The Kola Peninsula in Northeastern Russia offers anglers the most remote, off-the grid Atlantic Salmon opportunities found anywhere on the planet. The Varzuga River is one of the few rivers left where catches are recorded in thousands and even the slowest weeks exceed an entire season’s catch elsewhere. Fortunately, we have access to a last minute deal to one of the Varzuga’s prized stretches of river.
Using a mix of jet boats and helicopters, this trip offers anglers an opportunity to take full advantage of 9 full days of salmon fishing in one of Russia’s most productive fisheries! With over 20 famous and unique river sections to choose from, you may not be able to cover all that magnificent water in 9 days. But hey, its worth a shot! There are only 4 spots left so please drop us a line or continue reading below to learn more.
Cost: 4,800 USD per rod for 10N/9D fishing for a single room at Grand Varzuga Camp.
Included: Transfers in Murmansk, helicopter transfers between Murmansk and Grand Varzuga Camp, food and beverages at the camp (wine, beer, sodas and vodka), fishing licenses, one russian guide/2 fishermen, translators and assistance from camp manager all week long.
Not included: Fight to Murmansk, accommodation in Murmansk and Moscow, personal expenditures (satellite phone, laundry services etc.), travel insurance, visas and booking fees.
- June 7: Arrive Murmansk
- June 8: Meet at 11am at the hotel reception at Hotel Murmansk. Helicopter flight from Murmansk to Grand Varzuga Camp (2h flight). Meeting and briefing with the camp Manager. 4 hours fishing possible from 8pm to 12pm.
- June 9-17: 9 full days of Atlantic Salmon fishing!
- June 18: Departure from the camp at the end of morning. Arrival to Murmansk airport around 2pm.
Fishing: In 9 full days of fishing with one guide for every pair of anglers, you will access the most prestigious and remote part of the Varzuga from the Yzia tributary down to the junction with Pana River. Jet-boat is the preferred method of transportation. Grand Varzuga camp is located approx. 12 km upstream the Pana tributary. Here the river is medium sized (30 to 65 meter wide) with numerous fast runs and rocky parts, which provide awesome holding water. There are also slower and deeper sections where deep swings will be essential.
Lodging: You will be staying in your own single room at the Grand Varzuga Camp. The cozy, central lodge offers impressive views with a Veranda overlooking the river.
Gear: We recommend you bring a 7 to 8 weight Spey rod between 12’6 and 13’6 with either an early sinking line or a floating/intermediate line + sink tips. Always bring some fast sinking tips! Recommended leaders in the 15 to 30 lb range.
Visa & Useful Travel Information: Anyone travelling to Russia is responsible for obtaining their own visa. After receiving your booking form, we will send the special Russian invitation that is required to obtain a Visa. The invitation process will start in April for the 2017 season. The Visa Application Form will ask you to confirm that you have both travel insurance and medical evacuation cover valid in Russia. A passport must be valid for six months after the planned date of departure from Russia.
Interested? Drop us a line to learn more.