Great Umba weeks in spite record low water condition – Small report from Kola Veteran Bernard Lunel

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After a nice flight from Paris to Murmansk, via Moscow, we landed at Murmansk around midnight, where a minibus was waiting for us. We arrived at the lodge at 6.00 am, breakfast ,and, as home pool was free, fishing still 12h00 was an good option !…

After Lunch 1h00pm,we started our fishing (1 boat 2 anglers for 1 guide).The river was very low (no rain since April..). Steffen who is fishing here for 23 years, have never seen the river so low…tough condition. However we caught 84 fish ,for the 2 weeks. Not so many fish… but big !…and good fun.

16 fish between 20 and 26 Lbs

17        “                15 and 19   “

21         “               10 and 14    “

10         “                8 and 9       “

13  fish at 7 Lbs

7 Grilse.

Each day produced 1 or 2  – +20 Lbs whoppers

The first week 7 anglers became members of the 20Lbs club (the very famous Lawrie Hickman became double member, with 2 fish -26 and 24 Lbs).

The second week 6 anglers became Twenty pounds members (the lucky Heinz Pape being the first, triple member with 3 fish – 26 Lbs 24 Lbs and 22 Lbs

95%  of the fish were silver, many with sealices.  At this price: € 3350 /week, paid this year, Umba is the best opportunity. The lodge is fantastic,  the scenery, at this time of the year, is unforgettable, and big whoppers around…..If you are lucky enough to get a rod, at this period of the year, for 2012,( it’s already nearly fully booked  ) I’m sure you will have a great fun !…and make new friends.

Thank you again to Salmon Junkies, and congratulations to Steffen and Kare for an fantastic job.

Please keep the same 2 weeks for me, for next year.

All the best. Bernard Lunel

Ps. Thanks Bernard – As always we look forward to see you soon again


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