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.

The Season

June – September

Sample Itinerary

  • 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.

Getting There

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!

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