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You must have hooked many salmon, lost some and landed far more, before you can call yourself a “Salmon angler – BUT the take from just one salmon – has the power to hook you for life”.

Many modern anglers have very understandable lost their heart and soul to salmon fishing on Russia’s Kola Peninsula. Once you have fished one of these magnificent rivers, you become deeply hooked. It’s like turning back the clock hundred years. Back to a time when our grandfathers swung a big cane rod over thousands of salmon.

Umba – The holy grail of Russian salmon fishing.
Umba is where it all started and anglers become all “mushy”, when they reflect and talk about Umba. Such is the character of this awesome river and there are really very few places left in this world like it. But let me put it to you in a very straightforward manner – Umba is for the guy who is seeking demanding superior quality fishing.  AND- Umba is also tough wading and healthy hikes in search of the strong Umba Whoppers. There are rivers on the Kola Peninsula, where you have the chance of catching higher numbers of smaller fish – but the unique mix of quantity-size and quality, i.e. ocean fresh fish that you will find in Umba – is unparalleled! Salmon Junkies have reshaped the Umba program in order to offer the best prices and a new conservation plan for this gem of a salmon river.

Umba river – you may discover your soul here and at the same time lose it forever…


Grand Varzuga

The famous Varzuga River is one of the most popular and exciting salmon rivers in the world. Salmon Junkies has an exclusive long term lease on more than 30 km of the most attractive and enjoyable salmon fishing on the Kola Peninsula. This exceptionally charming section of the Varzuga river gives access to the most prestigious and remote part of Varzuga, from the Yzia tributary 35 km 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. 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. 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 Grand Varzuga Varzuga program and you will learn more about Atlantic salmon fishing in one week than you will in a lifetime of fishing Norwegian or Scottish rivers.

Salmon Junkies want to share the best available salmon fishing in the world with all the many devoted salmon ‘Spey casting geeks’ in search of the fabled ‘Golden Pool’.  We have designed our programs for the passionate Salmon angler looking for that ultimate combination of fantastic fishing and a true and passionate salmon community.

Watch our smal film trailer from Umba and Grand Varzuga here –