For salmon fly-fishermen dreaming of the perfect location for Atlantic Salmon, Russia is considered to be one of the greats. With runs of Salmon migrating up the rivers of the North East Kola Peninsula, it’s no wonder the region is visited by so many keen Salmon anglers every year.
The unique north-east coast of the Russian Kola Peninsula is home to the cold waters of the Arctic Sea as well as stony coastal hills, providing the perfect refuge for the region’s big Atlantic Salmon.
The waters are clear, the winds are fresh, and the Salmon are large and plentiful.
Fly fishing the Varzina River for Atlantic Salmon is one of life’s truly remote wilderness experiences. In the middle of this rugged beauty sits the finest salmon fishing camp in Russia, the Varzina River Lodge. The Varzina River Lodge is the fishing headquarters of the Varzina River Company.
Accommodation in the camp is in eight two-person cabins and one four-person cabin. The Varzina experience is limited to twelve anglers per week. The lodge is equipped with electricity, cold and hot water and heating.
The Lodge main building contains the gourmet kitchen, a spacious dining room and a fully supplied lounge bar. It is also equipped with a satellite-operated TV, phone, fax and a WIFI zone. There are two separate saunas with hot showers available daily.
The camp is in a true wilderness setting, and staying there is an experience in itself.
WIFI is available at the camp.
Within a radius of twenty-four kilometres from the lodge are some of the most productive fly pools ever fished. Daily helicopter flights take fishermen to different pools of Varzina and Penka rivers to catch the Salmon of their lifetime.
The powerful Varzina starts high in the upland tundra from Lake Enozero which feeds cool oxygen-rich water down the Varzina all season long. Atlantic Salmon run all thirteen miles of Varzina proper, but the most fished pools are on the lowest sections. Clearly defined pools include classic glides, runs, riffles and deep holes that hold very large fish every season. Many fish over thirty-three pounds are hooked, some are even landed. This is the true spirit of Atlantic Salmon fishing. While most of the fishing is reached by helicopter, some of the very best pools are within a comfortable walking distance from the lodge. Many an evening outing after dinner has produced a Trophy Salmon within sight of the Varzina lounge bar!
Fly Odyssey also offers rods on the Drozdovka and Sidorovka rivers which have small tented wilderness camps. These rivers offer a unique salmon-fishing experience, camping next to two rivers which famously hold Atlantic Salmon in excess of thirty pounds. For small parties looking for a wild salmon river to themselves, this is the ultimate experience.
Fly Odyssey runs hosted group trips to the Varzina River Lodge during the prime months of June and July. Sean Clarke of Farlows, Pall Mall, a previous camp manager, ensures all aspects of a trip to the Varzina River runs smoothly. Our clients have managed their personal best Atlantic Salmon from this lodge with a thirty-pound Salmon caught each season. For individual rods or group bookings, Fly Odyssey can provide the ultimate trip to the Varzina River.
Check your gear over and make sure your kit is up to the job before leaving for Russia. Strong double-handed 14-15ft 10/11# rods and reels with a powerful drag are essential along with shooting heads in various sink densities. Also, strong fluorocarbon leaders and good hooks are vital. The fish are strong, and many are big, and they take some stopping. It’s also worthwhile bringing a midge net—not normally a problem, but if the weather warms up, midge will come out especially late July and into August.
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 a minimum of six months validity and photo ID to purchase a 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 Disinfection is required for your fishing gear and equipment.
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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 has 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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