Tuesday 30 June 2015

Salmon fishing on the Kola river

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Vasil Bykau

Salmon fishing at the  Kola river  is interesting for anglers who want to catch a big salmon. Kola got its reputation for a big fish, which comes into the river. There are benefits to be found in a relatively convenient location of the river, near the airport. This greatly simplifies the way to the river. There are also disadvantages. These include extremely high fishing pressure, which is associated with closely located big city. You can also note the extremely irregular running salmon and unpredictable fishing results. But the chance to catch a very large salmon is worth to try.
          Indeed, for many years the river gives us that opportunity. Despite the proximity of Murmansk and other settlements in the Kola River there are enough big fish. We must realize that, contrary to naive advertising is not easy to catch a really big fish. You'll need all your skill and the help of our guides. We are pleased to inform you that in addition to the possibility of catching a large salmon, we can offer you accommodation in a really comfortable environment for a resonable price.

            The owner of the Kola rive is the goverment organization - Murmansk Ryb Vod. There is a verbal agreement between the parties, who are engaged in the fishing business organization, whether to use different parts of the river, not to create large clusters of fishermen. Valid license KOLA - 3 gives you the right to catch salmon in any part of the river, including all pools near Deer Camp. Kola part 3 has near 40 km in length.  One of the advantages of the site Kola - 3 is that you are invited to fish the lower part of the site. Its length is 17 kilometers. The fishing site  begins from the Joint Pool at the confluence of the Kola and Kitsa river. Salmons from both rivers run and stop to stay in this part of the river. Therefore, it is much more susceptible to the adverse effects of the weather or the state of the river.

           Here is another interesting option for fishing on the Kola Peninsula in Russia. The only airport here - is the airport of Murmansk . Almost every angler who comes here from Europe or America is forced to spend a day or two or even three days to wait for helicopter or other transport to get to the river. Many anglers believe that it makes no sense to spend these days in the hotel, if you can spend that time fishing. So we want to offer you the option , which includes one, two or three full fishing days . The organization of this option does not differ from the standard version . You will be met at the airport, taken to the hotel , settled . Will be taken in the morning on the river. Guide will work with you , at your disposal - car and boat . You will be provided with food and other services , which are inherent in the standard program of 7 \ 6 days. Price is determined by the number of fishing days and the number of nights at the hotel. I hope for many anglers this option looks interesting.

                                         Fishing organization

Example of standard fishing tour:

1- day. Meeting at the airport, hotel or fishing base accommodation, fishing on a home pool.
2- day. Fishing on the Kola-3.
3- day. Fishing on the Kola-3 (Monica pool)
4- day. Fishing on Kitsa, Bridge pool and fishing down stream pools (3 km).
5- day. Fishing on the Kola-3 or  Kitsa
6- day. Fishing on the Kola-3.
7- day. Fishing on the Kola-3.
8- day. Trasnfer back to the airport.

These is just an example of fishing tour, changes can be made to the clients wishes and ideas.

Our experienced giudes would be glad to help you with every aspects of dayily fishing. Comfortable cars and boats are used to maximise the comfort of your transportation and fishing.

The tour price include:

  • Gteeting at the aiport
  • Transfer to the hotel or fishing base (clients choice)
  • 3 meals a day during all tour
  • Fishing guides
  • Transport to the river and on the river all the time. (off-road cars, the cross-country vehicle,   boats, minivan).
  • Cost of fishing licences.
  • The first medical aid.

Does not include: 

  • The invitation and the voucher for visa reception.
  • Insurance.
  • Airplane tickets to Murmansk.
  • Alcohol.
More information you could find here:


  Kola Peninsula salmon tours.
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Wednesday 24 June 2015

Beginning of a season. May-June salmon fishing.


Salmon fishing at the Strelna and Chavanga rivers was not easy this June, there was very changeable cold and rainy weather, strong wind and high water level. Autumn run   Salmon, who entered the river in the fall, remained inaccessible to us in many commonly-friendly fishing areas. Fishing got better in the second half but still very tough compare to recent years. Still managed to have some good results in the middle  part of the river where fresh salmon stoped.  Absence of normal quantity of fresh fish was a problem in whole region as Ponoi, Pana, Varzuga reporting bad results also.  In general the second decade of June was a better time for fishing. Fish became more active and some nice fresh fish started to come into the river, but still fishing was not great. 


Randy said:
Indeed the fishing has not been easy. If on beforehand, someone would have asked me if I
would be satisfied with catching 5 fish, I probably would have said NO. But as very often, the
life of a salmon fisherman is a very hard learning school. This year was a very valuable learning experience, and in retrospective, I think I only can be happy with getting 11 bites if we keep the circumstances in mind. The fact that I only landed 5 of them, is mostly my own fault, as I simply should have paid more attention to the phase after having the fly drifted out ("on the dangle"). I think that if I had been more concentrated on the first strips and the lift after the dangle, I might have hooked some of these fish in a better way, so that I could have had a proper chance during the rest of the fight. Nobody knows...

Looking at the overall picture, I still say this expedition has been very good. As I said 3 years
ago, the Chavanga river system is a place to fall in love with, and I definitely want to come back.
It was just breathtaking to witness the spring nature come alive. I felt privileged witnessing the trees were getting a bit greener every day, to see more colourful flowers appearing every day, and to hear more birds singing every day. Nature really took hold of me... ...again!

Furthermore, a very pleasant group of people was a great part of this expedition as well. Thankyou very much once more for all the general care taking and for being a good teacher. 

Thanks, Randy!

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