Salmon and Fly Fishing

With 450 productive salmon rivers, Norway is the world’s foremost spawning ground for Atlantic wild salmon. It is estimated that around 30% of the total Atlantic salmon stocks are running Norwegian rivers every year and around 140,000 – 160,000 salmon are reported caught by anglers every season. A good number of fish caught are in the 15 – 25kg range.

Over recent years, salmon fishing stocks in Norway have proved remarkably resilient. A lot of effort is being put into conservation and stock management, dealing with fish farming problems, introducing bag limits and catch-and-release programmes.

Fly-fishing is probably the favoured technique in most Norwegian rivers, but other types of fishing are still common. Spinning is quite normal and sensible too, when the river conditions demand it.

The best fishing is to be found in two of the three main salmon fishing areas, Arctic and Central Norway, so these are the ones featured by Project Travel. However we would be happy to put together a package for you or your group of anglers for a fishing holiday in other parts of Norway.

None of the following package guide prices include travel insurance, fuel surcharges (if applicable), equipment or excess baggage charge, drinks, single occupancy supplement, preparing fish to bring home, or gratuities to guides/gillies.

salmon and fly fishing in Norway
fly fishing for salmon and trout in Norway


Location: Stjørdal River, Central Norway

Stjordal salmon river in NorwayThe Stjordal River is easy to fish, often compared to the Tweed in Scotland. It is regarded as one of the best fly fishing rivers in Norway (if not in Europe) and consistently features among the 10-12 most productive rivers in the country. With this Freestyle package you can select from up to 50 beats available on the River Stjordal. The beats range in price from around €45 – €85 per person per beat per 24 hours and are paid for locally. You make your selection depending on availability and river conditions. The price includes 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in a 3* hotel in Vaernes. Project Travel recommends a hire car picked up on arrival at Trondheim Airport to allow you the greatest variety and flexibility during your stay. We also recommend local guiding for at least part of your trip to ensure you get the best out of your trip. We can arrange both car hire and guiding for you in advance (not included in guideline price shown).

2019 guideline cost: 7 nights from €1005 + licence per person sharing including flights and accommodation.



Location: Stjørdal River, Central Norway
For: Groups of 4-6

fly fishing holiday in NorwayHembre Gård Farm holds 2 km of double bank fishing which is one of the best beats on the river. It has some excellent long stretches combined with good holding pools. A rota system is in place for fishing the different beats. The Hembre Gård fishing lodge is situated on a working farm 300 m outside Hegra village with its bank, grocery store and other services. There are 8 self-catering, basic studio apartments each with kitchen area, shower/toilet and shared bed/sitting room with 2 beds, sofa bed and lounge chairs. Facilities include laundry room, drying room, equipment rental and freezing/packing fish for air transport.

2019 Cost: on application.



Location: Beiar River, Arctic Norway
Season: mid-June – end August

fly fishing salmon and trout in NorwayBeiar River, with its 30 km salmon run, is cold and has an emerald-like colour due to the effects of glaciers. It is one of the top 3 best salmon and sea trout rivers in Norway and offers some of the best fly-fishing stretches in the country. The prime time is considered to be 21 June – 31 August with the best salmon fishing normally during July and August rated best for sea trout. Beiarn Guesthouse has 5 beats available for their guests and the beats fish a total of 6 rods with a good rotating system to allow as much variation as possible. It is located near the river but a few miles downriver from the main beats where the salmon normally hold. It is a typical family run establishment containing 7 rooms, of which 3 are apartments with private bathroom, toilet, lounge and kitchenette, easily sleeping 2 people in each. The 4 other rooms are single rooms and share bath and toilet facilities. Facilities include tackle and drying rooms plus laundry. The 3 main meals are served in the small, fully licensed restaurant and much emphasis is put on using local produce. The owners pride themselves on serving healthy and wholesome food with good variations during a week’s fishing.

2019 Cost: on application.


Prices correct at time of print (Oct 2018). E&OE.
Subject to availability at time of booking.

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