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Atlantic Salmon fishing in Umba River

The scenic Umba River flows out of Kanozero Lake and down into the White Sea. It is considered one of the finest rivers in the world for Atlantic Salmon.
The newly-built Umba Lodge is simply the most comfortable and attractive timber lodge on the Kola Peninsula. The lodge’s riverbank location allows guests access to excellent fishing spots after regular fishing hours. Several of these fishing spots are within 10 minutes of the lodge, including Brad’s Pool and the Doctor’s Pool on the lodge side, the Bar, the Home Pool or Pig Island pools are reachable by rowboat.

The fishing season for Atlantic Salmon starts as soon as the river is open from ice (usually in late May) and continues through to October. Two different runs of salmon occur during this period, the early run when the Atlantic Salmon goes upstream and the late run when the Salmon goes back to sea after spawning. The river is closed for fising in July and August.

We offer extremely fair prices considering the quality of the accommodation and the fishing, because our Umba salmon-fishing program is not dependent on expensive helicopter transfers.

Atlantic Salmon fishing in Umba River

First day: Arrival in Murmansk by plane or to Kandalaksha by train. Meet up by a car or a mini bus to drive to Umba village (360 km from Murmansk and 110 from Kandalaksha). It is recommended to have some sandwiches with you and some drinks on the way. Arrival at Umba Lodge. Check-in, dinner and overnight.

Fishing days (any amount):  Breakfast. With a personnal guide fishing the whole day or from the shore or from a boat. The guide stays with you for the whole period of fishing. Lunch can be taken with you if you don't want to spend time for coming back to the lodge or you can have Lunch in the dining room and then go again for fishing. Sauna and Dinner in the evening. These days are full board.

Last day: After breakfast transfer by car to Murmansk or Kandalaksha.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation basesd on full board
  • Service of an experienced guide with a boat
  • "Catch&release" fishing license

The World-class Umba Lodge

This very comfortable lodge was built by local craftsmen using locally-grown timber. The round central building has a jointed dining and sitting room which is connected to the bedroom accommodation. Ten bedrooms have two single beds each with their own hot water shower and toilet. The dining room has a large open fireplace, comfortable sofas, a well stocked bar, fly tying corner and much more! Close to the waterside you can enjoy the best sauna of Umba area. Located on the shore of the river, the lodge gives more possibilities to fish after regular fishing hours. The boat traffic is directed up stream from the Pig Island ensuring that the best fishing places in the Home Pool are not disturbed.

Supplies in the Umba Lodge: In the Lodge we have extra fishing equipment such as rods, reels, lines to rent, or to buy. We also have a selection of the best Umba flies, souvenirs and various tackles, like leaders, waders, wading staffs, jackets, T-shirts, caps, Russian made wooden fly boxes etc.

This fishing program can be extended with the following optionals:
  • Tourist invitation for visa request: EUR 25,-- per person.
  • Murmansk:
    • Guided excursions in Murmansk.
    • Tickets for museums and museum excursions cost between RUB 25,-- and RUB 400,-- per person.
    • Entrance ticket to Atomic Icebreaker to join an excursion in Russian language: RUR 150 pp. Individual excursion to Atomic Icebreaker with a lecture in English language can be arranged.
    • Trip to Saami settlement.
    • Trip to the Barents sea shore.
    • Trip to Husky Farm.
    • Trip to Lovozero village; Capital of the Saami.
    • Rent a car from Kola Travel and get the best rate, quality and service!
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    • See link above for more info.
  • Train/plane/bus tickets in or outside Russian Federation.
  • Transfers from/to KuusamoIvalo/Rovaniemi and Kirkenes airports.
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The pools of the Umba River and Krivetz River

The scenic Umba River flows out of Kanozero Lake and down into the White Sea. It is considered one of the finest rivers in the world for Atlantic Salmon. The hottest salmon fishing spots:

  • Golden Run: A 300 meters stretch from Lake Poncho down to Golden Pool; it is fished from both sides.
  • Golden Pool: This pool is 8 minutes walk downstream from the Krivetz camp. It is very easily waded and fished. Then follows a one-and-a-half mile stretch of river with fish throughout.
  • The Bar:  This pool is just a few hundred yards upstream from the lodge and is reached by boat. It is fished from the boat in early June and by wading later on.
  • Doctor's Pool: This is the first holding pool on the river. It is fished either from the boat or from the cape.
  • Home Pool: This pool is fished well from both banks. Access to the right bank is by wading the by-pass just in front of the lodge; access to the other bank is by boat; either with guides during fishing hours or later by rowing across on your own. Excellent fishing during the whole season and with all water levels. One of the best available pools.
  • Long Pool: This is the largest pool on the Krivetz river, about 500 meters long, and situated about twenty five minutes walk downstream from the tent camp. It is fished from both banks, quite easily to wade, and it has a great place for riverside lunch.
  • Little Red Pool: A 40 meters stretch of water in 10 minutes walking distance upstream from the Island Pool.
  • Island Pool: Situated 25 minutes walk upstream from Junction Pool. A very good pool with 150 meters of fishable water. The Island is reached by wading or by rubber boat.
  • Office Pool: This pool is the first pool after a long hard rapid and is truly one of the very best Atlantic Salmon Pools in the world. Its 15 minutes walking from the Junction Pool.
  • Junction Pool: This is the last pool on the lower Umba river and is situated 3 miles upstream from the lodge. The fish has rest here before running on up the Krivetz river. Only fishable by boat.
  • Rat Pool: This pool is accessible by boat about 400 meters above Lower Rat Pool. It is fished equally well either from bank or from the boat.
  • Lower Rat Pool: Situated 2 miles upstream from the lodge and accessed by boat.
  • Brad's Pool: Access is by boat or on foot about a mile upstream from the lodge. The wading is very easy and the stream only moderate. It is fished equally well from both banks.
  • Lohkinka:  A beautiful fast pool for big fish.

Fishing recommendations

  • All fishing is based on Catch&Release rules.
  • Only barbless single or double hooks are allowed.
  • Fishing-tackle has to be suitable for catching Salmon!
  • For spinning we advise: reel: Shimano, line: 0.35 - 0.40, blinker type: crocodile, Kyasamo 20-30 grams and the use of wobblers.
  • Rusty Rat and small Sunray Shadow-Tubes. Use bigger flies at the beginning and end of the season. During summer dry flies also work very well. Try a Bomber!

Fly rods and lines

Both single- and double-handed rods are fine.

  • Single handed of 9 to 10 ft in line classes 6-10.
  • Double handed of 12 to 15 ft in line classes 9-12.

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Clothes

  • Neoprene or Gore-Tex waders with corkers/cleats. Wading staff for the Krivetz fishing.
  • Fishing jacket and mittens.
  • Warm clothes and cap for cold evenings or for early or late season.
  • Rain clothes.

Three basic flies

  • Green Highlander
  • Red Butt
  • Silver Doctor
in sizes 2-8.

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The Billy Butt.

An essential fly for Umba river
Hook: single or double 2-8
Tag: oval copper tinsel
Tip: red antron
Tail: red antron
But: yellow hackle
Body: flat copper tinsel
Ribbing: oval copper tinsel
Wing: black foxtail with some copper flash
Front hackle: black
Head: black
Cheeks optional

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