Wi l d l a k e s a n d r i v e r s
Not only have a number of new waters become available through the Fishspot.no program for sport - fishermen that want to make a visit to Norway, obtaining licenses for fishing these waters has become a lot easier and simpler as well in the last few years.
The river Vangrøfta for instance was in the recent past rented to a major firm for the whole of the year, now there are day tickets available for this river – which is well known for its large brown trout – which present the visiting angler with memorable fishing days. Fishspot is not just meant for fly-fishers alone, friends or family members that use other fishing methods will profit from it too. On the website you will find sub-pages that deal with general fishing, fly-fishing, fishing for pike, grayling zones and wilderness fishing. By the end of July and in early August I was a guest in this area for a little over a week and was able to get a good impression of what
Fishspot.no has to offer.
Vurrusjøen and Drevsjøen are shallow pike lakes that are located close to Drevsjø and which hold, unlike most other lakes in the area, good numbers of roach. This, combined with a population of freshwater whitefish (Coregonus), means that the pike have excellent possibilities to grow to good sizes here. All pike with a length above 85 cm (36 inches) have to be returned to the water unharmed, the chances of hooking into a pike above the magical one meter mark are certainly good. It is possible to fish from the shore, but only use parking places that are marked on a map for this; renting a boat
makes fishing these lakes a lot easier though. Outboard engines are allowed on Vurrusjøen, not on Drevsjøen!
With Dutch fly-tier and fly-fisher Andre Miegies I fished for a day on Drevsjøen, whereby we could use a rowing boat of the Drevsjø Campground, a camping which is situated right on the waterside. A fresh wind blew across the clear water, which made going on anchor close to some areas with vegetation in the water somewhat difficult. With the fly-rod and pike-streamers we managed to land eight pike this day, at least double that number unhooked themselves in the weed-beds in the water or missed our streamers altogether in their enthusiasm to jump on our flies. The pike we were able to land were not that big, but we saw a few fish follow our streamers which were of very good size. The water level was some thirty centimetres below normal, because of which the pike had left some of the shallow parts of the lake.
Parts of the Trysilelva are also to be found in the program of Fishspot.no. Upstream of Trysil Andre and myself made a driftboat trip of about five kilometres with Espen Eilertsen of the wellknown firm Call of the Wild. During the trip we aimed to fish for grayling with heavy nymphs and for pike. With a drift-boat you can fish parts of a river which are difficult to reach, also one can fish more water in a short space of time and it is a good method to learn to know the water. We landed a number of good-sized grayling, even if the temperature
We managed to land eight pike this day, at least double that number unhooked themselves in the weed-beds in the water or missed our streamers
With the drift boats of Espen Eilertsen many hotspots on the Trysilelva and other rivers come within reach.
With its tall back fin the grayling is a favourite for many fly-fishers.
of the water was still quite high. With intermediate and sinking fly-lines we also placed pike-flies in some of the more quiet parts of the river, like behind a beaver dam, but the pike remained out of sight this day. Snorre Grønnæss started Gjerfloen Fluefiske in 2000, a grayling zone with a length of seven kilometres on the Trysilelva south of Trysil. Because it is allowed to take only one grayling with a length below 38 cm in length during a day of fishing, a large part of the grayling population of this section has a very nice size (above 35 cm). With Espen Eilertsen and Snorre Grønnæss I used Czech nymph techniques for about four hours on some of the beautiful stretches of this section which are quite easy to wade. Among the three of us we landed around thirty grayling, the largest of which was 41 cm in length and turned out to be a fish that was landed and marked at almost exactly the same spot in 2005! The trout did not show themselves even though the Trysilelva holds a nice population of good-sized brown trout as well. Only barbless flies are allowed in the section of Gjerfloen Fluefiske.
The lakes of Hodalen in the vicinity of Tolga are connected with each other by means of creeks, but there are some direct connections in narrow parts of the landscape too. Large parts of these waters are easily accessible and can be fished with different methods. There are, however, special rules for the pike and the grayling zones. Together with Gudmund Nygaard (Fishspot) and Hein van Aar (Kvennan Fly Fishing) I fished a stretch where one could wade into a lake for quite some distance. We caught some small grayling here on dry
flies, some sedges were active and the fish were hunting these. The larger grayling and whitefish did not show themselves. Jean Philippe Pontier (Escapade Norvégienne) and his father joined us and Jean Philippe showed us a spot on one of the creeks in the area where he had caught a nice number of good-sized grayling in the days before. The pool was indeed filled with grayling of mature sizes and by using nymph techniques we landed several here with a length up to 44 centimetre. We walked onwards to a nearby lake and here again, close to a narrow run, we were able to land a number of grayling on dry and wet flies. We saw a few big brown trout hunt for small fish, fish of 60 centimetres (24 inches) at least! Never before have I seen such big wild brown trout in Norway, for sure this is a spot to return to, but than with proper streamer rods and flies.
