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Heading Umba

August 20th, 2015 - steffen

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Heading Umba today for yet another autumn season – I have manage to squeeze New waders, New backpacks, clothes and tons of other stuff for the our fishing guides into my big old duffel bags. The water and weather conditions look fabulous, so I’m very excited. For all the many Salmon Junkies traveling with us this fall, I want to say, that we really look forward to meeting all of you wonderful guys – Good old friends as well as newcomers. We can assure you, that we at Salmon Junkies will do our best to provide you with an unforgettable and wonderful fishing trip to the best autumn fishing. Salmon Junkies will of course keep our web page updated with week reports during the entire season.


Diary from Umba by Uwe Kopp

August 19th, 2015 - steffen

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I´m safe back home after a superior trip to Umba river – Probably my best trip ever

Diary from Umba 8 – 15 August

Saturday morning D 8 August. Just arrived to Umba Lodge. Umba Camp manager Igor Kryzhopolskiy gave me a warm and friendly reception. Coffee and drinks were ready and the nice, clean room was waiting for me. Perfect after a long journey.

After a great breakfast morning I was introduced to my guide Daniel Podolsky for the next seven days. Daniel Podolsky is son on of the legendary Nick Podolsky. We discussed the fishing strategy for the coming week, and decided to hit the lower Umba hard. We started in home pool just outside the magnificent Umba Lodge – And what a start.

After only three casts I had the first pull and in the fourth cast I had a nice pink salmon. Two casts later I was into an Atlantic Salmon, which pulls very hard and jumps four or five times. That was a nice start with 18 pounds of silver just after some minutes fishing. Before the dinner I had lost two more Salmon just on the frame of the big landing net.

Sunday: First full day – “Krivetz time”. Krivetz was running with high water, but Daniel managed to get me into the pools where we had 8 hook ups with 5 landed salmon, all between 6 to 10 pounds.

MY impression was that we covered Salmon in every pools in Krivetz.

Monday: We went back to Lower Umba and fished Junction Pool with a good result of 3 hooked and 1 landed fish around 17lb

During the day the weather changed to very hard rain and the river went up overnight around 8 to 10 cm.

Tuesday: We decide to go fishing in Krivetz again. The result of 5 landed Atlantic salmon – Just amazing. All pools besides Golden Pool produced fish – Bonanza everywhere.

The top of Long pool wassomething special. Cascade and Red Francis tied on loop hooks size 8 and 10 on a S 6 polyleader and 20 pound leader gave us 6 hook ups with 2 landed.

Mid week I had landed 12 Atlantic salmon within 3 ½ days of fishing with hard rain and high, but clear water (typical Umba) – what a great result !!

Wednesday lower Umba. Water was still high, after a slow morning we decide fishing home pool again / right side. I landed 5 Salmon 45 minutes. 6 to 12 pounds all chrome fish straight from the sea. All the fihs was caught on Red Francis, tied of loop double hooks size 10. In the afternoon the fishing was slow and I decided return to the wonderful Umba lodge as a storm was approaching.

Thursday started with strong wind and rain again – Daniel and I went back to Krivetz.

We started in Long pool where I landed a nice 6Lb salmon straight away. Late I lost a monster fish that broke my favorite spey rod. Beside that big fish I lost five other salmon of which one was another really big fish. I couldn’t bring it to the landing net, because my spare rod was far to weak in that kind of heavy water. One of the big salmon I lost, jumped out of the water three times before it took off from in a 200 meters furious run down to Golden pool where the fly came out.

Friday: Krivetz. Strong wind but no rain, thanks God for that. We started at Christers Corner where I had two pulls and manage to land a nice Salmon. Island Pool was the last pool of the day where Daniel Podolsky managed to guide me to a lovely 13Lb Chromer

What a awesome week – with 21 Atlantik salmon under the belt, plus a lot of lost fish after several epic battles, this has been my best week by far.

Tight lines to all the fortuned SALMON JUNKIES who will be fishing Umba this fall. I’m sure you will get some fantastic fishing.

