"The three greatest gamefish in the world are tarpon, bonefish, and Atlantic salmon, but I'll take the Atlantic salmon over all of them." - Ted Williams, "The Splendid Splinter"
The thrill we get from a screaming reel and a jumping fish is primal, and an anthropologist could probably trace it all back to one fish, the Atlantic salmon. The species is both the foundation and nexus of the modern sport of flyfishing. The very name, Salmo salar, translates from the Latin to "leaper" and trying one's skill and luck against the salmon has been considered the sport of kings by Europeans since the first one picked up a stick, hung some silk off its end and tied chicken feathers to bone or steel.
The Atlantic Salmon Reserve (ASR) of Western Russia's Kola Peninsula is home to three of the world’s most prolific rivers for BIG Atlantic Salmon. Considered by many to be the very best Atlantic Salmon rivers in the world, the Ponoi, Varzuga and Yokanga rivers are unspoiled, rugged, wild and remote, yet easily accessible from a selection of comfortable riverside accommodations. Comprised of steep waterfalls, raging rapids, intimate pockets and pools, the rivers of the ASR are easy for our guests to read. Every seam, glide and tailout beckons.
A backdrop of pines, spruce, larch amongst rolling hills covered with a vast tundra, dominated by shrubs and grasses is buffed by
arctic air with an average summer temperature of 52°F. We believe the Kola peninsula and the ASR is the premiere Atlantic Salmon destination, and with good reason. The ASR rivers produce the largest runs of Atlantic Salmon in the world. The Varzuga River alone generates returns of 100,000 fish annually. The supreme Atlantic Salmon of the ASR average 15 lb. with fish in the 30 lb. to 40 lb. class common.
The Atlantic Salmon Reserve (ASR) of Western Russia's Kola Peninsula is home to three of the world’s most prolific rivers for BIG Atlantic Salmon.
The ASR program runs 2 “Camps” including the Kharlovka/Eastern Litza Camp and the Rynda/Zolotaya Camp. Daily camp and lodge operations are efficiently executed with military precision. No detail is left to chance, except for the chance to hook the fish of a lifetime!
The Kola Peninsula was the first great angling discovery to come out of a newly-opened Russia in the early '90s, and the fish stories and catch numbers that circled back to hard-
core salmon anglers at that time bordered on unbelievable.
Modern transportation and geo-political shifts have combined to make it a relatively close playground for sea-run thrill seekers. Jet direct travel and polar routing has put these Russian river targets no further distant from our east coast than Alaska, and closer to Los Angeles than Patagonia. It's close and, for a change, the fishing is exactly what it used to be.
A trip to the kola begins in Murmansk after either a connection from Moscow, or a direct charter flight from Helsinki. The final leg to Russia's northern peninsula wilderness is a breathtaking chopper flight passing above a broad canvas of tundra, lichen, scrub taiga and clean rivers that harbor unequaled runs of the prized silver fish. At 167° north latitude the landscape feels oddly familiar to Alaska and other circum-polar veterans—a fusion of the barren tundra that sweeps the North American arctic, combined with the granite-bottomed rivers of British Columbia, and the slightly off-kilter wilderness of Kamchatka. It's enough to make any steelhead or king salmon junkie drool. Apart from the Cyrillic letters on the vodka bottle, everything looks just right as you string up your two-handed rod.
The Atlantic Salmon Reserve (ASR) of Russia's Kola Peninsula is home to four of the world’s most prolific rivers for BIG Atlantic Salmon. This remote operation is on the North coast of the Kola..
Located just above the Arctic Circle at approximately 67 degrees north latitude, has been rightly proclaimed the most productive Atlantic salmon river in the world today..
Within a radius of 24 kilometers from the lodge are some of the most productive salmon fly fishing pools ever fished. Here guests enjoy a truly remote Atlantic Salmon fishing that is...
The Varzuga has the largest known run of Atlantics on the Kola Peninsula, and in the world, with a return in excess of 100,000 fish. You might hook a lot of fish, but landing them is another story..
One of the legendary rivers on Russia's Kola Peninsula. Known for enormous trophy salmon. The Atlantic Salmon of the Yokanga have been classified as the largest genetic strain..
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