A record breaking season on the Varzuga
By Charlie White
We have just finished our 2012 season, with a staggering 8,500 salmon in just 6 weeks...
The 2012 season on the Varzuga will go down as one of the very best in the 21 years that we have been running the programme. It did not start as hoped, however. Our main aim is to have rods on the river about 5-7 days after the ice has broken and while this year the ice break was 4-5 days later than hoped, the portents were good as our first clients flew into Murmansk. The 8 rods at Middle Varzuga landed 329 salmon for their week with the latter half of the week fishing better than the first. Unfortunately at Lower Varzuga, the rods suffered from an unusually quick melt of the snow which coloured up the water and the fishing was exceptionally difficult.