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Umba Week Report D. 5 – 12 September

September 13th, 2015 - kaare


September is a spectacular period in Umba with autumn colors making fantastic scenery for the eye and the camera. There is simply nothing that beats Umba during this period. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side last week, with tropical heat and sunny days that gave us far to warm water temperatures. However, it did not turn down our group that visited Umba last week, and with Illtyd Griffith leading all the way, we managed to land some really nice Super Chromes. Umba Veteran David Jap was the first in the group that manage to crack a fantastic 22 Lb Whopper in Doc Pool day one. Shortly after Illtyd Griffith managed to pull out a magnificent 23Lb super torpedo also from Doc pool. Later during the week Michael Mulbjerg and Günther Steidl could join the 20 Lbs Club with two silvery and broadsided beasts, that made it possible to join our20 Lbs Club and Hall of fame in the mighty Umba Lodge.

Also worth to mention is Stephanie Kliem who managed to land 7 salmon during the week. A week that was her third salmon trip ever – Well come in the club Stephanie:)


Autumn time at Umba is the time where we do a lot of socializing in the long evenings in front of the fireplace. This is the time for talk and tales around the big cozy fireplace in the lodge. “The huge salmon that was lost” or “The beautiful ones that was caught”; “The bears that was seen only 100 feet away walking along the river bank with its cops”….  Autumn in Umba is a very special time of the year indeed.

Largest salmon caught was the following:

16 salmon between10Lbs – 14Lbs

7 salmon between 15 Lbs – 19Lbs

4 salmon between 20Lbs – 24Lbs

All the fish was caught on Floating lines combined with a 10 feet sinking tip.


Best flies was Red Butt, Ally´s Shimp, The Cascade and The Beast-master in size 6 – 8. In spite if the dry and warm weather, we still have a good water level, and hopefully the weather will change to more normal autumn conditions

More to come








Umba Week report 29/8 – 5/9

September 7th, 2015 - kaare


Week report 29/8 – 5/9

The warm weather continued this week despite the fact we have entered september which is usually much much colder. As a result this week we had water temperature between 14 -17c which clearly have delayed the run of fresh autumn salmon. Despite the overall delay our spanish guests managed to catch 9 salmon between 15-19 lbs and 2 Umba Whoppers of 20 and 23 Lbs. As usual quite a few BIG ones were lost in Krivetz tough and fast running pools. All in all a great week with our spanish friends headed by Carles Verdaguer Gonzalez.


The new team have arrived and so have a great number of ultra fresh salmons and in just 2 days there have been lots of action which has resulted in quite a few between 15-16 Lbs and 2 x 23 Lbs and again many lost, again BIG ones…

Photos fresh from Umba and much more Umba stuff to come

Kåre Lundquist

UMBA WEEK REPORT – 22-29 Aug 2015

August 30th, 2015 - steffen


High water and very late autumn at Umba.

With Umba full of salmon in the first half of August, we realised that the latest water rise in the 3d week of August, had moved a large part of the salmon, who earlier in August had been in Krivetz many pools ( Read the earlier week report ).

In my 23 years at Umba I have never seen more water in Umba in August than this season. Despite the difficult conditions they managed to average out roughly eight salmon per rod.

Last week , the water level in Krivetz fortunately fell so much that we could effectively begin fishing the famous and productive pools in the upper parts of Krivetz . At this writing , the water temperature dropped from 18 degrees Celsius to 12 degrees Celsius which means we are approaching the magic temperature for Umba ‘s autumn rise of Osankas .

With weather forecasts pointing towards the cooler autumn weather in the coming weeks, it will be, as always, interesting to see how this autumn rise will turn out. Especially after the 2015 seasons rather peculiar weather conditions of extreme cold and rain.

Stay tuned for more info.


