Monthly Archives: May 2011

All things must pass/last day on the V

So wrote the Eastern mystic, echoed by ‘These things too [for better or worse] shall pass away’ which once satisfied a sultan’s philosophical enquiry. Back to the south Kola’s river-beginning-with-V and in my seven-days-in-arrears blog I’ve now come to my final … Continue reading

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Varzugan Thursday

So the Varzuga Week 2 party is entering the beginning of the end that is Thursday of the fishing week. And judging from the blog postings by Roxtons’ Charlie White they have been having a productive time of it. Special … Continue reading

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Biggest of the week

It’s well known that the prolific run of Varzuga salmon does not always comprise the biggest fish among the Kola rivers (have I pitched that right?) But for the record, here’s a shot of the biggest fish I caught last … Continue reading


A birthday, then more Varzuga

I just wanted to take a break from what’s basically a ‘real-time’ (tho a week after the event) blog account of my trip to fish the Varzuga by marking the 70th birthday today of a man who some have called … Continue reading

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Welcome to HEL

The iconic gateway to the Kola Peninsula for most of us salmon-fishers is via Helsinki. Or HEL, as the luggage flight tags display. Here you have to stay the Friday night at the Helsinki Hilton and it was a relief … Continue reading

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Well, that was just about as good as it gets

Fact: the River Varzuga is salmon fishing paradise. At one o’clock yesterday morning, Russia time I was photographing my lodge mate Craig land his 100th salmon of our week at the lower camp’s home pool. Now Russia time is 3 hrs … Continue reading


Varzuga dot com (and a tube-fly breakfast)

Amid the momentous events of the past few days (the Royal hitching of Wills and Kate/the death of Osama Bin Laden), I don’t want to sound flippant but in the so far blank canvas that is the 2011 salmon adventure … Continue reading