Belousiha River Lodge
The Kola’s Next Big Salmon Destination
Since the 1970s, government closure has kept a little known fishery on the Kola Pensinsula out of the fly fishing spotlight. For over 40 years, the river quietly hosted an Atlantic Salmon run that rivals the likes of other renowned Russian rivers. In 2017 the river was opened and Faraway Fly Fishing was given exclusive access to scout the water. We found not only a healthy run of potentially trophy salmon (+20 lbs), but also an incredibly diverse river system where unique river features make surface action and sight fishing an every day possibility! We almost never left. Because the lodge is just getting started, rates are extremely affordable for this untapped fishery! Welcome to the Belousiha and Voronya Rivers.
The Belousiha River
Running out from a nearby lake system, the Belousiha flows 12 km across the Arctic tundra before emptying into the Voronya and boasts regular opportunities at 6 – 15 lb fish. For the most part, the river is small (15-30m), easy to wade and ideal for fishing with a single hand rod. Due to water clarity, many anglers enjoy watching the salmon make their way up river before casting to them. Depending on the beat, some sections of water are reachable by vehicle and some by foot through easy terrain. When water levels are low in summer time, the salmon are particularly sensitive to top water action and a well presented fly will make the difference!
The Voronya River
The Voronya is a mid-size, tailwater river with 9 km of fish-able water filled with structure, big shallow tail outs, rocks, deep pools and rapids, all which hide returning salmon. Its a real trophy spey fisherman’s paradise. Most pools are easily accessible by boat or car and setup well for swinging flies. The river has two main sections: above the canyon and below the canyon. Most of the fish caught on the scouting season were big, averaging 13 lbs. The biggest weighed an incredible 30 lbs!
The Fishing Day
Each angler will be paired with a guide and another angler, fishing different sections or beats of the river every day based on a rotation. Beat rotation is designed to give every angler an equal chance to catch fish from the most productive sections of river.
June – September
- Day 1: Pick up from the airport in Murmansk and transfer to the lodge. Transfer is 2.5 – 3 hours from the airport.
- Days 2-7: 6 days of guided fly fishing on the Belousiha and Varonya Rivers!
- Day 8: Depart camp for Murmansk.
The Belousiha River Lodge is located in northwestern Russia and is a 2.5 hour ground transfer from Murmansk. Your journey to the lodge begins with an international flight to Moscow to catch 1 of 3 daily, direct flights between Moscow and Murmansk. Our staff will meet you in Murmansk!
The lodge sleeps a total of 8 anglers and you have two (2) options in lodging. The standard package houses anglers in our comfortable cottages. The cottages are well equipped for comfort but lack in-room bathrooms. However, an upgrade (extra charge) to the brand new guest house is available with two en suite rooms with full bathrooms, each equipped for 2 guests.
Separately there is a dining room, shower, sauna, Russian bath, toilets and a large summer gazebo to enjoy in high summer. A communal dining room and fireplace serve as the focal point where guests can relax or discuss tactics for the next day. Out on the river are several small gazebos for lunching in comfort with nice views of the river.
Our experienced and attentive staff, a well equipped lodge and the chance to hook a fish of a lifetime will hopefully make this arctic environment a dream destination for any salmon angler!
6 days fully guided fishing (2 anglers per guide), 7 nights in camp, transportation to/from Murmansk, all meals and beverages.
Whats Not Included
Round-trip airfare from your home to Murmansk, Russia. Guides and camp staff gratuities (recommended 10-20% trip price), visas if required, travel insurance (recommended), tackle & flies (available for rent/purchase).
Visa and Passport Information
A visa is required. The requirements vary from country to country. In the US, we are required to apply for a visa 45 days prior to departure. Plan to give up your passport for visa processing for a period for 2-4 weeks. Please contact us for more details and we will help you through the process!