The Baltic Salmon is a geographically isolated group of the Atlantic Salmon family. Dating back some 10,000 years, melting ice caps created the Baltic Ice Lake which subsequently connected to the Atlantic Ocean, allowing the Atlantic Salmon to migrate to rivers in this area. Further down the line, the Yoldia Sea, as it was referred to, once again became cut off from the Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic Salmon were trapped. This isolation lasted another two thousand odd years, enough to irrevocably break the migration cycle and set the Baltic Salmon apart from the Atlantic Salmon despite retaining most shared traits and characteristics outside of its actual migration route.
The history of the Baltic salmon has fluctuated widely alongside its cousins in the Atlantic. Numbers have fluctuated and there were periods when it was thought wild Baltic salmon were all but extinct. 1998 marked the first year of genuinely strong returning numbers of wild fish and prospects have continued to dramatically improve, specifically on the Torne river system with 60% of the salmon running the Lainio river of an 70-80k annual average.
The Lainio river sources in Northern Swedish Lapland along the border with Norway. It joins the Torne river before flowing into the Gulf of Bothnia.
Camp Onka has exclusive double bank access to 7 km of water including the famous Onka Pool around which the old camp was originally established. The fishing is split into 3 beats, Lipistokoski, Onka and Phatakoski on the upper, middle and lower beats respectively. The average weight of salmon is in the region of 15 – 18lbs lbs but a trip to Camp Onka is all about the opportunity of a truly huge fish in the 30-40lb range.
This is wilderness fishing with the only significant restrictions being your sense of adventure and your stamina. This midsummer week provides 24 hrs daylight where the dedicated can fish long and hard. None the less this is also an opportunity to enjoy the seclusion and wilderness that a week in this environment affords as well as the basic simplicities of a resourced but remote fishing camp.
Camp Onka has migrated from humble beginnings with tents and not much more to a purpose-built wilderness lodge in Säärkimukka, originally focused on winter activities but now offering an extremely comfortable escape for anglers fishing at Camp Onka during the summer months.
The lodge is located just outside Kangos, a small village 150 km north of the Arctic Circle and is surrounded by pine tree forests, lakes and rivers. Accommodation is either in individual en-suite rooms in the main lodge building or lake-side chalets with individual bedrooms, sharing a common sitting room. Breakfast and dinner are served in the lodge with a good variety of local and freshly cooked meals. Guests make packed lunches in the morning from a wide variety of options including freshly baked rolls, meats, cheeses, cookies and fruit.
The emphasis on Camp Onka is on light guiding / ghillie service with one guide shared amongst 6 anglers. This helps ensure that the costs are kept at a minimum. If individuals or pairs would like extra guiding this can be arranged if booked in advance.
Kiruna in Sweden is the closet airport to Camp Onka. In most cases you will require to connect via Arlanda in Stockholm. Over a hosted week a hire vehicle or transport will be arranged to take anglers from the airport to the camp.
Fly to Kiruna
Met by a guide or collect Hire Car
Drive to Lodge
6 Days Fishing at Onka
Return flight from Kiruna
The season runs from mid June to late August
- Hosted week £2,000/angler-shared Room
- Hosted week £2,245/angler-single room
- Non-Hosted week -Rates from £1,885/angler
- Seven (x7) nights.
- Six (x6) days fly-fishing.
- Price includes accommodation
- All meals
Hosted weeks Limited to 6 rods+ host
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