To see the 2013 Lakselva River Report please click here.
For the best salmon fishing in Norway, travel to the North Cape, where the Lakselva has long been known within Norway as a river that produces very large salmon. In the same region as the famous Alta, this river can genuinely claim to grass 40lb plus fish every season.
The river offers wonderful fly water and the river valley is one of scenic beauty.
This is a later river than many in Norway due to its northerly location and the best of the fishing starts in late July and runs to the end of August. As the season progresses big, fresh salmon are still running but the grilse run will have started which adds a bit of variety, perhaps which the early season does not always offer.
The Lakselv River offers many long stretches of marvellous fly water, with numerous bends and pools following through the valley before meeting the Porsanger fjord. The best section for the salmon fishing stretches upstream from the fjord for about 40 kilometres (25 miles). Easier fishing is to be found in the lower reaches.
There is a combination of single and double bank fishing, wading is easy for most of the river, and most banks are gravel with good space for most casting techniques. On the higher reaches of the river casting can prove a little more testing with fairly dense vegetation quite close to the river bank itself.
A special feature of the Lakselv in addition to the wonderful run of big salmon, is the good run of big sea trout, often weighing between 13lbs to 18lbs, up to the current record which is a staggering 26lbs.
In addition to the salmon and sea trout the river has very good stock of artic char. This is a truly diverse river with some fantastic fishing.
Our first season was a great success with many big fish lost and a few landed, the biggest of these being a 44lbs cock taken by Dick Tapp. However, as the seasons progressed it became clear that we are really beginning to understand the river a little better as we had many fish in the high twenties and numerous 30lbs plus fish. in 2009 we had the biggest Atlantic salmon a Roxtons client has ever had (at that time) with Brian Anderson’s awesome fish of 48lbs – truly a fish of a lifetime. See it being played and landed on You Tube here.
In 2010 Gareth Craze was the lucky angler landing another leviathan of 48lbs. It is worth noting that Gareth, who had not fished the river before, landed 9 fish in his week – the monster and fish of 28lbs, 24lbs, 22lbs, 20lbs and 16lbs with 4 grilse up to 8lbs as well. 2011 saw Nick Llloyd land a 52lbs fish on his own from the Home Pool before breakfast and in 2012 one lucky rod had two 40lbs fish for his week whilst Wes Boyd landed a 47lbs fish to stake his claim to fame.
The river is very easy to fish and the wading is straight forward in all but the odd place and a combination of sink tips and floating lines are usually employed to best effect. It is a deceptive river in that you do have to be prepared to use tactics that you may be unused to so that, as with all big fish fishing, you give yourself every advantage. Changing lines, flies, depth of fly and speed of fly on a regular basis will produce the best results.
This river has proved itself as one that, for those seeking a monster, cannot be missed. While other rivers may produce more fish, the Lakeslv is a river on which every cast is genuinely exciting.
The Stuenes Lodge is located directly on the river bank. It is just 30 metres away from a very good pool where a few casts could well provide you with a fresh-run multi-winter salmon. The lodge was extended recently and occupies a prime position on the river.
The newly extended lodge easily sleeps six people in six single rooms with two bathrooms and an extra lavatory. It has a very nice spacious lounge and dining area, as well as a drying room.
The accommodation is on a full board basis and guests enjoy the services of their own chef, who takes great pride in utilising produce from the local area.
For salmon fishing in Norway a double handed 13 - 15ft rods will be appropriate for most conditions on the river
Floating and intermediate density will cover most situations.
A sturdy reel with a good drag system that holds 150 yards of backing.
Some of the best flies for this river are as follows:
- Green Highlander
- Red Frances
- Munroe Killer
- Collie Dog
- Sunray Shadow
These flies are best in small and medium sizes.
- Wading stick
- Layered clothing because of changeable weather
- Wader repair kit
- Polarised sunglasses
- Forceps / clippers
- Hand and face moisturiser
In and around the area it is possible to enjoy a variety of activities. These include taking a cruise on the fjords, travelling to the North cape, visiting the Sami people's cultural centre as well as a wealth of outdoor activities.
Our fishing season in Norway runs from 15th June until 31st August.
Time difference from GMT
+ 1 hour.
Standard 220v continental.
The local currency is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). Most shops, garages and other establishments accept Visa and MasterCard.
Tips are totally at your discretion. However, people do like to recognise the efforts of the guide and lodge staff in ensuring that your stay is a happy one. A simple guideline followed by most is to give NOK 500 to the guide and NOK 500 to be split by your cook and lodge staff.
None for EU residents.
There are no required inoculations for travel to Norway, though you are advised to check with your doctor prior to departure regarding any vaccinations that may be recommended. If you are taking prescription medicines please ensure that you bring enough for the duration of your stay.
As in Scotland, the further north you go in Norway the more frequent the mosquitoes, particularly in July and August. However, insects are normally not a major problem when using repellents and taking sensible precautions. In the Arctic, you may need a mosquito veil in extreme situations but even here a bottle of repellent is often sufficient.
Catch and release
The majority of Norwegian rivers have no rules on catch and release. There are bag limits as a part of salmon conservation and we would encourage you to keep only the fish that you require for your own consumption. All beats offer facilities to freeze your catches and local smoking is available.
All fishing tackle and equipment must be disinfected prior to starting fishing in any Norwegian river. This can be done by your local vet but most destinations in Norway offer this as part of their service. Please talk to us as to whether this is the case with your destination.
The Stuenes lodge is situated in the middle of the northernmost county in Norway called Finmark.
You will fly from Oslo to the North cape airport which is less then 30 minutes from the lodge.
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Fishing in Norway with Roxtons provides an opportunity to catch a very large salmon in a remote and beautiful part of the country.
Prices start from £2,500 excluding flights.