Heading Umba

August 20th, 2015 - steffen


Heading Umba today for yet another autumn season – I have manage to squeeze New waders, New backpacks, clothes and tons of other stuff for the our fishing guides into my big old duffel bags. The water and weather conditions look fabulous, so I’m very excited. For all the many Salmon Junkies traveling with us this fall, I want to say, that we really look forward to meeting all of you wonderful guys – Good old friends as well as newcomers. We can assure you, that we at Salmon Junkies will do our best to provide you with an unforgettable and wonderful fishing trip to the best autumn fishing. Salmon Junkies will of course keep our web page updated with week reports during the entire season.

Diary from Umba by Uwe Kopp

August 19th, 2015 - steffen

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I´m safe back home after a superior trip to Umba river – Probably my best trip ever

Diary from Umba 8 – 15 August

Saturday morning D 8 August. Just arrived to Umba Lodge. Umba Camp manager Igor Kryzhopolskiy gave me a warm and friendly reception. Coffee and drinks were ready and the nice, clean room was waiting for me. Perfect after a long journey.

After a great breakfast morning I was introduced to my guide Daniel Podolsky for the next seven days. Daniel Podolsky is son on of the legendary Nick Podolsky. We discussed the fishing strategy for the coming week, and decided to hit the lower Umba hard. We started in home pool just outside the magnificent Umba Lodge – And what a start.

After only three casts I had the first pull and in the fourth cast I had a nice pink salmon. Two casts later I was into an Atlantic Salmon, which pulls very hard and jumps four or five times. That was a nice start with 18 pounds of silver just after some minutes fishing. Before the dinner I had lost two more Salmon just on the frame of the big landing net.

Sunday: First full day – “Krivetz time”. Krivetz was running with high water, but Daniel managed to get me into the pools where we had 8 hook ups with 5 landed salmon, all between 6 to 10 pounds.

MY impression was that we covered Salmon in every pools in Krivetz.

Monday: We went back to Lower Umba and fished Junction Pool with a good result of 3 hooked and 1 landed fish around 17lb

During the day the weather changed to very hard rain and the river went up overnight around 8 to 10 cm.

Tuesday: We decide to go fishing in Krivetz again. The result of 5 landed Atlantic salmon – Just amazing. All pools besides Golden Pool produced fish – Bonanza everywhere.

The top of Long pool wassomething special. Cascade and Red Francis tied on loop hooks size 8 and 10 on a S 6 polyleader and 20 pound leader gave us 6 hook ups with 2 landed.

Mid week I had landed 12 Atlantic salmon within 3 ½ days of fishing with hard rain and high, but clear water (typical Umba) – what a great result !!

Wednesday lower Umba. Water was still high, after a slow morning we decide fishing home pool again / right side. I landed 5 Salmon 45 minutes. 6 to 12 pounds all chrome fish straight from the sea. All the fihs was caught on Red Francis, tied of loop double hooks size 10. In the afternoon the fishing was slow and I decided return to the wonderful Umba lodge as a storm was approaching.

Thursday started with strong wind and rain again – Daniel and I went back to Krivetz.

We started in Long pool where I landed a nice 6Lb salmon straight away. Late I lost a monster fish that broke my favorite spey rod. Beside that big fish I lost five other salmon of which one was another really big fish. I couldn’t bring it to the landing net, because my spare rod was far to weak in that kind of heavy water. One of the big salmon I lost, jumped out of the water three times before it took off from in a 200 meters furious run down to Golden pool where the fly came out.

Friday: Krivetz. Strong wind but no rain, thanks God for that. We started at Christers Corner where I had two pulls and manage to land a nice Salmon. Island Pool was the last pool of the day where Daniel Podolsky managed to guide me to a lovely 13Lb Chromer

What a awesome week – with 21 Atlantik salmon under the belt, plus a lot of lost fish after several epic battles, this has been my best week by far.

Tight lines to all the fortuned SALMON JUNKIES who will be fishing Umba this fall. I’m sure you will get some fantastic fishing.

Steffen. Thank you so much for a memorable and wonderful week. Also my best wishes to BIG, BIG thanks to the best UMBA guide ever Daniel Podolsky

A Million thanks to the kitchen and other camp staff at Umba Lodge. The Food and service was first class

I will come back next year in AUGUST

Kind regards

Uwe Kopp / Germany

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