The Atlantic Salmon Reserve Three Rivers Programme

Fish the Kharlovka, Litza & Rynda in one week

40lb Atlantic Salmon caught on the 2012 WhereWiseMenFish Three Rivers week
40lb Atlantic Salmon caught on the 2012 WhereWiseMenFish Three Rivers week
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WhereWiseMenFish Hosted Week 25 August - 1 September 2018

Justin Maxwell Stuart will be hosting the first of the three autumnal ‘Three River’ weeks over the period above. As part of the conservation programme the Atlantic Salmon Reserve has taken the decision to rest all the rivers for the two weeks prior to the start of the Three Rivers. Not that it should be necessary to emphasise this however for the two previous weeks the rivers will be devoid of any angling pressure giving the lucky team on the ‘opening week’ an unparalleled opportunity to experience some potentially explosive fishing. Over recent years this week has produced salmon of 47lbs, 40lbs, 37lbs, 34lbs, 33lbs, 31x2lbs, 30x2lbs, 29lbs, 28lbs, 28lbs.....

To reserve a place or enquire this or other weeks please Email Justin

The Three Rivers Programme

The Three Rivers has become one of the most sought after programmes in the Atlantic Salmon Reserve Calendar.   Guests fishing the Three Rivers are given the opportunity, over the course of a 6 1/2 day fishing week, to spend two days each fishing the Kharlovka, Litza & Rynda Salmon Rivers. Veterans of these rivers will know quite how exciting and varied these rivers are and with approximately 28kms of double bank fishing, all part of the regular salmon beats, shared by just 16 rods in total. 

The scope of the available water is almost too much to comprehend.   On a year when the rivers are down to their bare bones (-10cm on the gaugue) each day you will still have more places to fish than on any other Atlantic Salmon fishing week anywhere.  On a regular water week (0 cm to+ 15cm) you have prime conditions and on a high water week it can be difficult to know where to start there are so many places to fish.  It is worth bearing in mind that the fishing would normally be shared by 14 rods at the Kharlovka Camp and 12 Rods at Rynda so there really is huge scope.

Fishing Condition-What To Expect?

The autumn weeks on the Atlantic Salmon Reserve are quite different from the early or mid season weeks. The rivers will be full of fish and it is usually safe to say that every pool will be holding a good stock of salmon - no cast is wasted! Although it is impossible to predict water-levels one can usually always expect rains to come in August and with the shorter days and cooler conditions the rivers or rather the fishing conditions should be good.

Beautiful Tundra colours John with a 37lb Salmon from Ragged Rock
The Tundra turning resplendent autumn colours and of course the opportunity to hook a monster

Above all else it is the time when the big fish that may have been sitting tight over the summer weeks start to wake up as they become increasingly aggressive and territorial. It is one of the best times of year to hook and importantly land a monster! This is also the time when the Osenka Salmon (winter run) enter the rivers. The number of Osenka on any week will depend on the water conditions but for those that encounter one hang on as they are brutally powerful as well as being visually spectacular.

26lb Osenka from Litza Middle Tent Pool
26lbs Sea-liced Osenka –‘Off the tide’ following a good rain the previous day

The Fishing Programme

The "Three Rivers Programme" will consist of eight pairs of anglers with one guide for each pair. All guests will stay in comfort at Kharlovka lodge throughout their fishing holiday, flying in and out each day using the new Eurocopter and experiencing the full magic of the Kharlovka, Litza and Rynda Rivers. Every group will be able to enjoy fishing two separate days on each of the rivers. Along with the very good numbers of Sea Trout pushing into the estuaries, there may be the opportunity to fish the Zolotoya River as part of the Rynda schedule.

