This is the country’s heartland, where rich agricultural plains contrast with majestic mountains and a rocky coastline. Although the Namsen is not the longest river in Norway, it is certainly one of the most powerful. Its springs are in the Børgefjell National Park and its estuary near the town of Namsos. The total salmon running stretch of the Namsen river system is around 175 kilometres (109 miles), including the main tributaries (Bjøra and Sanddøla). The salmon running stretch in the main stream is 74 kilometres (46 miles).
The upper part of the main river and the Sanddøla River runs through narrow valleys with dramatic waterfalls and magnificent canyons. This has made it attractive for hydro-electric power development, which is a bonus to anglers as the five hydro-electric stations ensure reasonably stable water levels throughout the season, even through spells of drought and periods of heavy rain.
British noblemen discovered the virtues of the river in the 1830’s. They quickly named Namsen the ‘Queen of the Rivers’ and reports of record catches and huge salmon spread among distinguished fly fishermen, bringing an increasing number of anglers.
Although the Namsen is particularly famous for its big salmon, it also offers very good runs of medium size salmon and grilse. Throughout the season there is always the chance of catching ‘the big one’. Every year there are a number of fish in the 18-20 kilos (40-45 pounds) category. The biggest ever rod-caught fish (1924) measured 55 inches with a 33 inches ‘waist’ and weighed 31.5 kilos (69 pounds). In 2007, the biggest catch was 23 kilos (50.6 pounds).
Upper Namsen Fishing offers some 17 kilometres (10.5 miles) of double bank fishing on the upper reaches of the river (45 kilometres/28 miles from the sea). In particular, the 1.3 kilometres (0.8 miles) Fiskum Falls beat is spectacular in terms of annual catches, scenery and river condition. The beat starts just below the 34 metres high Fiskum Falls, in a magnificent canyon. The Fiskum Falls beat is normally fished with six rods (three rods on each bank). Normally, the anglers are served with two guides (one guide on each bank). The beat is amongst the most prolific in Norway and average catch is one to two salmon per rod per day.
Primetime for catching the big salmon is normally in June. The most prolific runs are between 20 June and 20 July although fishing can be very exciting in August and September too – particularly with a single hand rod, not knowing if the take is a ‘simple’ grilse or a late arriving monster cock salmon.
Although the Namsen is famous for its harling (fishing with a boat and rower), the Upper Namsen Fishing’s beats also provides a number of very good fly-fishing stretches. The Upper Namsen Fishing’s beats are situated around Grong, a typical Norwegian village with all necessary facilities, including two very good tackle shops.
At Upper Namsen Fishing
Upper Namsen Fishing offers a choice of accommodation, all to a very high standard and all catering to the needs of anglers.
Our main facility, Hotel Vertshuset Grong has been operating for more than 25 years and has built up a reputation for the excellence of its accommodation and catering. Guests are offered full or half board basis and the food is of high standard made from local produce.
The Mediå Motel is situated next to the Hotel Vertshuset Grong in the village centre and guests at the motel will have their meals at the hotel. Fossland Lodge is located right on the river bank, some three kilometres (1.8 miles) from Grong village and serves the fishing on the Fossland beat and the Upper Mediå beat.
Fishing season: 1 June - 15 September
The Namsen is a powerful river and so are its salmon! Fly rods should be 14-16 feet with action to suit number 10, 11 or 12 lines. Bring a selection of fly lines although intermediate density is most used. Flies and tubes should be towards medium and larger sizes. Chest waders with felt soles, life jacket and wading stick recommended.
Fishing statistics: On request.
Freezing and packing of fish, equipment rental, drying room, disinfection of equipment
For non anglers:
Arts & Crafts workshops, shopping in the small town of Namsos, superb nature trails, Namsskogan wild animal park. Namsen Salmon aquarium and museum near Fiskumfoss Falls (34.5 metres).
Nearest airport: Namsos (40 minutes by car) or Trondheim (2 hours 30 minutes by car).
Booking contact: Bjørn G. Siggerud
Telephone: +47 22 34 10 56
Mobile: +47 907 55 582
Address: Fred. Olsen Travel AS, Prinsensgate 2B, 0152 Oslo, Norway
Fishing contact: Endre Aalberg
Telephone: +47 74 31 20 00
Mobile: +47 99 33 31 70
Address: Postbox 43, N-7871 Grong, Norway