14 and 18 lbs

2 salmons between 22 and 24 Lbs

Our Fishing guide Daniel Podolsky is truly an inspiring and almost freakishly intuitive fly fishing guide – so much so that I now refer to him as the Salmon Whisper!  I spent 2 Weeks out on the river with him, and it was unlike any fishing I have ever done – challenging, exciting and crammed full of lessons (he is also endlessly patient).  I cannot recommend Daniel’s experience enough – he knows the water, he knows the fish and he is a good bloke as well.

I have been to the Umba Lodge now multiple times and have already rebooked for next year. The fishing is for Atlantic Salmon, so there are good days and there are great days.

If you want to spend some time in pretty Umba Lodge and on the beautiful Umba and Krivetz, eat wonderful food, and explore a variety of lovely Flyfishing Water containing aggressive Atlantic Salmons, I’d suggest you come to Umba Lodge.

The only regret you will have when you leave the Umba Lodge is that your visit was too short.

Best Regards

Kai Welle


Mr. Top Cat

October 9th, 2014 - steffen


Clive Bruton who managed to land a 35Lb Cock fish in Golden pool last year, continued his crusade this year. During his week 27/9 – 4/10 Clive manage to land 10 Salmon, with two 7Lb and 9 Lb salmon as the smallest. The rest of Clive´s Salmon was 1x12Lb 1z15Lb 1x16Lb 2x17Lb 1x18Lb 1x19Lb 1x20Lb. Friday late afternoon Clive landed in Nick´s pool two Super Chromers on 19Lb and a 20Lb  – What a great score. All Clive´s Salmon was caught on a Cascade size 6. From the HQ. we can can just say. Well done Clive and we really look forward to see you next season Mr. TOP CAT

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