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.
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.
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.
June: Fishing is usually good in the lower reaches of the river. The Umba river is in this month very productive. The large fall salmon, so unique for the Umba area, wakes up from the winter "hibernation" and starts to join the fresh run salmon on their way towards the spawning grounds. Not to be confused with Kelts (black-salmon) this magnificent deep and strong-fighting salmon is still in its silvery livery. The most of fishing is done by casting from boats, but the Brad Pool and the Home Pool area offer fantastic fishing from the banks.
July / August :During these warm months, the river is usually closed to Atlantic salmon fishing.
September / October: The late season on the Umba river is the time when the biggest salmon migrates to upper reaches of the river. This unique run of late salmon is extremely deep and powerful created by spending a full year in the river before the next year spawning. From the lodge you can see new fish coming into the Home Pool every day, jumping to challenge your flies. At the time one normally is fishing with sinking lines and big flies, we are doing better with small flies and slow intermediate or even floating lines. Although the days are shorter and the weather is more severe, the late season on the Umba is unparalleled. By our knowledge, no other river on the Kola Peninsula can compete for the same numbers of truly big salmon as the Umba river in September and October.
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:
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