Within a radius of twenty-four kilometres from the lodge are some of the most productive fly pools ever fished. Daily helicopter flights take fishermen to different pools of Varzina and Penka rivers to catch the Salmon of their lifetime.
The powerful Varzina starts high in the upland tundra from Lake Enozero which feeds cool oxygen-rich water down the Varzina all season long. Atlantic Salmon run all thirteen miles of Varzina proper, but the most fished pools are on the lowest sections. Clearly defined pools include classic glides, runs, riffles and deep holes that hold very large fish every season. Many fish over thirty-three pounds are hooked, some are even landed. This is the true spirit of Atlantic Salmon fishing. While most of the fishing is reached by a helicopter, some of the very best pools are within a comfortable walking distance from the lodge. Many an evening outing after dinner has produced a Trophy Salmon within sight of the Varzina lounge bar!
Fly Odyssey also offers rods on the Drozdovka and Sidorovka rivers which have small tented wilderness camps. These rivers offer a unique salmon-fishing experience, camping next to two rivers which famously hold Atlantic Salmon in excess of thirty pounds. For small parties looking for a wild salmon river to themselves, this is the ultimate experience.
Fly Odyssey runs hosted group trips to the Varzina River Lodge during the prime months of June and July. Sean Clarke of Farlows, Pall Mall, a previous camp manager, ensures all aspects of a trip to the Varzina River runs smoothly. Our clients have managed their personal best Atlantic Salmon from this lodge with a thirty-pound Salmon caught each season. For individual rods or group bookings, Fly Odyssey can provide the ultimate trip to the Varzina River.
Check your gear over and make sure your kit is up to the job before leaving for Russia. Strong double-handed 14-15ft 10/11# rods and reels with a powerful drag are essential along with shooting heads in various sink densities. Also strong flourocarbon leaders and good hooks are vital. The fish are strong and many are big and they take some stopping. It's also worthwhile bringing a midge netnot normally a problem but if the weather warms up, midge will come out especially late July and into August.