Upper Yokanga Camp, Russia
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 280km from Murmansk. The Yokanga itself is over 200km long and has a drainage basin of over 6,000 square kilometres.
2021 will see the launch of a new tented camp on the Upper Yokanga, upstream of the Suhiya tributary and early indications suggest that this camp could offer some excellent fishing. 2021 will be an exploratory season with extremely attractive rates for what will be 8 nights/7 days fishing with the new owner keen to fill the camp in order to learn as much as possible about the fishery. This will be a unique opportunity to fish for some large Atlantic salmon that reach the Upper Yokanga.
The six guests staying at the Upper Yokanga Camp will fish the upper Yokanga down to the Suhiya junction, Long Pool and Cascade. In addition to fishing the Yokanga upstream of the camp, guests will fish the first 2km of one of its tributaries, the Suhiya. The fishing will be for a combination of Atlantic salmon, trophy pike and trout and access to the fishing will be using a combination of boats and jetboats.
The Yokanga is already well-known for its large salmon, some of which run as far as the Upper Yokanga. Scouting missions have revealed the presence of some extremely large salmon, and fresh fish have been caught in the upper reaches, leading us to believe that some salmon will travel upstream very quickly. Unlike some other rivers on the Kola Peninsula, there are no barriers on the Yokanga to slow the fish’s progress.
The Upper Yokanga can produce pike of 10kg or larger, which can be caught on fly using surface poppers as well as streamers plus spinning tackle. The upper river has an abundance of wild brown trout and there is also a species of whitefish which can weigh up to 5lbs and which on occasion will take dry flies. While we see the Upper Yokanga Camp as primarily a salmon fishery, the other species may be attractive to a number of fishermen for part of their week.
Previous upper camps (run intermittently until 2014) have had poor logistics and have relied on guests walking to the fishing. Jetboats will significantly improve access, making it a unique experience to fish these remote and seldom fished waters.
The Upper Yokanga Camp will have three new inflatable Arctic tents with twin beds in each for the six guests. There will be a separate tent for guest’s meals and an additional bathroom tent with hot shower and toilet facilities.
Photo credits: Matt Harris www.mattharrisflyfishing.com, Fly Fishing Nation, Roxtons staff