Salmon Junkies have managed to get full exclusivity on a long termed lease of more than 30 km of the most attractive and enjoyable salmon fishing on the Kola Peninsula – the famous Varzuga River. One of the most popular and fantastic salmon rivers on Kola, this charming section of the river will give us access to the most prestigious and remote part of Varzuga from the Yzia tributary down to the junction with Pana River.
The Varzuga River
Varzuga is a very popular river with anglers from all over the world. No wonder considering the catch records, amazing scenery and wonderful fly fishing pools. Grand Varzuga as we call the camp is located approx. 12 km upstream the Pana tributary. Here the river is medium sized, 30 to 65 metres wide with numerous fast runs and rocky parts, which provides awesome holding spots.
There are also slower and deeper parts, where some of the largest Varzuga fish tend to hold. The biggest salmon of Varzuga are actually ‘designed’ to reach this part of the river. Close to the camp there is plenty of good fly fishing water. Not all of the pools have been ‘discovered’ yet, so you could still manage to have a pool named after you!
Grand Varzuga as we call our camp is located approx. 12 km upstream the Pana tributary. The Grand Varzuga camp was built in 2001 and has proved to be a great success. Five twin bedded (Single room are guaranteed) log cabins make up the camp with a dining room, kitchen separate shower block and a Russian Banya. Here the river is medium sized, 30 to 65 metres wide with numerous fast runs and rocky parts, which provides awesome holding spots.
With over 25km of fishing, there is plenty of water to fish. The main run of salmon enters the Varzuga from the beginning of May and for genetical reasons, the larger fish tend to run the Upper part of Varzuga river rather than the Pana, which sees more grilse. Close to the camp there is plenty of good fly fishing water. Not all of the pools have been ‘discovered’ yet, so you could still manage to have a pool named after you!
Grand Varzuga is an outstanding part of the river for all Real Salmon junkies no matter the conditions, and therefore very popular with many guests from all over the world. If you want to go for the bigger Varzuga fish, you should aim for one of our prime weeks.
Grand Varzuga program
Grand Varzuga program 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 at your hotel in Murmansk Approx 11.00 morning. As soon the coup is completed we drive in bus to Kirovsk airport (a 2 hours drive). From Kirovsk Approx 50 minutes Helicopter lift to Grand Varzuga. Sunday evening fishing 1 – 4 km upstream the camp / the rotation under the directions of 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 Helicopter lift back to Murmansk through Kirovsk Airport. Arrive Murmansk Approx. noon time
Daily transport by Jet-boats as long the water condition allows it. Because of the river structurer and fast dropping water level, we are sometimes forced to walk to the beats. However the walk is very easy as the terrain is flat, and most of the pools are within reach of 20 – 35 minutes easy walk
Grand Varzuga is a very versatile beat on the Varzuga system fulfilling wishes and dreams of all anglers – this stretch is so remote you will feel you have finally come to Salmon heaven!
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