Norway was on our goal again. This time the plan was to go further up north than before. We drove over 7500 km that holiday with the caravan behind us.
We had four weeks so we could take it easy. The route: Amsterdam, Gothenburg / central Sweden towards the Arctic Circle, crossed over to Norway and went as far as the Lofoten. From here we went to Idre (border Sweden / Norway) and again through Sweden we travelled the same way back to wet Holland. Yes, in our absence they had plenty of rain. In Scandinavia, we had ups and downs with the weather but also a week with beautiful weather.
The first interesting stop was at the Fiske kamp in Sorsele, on the river Vindelälven near the Swedish border.

Sweden - Norway, August 2005















By pure coincidence this was a hotspot. You fish in the long rapids (“fossen”) where the water is packed with fish. Here there are nice sized grayling but also to a lesser degree trout which can have a capital size. This hotspot is also known to VIPS as I discovered later. I met Göran Andersson (director of Loop) and a well-known Norwegian fly tier and fisherman, Gunter Feuerstein. The first one was also a visitor of the Beiarelva! The Swede showed how to fish nymphs. He fished cross stream at places that I would never think of and
caught grayling one after the other
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From this guy I got a tip that there was a night rise around 1 o’clock. Yes, my hoelala.
But after a restless sleep I decided to give it a go next night.
I was standing along the river on my own, wondering if all what was said was true as suddenly the water started to boil. There seemed to be fish everywhere. It was night but it was like in the middle of the day, the sky was as bright and light. The headlight could remain in the fishing vest. An hour long all the fish in the river were feeding and as suddenly as it all started it all stopped again. I caught some nice grayling and missed many more.


In Norway I ran into a salmon river, the Beiarelva, at Bodo, located about 50 km south of Bode. This river is one of the 10 hotest salmon waters in Norway. I noticed this river in a magazine which I looked into in a patrol station (don’t we all do this?) It was written in Norwegian, but the message was clear, this is a good river for salmon and as we later found out, sea trout! (See my story about 2008). In Tverrik we found a beautiful spot where the river runs into the Fjord.  We camped here about 10 days. Far too short to discover it all. And of course there were other activities undertaken with my non-fishing company.

 

 


 

 

yes yes, ik know, for diner

 

 



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I was deeply impressed by the fishing possibilities. From the caravan I saw the fish jump. But no fisherman in sight! That changed when the tide turned. This stretch of river is under the influence of the tide. Out of nowhere appeared the fisherman on the other side of the bank. I fished our side of the river. Smaller sea trout (around 1 kilo) were my part. One day I walked up the river and saw two fly fishermen. When I came closer I saw 6 sea trout on the bank, ranging form 50 to 80cm! After fishing was done, they loaded the fish in a rubbish bag and went home. What a sad place to rest!
Salmon also had my interest and two half-day sessions I tried for them, unfortunately without success.

Tip: do not let your catch lay in the open on the river bank; the eagles love them!


Fishing.

The most common way is to wade deep and fish with a floating line across river with a unweighted or weighted wet fly or nymph and let your line swing. The take moment of the take varies and can be breath taking, so be prepared! Not for people with a weak heart. An AFTMA 6/7 line will do the job.

 
















not only a good fisherman this young guy, also a fantastic caster








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base camp at Tverrik




The wet flies I have been using are small, double hook size 14. This size is hard to buy at the spot so take them from home. The fish move up river at high tide and fall down to the Fjord at low tide.








view from "base camp "












local with an average size Sea trout



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Also the salmon move up river at high tide. Up river you can calculate when it is likely for fresh fish to arrive. It all depends on the distance the salmon have traveled.

 

 




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Beiarelva





The best period for sea trout are the last three weeks of the season. Generally, fishing for salmon is no longer allowed after September 1, sea trout after the 2nd week of September. The closer to the end of the season, the better fishing becomes for sea trout. Salmon are catchable all summer on the river. I'll certainly be back!






The Lofoten




are fairylike. Long interlinked islands with high mountains, covered with small trees and surrounded by the ocean. Overwhelming. There is also a good salmon and sea trout stock in the ocean, but they are difficult to catch.
However it was a successful belly boat trip out in the sea when I hit a shoal of pollock. I was fishing vertically with no successful but when I returned for the shore I made a last long cast. That did the trick. The water was not deep here, so may be I scared them. This was the turning point and each cast was a fish. Pollack up to 60cm, the rod tip into the water. Lovely.

In Idre, on the Sweden-Norway border, about 200 km south of Trondheim, it was like a homecoming because we visited the same spot last year.  Camping in the wild near a maintain lake and the river mouth of the Storan. It is a beautiful area with great potential. 






 

Beautiful experiences, even at midday. No capital fish (40+) for me. I only get one or two chances for one each session.

In Idre is a fly fishers’ Fiske camp where the Dutch scene gathers for grayling. Yes they are everywhere those “cheese heads”. We did not check the river here, maybe next time.

All in all a beautiful trip that was over far too quickly.

Tip: install Google maps to find the locations.

 

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