The Yokanga is situated inside the Arctic Circle at about 67.5 degrees north latitude. The river flows into the Barents Sea and is on the north eastern end of the Kola Peninsula some 175 miles from Murmansk.
The waters of the Yokanga are home to some of the largest Atlantic salmon on the Kola Peninsula and provide a challenging environment in which to fish. This is true wilderness fishing venue with all creature comforts. The season starts in early June and continues until July.
Fishing from Gremikha is highly specialist programme for experienced salmon fishers only. Guests staying at the Gremikha Camp fish the lowest 8km of the Yokanga between Yokanga Lake and the tidal water.
Fishing is by walking only and is based on eight rods fishing in four pairs with a guide for each pair. Some weeks may have a helicopter pickup in the evening. Fishers must be fit and agile as guests walk on average 4-8km per day over some very rugged and at times steep terrain with the furthest beats requiring as much as 10km walking in a single day.
The only way to describe the fishing is ‘hard core’. The majority of the water is rapids although there are a few main pools. Depending on water height there are small bays, points or large rocks where fish can rest for a few moments before heading on upstream.
The Gremikha Camp gives the adventurous fly fisher a chance to hook one of the Yokanga’s biggest Atlantic salmon when they are at their freshest out of the sea. It is an incredibly exciting place to fish and there is always the expectation of a fish of 20lbs or more and an excellent chance of hooking a salmon in excess of 30lbs or even bigger. Landing a big fish in the lower river is the real challenge.
Guests stay in simple twin bedded tents built on wooden platforms. Meals are served in a large tented dining room and sitting room with TV and fly tying bench. There is a separate wooden building with showers, flush loos, sauna and a drying room.
Gremikha Camp is not for everyone, but those that go and know what to expect, love it and go back every year.