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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-19-2012, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Umba 2012

September...once again it was time for my autumn trip to the Umba river on the Kola Peninsula chasing some big Atlantic Salmons.

I arrived friday night in Murmansk and instead of staying in Murmansk for a night we all got picked up to head straight to the lodge. Flying with Aeroflot I was the last one to arrive...the rest oft he group spent some time waiting for me...sorry guys, but judging from the smell of vodka you must have had a good time;-))

After arrival in the lodge and some sleep we were already heading to our beats for a half day of fishing.

The river was in perfect shape and stayed like this for the whole week. After some casts I got a good pull and landed my first fish of the week – a nice 15pd male.

The week went on with lots of action and some really nice fish landed by the group. I was lucky to get a super fresh 25pd besides a 19, 17, 15 with 12 landed for the week. Like always I got my biggest fish on the top beat in Krievitz: Golden pool.

The last years a protection program was set up with guards on the river 24/7. And seems to pay off. The top rod of the week landed 24 fish in 6 1/2 days with some 20+pd fish in the mix. I think almost everyone in that week week landed a big fish (and no one got blanked;-))

The autumn week in Umba is always special. The leafs are changing colours, the mist on the river in the morning and the evenings / nights are spent with a good drink in the lodge with stories of big fish landed and even bigger ones lost. Unlike summertime when the sun never sets it gets dark by 7 or 8 pm – and its pitch dark by 9pm.

The only downturn this year was the fact that I stayed only for one week...

Anyway, I will be back in 2013.

Here are some pics of the week:

Me fishing Pine Pool:


A 25pder from Golden Pool:


One of my favorite pools, Long Pool:


Playing a fish in Litte Red Pool:


A 19pder from Littel Red Pool:


Professional Photographer and Filmer Columbus Leth who was doing a movie about [email protected] work (though work...;-))
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Glad you had a good time David. Great photos. Very jealous.

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An amazing place to experience.. I'm jealous too. What style flies & sizes?

Thanks for sharing.

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More pictures! More pictures!!

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Ok, more pics are coming!
Regaring flies: Size was either 6 or 8 doubles or small tubes (plastic). Styles were the usual suspects like Red Butt, Billy Butt, Cascade or Red/Green Butt. So rather small flies are used which makes the fishing more "pleasant" as there is no need to chuck big flies. Just a floating line with a fast sinking polyleader...that will do the job.
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Here are some more pics for the gentle reader...

Playing a fish in Golden Pool:


And here he is while getting measured:


And off he goes...


Lunchtime!


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And some more...

Fishing Island Pool:


Looking upstream from Golden Pool towards Golden Run:


Fish on in Golden Pool:


Doctors Pool:


Lower Rat:


Hope you enjoy!

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