March 3rd, 2014 - steffen
The famous Varzuga River is one of the most productive and exciting salmon rivers in the world. Salmon Junkies has an exclusive long termed 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.
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. There is also a Russian Banya (sauna), where you can enjoy steamy and relaxing warmth after a good days’ fishing.
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/sections. There are also slower and deeper sections, where some of the largest Varzuga fish tend to hold. The biggest salmon are actually ‘designed’ to reach this part of the river (in 2013 we landed and measured 9 x 20Lb. Salmon). 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 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 25 – 28 salmon per rod (in 2012 one rod caught 64 salmon during his visit to Grand Varzuga)
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.
- 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.
Daily transport to the beats is by Jet-boats where water conditions allow.
When the season starts the river often runs high and it is best to use a double-handed rod at this time. In June the temperature usually rises quite quickly giving way to the Russian arctic summer, and this can be surprisingly warm. Anglers will then be changing to floating lines and flies fished near or on the surface, e.g. riffling hitch or dry flies. A light Spey rod or Switch rod is the prime choice for many guests during this period. Grand Varzuga Salmon are very strong fighters, so check your line splicing before coming.
1 open rod 18/5 – 25/5
1 open rod 25/5 – 1/6
1 open rod 1/6 – 8/6
Please watch our small film teaser from Grand Varzuga http://salmonjunkies.com/category/movies/
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February 27th, 2014 - steffen
Last year at the height of the hot Kola summer a completely meaningless tragedy hit all Umba lovers like unwarned lightning. While setting up a youth Summer camp near the White Sea Umba head guide and master fish carver, Nick Podolsky and his friend Sergei Malashenko were gunned down by a local maniac.
Nobody knew the great Umba River better than Nick and we at Salmon Junkies lost a great man and an irreplaceable friend. Not a single day are passing without missing him.
As I checked my salmon fly boxes earlier last winter, a special fly materialized in a corner of one of the boxes, namely Nick’s own elegantly simplified version of the good old classic Silver Doctor, which he gave to me many years ago.
I remember I got some nice fish on that fly the following years and in case some of our guests want to tie the fly and give it a swim during the new season I give the pattern here in detail. Let’s name it NICK´S SILVER DOCTOR
NICK’S SILVER DOCTOR
- Hook: long shank doubles or singles size 12-4
- Thread: Red
- Tag: Oval silver tinsel
- Butt: Red floss
- Tail: Small bunch of yellow polar fox
- Body: Flat silver tinsel
- Rib: Oval silver tinsel
- Wing: Small bunches of red under yellow under blue polar fox with a nice barred teal feather tied flat over the hair
- Head: Red varnish
A big thanks to Camp Manager Orla Bertram Nielsen for sharing Nick´s Silver Doc. with all our readers
February 26th, 2014 - steffen
Photo above: Andreas Andersson (Right) together with Bernard Lunel
Salmon Junkies are very happy and proud to announce that two of the best Swedish Fishing Guides will join us to Grand Varzuga during our four prime weeks this season – Mark Leander and Andreas Andersson are both in the mid-twenties
I have been privileged to work with Andreas Andersson and Mark Leander at several occasions at the Ponoi and Varzuga during the last years, and I can guarantee that you will get a lot of unforgettable quality hours in there company, where both of them will showcase some of there “darkest secret”.
Salmon Junkies welcome Mark and Andreas on board on the boat – I look very much forward to work with you guys.
Photo above: Mark Leander (Left) together with Jan Tryk
February 25th, 2014 - steffen
IMPORTANT VISA AND TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR SEASON 2014
Welcome to the Salmon Junkies’ program for in Umba and Grand Varzuga. The following information aims to give you a clear picture of the unique and thrilling Salmon venture you have signed up for. To get a good start to your dream trip we kindly ask you to read this information carefully. Thank you.
IMPORTANT VISA INFORMATION
To obtain a Russian Tourist Visa you will need an invitation letter from Salmon Junkies which we will email to you during the month of April. Those attending the Umba autumn program will receive their invitation letter in the period late July – middle of August. Points to note:
- It is IMPORTANT that you fill out the electronic Booking Confirmation on the home page of our website (www.salmonjunkies.com) to enable us to place the correct details on the invitation letter.
- Guests travelling to Russia are responsible for obtaining their own visa. Please note: Regulations stipulate that you can only do so within three months of the start of your Russian holiday.
- To process your visa application it must be sent to an embassy/consulate or local visa agent. The Russian Embassy or similar authorities will then stamp the visa directly onto your passport.
- Salmon Junkies strongly recommend that you send your visa application and documents to one of the many specialist travel companies in your country handling these visa procedures.
- It normally takes 7 working days plus mailing time to obtain a visa, so about 2 weeks.
- Please do not hesitate to contact us immediately if you encounter any problems with your invitation or visa documents,.
You will need the following to obtain a Russian visa:
- Russian invitation letter. (Salmon Junkies will provide you with this no later than one month before your departure).
- Questionnaire form to be filled out and signed at the bottom. This questionnaire can vary from country to country, so please contactyour local Russian embassy/consulate or visa support for further information. You can usually download the questionnaire from your local consulate or travel agency web page.
- Your passport.
- 4 passport photos. (Some embassies/consulates may only require 2 photos).
- Health insurance certificate or a clear letter of confirmation from your insurance company stating your name, period of validity andcoverage area. The medical insurance should ensure the coverage of the following types of medical care and medical transportation.
- Medical assistance provided by medical stations, ambulances;
medical care at outpatient departments and hospitals in case of aaccident or sudden deterioration of health, to the extent necessary to eliminate threat to life and/or pain.
- Transportation by medical transport or other vehicle including the costs of medical assistance (medical team, nurse, etc) from the placeof incident to the medical institution, as well as transfer to another medical facility.
- Please double-check your passport and visa in good time. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after the date of your scheduled departure from Russia. Your visa must display your name exactly as it is written in your passport and the dates on your visa must cover the entire length of your stay in Russia. If these details are not correct you may be refused entry into Russia.
February 24th, 2014 - steffen
- Your leader tip should be heavy enough to bring a large salmon quickly.
- In order to land the fish most efficiently, it is important to keep a constant side pressure in the fish, in order to force it to swim. Never fight the fish just with a upraise rod.
- When playing and landing a fish move into quiet location
- Bring the fish quickly into reach. Never beach the salmon.
- When fishing from a boat try to land big fish from the bank.
- For photographs please ensure the fish is supported underneath. Wet your hands (never ever hold it up by the tail or the mouth) and return it to the water as soon as possible.
- When returning the fish support it in the water (mouth pointing upstream) unto it has fully recuperated before allowing it to swim away.
- If it is hard to remove the hook, cut the leader and leave the fly in the mouth of the salmon. It will normally falls out within a day or two
- Measure the fish while it is in the water. If both girth and length are taken, a rather accurate estimation can be made by using this formula – Girth times Girth times Length divided by 800 = Weight
- To help assure complete recovery of your released salmon, handle the fish as little as possible.
Save the memories by releasing and unharmed fish – this way you will help conserve our valuable Atlantic salmon stock