Russia and the Kola peninsula is home to fantastic populations of wild Brown Trout, perfect for single anglers and small groups. Situated on the Upper Varzine and Siorovka Rivers, the upper Varzina river is an excellent wild Brown Trout fishery with opportunities to catch fish ranging from 6 to 10 pounds, with prolific hatches.
The remote camp with fly-in Mi-8 helicopter access is one of the most remote locations in the world, also allowing you to experience Russia’s unique wilderness.
The upper Varzina Tented Trout Camp is situated on the right bank of the upper part of the Varzina River in the middle of the trout-fishing beat. Here, the camp is protected from the worst of the tundra winds whilst offering great views of the river and surrounding area.
Accommodation is for twelve anglers and there are five comfortable twin-bedded, heated, wooden-based tents with tables and armchairs. There is a separate stationary wooden dining-room, a Russian sauna and drying room for wet clothes at the camp. In each tent there are table lamps and extra 220V appliance receptacles for charging cameras, camcorders and other devices. Electricity is supplied twice a dayin the morning from 7:00am until 10:00am and in the evening from 6:00pm until 12:00am. However, it’s worth noting that due to the latitude of the camp, in the summer months, it is light 24 hours a day.
The food is excellent with a hot breakfast, a packed lunch to eat streamside and hearty dinner.
WIFI is available at the camp.
The Varzina area is one of the few fisheries where the original, wild Brown Trout population still lives unaffected by the outside world. Here, you can experience fantastic brown-trout-fishing for fish that have seldom seen an artificial fly, with prolific river hatches.
The brown-trout-fishing is exceptional with fish ranging from four to ten pounds. There is also the chance of Salmon which have moved through the lower river as well as Arctic Char. The fishing is part-guided where you are shown the river and the techniques and then you are free to fish as long and as hard as you like.
The fishing beat is about fifteen kilometres long and the width of the river ranges from thirty to fifty metres. Guests can fish from both banks of the river. To get from one bank to the other, fishermen can use a boat and at the end of the season some parts of the river can be crossed on foot with care. The river bottom is pebble with free-standing boulders. Banks are also pebbled with hard-rocks.
There are also opportunities for remote wilderness trout-fishing to both Maxim Lake and the Penka River which is the least fished area in the whole of the region. These are both exploratory tented camp fisheries for those anglers who wish to explore truly untouched wilderness fisheries.
There are international flight options to Helsinki or direct flights to Murmansk Airport. Transfer to the river is one-and-a-half hour helicopter flight.
Passport with minimum six months validity and photo ID to purchase fishing license.
A Russian Tourist Visa is required to gain access into Russia, along with a new requirement of finger-print scans.
A Certificate of Desinfection is required for your fishing gear and equipement.
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Our tailored fly fishing and accommodation itineraries are designed with you in mind to suit your preferences. They are also quoted in your local currency with very favourable exchange rates.
Fly Odyssey have access to the best guiding and lodging rates, suitable tides and updated availability to this destination which can vary throughout the season.
This includes flight bookings, transit accommodation, transfers and a host of non-angling activities and experiences.
We specialise in group stays to the region, and our long involvement with our partners on the ground in Russia will ensure you are well looked after both on and off the water.
This includes extended stays in Murmansk and Helsinki
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