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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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My 40th is coming up and I have an open pass from my wife to fish wherever I want june to september 2012. I have always dreamt of fishing for Atlantics and understand that Russia is the best chance for good numbers of quality fish. I hoped someone might offer some advice? The price seems to vary widely and I know that quality does not always correlate. Does anyone have recommendations re rivers and lodges. Tx

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I suggest you contact Jerome Wohe (Skeena River Lodge near Tarrace BC, Canada)
Normally he also guides a couple of groups in June at Kola with Atlantic Salmon Safari. I've never been there as steelhead is my drug, but both Jerome and Jos are dedicated flyfishermen who really care about their guests.
Some friends are now hooked to this Kola Atlantic trip.

My best memories are not too old!!
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you can also contact Salmonjunkies (sponsor of the forum). The guy that runs the company (Steffen Juhl) will point you in the right direction.

First you should sort out what you want: high numbers (Ponoi, Varzuga?) or big but fewer salmon (Umba, Yokanga?). Are you ok with travelling in a MI8 helicopter? And are there any price-limits (Kharlovka can be 20.000 for a week).

I fished with Steffen Juhl for 5 weeks and was always very satisfied. I love the Umba-program in autumn!

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I would echo Jap and you should clarify what you are after in terms of fishing and I would add landscape and comfort/standard.

I have not fished any of the White Sea rivers (the high number rivers...), but have been several times to several of the Barents Coast rivers - and those are what counts for me! Generally, some of these programs are expensive, but I would say that you generally get what you pay for on these rivers.

While Kharlovka, Litza, Rynda and Yokanga opportunities are rather expensive in the most attractive weeks, there are some cheaper opportunities on some rivers (Varzina, Sidorovka, lower and upper Yokanga) as long as you are willing to accept less comfort and more regular food, less daily helicoptering. Fishing on the Kola river itself (outside Murmansk) seem to be pretty unorganised at the moment...

In terms of the MI8's I fear them less than the taxis in Murmansk...
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Hi, from the UK Frontiers are the boys( and girls )
Tarquin Millington Drake is the MD FISHED THE YOKANGA WITH THEM
BIG , VERY BIG fish , also the Ponoi fish not so big but more of them !
Web site www.frontierstrvl.co.uk
People great,meet greet at all points , lodge/camps great, people very helpful FISH WILLING TO TAKE FLIES, WETS DRYS SMALL LARGE,
Put it in or on the water and you will get some kind of reaction!

Money well spent, memories for ever !!! GO FOR IT IF ONLY ONCE JUST THINKING ABOUT THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY ON DAY 1, ESTIMATED AT 29 BY MY GUIDE, I said ' not bad hooking a fish of 29 lb on first morning ' He said ' not lb but KG !'NOTHING SNAPPED ,Hook just pulled out after taking 100 yards of line ! Fished 35lb leader, loop doubles and tubes !
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Thanks to everyone for the excellent information

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