Isterfossen and Galthue
At Isterfossen the water of the Istern Lake runs into the next lake. The spot is easily accessible; it is situated right next to a bridge across the water. You need waders, but once you have passed some big stones, the stretch is easy to wade when the water level is low to normal. When there are hatches of insects, the grayling of the lake move into this stretch to feed. The water level of Isterfossen is quite constant, even after a period with a considerable amount of rain. The stretch is of course more heavily fished than the more remote spots, but with the correct patterns (CDC dry flies and nymphs) it is still possible to record some good results. Closely
watched by my long lens, Espen managed to land several grayling here on dry flies. My nymphs and wet flies were a few moments later also stopped in their treks by Thymallus thymallus. Galthue is the name for the place where the Trysilelva more or less has its origin. The river runs here, a short distance from Isterfossen, out of the lake and starts her long journey through Norway and Sweden. From the parking you need about fifteen minutes of walking to reach this section, with motorised transport the spot is not ac- cessible (except by boat perhaps). There was no hatch in progress here, but emerger patterns like Espens Glowtail managed to bring up the grayling anyhow. Both the drag free drift and the swing under water across the stream produced takes on these flies. By the end of the nineteenth century the English already travelled to this area to fish, Galten Gård is still an excellent place to stay and a fine starting-point for fishing the lakes and rivers in this area.
The stretch of the Glomma between Tynset and Tolga, the area that is managed by Kvennan Fly Fishing, is a true Eldorado for the fly-fisher. Among others while the fishing pressure is not really high here, there are good chances every day to connect with grayling which are over 45 centimetre in length! Only barbless flies are allowed here, all grayling below 35 and above 40 centimetres in length have to be returned, next to that all pike have to be returned as well; 'catch and release' is strongly promoted. The season
starts here on the first of June and it lasts until the fifteenth of October, fishing from a boat or kayak is not allowed on this stretch of the river. Dutchman Hein van Aar has been working for a number of years as a 'river keeper' in this area during the season and he of course knows the river like few other people. More than on other rivers the grayling will hunt here for small fish too, which is why Hein likes to fish for grayling with streamers on many occasions! The fact that they hunt for prey fish makes that the grayling on the Glomma also grow faster compared with the insect-eaters of the Trysilelva. The first pool we fished was in a fastflowing stretch of the river, the other parts we fished had a much slower, more even flow. There were no other fly-fishers on these stretches, we had the water all to ourselves. With floating fly-lines we offered our streamers, nymphs and dry flies to our opponents in the clear flowing water and each of these brought some
On several spots we were able to bring grayling to rise to the surface with emerger patterns, fish that had remained invisible before.
Isterfossen is a fishing spot that is easily accessible, you will therefor seldom have this spot to yourself.
nice catches. On several spots we were able to bring grayling to rise to the surface with emerger patterns, fish that had remained invisible before. A superb day of fishing on an impressive, beautiful river.
The Rena is one of the most interesting and attractive rivers of Norway, the official Norwegian record for grayling comes from this river (and it is unofficially broken here regularly...), but the river is also known for a good head of large brown trout. Putting catch & release into place, all fish above 40 centimetres in length have to be returned and only one trout and/ or grayling may be taken during a day of fishing, has had a positive influence on the catches and on the size of the fish that are caught. The fly-fishing zone starts under the Storsjødammen and continues until Lindstad, this stretch is about 3,7 kilometres in length. With other methods it is possible to fish the rest of the stretch, until the next dam. Because this is a tail-water fishery, the temperature of the water is quite constant, the fish continue to feed during the winter (another reason why they grow to good sizes), during the summer the water seldom beco- mes too warm. The season starts here on the 18th of May and lasts until the 31st of October. The period from the midsummer night sun until the first few weeks of July are generally considered the best time, but this depends on the weather too. Lars B. Johansen of the Rena Fiske Camp showed me here, in sometimes pouring rain with some light flashes mixed in, several interesting places to fish. The Rena Fiskecamp is situated close to the river and offers guiding and accommodation in a wonderful setting. The main building and some of the buildings around it offer modern apartments, which includes a small kitchen. This winter a meeting room/bar will be build in the main building, so it will be possible to exchange experiences and stories in a nice atmosphere soon. On the terrain there is also a small lake where you should be able to find some action with your pike-streamers... Because of the heavy rain and the cooling down of the air that accompanied it, there were no hatches that evening. A rising fish could only be seen occasionally. I waited along the waterside until the light started to fade, but the surface of the river did not come to life. This is, however, a water I want to explore yet another year. Who would not want to catch a fifty centimetre plus grayling?
On Drevsjøen action is around the corner when you fish close to the reeds and weed beds.
It turned out that this grayling was caught on the same water in 2005.
Hein van Aar fishes the Glomma with streamers for grayling and not without success !
Quietness and enough room for everyone, Gudmund Nygaard fishes on one of the lakes of Hodalen.
The Glowtail produced, fished as a dry fly and as an emerger, nice grayling on Galthue.
Author Rudy Van Duijnhoven releasing a Norwegian grayling.