IN ARCTIC NORWAY
Salmon Fishing on Northerly Rivers
for 2003, North Wales Fly Fishing School is running
4, one-week exploratory trips to this unbelievable
area. These will take place in June and early July
Robinson is the first specialised fishing travel
company to run expeditions to this amazing area. The
area we fish is called Porsanger, and is the most
northerly salmon fishery in the world. The fish run
in disease free limestone rivers, so clear you can
see the salmon holding in the shallower pools. Huge
Atlantic salmon run these rivers. Rod busting fish
of 70lbs have been caught, and the average is over
12lbs. The numbers of fish are large, but not on the
same scale as the next door Kola Peninsular. What
the sporting fisherman has here, is the chance of
catching a fish of a lifetime, without spending a
fortune in the process.
to the area is simple, with flights to Lakselv, near
the North Cape, the most northerly point in Europe,
at 71°n. These are operated in the summer by
Finnair, and run twice daily. From Lakselv, a quick
35-minute drive, brings you to Borselv, where we are
based. From here the 3 rivers are easily accessed,
by car, then on foot or quad bike. When we go to the
more inaccessible reaches, we will camp overnight in
complete luxury, in tepees.
Accommodation is in comfortable single or twin
rooms, and the food both in camp and on the
riverbank is quite sensational. A typical riverbank
dinner might be Carpaccio of Reindeer with a wild
berry sauce, followed by a roulade of wild sea char
and cod with herb potatoes!
idea of these trips is adventure with comfort. The
best guides in Northern Norway, superb fishing on 3
different rivers, 24 hour daylight, and incredible
scenery combine to make this a wonderful opportunity
to fisherman bored of modern day inaction on most
rivers and lakes of the area hold some of the hugest
Brown Trout we have ever seen! Any client who wishes
to try their hand at catching a 12 lb wild Norwegian
brownie, has only to say so and we will organise it.
are also organising several long weekend trips to
this region. Please contact us for further
information on these popular breaks.
exploratory trip is limited to 8 clients, so only 32
places are available. We therefore highly recommend
Porsanger you’ll find 3 excellent salmon rivers -
Lakselva, Børselva and Stabburselva, all within 55
km. All of the rivers offer salmon, sea trout and
sea char. The salmon fishing season is from the 15th
of June to the 31st of August. In addition you can
fish sea trout and sea char in the lower parts of
the rivers to the 14th of September.
enters the Porsangerfjord in the bottom of the
fjord. This is the largest salmon river in
Porsanger, but also the most quiet. The fishing
stretch is 40 km and further reaches can be accessed
using boats. With roads on both sides of the river,
general access is very easy. This is a typical big
salmon river; over half of the total catch at 4,708
kg last year was salmon over 7 kg. In Lakselv river,
salmon over 32 kg have been caught, sea-trout at 10
kg and sea-char at 2.6 kg.
This river, that enters the
Porsangerfjord from the east, is one of the most
picturesque salmon rivers in Norway. Extremely
clear-greenish water, a white riverbed (from
dolomite rock) and the wilderness mountain settings
make this river more than special. The river
consists of two parts. The lower parts are easily
accessible from the main road, but this stretch is
often crowded and licenses might be difficult to
obtain. The upper stretch holds salmon over long
distances in a road-less area, where the salmon
gather in some special pools, often with kilometres
of rapids in between. Long hikes are necessary to
reach these pools, which can also hold the sea char.
The biggest salmon caught here is 27 kg, sea-trout 6
kg and sea-char 2 kg. In 2000 the total catch of
salmon in Børselva was 3,258 kg.
Stabburselva runs through The Stabbursdalen National
Park. The park contains many of Finnmark’s typical
landscape forms: barren mountains, open plateaux and
narrow ravines with scattered mountain birch and
stretches of pine forest. Waterfalls and rapids,
interspersed with deep pools of still water mark the
Stabbursriver as it runs through the National Park.
At Luobbal (Lompola) it sweeps gently into wide
river is especially interesting to fly fishers
because the river has runs of salmon, sea trout, and
Arctic char. The large salmon enter the river from
mid June until mid July, while grilse and char are
present from mid-July to August. You can also fish
char and sea trout in the first half of September in
the river mouth. The stretches of the river above
those having anadromous fish offer some of the best
brown trout fishing in Norway. The many shallow runs
and pools offer excellent opportunities for
fly-fishing with a one-handed rod.
upper part of the river is road-less, so expect
hikes of one-two hours to get to the best pools. The
salmon record in Stabburselva is 29 kg, sea trout 9
kg and sea char 2 kg. In 2000 the total catch of
salmon was 1,949 kg. Clients can be quad biked into
these inaccessible areas. It is in these areas that
we like to set up fly camps for overnight stays.
Sleeping in Lavvus (Lapp Tepees) on beds of reindeer
skins is an unforgettable experience!
of the fishing is from boats, however most pools can
be accessed by wading. Breathable waders are best
but bring plenty of under wader insulation - the
water in June is chilly!
the North Cape rivers are disease free, so we
disinfect our gear before fishing - this will be
done in the lodge prior to hitting the rivers.
advise the use of double handed rods, but it’s also
advisable to bring a single-handed rod for tackling
sea trout and huge Brownies, also for some of the
trickier salmon pools. Flies are not readily
available in Lakselv, so bring a good selection of
your usual salmon wet flies, as well as some trout
flies (nymphs and dry).
We have three locations River Lakselva at
the Posangerfjord, River Borselva, and River
Stabburselva in the Fin mark region.
Arrangements and Accommodation
UK – Lakselv, may involve
a change in Norway, accommodation is in comfortable
single or twin rooms. And the food both in camp and
on the riverbank is quite sensational, the basis of
these trips are adventure with comfort.
Cost of Holiday
7 days, wine and beer
provided at meal times, other drinks are your own
responsibility, down side of Norway is high cost of
Alcohol, so take advantage of your duty free
allowance and stock up.
Cost per person is £2350.00 per