August 2014 were my second Umba trip and the first Umba trip for my wife Beate. When I booked our week at Umba, I wasn`t sure if Beate would like this kind of fishing trip fishing / adventures, but I took the chance anyway. After some amazing days in Moscow on Beate’s birthday, we reached Umba Lodge via Murmansk early Saturday morning. Your new bus is “State of the art” compared to the old bus. Now the transport to Umba is easy and without any problems at all. After we arrived to the fantastic Umba Lodge we got our nice and clean room and fell asleep very fast. Saturday around noon we started the fishing, and after a while Beate had her first breathtaking Umba Salmon around 14 Ibs. The fishing wasn`t easy that day, particular on the lower beats. Now we understand why the Atlantic Salmon is called “ the fish of thousand casts”. However the next 3 days we fished the Krivetz with fantastic success. We got plenty of salmons between 8 Lb to 15 Lb in all the Krivetz pools with some smaller fish in the 6 Lb range, but it was good fun as I was using my #6 switch rod. Day 4: Back into the lower Umba section where I had a nice pike at the left side of home pool. 10 minutes later I hooked and lost a monster Salmon straight under our jet boat. Next days we were back in Krivetz. We enjoyed tremendous the walks up through the peaceful beautiful forest, and I still remind these walks with pleasure. That day our best fishing was in Island pool where we landed four salmon within 50 minutes – that was a incredible afternoon. Last day during the afternoon I decided to smoked a cigar and relaxed at the bank of the amazing office pool. Suddenly Beate asked me to wade out in Office to do five cast with a Billy Butt fly attached to my nylon – Not Four or six cast, but five cast. I started to swing my fly through the fast inlet water in the top section of Office pool. All who have fished office pool knows, that this pool is not easy. In my fifth cast a very hard pull came and I was suddenly into a furious Salmon fight in one of the toughest and most demanding salmon pool in the world. That salmon went three times into the rapids below the pool, of course with a lot of backing line, but 25 minutes later I could maneuver a fresh silver 15 Ibs salmon into the net – What a wonderful way to finish a brilliant fishing week at Umba.
Beate and I want to express our thanks to you and the whole Umba crew – we will be back for sure
Beate & Uwe Kopp