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Sportfishing Adventures - - Content - Text and pho­to­gra­phy by Ru­dy Van Duin­ho­ven

Not on­ly have a num­ber of new wa­ters be­come avai­lable through the Fishs­ 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

Fishs­ 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 Fishs­ 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?

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