Wild Brown Trout of the Kola Peninsula


Wild brown trout from Kola

Adventure fly fishing for monster trout in the unspoilt wilderness of Russia

The ASR Trout Fishing Programmes

The Wild Brown Trout programmes continue to be a vital part of the Atlantic Salmon Reserve Conservation Project allowing them to cover the watersheds of the Kharlovka, Eastern Litza, Rynda & Zolotaya from their source to the sea. It is believed to be the most extensive river protection scheme ever undertaken involving a regular patrols on foot and by helicopter linked by a sophisticated communications system over 750,000 hectares. In the trout areas this extraordinary operation starts by snowmobile in April and continues into October. The general consensus is that the trout population is steadily increasing.

Your trout fishing holiday is an important part of our conservation work. We need your participation by reporting all signs of unauthorized activity and helping to keep the territory where we operate in pristine condition. Everything we do is affected by our understanding of the fragility of this ecosystem. It is the last remaining pure tundra in Europe and a precious Russian national asset. As developed over many years we will be taking a limited number of groups to fish from the established trophy camp sites on the Kharlovka, Eastern Litza, and Pina.

The Facilities

Each week, for 9 weeks, two groups (A & B) will be deployed by MI-8 helicopter to fish the Eastern Litza and Kharlovka systems, generally alternating midweek. Every party will be lead by a Group Leader with proven tundra experience supported by an experienced English speaking Russian guide with 5 paying guests. The schedule is carefully planned to ensure that these ecologically sensitive trout areas are protected and appropriately rested. All meals will be prepared by the staff.

For the trophy trout program each guest is required to bring his/her own fishing gear, rucksack, sleeping bag and mattress. Otherwise all camping gear is provided including utensils, stools, mess tents and individual sleeping tents. Food and non- alcoholic beverages are supplied by us and included in the price. Beer, vodka and vine can be purchased as required. Each party will be issued with laminated maps for the areas they will be exploring, a satellite telephone for emergency use only and a GPS location device. Rubber boats for river crossing, and rubber boats with engine for deployment across lakes, will be supplied when needed.


Guests normally make their own arrangements to arrive at Helsinki Airport on or before the Friday of each week and for their home departure on Saturday. We organise a charter flight from Helsinki to Murmansk (optional – extra cost) and then helicopter transfers (included) from Murmansk to the camps and remote fishing spots.

Availability and prices

The ASR Brown trout fly fishing programmes are highly sort after and most years are full with repeat guests enjoying their usual week. However, very occasionally vacancies do arise – often at the last minute. We offer these by giving ‘first refusal’ to our regular clients and then those on our waiting list. If you would like to receive these invitations and/or our regular e-newsletter please register your interest and we shall keep you informed of opportunities!

Prices range from $2,700 per rod depending on week chosen.

Enquiries and Bookings

If you would like to know more or to book, please contact Justin McCarthy, Director of Fishing on +44 746 029 21 70. We look forward to fishing with you in paradise!