Norway for the DIY guy
Hello from steelhead country!
I have a building desire to go try my hand at Atlantic Salmon fishing, in Norway. Last year, I had my name drawn to fish some really cool water on the Gaspé Peninsula, but due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to cancel that trip at literally the last minute. This year my name was not drawn and I still have the desire to take my shot. I am by no means a wealthy man, and $25,000 for a week of fishing on the Alta is beyond out of the question, I started looking around to see what anglers in Norway like to fish.
It seems to me that there are some very cool rivers on the western edge of Norway whose runs of salmon appear to be healthy. A quick search showed me a series of YouTube videos featuring Lærdalselvi, which to me looks like a super cool river and was wondering, is it possible for a foreigner like me to fish this river without a guide? Are beats costing upwards of USD $100 making the cost prohibitive to a dirt broke neanderthal like me? Are there any coastal Norwegian rivers whose daily or weekly fees make them much more friendly?
I ask because Norway is a country I have always wanted to visit, to photograph, and to just have a decent look around. I figure if I could also knock Atlantic Salmon off my species bucket list, there is no harm and killing two birds with one stone, so to speak.
I will freely admit, I can not speak a single Norwegian word and the only thing going for me is that I do not look like an American. If anyone can point me towards some information, preferably in English, about Salmon fishing in Norway, I would be forever thankful. I also promise that if/when I complete this trip, a photo essay will be submitted to the Spey Pages community for all to enjoy.
Thank you for looking,
^It wasn't me, the devil made me do it.