The Umba river on the south of the Kola peninsula has long been known to boast an exceptional Autumn run of strong multi sea winter salmon, and was added to our Russian portfolio last year.
The Umba is owned by our current partners on the Varzuga with whom we have had a 26 year relationship and after our first season we remain confident that our success on the Varzuga can be matched on the Umba.
This programme offers rods the chance to fish during the stunningly beautiful Autumn period when there are no mosquitoes but plentiful fish of 10 - 20lbs and every week new members of the 20lbs+ club are welcomed.
The Umba boasts a very comfortable lodge, requires only a bus transfer from Murmansk as opposed to a helicopter and has been a popular choice for many years for those wishing to access their beat by boat and fish from boat or wading.
We kept prices to a minimum for our first season in operation to allow as many clients to see the river as possible. It was not a ‘vintage’ year anywhere on the Kola peninsula but we all look forward to 2017 when hopefully the river conditions will be kinder and salmon runs across Russia and elsewhere are as strong as we would normally expect.
For next year we will be making some changes that should make a big difference to the programme. We will only fish 8 rods per week instead of the usual 10 which will ensure all rods have 3 days on Krivetz and 3 days on the lower river to give a fairer rotation and also to ensure single rooms for everyone in the lodge. We are also changing the travel logistics which will make the programme far less tiring and more workable for everyone.
It is clear that the Umba is not a rival to the Yokanga for really big fish or the Varzuga for serious of numbers of fish but for a combination of the two at an excellent price, the Umba is an excellent option.
Our programme will only run for the 6 prime Autumn weeks when the river is at its best and at £3,350 per rod from Murmansk this offers seriously good value for the chance to land fresh, hard-fighting and big fish.
Please contact Charlie White for further details or click here to read last season’s report.
“An interesting and fun trip. Bill Drury was an excellent camp manager and very helpful in all aspects of the stay”
" This was my 4th visit to the region and each time conditions have been different. This is a great river with lots of potential to be good"
"All in all one of the best trips I have ever done"
"A very good atmosphere in the lodge with all clients and the staff – perfect. It was very relaxed. Congratulations team Roxtons!"