Grand Varzuga – Salmon Junkies have managed to get full exclusivity on a long term 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 program will combine the best from the Varzuga watershed with a two day adventure, where you will float the river from Yzia river down to the Pana River
Join Salmon Junkies with our new Varzuga program, and believe us, when we say that you can learn more about Atlantic salmon fishing in a single week on the Varzuga than you will in a lifetime of fishing Norwegian or Scottish rivers.
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!
Program: On day 1 and 2 half of the 10 rod group will have the opportunity to be lifted 15 km upstream by helicopter and float from the top beat down to the camp during a wonderful day trip. Second half of the group will fish/float from the camp and down to the Pana tributary. Day 2 the two teams will swap beats. You will enjoy amazing scenery during the trip and have wonderful pools to fish throughout the entire length. The rest of the week the group will fish the entire beat upstream and downstream and transport will be by jet boats.
When the season starts the river often runs high and cold, 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. Single hand rods or Switch rods (light double-handed rods) is the prime choice for many guests during this period. Clear water and easy wading conditions add to the enjoyment.
Grand Varzuga is an outstanding part of the river for all 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 3 prime weeks.
The Grand Varzuga camp accommodates up to 10 guests in five cabins with 10 single rooms. Central shower and washing house, and a cosy centrally placed dinning house with a veranda overlooking the river.
There is also a Russian banya (sauna) at the Grand Varzuga camp, where you can enjoy steamy and relaxing warmth after a good days fishing. Also this program is priced at nearly one third of the price of other programs in Varzuga
Grand Varzuga is a very versatile beat on the Varzuga system fulfilling wishes and dreams of all anglers – the beat is so remote you will feel you have finally come to Salmon heaven!