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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Finnmark/Kola Salmon Rivers

Hi all:

I will be traveling extensively in Finnmark this summer, primarily northern Finland and far northeast Norway. I am also considering a visit to the Kola Peninsula. My reason for the visit is to develop a travel-intensive arctic field biology course, but I plan to spend a couple extra weeks fishing. I have spent time in Finland (but not since 2003), but have not traveled to the other countries mentioned.

Could anyone recommend a good salmon river?

I will be without students and I'll have plenty of time to get where I need to go. I do have some restrictions though. First, I am a college professor and I'm not exactly rolling in cash, so I can't afford to drop 5K to do a little fishing. Second, I'd really prefer a wilderness experience. Even if that means a river with only a good run of grilse (emphasis on good), I'd really prefer it over combat fishing.

I'd really appreciate any leads or connections you guys might be willing to send my way.

Thanks!
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there are hell of the rivers in Finmark... if you plan to fish in Norway, Finland and Russia, then i think you should stay in area of varanger peninsular(norway). there are plenty of good rivers , last summer there was huge return of salmon in each river, but salmon is picky and difficult. also it is close to Russia

also it is very important timing. Some rivers are good in the second part of the summer, some in the beggining. Normaly Northen rivers which enters Barens sea are good in July, but biggest salmons always go right after ice melt. Southern Kola rivers which is easy to access is good in the beggining of June, while Kola river and other accesable northen Kola peninsular rivers itself are good in end of June and July.. remmember if you go to russia be patiente , it might be difficult with licensees. Somehow i found it much easier to fish in southern Kola than Northern kola license wise

I am of opinion that Russian salmon is much more aggressive comparing with Norwegian even if distance between the rivers is something 300km....

if you need more info i can help.

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p.s. sorry for grammar
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Hi,
As Roolis is saying, there are plenty of rivers in Northern Norway. here is one of my favourites:
http://www.flyshop.no/guide/rivers/n...omag/komag.htm
But from Kirkenes on the East, to Tana (huge river, huge salmon), not to forget the Neiden, there is plenty to fish for. Please feel free to PM me if you wish more info!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-30-2009, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, this is most helpful. Could you recommend a good source for angling regulations in Norway?
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yes, you might want to take a look at this page (In English), which gives the regulations to comply with. However, you will also have to get some local info as some rivers, lakes in Finnmark are preserved for local fishermen and outsiders may not fish them (tributaries of the Tana for example)
http://www.inatur.no/laksefiske/arti...ske/1795046.o2
Tight lines, or as they say in Norway "Skitt Fiske!"

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