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Freshwater fishing in Norway

Good things come to those who wade
It’s no secret that you get top conditions for freshwater fishing and fly fishing in Norway. You are spoilt for choice with secluded clear lakes, rivers, and streams.
A man fishing in a river in Skurdalen
Skurdalen, Geilo.
Photo: Emile Holba / emileholba.co.uk
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Those hooked on fly fishing will be pleased to hear that Norway’s cold water lakes are chock-a-block with brown trout, pike, and perch. Other common species are grayling, common whitefish, and Arctic char. Salmon fishing is a chapter for itself. And thanks to the cold climate, Norway has also established itself as a premier destination for ice fishing in Europe. So grab your fishing rod and go!

A Norwegian fishing adventure is a good option if you’re on a budget. Renting a characteristic wooden cabin can offer great value for money – especially if you get together with a few friends, as they are often priced per cabin rather than per person. Many cabins have self-catering facilities, so you don’t have to eat out all the time. Instead, take the opportunity to refine your cooking skills and turn your catch into a feast.

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Popular freshwater fishing destinations

So where are the best places for a fishing holiday in Norway? Here are a few safe bets to start with.

Other fishing destinations

Northern Norway is best known for its cod, but the many rivers and lakes up north offer equally great possibilities for freshwater fishing. There are numerous fishing spots in the wilderness where you can fish for trout, Arctic char, pike, and perch under the midnight sun.

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Also highly regarded are the upper reaches of the Glomma river, where Hans van Klinken created the Klinkhammer, a pattern familiar to all keen fly fishermen.

Trøndelag in central Norway is a region with thousands of lakes, rivers and streams. The Guala, Orkla, and Namsen rivers are three well-known salmon rivers in the area. With no fewer than seven national parks it offers endless possibilities for trout and Arctic char fishing in rugged mountain terrain, or grayling and pike fishing in forested valleys.

Whilst these destinations are good places to start, there are thousands of other fishing spots across Norway, particularly in more remote areas which remain pretty much undiscovered by visiting anglers and possibly even by local fishermen.

Blefjell
Blefjell.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen / Visitnorway.com
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The salmon fishing season is short but exciting, lasting from the beginning of June through to September. Atlantic salmon migrates between freshwater and seawater. It spends its first years in freshwater before it migrates to seawater where it stays for one to three winters before returning to spawn. The fishing takes place during the spawning period.

Local knowledge is crucial when it comes to salmon fishing and we advise visitors to use a good guide. There are fishing opportunities for all styles, from the purist who wants to cast small flies on a floating line to harling with a Rapala minnow.

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