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Super week at Grand Varzuga 8 – 15 June – One open rod

April 24th, 2014 - steffen


One rod came up at Grand Varzuga 8 – 15 June – Grab this chance and secure a outstanding week i Salmon Heaven.  Varzuga river is one of the most famous Atlantic Salmon rivers in the world, and is well known for its “unrealistic” fishing. The Varzuga salmon are extremely aggressive and pulls like a train – a really blast on light spey and switch rods. The long broad runs and tailouts of our Grand Varzuga beat make it a great place to swing flies. This is dry line line Salmon fishing at its best. 

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 2013 we landed/scaled 9 x 20Lb salmon during  May and June).

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

For more info and booking please contact Steffen Juhl –

Don’t Cast Too Far.

April 23rd, 2014 - steffen


For some reason, people equate spey rods to long casts. Sure you can cast a spey rod far but that is not the main advantage of using one.  Much of the time if you are casting too far, that is a disadvantage! The real advantage is that your fly stays in the water fishing longer, you can control your swing much better with the longer rod and you can cast using much less effort and with limited room behind you.

Some spots do require a long cast to fish effectively, but not many. Most spots the fish lay out of the heavy current not far off the shoreline. When you cast way out into the fast water, the fly doesn’t sink at all.  The heavy tension on it can wreck the speed of the fly when it swings into the softer holding water where the fish are more likely to be. More importantly, when you cast long the fly doesn’t swing effectively all the way in below you – meaning you aren’t even fishing the whole spot!

Finally – never underestimate the water right in front of you that can only be covered with a really short cast. The grab with only a few feet of line out is savage!

A circle is beautiful complete.

April 15th, 2014 - steffen


Photo: A young Daniel Podolsky sitting below his father Nick Podolsky

We at Salmon Junkies are very happy to announce that Daniel Podolsky have decided to join our team at the Umba Lodge after several years working at Ryabaga camp at Ponoi. Daniel is son of late Head guide, camp manager and environmentalist Nick Podolsky.
In the late 90s as a young kid Daniel Podolsky came to Umba Lodge where Daniel obversely showed a great interest for Spey casting, and with some few hours casting instructions under the belt, he took off and became one of the most skill full spey casters I ever have see. Daniel became also soon a important member of the guide group at Umba 2000 and 2001. Now after several years at Ponoi, Daniel have decided to return to his beloved Umba river, where we will greet him warm welcome. A circle is beautiful complete.

5/4 – 12/4 – Last week at the mighty Skeena

April 14th, 2014 - steffen

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After weeks with super low water conditions and very cold weather, we suddenly got warmer weather last Sunday. With more than 140mm rain within 48 hours, we blew out from the Skeena mainstem. Thanks to the many difference water systems we have access to, we manage to land some unforgettable big Steelhead during the second part of last week. Most memorable team catch was Michel Norman and Thomas Granhof´s double hook up two day in a row. In total Michel and Thomas manage to land 10 big Steelhead between 12 Lb to 18 Lb. Friday morning Ulrik Bentzen got a super steelie also measured to 18 Lb – Ulrik´s fish was a result of determined fishing strategy, well supported by some high volume “Russian thinking juice” the evening before. At Salmon Junkies we always try to think outside of the box. We have developed Atlantic salmon programs that are among the best in the world today. We have some of the best spring Steelhead fishing available, and in that tradition we are now tailoring one of the best Chinook programs on the market. We are very excited to announce that in 2015 we will offer prime Chinook weeks for all Junkies, where you will be able to fish Skeena mainstem and select tributaries in a full 6-day package in company of some of the best and most hardcore Canadian Chinook and Steelhead guides available. On top of all this we will be providing you with first class accommodation and gourmet dining at Pioneer Fishing Lodge managed by Jezz and Pip Crosby truly amazing people.

We at Salmon Junkies wants to thanks our partner and host Nicholas Dean Outdoors and Pioneer lodge for three unforgettable weeks, and we look very much forward to continue and expand our partnership in the future to come.

Memories from Skeena

April 7th, 2014 - steffen

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