Solid Adventures is a travel company offering exceptional world-wide fishing destinations, hosted fishing trips and fishing adventures. The company was started in 1991 under the name Loop Adventures and bin 2011 it was renamed Solid Adventures. In 1990-1991 we were the first to scout and later offer fly fishing trips to the Kola Peninsula in Russia and has ever since been exploring and scouting the planet, looking for unfished waters and potential destinations off the beaten path to share with passionate destination anglers.
It all started back in 1991 when Christer Sjöberg first set foot in the south of the White Sea, deep in Russia. In the hunt for untouched salmon and trout waters this is where we first landed. After spending nearly 3 years exploring literally all potential waters to be found Christer left with bags full of crazy stories and unbelievable memories but unfortunately he couldn’t find a place solid enough for setting up a long term camp. However, those days would come…
With the experiences of the the first attempt of taming Russias salmon waters fresh in mind we came back a year later, a little wiser but just as keen and this time we set foot on the Kola Peninsula. We didn’t know it then but this was the place we would come back to for the next 12 years experiencing better salmon and trout fishing than what we could have ever dreamed of!
Under the name “Flyfish in Kola” we operated camps in Kharlovka, Rynda, Litza, Yokan- ga and of course our Russian jewel, the lodge in Umba! We were also running trout pro- grams on the tundra for hardcore trout fishermen wanting to explore real wilderness and spectacular fishing. The fishing on the Kola Peninsula was beyond belief and the “Kola feeling” – a real belief that you will actually get a bite every time the fly hits the water – is something I wish for everyone to experience!
In 1997/98 we produced two award winning films from Kola together with famous film- maker Martin Falklind, “Atlantic Salmon – The Last Kingdom”, and “Brown Trout – The Last Kingdom” reflecting the fishing and the general situation of the species in these basically untouched waters.
In 2006 we left Kola Peninsula as operators in order to have more time exploring other parts of the world such as Patagonia and Central America and as the 2015 season draws closer we are looking at programs in no less than three continents offering some of the best and most spectacular destinations and fishing on this planet!
The Solid way
At Solid Adventures, we are committed to collaborating with local communities to provide destination anglers with the highest quality fishing experience while promoting the long-term sustainability of the exceptional locations we work in.
We adhere to catch-and-release fishing practices at each of our destinations and pride ourselves on working with local guides and staff who contribute years of expertise and knowledge to our fishing operations.
As a company, we acknowledge that sport fishing and destination angling may, at times, be considered controversial and unsustainable. Where do we draw the line between exploiting and abusing local resources and strengthening the local social-ecological systems in which we work? While the answer to this question is nuanced and context-specific, at Solid, we do our best to follow some basic principles:
Unlike many operators, we avoid short-term product offerings that are based on maximum exploitation of a local resource without the long-term investments that protect the fishery. The short-term approach of getting in when it’s hot and fishing hard til it’s not runs contrary to our personal business strategy and to the very essence of what we feel sustainable sport fishing is all about. In an age where we face a vast array of environmental challenges, we as a professional outfitter, must be genuine in our commitment to providing sustainable fishing operations and must illustrate how protecting local fisheries in the long-run provides greater returns to our anglers, our business, and to the communities in which we work. Through this approach, we aim to provide fulfilling employment opportunities at each of our destinations, build lasting relationships with local partners and to maintain, if not improve, the quality of local fish stocks over time.