Farlows Travel

For over 175 years Farlows has been at the forefront of sporting excellence and since 1840 anglers heading to fish destinations across the world have visited for the equipment, clothing and expertise they required to make their sporting dreams become reality.

The combination of traditional service values with cutting edge technology, together with a team possessing an unrivalled expertise of every species and destination, means that Farlows remains a mecca for globetrotting country sports enthusiasts.

With the launch of Farlows Travel in January 2017 we became the one-stop-shop for the sporting experience of a lifetime, affording travellers the opportunity to not just purchase the requirements for their trip, but also to engage face-to-face with our expert team and to receive the very best advice and information to ensure the success of their trip.

Farlows Travel is headed by Roddy Hall, an experienced and accomplished angler who has spent over twenty years organising travel to destinations all over the globe. Roddy is supported by a full team of angling, travel and customer service experts. The company offers only the finest, specially selected locations and hosted trips, so you may book secure in the knowledge that you will be looked after every step of the way.

Our team

Roddy Hall

Roddy Hall

Roddy is the manager of Farlows Travel and has spent over twenty years in the fishing travel business.

With his love of fishing and shooting established at an early age, Roddy started his career guiding and as a qualified instructor on the Dorset chalkstreams in the mid-90s. He then moved on to Kamalame Cay in The Bahamas before joining the Ponoi team in Russia as a guide in 1999 and was then manager of the Ryabaga Camp on the Ponoi River for five seasons. After Ponoi, Roddy was involved in the Yokanga River just to the north for more than ten years, both organising trips and managing the lodge. More recently visits to the Atlantic Salmon Reserve have further widened his knowledge of Russian salmon fishing.

Roddy has also been involved in marketing and sales for many other worldwide destinations always backed up with extensive exploratory travel. During ten years living in South Africa, Roddy explored many fishing opportunities and new destinations, including multiple trips to Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana and Kenya. With an in depth knowledge of many countries and fisheries Roddy includes the following as his favourite places to fish: New Zealand, Australia, the Seychelles, Zambia, Russia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, the Bahamas, Canada, Iceland, the UK and Ireland.

Vladimir Rybalchenko

Vladimir Rybalchenko

The president of Farlows, Vladimir is the owner of the Atlantic Salmon Reserve on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, the first conservation area for Atlantic salmon, and one of the most iconic destinations for salmon fishers across the world.

Vladimir started fishing in the company of his brother aged just three, using basic tackle to catch gudgeon, perch and pike and he quickly developed a love of ice fishing (a passion he still has) before discovering fly fishing some 20 years ago.

Vladimir has fished in almost every corner of the world where fish will take a fly, whether that be salmon, giant trevally, tarpon, triggerfish, trout or golden dorado. From Bolivia to British Columbia, and from Greenland to Cuba Vladimir has fished them all and, although he enjoys flats fishing, salmon fishing remains his number one love, particularly on his beloved Kharlovka, East Litza, Rynda and Zolotaya rivers that comprise the Atlantic Salmon Reserve.

Justin McCarthy

Justin McCarthy

A Director of Farlows Travel and the ASR, Justin grew up in Colorado and started his angling career guiding for a top fishery and, after gaining a degree in environmental science, he discovered the joys of fishing in South America, where he started guiding in central Patagonia before moving onto Rio Gallegos and Rio Grande.

Starting his salmon fishing career on Russia’s Varzuga river, Justin became manager of all five camps on the river before his appointment as fishing director of the Atlantic Salmon Reserve in 2001. He has also managed camps in Iceland and Venezuela where, at Los Roques, he experienced fishing for bonefish and tarpon, caught permit to 25lb and a 300lb marlin on the fly. Over recent years he has developed a serious passion for the southern atolls of the Indian Ocean.

Widely recognised as one of the finest salmon anglers in the world Justin has managed some of the world’s wildest fishing destinations and knows exactly how to ensure the travelling angler is fully prepared for them.

Jonathon Muir

Jonathon joined the Farlows Group in 2017 and now works with Farlows Travel to enhance the entire client experience, from initial booking right through to post-trip debriefing, as well as scouting new destinations, hosting trips and creating photo and video content.

Jonathon grew up salmon fishing on the River Shin in Scotland’s Kyle of Sutherland and Atlantic salmon fishing remains his first love. He is a regular visitor to the Tay, Spey and Helmsdale here in the UK.

In addition to fishing in Scotland, Jonathon has experience in fishing for Atlantic salmon in Norway, Russia and Canada, for sea trout in Argentina, bonefish in the Caribbean, as well as trout fishing on a number of continental European rivers.

Maria Kolotova

Maria joined the company in 2011 and is the project manager at Farlows Travel Russia with her main focus upon sales, marketing and establishing and maintaining relationships with agents. She is based in St. Petersburg and is responsible for the sales and management of the Atlantic Salmon Reserve and hosts weeks as camp manager in the lodges on the Rynda and Kharlovka.

Maria fishes for trout and salmon in Russia and dreams of fishing with the Farlows Travel team in the Seychelles one day!