Stefan and Alex from AOS Angelsport in Graz were the ones who introduced me to the Yokanga trip. The Yokanga River was already on my wishlist last year, so it was easy for them to convince me. The Yokanga River is located on the Kola Peninsula, further south than the Rynda River, which I fished three weeks ago during the prime time. I believe that the Yokanga has a stronger salmon run, and it's also significantly larger.
The group consists of 11 Austrians and one person from Munich, and I quite like that. Last spring in Kola was extremely hot, and the massive amount of snow from the winter melted quickly. During the prime fishing time in June, the Yokanga River experienced up to 30 degrees Celsius of outside temperature and 19 degrees Celsius of water temperature. This is one of the reasons why the catches were relatively low and there weren't many large salmon caught. However, before our trip, the temperatures started cooling down, and despite the low water levels, we can expect a great summer fishing experience. Water temperatures of 13-14 degrees Celsius look promising.
The Haider brothers and our colleagues from the eastern part of Austria are flying out from Vienna. Helmut Aleeze, the person from Munich, and I are taking a flight from Munich to Moscow. We all meet at the Moscow airport and pass the time before our flight to Murmansk by enjoying a good meal. In the evening, we finally board the small Aeroflot plane to continue our journey to Murmansk.