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Spring is slowly approaching

March 3rd, 2015 - steffen


The weather on the Southern part of Kola Peninsula has started to get warmer with day temperatures up to 3 – 4 Celsius around Umba area and bit colder around Varzuga. The snowpack in the vast backcountry is deeper than in many years as mentioned in a previous report. We still have 2 ½ months before we start the season at Grand Varzuga and Umba. Workers will soon be leaving Umba for Grand Varzuga on Snowmobiles to start preparation and a general overhaul on the camp.

Bang for the Buck

February 25th, 2015 - steffen


Picture yourself a stones throw from one of the Best Steelhead and Salmon runs on the Lower Skeena River.  The camp is located roughly 100 Km from the Skeena Estuary.  We target Skeena’s super hot Steelhead, but of course we will also target all five species of Pacific Salmon. We cater to 6 anglers per week.  The package runs Sunday to Saturday each week with 6 full days guided fishing.  When not fishing the “home pool” we use jet boats to shuttle you around to different fishing locations on the Lower Skeena River. The accommodations are traditional camping tents. Cots are provided for your comfort.  Each guest enjoys their own tent, unless previous arrangements  have been made at time of reservation.  Guests are required to provide their own bedding, but we have some on hand incase anything is forgotten.  The camp also includes- Outhouse, Gear Tent, Full Kitchen Tent, Fly Tying area and a Hot Shower.

All ground transfers to and from the Terrace airport are provided.

Following prime weeks are available - Euro 2750 per rod

18/7 – 25/7

25/7 – 1/8

For more info please contact


Gigantic Steelhead

February 23rd, 2015 - steffen


We at Salmon Junkies have tailored one of the most awesome steelhead programs on the market, where you will be able to fish the lower Skeena mainstem and select tributaries in a full 6-day package – not the usual 5 days package – this in company of some of the best and most hardcore Canadian steelhead guides available.

All steelhead heading the well-known tributaries like the Barbine, Bulkley, Morice, Kispiox and Sustut have to move through these water. Fishing for these magnificent fish in the lower river, where they are fresh from the ocean, is the ultimate steelhead experience. The relatively low flows of late winter and early spring give the fly fisher access to classic runs, riffles and flat-water glides that are typically obscured by the higher, glacial flows of summer and fall. Here you will fish endless shallow water runs and miles of perfect flywater, and you can be sure that the first fly these fish see will be yours. This is your chance at the largest steelhead in the Skeena system at a time when they are in their best condition straight from the ocean. The biggest steelhead we landed in 2014 was a fabulous 30lb Chromer by Franco Sirtori

For guiding and outfitting services in our steelhead program, we have partnered with award-winning Nicholas Dean Outdoors. Based in Terrace and named Fly Fusion Magazine’s Canadian Lodge of the Year for 2012, NDO features a roster of guides whose knowledge of local rivers and fish are unrivaled in the area. Accordingly, NDO enjoys a well-earned, loyal following of spring steelhead anglers. We are confident that our guests will find their work to be exemplary.

Please check out our small steelhead film from Skeena if you want to know more this is about

Join us this spring, and grab one of the last available rods in 2015

One rod available 4/4 – 11/4

Two rods available 11/4 – 18/4

For more info please contact


Fresh and Big Umba whoppers

February 20th, 2015 - steffen


Many of nowadays anglers have very understandable lost their heart and soul to the Russian Salmon fishing on the Kola Peninsula. Once fished one of these magnificent rivers, you get deeply hooked. Its like to turn back the clock hundred years. Back to the time where our grandfathers was swinging a big wooden rod, over thousands of Salmon.

Few Salmon Rivers on the Kola have affected Salmon anglers from all over the world like the Umba river. Umba river runs parallel 150 km of Varzuga river on the south cost of Kola peninsula

The Umba river system has up to five different salmon runs each year. Some of the salmon will spawn the same year the enter the river – some will wait one year before spawning – these are the mythical Osenka salmon

In September the life giving and short polar summer is coming to an end. Autumn sets in quickly and the surrounding forest literally explodes in a spectacular explosion of colors along the banks of the river. This is the time and call for fulfilling one of the dedicated salmon anglers wildest dreams – big, ocean fresh autumn fish. The Osanka salmon are “designed” to spend almost 2 years in the river without feeding before it return to sea! – The fall fishing at Umba has challenged committed salmon anglers from all over the world to travel to the “End of the world” in the pursuit for the ultimate Salmon.

Last open rods at Umba – Autumn weeks

29/8 – 5/9 – 2 open rods

5/9 – 12/9 – Full booked

12/9 – 19/9 – 2 open rods

19/9 – 26/9 – 1 open rod

26/9 – 3/10 – Full booked

3/10 – 10/10 – 3 open rods

As you will notice still some great openings

For more info please drop me a mail

The German tricolor

February 18th, 2015 - steffen


Kai Welle, David Jap and Heinz Pape have for the last five years belonged to the inner circle of Umba lovers. Hereby a tiny collection of photos that speak for themselves. (more…)

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