Fishing in Russia with Roxtons
Pana in one of the prettiest rivers on the whole of the Kola peninsula. Being smaller than the Varzuga it can be fished with either a single or double handed rod, making it one of the most popular beats on the system.
Rods here are extremely sought after but they do sometimes become available and it is an advantage to have expressed an interest in the camp previously.
Pana is a tributary of the larger Varzuga River, ranging from 35 to 60 metres wide and offering deep, slow pools interspersed with fast runs and rocky stretches perfect for holding fish. Pana can be fished with both single and double handed rods, making it one of the most popular and versatile beats on the Varzuga system.
At the beginning of the season the river is running high and cold, filled with snow melt and a double handed rod is preferable. However, the Russian winter soon cedes to Arctic summer, temperatures rise quickly and rods soon switch to floating lines and riffled hitches. Single handed rods are used by many of our guests in June and the clear water conditions and easy wading provides exhilarating sport.
The catch statistics at Pana are proof to the quality of this beat which also offers some of the most stunning scenery and pools that you may ever encounter. Coupled with the ease of travel to the camp via our private air charter service, Pana is without doubt one of the perfect locations for Atlantic Salmon fishing.
There is an abundance of fly water very close to the camp and Pana offers the further attraction of day trips to the top of the beat to fish and float back down to the camp. This not only allows for further variety but also allows one to appreciate the remote and scenic wilderness that surrounds you. At the camp the main river is joined by the Indel, a much smaller stream and with many pools, both charted and uncharted, along its length. The Indel is a major spawning tributary and provides great sport in June as the salmon move to find their resting pools.
Pana is an idyllic option for the fishermen in all heights of water and as such is highly sought after. It appeals to many different types of anglers; those in search of the bigger fish which have run through the lower river should try the early weeks. Those who enjoy using bombers and small flies on a perfect summer river get most success towards the end of June. If you would like to experience the very best of dry fly fishing in some of the most visually enriching scenery, Pana is very difficult to beat.
Pana camp's accommodation is for up to eight guests in five twin bedded log cabins all with en suite bathrooms. The central dining room has a roaring log fire and a veranda over looking the river.
There is also a Russian banya (sauna) at Pana where you can enjoy the steamy relaxing heat after a good day's fishing.
For fishing in Russia, a 15' double handed rod is necessary in the early weeks but a single handed rod with 8# or 9# line can provide good sport later on.
Make sure your reel is of sturdy construction with a good drag system. You will need at least 100m of backing, again it is advisable to have a spare.
During the first weeks of the season in May fishing will predominantly be on sinking lines such as Wet Cell II or III. Later and from the beginning of June the fishing will progress to floating lines, usually by the second week in June. It is important to understand that this is a guideline only and there are many factors which might influence this. It is worthwhile to err on the side of caution and bring with you a selection of different lines which will cover all likely eventualities.
Fishing is with barbless single or double hooks only. No trebles are allowed. Fishing inspectors employed by the Murmansk Fisheries Board will inspect tackle at irregular intervals in order to ensure that you are complying with regulations. They have the power to impose punitive fines and confiscate equipment. Roxtons Field Sports will not be held responsible if you are found to be in contravention to the fishing regulations found in each camp.
There is a selection of flies for sale in each camp. However, this is not limitless and it is advisable to bring a good assortment of your own flies.
Early in the season, tube flies of between 1" and 2" in brass, copper and aluminium are recommended, for tubes we highly recommend "Loop Double hooks", rather than cut up trebles. Good patterns are Ally's Shrimp, Willie Gunn, Sunray Shadow, Green Highlander and Temple Dog. As the water volume decreases and the temperatures rise, the size of fly will decrease. In May we usually fish with flies to size #4 and above. Whilst in June we fish from size #4 down to size #10 or lower. There is no hard and fast rule to fly size but in general, the warmer the water, the smaller and darker the fly.
These items will be very useful during your stay at the Varzuga
- Life jacket
- Wading stick
- Wader repair kit
- Polarized sunglasses
- Forceps / clippers
- Tape measure
- Waterproof bag for camera etc
- Day bag
- Hand and face moisturizer
Temperatures during the fishing day can vary enormously. The best solution is to have a range of thin layers of clothing rather than fewer, thicker layers, preferably in fleece material rather than cotton. In this way you will be able to add or shed clothing rapidly to suit the temperatures you meet. It is important to bring a waterproof jacket. Preferably Gore-tex, which is more breathable than traditional "Barbour type" garments.
Neoprene waders are suitable to cope with the extreme temperatures met at the beginning of the season. However, breathable waders with fleece and thermal underwear offer equally proficient protection from the cold. In the later weeks temperatures can be high and thinner waders are more suitable. Felt soled, stocking foot waders, allow one to walk with a greater degree of freedom than boot foot waders.
Limited for non-fishing guests, unless very keen on painting.
Our salmon fishing season on the Pana runs from the end of May until the end June.
Time difference from GMT
+ 4 hours.
All the camps have generators supplying 220v to Northern European 2-pin plugs so travel adapters are required for UK electrical goods. Generators normally run from 06.00 to 11.00 and from 16.00 to 23.00. The latitude of the camps means that it is light for 24hrs a day.
The official currency is the Rouble but Euros are widely used.
Tips are totally at your discretion. However, people do like to recognise the efforts of the guide and camp staff in ensuring that your stay is a happy one. A simple guideline followed by most is to give €120 to the guide and €100 to be split by your cook and Russian camp staff. If you are visiting two camps during the week this may be divided according to the amount of time spent in each. Other Western goods such as cigarettes and fishing equipment are popular as additional bonuses.
Two months prior to your trip we will begin Visa Processing which will require you to send your passport to us. Processing takes between 10 and 15 days so, should you have an issue with timings, please contact us. Your air tickets will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to departure. It is very important that you photocopy all essential documentation, including your passport, tickets and Russian Visa and keep them separate from the originals when you travel. This will help prevent serious complications in case of loss. On arrival in Murmansk your passport will be taken from you for registration with the necessary authorities and returned to you on departure the following Friday.
Although there are, at present, no specific inoculations necessary for travel to Russia, it is important to check with your doctor about recommended vaccinations prior to your trip. Whilst we do have basic medical equipment in each camp it is essential that you carry any personal medication that you may require.
Mosquitoes and midges are unlikely to be present in May or up until mid June. However, as the weather warms up they can become tiresome if you are not properly prepared. You are well advised to bring repellent such as Jungle Formula and a mosquito hat or veil is also advisable for the latter period.
All trips to the Varzuga start with an overnight in the Hilton Hotel at Helsinki Airport on the Friday. We then charter a private plane to Murmansk early on Saturday morning at 0900, arriving in Murmansk at 11.55 (a flight of approximately 2 hours) It will return to Helsinki at 13.55 on the following Saturday.
From Murmansk you will take a helicopter to the camps which takes approximately 1 1/2 hours.
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Pana is an idyllic option for fishermen in all heights of water and as such is highly sought after.
Prices start from £5,000 per person for 6 days fishing, including international flights.