River Åelva – Norway salmon fishing HOSTED TRIP



The river Åelva is Norway’s famous “Secret River”. Running through pristine wilderness, it is home to incredible wildlife – and most importantly – abundant runs of large Atlantic Salmon.

Nature has created a dramatic river with fast flowing gorges and waterfalls. Thanks to these obstacles the Åelva salmon have evolved to be large and powerful. Imagine a place where spying over rocks into the pool below, and seeing salmon of up to 40lbs, is a weekly occurrence. The tall waterfalls also mean that the prolific runs are concentrated for much of the season. One section of the Åelva, below the prolific Bjalfossen stretch, is reputedly the most salmon-dense stretch of river in all of Europe. The sea trout grow big here too: in 2017 a 25lb sea run trout was caught. This is truly a world class fishery.

The pools vary immensely with stretches where anglers are able to sight fish for Atlantic salmon using small double handed and single handed rods. Fishing dry flies upstream is a wonderful way to fish these pools and provides the chance to watch the salmon come up and engulf a bomber drifting down the river. Other parts of the river are a little more open with streamy runs and larger pools where spey-casting a small double handed rod will cover all of those important lies.

Join us for a week on this spectacular river. It is an ideal place to use single handers, casting dead drift bombers or riffle hitches, targeting mammoth salmon. This is not a trip for the faint hearted. Those who are willing to walk long distances along steep paths will be rewarded with access to some of the best pools.

We will be staying at Horstad Gård Lodge, a timeless authentic Norwegian farmhouse, just a stones throw from the river it provides an idyllic base for a team of anglers to enjoy the wonderful fishing and pristine wilderness. The lodge is recently renovated, and provides luxury lodging, delicious food in a homely setting.

• 8km of private double bank fishing
• Up to 12 rods
• The highest density of fish per km of any beat in Europe
• 2017: largest sea trout caught; 25lb
• 2017: largest salmon through the counter; 135cm (est. 55-62lb)
• 1 hour from Rørvik airport. 3.5 hours from Trondheim airport


COST – From £3000pp

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