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t first I was sceptical ! An email arrived promoting a new destination for Atlantic Salmon on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, the Belousiha and Voronya rivers. My initial reaction, despite some appealing images of large fish, was to assume that someone was chancing their arm, pushing a new destination and trying to cash in on the Kola bandwagon. What made me even more suspicious was the relative proximity to Murmansk, a drive of just 2-3 hrs, and no


need for transportation via the usual Russian workhorse of the skies, a MI8 helicopter. What’s more, I had flown over the location dozens of times. Belousiha lodge is at the end of the track of the most eastern road on the northern Kola coastline, a backcountry resupply hub used by the helicopters servicing the lodges of the Atlantic Salmon Reserve amongst others. After 15 years of fishing the Kola, had I really missed a significant river. It all sounded a little too good to be true! SPORTFISHING ADVENTURES | Q4 2019

Broadly speaking the Northern Rivers are known for producing some enormous Atlantic Salmon whilst the more southern rivers are renown for prolific quantities.

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Sportfishing Adventures - Issue 8 | Q4 2019