Spectacular Hemsedal

You would be forgiven for believing that the Hemsedal region of Norway had been designed by some ancient fly fishing deity. If you can manage to cast your eyes away from the sizable wild brown trout resting in the gin clear rivers, you will be completely captivated by the stunning scenery. It is simply a spectacular venue.

The best fishing is in June where huge hatches of May flies spark the wild trout into a feeding frenzy. The average size of these beautiful fish is around the 2lb mark but 4lb and 5lb fish are common and even specimens around the double figure mark have been caught.

norway hemsedal catch

The tactics are a cross between hunting and fishing. On arrival at the chosen stretch of river you wish to fish, you sit and watch for a rising fish. Once you have located your target trout you then plan your approach. Wading into the river downstream of the fish will mean you remain out of view as the trout are facing upstream in order to intercept insects washed down by the current. Once you have carefully positioned yourself within a nice casting range, you then cast your fly upstream of your selected trout and watch as your fly drifts down over the lie. This whole process of watching, stalking and presenting builds a sense of great anticipation adding to the excitement and adrenaline rush as the you see the trout in the crystal water react by rising up and sipping your fly off the surface. Then the tranquillity of the river changes to a rush of frenzied activity as your fish explodes on the surface and starts to run hard downstream. Luckily the wading is largely good underfoot as you set off in pursuit of your quarry. This is awesome fishing, and you get a real feeling of achievement when a large wild brownie finally succumbs to the net.

The tackle needed for this style of fishing is relatively simple, I used a 9 foot 5 weight rod, but rods of around this size and weight will suffice. I had had a selection of leader materials from 4x to 6x and a selection of mayfly, sedge and midge patterns. A few tapered leaders will also aid your presentation. Waders are essential as is a small pan net and a good set of Polaroid sun glasses.

aerial scene of Hemedal in Norway showing fly fishing in the distance

The guides are fantastic they grew up in the area and have spent their lives fly fishing. We stayed in two beautiful wooden lodges located on one of the guide’s farm. He couldn’t have been friendlier and more helpful to make sure we got the most out of our visit.

We also visited other beautiful rivers including one that was purely made from the melt water of an overlooking glacier. To stand and fish in turquoise waters right underneath a huge glacier is an experience I will never forget. The fishing was brilliant. A fast flowing river cascades from a mountain lake that harbours beautiful silver brownies. Big bushy wets work well on this water and, as it is very rarely fished, the trout are plentiful and willing.

We also visited some of the numerous lakes in the region for some traditional loch style fishing, once again big wet flies and dry sedges proved the most productive patters and once again the trout were in superb condition and of a good size for sport.

wild trout catch in Hemsedal waters

I often refer to the three Qs of an angler’s development. The first is quantity, where the fly fishermen judges his success by the number of fish they catch on each visit. The second is quality, where the fishermen, having caught fair few trout, now wants something a bigger or better. The final Q is quarry, where and angler develops an acute understanding of his target species and becomes intrinsically connected. No matter where you lie on your journey as a fly fisherman, Hemsedal has everything to offer and will undoubtedly help you progress. I learnt a great deal on this trip and thoroughly enjoyed doing so.

To fish for these trout in such a healthy, productive and pristine environment was an absolute privilege and one that would highly recommend.

Ben Dobson – 2013 Lexus European Individual Champion

For more details on fishing holidays at Hemsedal, Norway visit http://anglersworld.tv/world-game-fishing/norway/bjordalen/


2014 Fishing Updates at Lakeside Cottages by Mike Williams

After a long and cold winter 2014 started with a much cooler spring than normal I was expecting the fishing to be unpredictable but as soon as the warmer weather kicked in the fishing really took off at the Lake!

One of the main key factors here about the fishing, and I have always said this, is the feed – you have to remember that the fish here in Canada are wild hungry fish looking for a fight! More feed! More fish! As you will read on later in the year we have had some of the best Carp fishing here at Lakeside Cottages.

End of May two lovely couples booked in for 2 wonderful weeks celebrating a 60th birthday. The lads did well with some serious fishing a superb 29.8lb – one of the best days had were 12 fish in one day! The weather was warming up fast helping the water temperature some more good fish were caught several good twenties while the ladies had great fun exploring the local shops sightseeing sunbathing even a paddle boat ride.

Mike and guest with great carp catch at Lakeside Cottages

Next to arrive on their first 10-day fishing trip to Lakeside Cottages but not the last! Marcus and John booked the Carp fishing package and after giving the lads a guided tour and showing them some of my hot spot areas to fish they were soon into fish with several good twenties. Their best day consisting of twenty fish! Marcus managed a magnificent beauty a 31.03lb off the Lakeside swim! John had his PB a nice 27.05lb. It pays to work hard and the rewards are to be had!

Mid – June after their wedding on the beach at the resort and on their honeymoon at Lakeside Cottages, Spike managed some good fishing days of the garden swims with several good twenties and fish up to 28.-5lb! On one day Spike had 9 fish were over 20lb what a wedding gift!

End of June and regulars Andy and Gary arrived they had to miss out on their 2013 trip so 2014 could not come soon enough for 10 days fishing. In one year the lads managed a total weight of 1600lbs all their previous records were broken! And the temperatures too – reaching over 100! This years target was to catch fish enjoy barbecues at the resort and relax but as the weather got hotter the lads mixed in some sunbathing and yes, they fished hard and put the effort in catching a total weight of 900lb of fish with Andy achieving his PB 28lb!  On previous trips the lads have had weights of up to 1200 lb. The lads sure did all the right things again by keeping the bait going working hard fishing the right times when the temperatures were hot and great rewards were had with arms aching great suntans they headed home for a well deserved rest after a fabulous trip!

Spike with a great carp catch at Lakeside Cottages 2014

“Dear Mike & Eileen another great trip, the fish were to die for with weights of 900lb! The waterfront cottage just perfect for us you’re the best hosts ever and Lakeside Cottages is the Best Carp Resort in Ontario Canada hands down!”

Mornings and evenings are the right things to do when the temperatures are into reaching 30ºC great sport with great rewards for one who puts in the effort! Fantastic wild hard fighting fish are here and will really give the thrill of a lifetime like one morning in July I was up early before any of my guests having pre-baited the night before I was ready for some Carp action! Straight away I was in to the fish with half-dozen twenties and a superb 29.8lb! The key was keeping the bait going in to keep the fish around very important!

August was the most productive trip for Mark X Pat from Calgary who had some incredible fishing at Lakeside Cottages. Mark managed 824lb of fish several good twenties a very nice looking Mirror and his personal best catches of:- 34.05lb / 32lb / 35.04lb / 33lb / 32.08lb / 34.12lb / 37.04lb and a real beauty 37.05lb.

Mid – September we have the pleasure for the first time to Lakeside Cottages Philip Steve and Don. Philip is originally from England now living in Canada inviting his life long friends for a 2 week fishing trip to Lakeside Cottages and all were very keen to catch fish. Taking it in turns off the garden swims for the fish. The aim was to all have personal best’s and over the course of the holiday all were delighted! Once they got used to the style of fishing here and the baiting up methods all were straight on to fish. It was Steve with his first personal best 30.10lb followed by Don with a 31.02lb and Philip with a 30.15lb and a 32lb well done! With two 30lb fish for Philip the banter followed. Several good days were had with lots of twenties a piece. All worked extremely hard at baiting and well deserved their rewards. Another great fishing year at Lakeside Cottages. Tight Lines Mike

For more details on fishing holidays at Lakeside Cottages visit http://anglersworld.tv/carp-fishing/canada/trent-severn/