Autumn Fishing Methods

Although rains should have swelled the rivers from the summer lows all the pools should be manageable and easily fishable with both a 13-15ft double-handed rods and a sturdy single or switch rod. Lines usually range from full floating to intermediate although it is prudent to ensure that you are covered for all eventualities so include a sinker. Fly selection should be equally varied with all options from low-water singles hitched across the surface to 1 inch copper tubes which work well at waking up the bigger fish even when water conditions would suggest smaller flies would be more appropriate. It is not worth taking chances with light nylon! 25lbs is recommended to ensure that you are equipped for not just the 40 pounder but also an Osenka, which when hooked, will be as keen to return to the sea as any spring salmon!

Kharlovka Camp & Living

All the guests will be treated to the same exemplary levels of service as would normally be expected during the regular weeks of the season. Guests will have individual cabins with ensuite facilities, drying cupboard etc. The standard of the food at the lodge is extremely high and all house wines, spirits and beers are included.

Krister & Alexey-Arm-wrestling
Life does exist beyond the river bank-another night of excessive international humour at the Kharlovka Lodge

2012 Three Rivers - Fly of the Week


Designed specifically with Argentinean Sea Trout in mind the Snaelda Krinkle YOB Rubber Legs has become the unlikely hero of the autumn weeks on the Three Rivers. Chief proponent Timo Järvinen caught an 'unsurpassable' 19 out of 23 salmon on this fly including a PB 30 pounder! The Snaelda YOB has proven fish catching ability all season but the rubberlegs really seemed to wake up the leviathans!!
Recommended flies for the Three Rivers

Litza Falls The new Eurocopter helicopter


Charter flight timings will be confirmed on booking

Typical 3 Rivers Programme Itinerary
Day Activity Comments
Friday Arrive Helsinki
Overnight Helsinki
Overnight accommodation not included
Saturday Charter Helsinki-Murmansk*
Met Murmansk-Helicopter to Camp
Evening Fishing session
Afternoon fishing will depend on arrival time but typically 2-4 hrs fishing
Mon-Fri 2 Days fishing Kharlovka
2 Days fishing Litza
2 Days fishing Rynda
Daily river rotation will be drawn up on arrival
Saturday Helicopter to Murmansk
Charter Flight to Helsinki*
Clear to book international flight from approx 1600hrs onwards
* Charter Flight from/to Helsinki is not included in the package however outside of guests arriving from Russia most choose to use this as the means of entry to Murmansk

If you would like to know more about the trip, please contact us and we will provide you with more details. For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:
Justin Maxwell-Stuart with a Sea Trout from the Rio Gallegos River Justin Maxwell-Stuart

Mobile: +44 (0)7711 519 857
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Online Enquiries

If you would prefer to speak to us directly regarding a trip to Russia, please contact us at the following:

United Kingdom Office:
Justin Maxwell-Stuart
Mobile: +44 (0)7711 519 857

United States Office:

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Telephone: 646 797 2945


Or alternatively email us via our Booking Enquiries Form to request more information.

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More photos

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25lb Salmon-Flat Stone-Upper Litza The tundra turning a magnificent autumn reds Krister with a 29lb Osenka -Red Cliff Pool Ledge Pool on the Litza-Excellent all year round
Getting the measurements Superb Osenka Salmon-Lower Kharlovka The Flat Stone-Upper Litza Deep Reds as the Tundra colours up
Kharlovka Home Pool-Good all season Sea-liced Osenka Salmon Justin releasing a 25lb Salmon-Litza River Nice Cock Salmon-Red Cliff Pool-Litza
18lb Osenka Salmon-Kharlovka Falls Five Pools on the Rynda-Great late season Pools Rikard with his 40 Pound Salmon Tail of a 37 pounder
40lb Salmon 'bending' the scales Rynda Falls with a nice head of water Taking it Easy above Ledge Pool-Litza Very pronounced kype on an autumn Cock Salmon
Sean tackling a fish at Litza Falls Autumn Salmon from the Kharlovka Home Pool Flat Stone Pool on the Litza Beautiful Silver Osenka-Fat & very powerful

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