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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-15-2013, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Norwegian Salmon Fishing Advice Needed


My wife has decided that she wants to go to Scandinavia next year. Thinking quickly, I bargained in a week of fishing for us, with Atlantics being the desired quarry. I have done just enough research to know that I need some input from this group in order to maximize our opportunities. I believe that we will be ending the tour in Bergen, Norway. So here are some questions:

1. We have some flexibility as far as timing. What would be your recommendations as to the best dates to go, considering that my wife is not a strong caster (50ft at most with an 8wt), and does not spey cast (yet).

2. We do not speak foreign languages, and while I suspect that this is generally not a problem, it would be nice to factor that in if I am mistaken.

3. We would be traveling as part of a tour, either before or after the fishing, so bringing gear, other than perhaps waders, is probably not in the cards. I assume that Norway requires disinfection upon entry, but do most lodges have gear (rods, flies, reels, etc) available?

4. We are more into fishing than "cocktail hour" and gourmet meals, but my wife requires a functional shower each day, and fishes best with a guide, so a lodge that places fishing ahead of luxury is normally the best solution when we fish together. Can anyone recommend such a lodge?

5. What sort of public transportation is available to get us from Bergen to the lodge?

Any other advice is very much appreciated!


(Did a search, did not find much. If I missed a relevant thread, please feel free to let me know! Sometimes the search term makes all the difference.)

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Hi Jim,

I have never fished that far south in Norway, nor do I have any notion of whats around Bergen. However, the 'good' fishing in Norway seems to be further north, from around Trondheim and up.

1. If you want to fish salmon, you are limited to June, July and August in Norway. Water is typically big in June but can be big any time depending upon rain.

2. Not speaking the language isnt a problem.

3. No idea, never fished out of a lodge, but I would imagine this wouldnt be a problem.

4. Cant, Id focus your google-ing on lodges on the Gaula, Stjordal, and/or Orkla around Trondheimsfjord as youll have an easier time getting there and they get a lot of fish.

5. No idea. Small commuter flight thru Scandinavia are generally pretty inexpensive to larger airports. You can prob get r/t flights from Berg or Oslo to Trondheim for under $300PP r/t. There may be a train between the largest towns, as well -- prob is. As far as public transport to the rivers, its not so developed outside town as, say, the UK, so public transport to the lodges probably are no-go's. Im sure you could work something out with a lodge to be picked up.

Hope that helps,

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Hi jim.

You could try this guy. He is also a very skilled fly caster/instructor.

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I know April Vokey was there 2 weeks ago.
She guided a week on the Gaula.
Please be aware that most northern rivers are the well-known and expensive ones, but that southern rivers also produce quite some atlantics nowadays!
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Yes April was with us last week and we all had a great time,she even managed to cook up a super meal on the river bank,thats one of the great things about Norway,the camp fires and good chat and being by a fantastic river.
There are quiet a few couples that fish the NFC every year so i am sure your wife will find good company and a nice shower to use every day,HAHa.
The NFC are near to completing the new lodge and cabins,they all look superb
and should work in well for the future complete with mod cons.They are also getting more water for there guests so there will be water to fish at any ht in water level.
I can recommend the NFC as a great place to enjoy a sample of what Norway as to offer in the salmon fishing scene and have been fishing Norway for over 25 yrs.
Take a look at the NFC (norwegian flyfishers club) web site,mind you will have to book early to get in at prime time,call Daniel on 00 47 948 69 377.or email at [email protected]
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this site may be helpful
or this
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just so you know its not american/canadian prices (ie basically for free) to fish in Scandinavia, bring a healthy wallet.

The returns have been nothing short of a catastrophe this year so far, hopefully they are all taking another year in the ocean for you to get over there. Or they are gone after years of abuse, probably that.
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hi steelheader, Norway, there ar meany rivers, my friends go to gaula every year in june/
july, i was olso there , in my week was meany rainfal, so my salmon week was complete
i not do this twise, 24 ours car drive, olso norway is very expensive , expensive countrys
in europe , ar in the first iceland/second is norway.
languages, the older people speaking mostly not english,only the yough guys.
salmon fishing is nothing/or you have the lottery, al in the game.
every year i go to Canada/BC west , i catch fish as well.
yes friends i know wen its raining there, you can forged for the next week, the next week you have your big ones.
steelheader/ sucses in Norway

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2 years ago in August we visited the family of some Norwegian friends who live in Voss. We flew into Oslo, caught the train to Voss, then train onto Bergen.
They are beautiful little towns, super clean and full of friendly people, but yes very expensive for normal groceries and eating out. Try 12 ($18+) for two small ice creams for the kids!!
The train was a pretty economical way to travel if booked in advance. Car hire is prohibitively expensive, so unless you won the lottery give that a miss.
Voss and surrounding areas had had a salmon ban for the past 8 years or so due to collapse of the salmon runs attributed to disease and overfishing. The family had a neighbour who was a mad keen fishing nut and organised me 2 days fishing on the Gudvangen (?) which was recently reopened again. For about 50e a day I fished the public sections. Tickets were bought from the owner who had a small tackle shop near the camping park. The owner of the beat showed me around the second day, hoping to secure a week from me and my club members but it didn't come off. I didn't catch any due to super hot conditions, but the owner caught 2 in short time on a spinning rod. I met some syndicate fishermen on the river and they said it was the best river they ever fished, and they had fished all over Norway and Iceland. The river was not wide around 25m at its widest point, pretty rocky, but very fast in most sections making wading impossible. I saw salmon and seatrout jumping 10m waterfalls and was quite a sight. A switch rod of around 10'/11' and weight 8/9 is about right for these rivers. He showed me from a mountain top lookout, salmon to 50lb finning in shallow pools!
I believe that another famous river in that area the Vosso recently reopened and is showing impressive returns.

Going through a fishing operation to stay in a lodge would be much more expensive, probably 3k-5k each. Staying in motels and getting day tickets and separately booking guides would be much more economical.

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