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Mo River - Photo: Jake Eastham/Innovation Norway
Mo River Photo: Jake Eastham/Innovation Norway

The Mo River

Mo River is a short stretch of 1.1 kilometres (0.7 miles), connecting the big Lake Salsvann to the fjord.

Lake Salsvann is the defining element of the watercourse. Located 9 metres above sea level and with a depth of 478 metres, it is the second deepest lake in northern Europe.

The influence of the lake results in stable waterflow in the Mo River throughout the season. Flow at the outlet of the watercourse is on average 23 cubic metres per second. Even during periods of heavy rainfall, increases in water levels are usually moderate and there is always sufficient water in the river for fishing, even during dry spells. Lake Salsvann also controls the temperature in the river, rising from 4 degrees celsius in June to 15 degrees celsius in August / September.

The Fishing

The river has 15 pools, each described and mapped in detail. Mo River usually holds six-eight rods. Primetime is from 1 June to end of August. Although most of the catch is grilse, dozens of salmon of seven kilos (15 pounds) or more are caught every year. In addition to salmon there is a considerable number of sea-trout in the Mo River. Most of the trout are relatively small, between 0.5 and 1.5 kilos (1.1-3.3 pounds). However, the biggest sea trout ever caught on the river is 7 kilos (15 pounds).

For guests staying at Mo Farm fishing periods run from Sunday at 13pm until the following Saturday at 12am.

The southern riverbank is the most accessible part of the river for guests. A wide path has been made and benches are placed along the bank. Overgrown areas in the vicinity of the pools are kept clear to avoid problems when fly casting.

The local fisherman’s association, administer rights to one rod on the northern riverbank. According to an agreement with Mo Farm, the angler exercising these rights belonging to the association must conduct their fishing in such a way that they do not impede fishing on the southern riverbank. The average catch rate is approxomately one salmon per rod per day. 90 percent of the salmon are grilse and 10 percent sea - winter fish. 


At Mo Farm

Mo Farm is located at Salsnes in the county of Nord-Trøndelag, 48 kilometres (30 miles) north of Namsos. Situated on the isthmus between Folla Fjord and Lake Salsvann, the farm is surrounded by open countryside and enjoys fantastic view of the sea to the west.

The first written reference is a diploma dating from about 1326. A land register for the region in 1696 shows that Mo was one of the largest estates in the entire district. By the turn of the 19th century, ardent anglers, especially from England, were frequent guests at Mo Farm. The most famous was probably Sir Henry Pottinger, who leased hunting and fishing rights in the Salsvann area from 1891 to 1904 for £100 a year.

Today, the farm consists of a main farmhouse, a guesthouse, a fishing shed, and variety of outbuildings and storage houses. The lodge is attended to by a housekeeper and her assistants, who serve our guests excellent meals made from local ingredients.

When guests are not pursuing their interests in hunting and fishing, they will find the lodge a quiet place to relax in an atmosphere reminiscent of a bygone era.

Key Facts

Fishing season: 1 June - 15 September

Tackle box:
Single-handed rods number seven-nine from 8.5-10 feet will be appropriate for most conditions. However, it might be a good idea to supplement with a two-handed rod number 9-11, length up to 14 feet.

Lines: medium density or sinking.

Clothing: Chest waders with felt soles, life jacket and wading stick recommended. At times mosquitos can be a problem and insect repellent is recommended.

Guides: There will normally be two guides for six anglers.

Facilities: Freezing and packing of fish for transportation by air, big selection of equipment rental, drying room and storage room for fishing equipment.

For non anglers: Nice place to bring non- fishing friends. Activities include walking trails, fjordcruise and seafishing. In Namsos there is access to a golf course, shops, arts & crafts workshops and museum.

Nearest airport: Namsos Airport (45 minutes by car)

Contact: Trygve Ebbing
Telephone: +47 74 28 71 01
Mobile: +47 95 05 21 01
Address: Bangsundveien nr 37, N-7822 Bangsund, Norway

Last updated:  28 July 2011
Mo River - Photo: Jake Eastham/Innovation Norway
Mo River
Mo River - Photo: Jake Eastham/Innovation Norway
Mo River
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Mo River - Photo: Jake Eastham/Innovation Norway

The Mo River

Mo River is a short stretch of 1.1 kilometres (0.7 miles), connecting the big Lake Salsvann to the fjord.

The Mo River

Source: Visitnorway

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