Fish at Skjervoy in the Midnight Sun

Holiday fishing trip of a lifetime travelling July 29th, 2016.


We have just one cabin and a large SFC boat for 1 week including transfers for only £607 pp 4 sharing. Great fishing in prime season for big cod and halibut, 24 hours of daylight. Flights additional. Hurry just one boat and cabin available, first come first served.
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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

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Largest Halibut Caught by UK Angler?

Report from Bold S.A.C’s fishing trip to Skjervøy Fishing Camp in Norway.

This was the club’s third trip to Skjervøy Fishing Camp, booked through Anglers World Holidays, and it was one hell of a trip to remember. Not only did we catch some big fish, but we also broke the Camp’s Halibut record, setting a new record of 290lb! The monster was caught by Kevin McKie (Skipper of Brigand Charters, Liverpool) on a 30lb class Shimano rod and an Accurate 400 reel loaded with 50lb Berkley crystal braid. A running ledger rig was used to target the big halibut made from 150lb mono and an 8/o cox and rawle meat hook – the killer bait was a coalie flapper fished on the drift in 62 meters of water. The fight felt like is lasted a lifetime after getting the fish to the top nine times only having it dive to the bottom each time. Kev thought he was never going to land the fish because he could not lift the rod up as it was going to snap under the immense pressure, so he leaned over the side of the boat and pointed the rod to the fish, minimising the pressure on the rod. When the fish was first gaffed, in the bottom jaw so as not to harm it, the halibut went crazy, smashing its head into the side of the 21 foot boat, it then bent the gaff head out and bent the gaff pole resulting in it diving back down to the depths again. Kevin, Ivan and Ian all agreed that the only way to land the fish would be to get a tail rope on the fish and the gaff in its bottom jaw again.

Big halibut caught in Norway

Largest ever Halibut caught by a UK angler?

As Kevin brought the Halibut to the surface again, they managed to get the gaff in its bottom jaw and put a tail rope on the fish and tied it off the cleat on the side of the boat. This then resulted in the Halibut going completely berserk which almost tipped over the boat. Although Bold S.A.C is a firm believer in “Catch & Release”, the Halibut was badly damaged from the fight so we decided to keep the fish and take it back to shore. The fish was not wasted in any way. It was split between everyone at the camp and Kevin personally took home 30 kilo’s worth of fillets! Most of the other fish that were caught on the week long trip were released back to the sea to fight another day.

This halibut is also believed to be the largest ever caught by a UK angler.

Other notable fish that were caught were Cod to 32lb, Haddock to 8lb, Coalfish to 14lb, Torsk to 10lb and most of the lads set new personal best records for Halibut. Weights as follows:

Kevin McKie – 290lb
Mick Smith – 16lb
Ivan Mahr – 60lb
Ian Warr – 38lb