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Arctic Char Fishing

Arctic Char Fishing | Greenland | Questions & Answers

This spectacular fly fishing destination for Arctic Char offers exclusive fishing on the famous Greenland Kangia River, which provides our customers between 2,000 and 3,000 landed fish per week. The numbers of Arctic Char that the Kangia River produces during the summer migration is an insight into understanding why the waters surrounding Greenland are one of the most treasured marine environments on the planet.

Where is the lodge?

Kangia River Lodge is located on the eagle’s eyrie plateau at the delta of the majestic river.  It commands spectacular views overlooking the Kangia sea pool and its sheltered bay, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. Alongside the main lodge, there is a smaller satellite-camp, located 2.7 km upriver from the lodge, right on one of the fishing hot spots. 

Where do they fish?

Kangia River is the hidden gem of Greenland’s west coast. Known amongst locals and a few off-the-grid-anglers for its high numbers of fish and very good average sizes. It is also known for its sheer unbelievable structure and beauty beyond compare.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

This depends on which zone you are fishing, the lower section is only a 10-minute walk but the upper section is a considerable walk to get to the top. Located 2.7 km upriver from the lodge, on one of the fishing hot spots we have a satellite-camp.  For those wanting to fish the mid and upper sections of the river the satellite camp can be used as a base to leave waders and fishing gear, allowing for a tranquil walk from the main lodge, unencumbered by gear and the opportunity to easily venture from there to the upper waterfall or beyond.

What fish will I catch?

The main species and only species you will be targeting in the river are the stunning Arctic Char, which will range from silverfish right through to their full majestic spawning colours that are magnificent.

How many fish will I catch?

This is the main attraction of this destination the sheer numbers of fish. Many weeks we catch between 2,000 and 3,000 fish between just 12 rods, so on an average week, you can expect around 150 fish per person. Not only do the Char run the river in mind dazzling numbers, they also pack some weight with an average of well above 2 kg.   Fish in the size of 3-4 kg are common and fish up to 7 kg have been hooked and landed on fly gear.   This is a very sparsely fished river and even bigger fish have been hooked and lost, and no doubt will be caught in the future.

How do they fish?

Early in the season (July), bigger Steelhead intruders and streamers presented on a light Skagit or sink tip-line outfit are perfect to search for big chrome fish in higher water conditions. Whether you fish on a single or switch rod is very much personal preference.  The river is comparable to many Icelandic rivers in scale and tackle requirements. Streamers and classic Salmon flies work most of the time.  A variety of pattern selection seems to be key to continual success. Nymphing, hitching and dry fly fishing for explosive, freshly-run chromers, might be considered the higher-art form of fishing on the Kangia. Swinging a skater across the surface, followed by a bunch of bow-waving big fish is as exhilarating as it gets!

Do the guides speak English?

All the guides and lodge staff speak very good English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

Fishing on Kangia River is suitable for levels of anglers, plus being more sheltered compared to other famous rivers, it is far easier to cast for beginners with a single handed rod. The great thing about this destination is as a beginner you will catch fish. For the more experienced anglers who just love the rewards of technical Arctic Char fishing, this place will keep you entertain for days to come.

How physically demanding is this trip?

Fishing all day and catching so many fish can take its toll on your energy. Our advice is to take it at a pace that you feel comfortable with. The fish are always there in front of you so there is no rush. With the walking, there is no rush to the best spot or pool, just take your time on the long walks. 

When to go?

The summer is the season of the midnight sun and a great time to experience Greenland, on both land and water. Whales swim along the shores, icebergs flow from calving glaciers, flowers and plants grow at tremendous speeds, hiking trails open up the backcountry, and boats connect the many communities along the coastline.

The climate is generally mild and the weather in Greenland is often fine for long spells throughout its short, fiery season.  Longer days and warmer weather spark herald the start of the reproduction cycle of the sea-run Arctic Char, who then migrate along the coastline and ultimately into the river of their birth, to spawn close to the place they hatched years ago.   

Our fishing operation opens its gates on the second weekend of July and runs through the first week of September. The short but intense season guarantees the best possible results.  

How to get there?

You will fly from the UK to Copenhagen, stay overnight in Copenhagen before flying the next day to Kangerlussuaq then another flight to Maniitsoq. From here the rest of the way to the lodge is by boat.

What is the accommodation like?

The lodge is equipped with all the conveniences one would expect from a comfortable all-inclusive lodge, albeit one that is exceptionally remote.   The main lodge can accommodate up to 12 anglers.   Bedrooms are straightforward with two anglers sharing each room.   The main lodge has the washroom facilities, a fully equipped kitchen, bar and lounge area as well as a spacious dining area overlooking the river.  Views from the veranda are breath-taking, the perfect place to relax, reflect and re-live the day’s events.

What is the food like?

Food at the camp is basic as you are in the middle of nowhere and the supplies have to come out each week. Meals will be mainly meat, fish and local vegetables cooked in various ways through the week.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

The lodge has a basic range of fishing tackle available mainly to support customers if any luggage gets lost or damaged.

Is internet and phone signal available?

There is no internet or phone signal available at the lodge, we do have a satellite phone for emergencies.

Are there other activities available?

Apart from taking walks to see the wildlife and birdlife, there is not much else to do.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab on our Arctic Char Greenland tour.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you. For more information on this contact our team.

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