Steffen. Thank you so much for a memorable and wonderful week. Also my best wishes to BIG, BIG thanks to the best UMBA guide ever Daniel Podolsky

A Million thanks to the kitchen and other camp staff at Umba Lodge. The Food and service was first class

I will come back next year in AUGUST

Kind regards

Uwe Kopp / Germany


Chinook – The heavy weight battle!

August 16th, 2015 - steffen

CHINOOK – HEAVY WEIGHT BATTLE ON THE FLY!!!

Watch Jeff Bright and Salmon Junkies chasing some of the largest Chinook in the world, kick back and enjoy the ride.
Far to the north there is a new movement underway, one poised to rival the cult status of modern West Coast steelheading, or at the very least, one quickly gaining a following among those same hardcore anglers devoted to swinging flies for large, wild, sea-run fish. Fly fishing for ultra bright Chinooks is a full on activity and not for the fainthearted, but for fly fishers after the juiciest kicks in fresh water there is not much else to top it. Chinook average 20 to 40 pounds and range up to 80 pounds — and perhaps beyond. The Skeena’s biggest have been known to reach 100 pounds! Chinook are indeed kings of the river. (more…)


Book Review – Trails in a Wild Frontier

August 14th, 2015 - steffen

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Pioneer Fly Fishing in Russia

We all know that Christopher Columbus explored America in 1492, but for international fly fishermen it might be more relevant that it was American Lee Hartman who explored modern fly fishing in Russia – an especially at the Kola Peninsula – almost 500 years later. Lee has now written a highly interesting book about his pioneer travels.

It was the last communist leader, Mikhail Gorbachev and his principles of glasnost and perestroika which made this new adventurous fishing possible in the late 1980’s.

Typically for those dramatic years Lee describes how he and his four friends started being stranded in Moscow with its empty shops and reeking Lada cars – So the scene is set from the beginning!

Their first expedition goes to distant River Klundiudai, a major tributary to the enormous River Lena, one of the largest river systems in the world. They catch a lot of lenoks and limbas (local specimens of trout and char) especially on floating muddler mice. Unfortunately they fail to hit their main target, the mighty taimen (a close relative to the European huchen or Donube salmon) because of severe low water conditions. And in a remote village a young Russian girl invites Lee to marry her and this does not leave his feelings untouched – almost love at first sight…

In the following chapters we join Hartman & Co. on new adventurous travels to the very remote Mongolian border and even to Kamchatka where the steelhead and the various species of pacific salmon reigns (similar to Alaska and British Columbia at the other side of the Bering’s Strait).

But possibly the most interesting part of the book for readers of this website may be his varied experiences from the then virgin salmon rivers at the now world famous Kola Peninsula. Here well known River Umba has a major role in Lee’s book. At Umba Lee experienced “umbalivable” fishing and here he met another fishing star: Young and eager (and now legendary) Nick Podolsky from the nearby Umba Village at the mouth of the river.

He also gives exiting reports with lots of details from other famous Kola rivers: Varzuga, Varzina and Rynda and we learn about warlike episodes between western operators to get the fishing rights at the best rivers – where American Bill Davies plays an unflattering role.

Unfortunately this splendid and well written book does not have a happy ending. Qua his many talents Nick Podolsky in the meantime advanced to become Russian Campmanager at Umba where he and his staff of top guides were highly respected. And besides Nick was renowned among fly fishermen almost world wide for his masterly carved and artful colored replicas of salmon, sea trout, grayling, char, brook trout, pike and perch etc. – You name it!

A beautiful summer day in 2013 Nick and his friend Sergei were shot down and killed by an maniac while establishing a camp for youngsters interested in the local environment protection. A absurd and painful loss of a highly skilled fisherman, a loyal partner and first of all a great friend for all of us who were privileged to know him.

Lee Hartman: Trails in a Wild Frontier

227 pages – Photo illustrated

Published by the author 2014

Book review by Orla Bertram Nielsen


Outstanding fishing at Umba

August 13th, 2015 - steffen

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Yesterday Uwe Kopp from Germany manage to land Five Salmon within 45 minutes just in front of our wonderful Umba lodge. Uwe was using a sink-tip line connected to a small Francis like fly. Biggest were a magnificent 14Lb and a 12Lb salmon. Congratulation BIG TIME Uwe


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