Monday, 5 February 2018

Pre Season Update Jan 2018

With the 2018 Yokanga season on the horizon, we wanted to bring you the latest news from the river.

Our Russian camp manager, Pasha, has recently returned from a visit to Yokanga Lodge and the good news is that it appears to be a “normal” winter in Russia. Snow levels are currently in the 70-90cm range and the ice on the river in the 30-40cm range, if anything both measures are a little less than average.

Whilst things can of course change, it is currently a different picture to the previous winter. Average or even low water levels in the early season are just what we prefer on the Yokanga. In anything other than the extreme high water of last season, salmon can easily push through the restrictions of the lower river and populate the prime middle river holding beats.

The Yokanga offers one of the very best chances anywhere to land an Atlantic salmon of a lifetime. A normal season would see in the region of 130 salmon over 20lbs logged in the record book to around 100 rods, of which around 10% of those are approaching or over 30lbs. There are few if any rivers that can offer those odds and many Yokanga visitors have caught their largest salmon with us.

Prospects for the Yokanga 2018 season, running from 2nd June to 18th August, certainly look hopeful. We look forward to seeing you there.

Henry Mountain and Peter Rippin