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Reisastua Lodge | Atlantic Salmon Fishing | Norway

Overview

Tour code: NOR026

Reisastua Lodge is the perfect place to spend a week’s Salmon fishing, nestled in the stunning surroundings of the Reisa valley with the perfect view of the river and the mountains. The Lodge is known throughout Europe for producing lucky Salmon anglers their dream fish every season. These magical fish do exceed the 40lb mark and can create hysteria amongst even the most experienced Salmon anglers.

Location

The Reisa River (or Reisaelva in Norwegian) is 53 miles long and originates in the Finnmark region of Northern Norway. The Salmon go 53 miles up to the Imofossen waterfall. There are 19 zones containing good fishing spots, with a large number of deep pools for fly-fishing.

The Reisa River has a reputation for big Salmon, every year the river produces fish in excess of 40lb and some years fish of over 50lb. If you are looking to catch a giant, the Reisa River may be the right place for you, just ask Scott Mackenzie who has caught his last 3 personal best Atlantic Salmon with us.

What sets Reisastua Lodge apart from most other Salmon Lodges is the average size of the fish that are caught, just take a look in the lodges catch records and you will see stand out fish in every season. The number of anglers who have visited Reisastua Lodge and left with a new PB Atlantic Salmon is a testament to how big the fish grow here.

The river has fantastic fly-fishing runs and deep pools, you will be transported by riverboat into the fishing zones and on the days that the rotation dictates you can visit the national park and the exciting Salmon fishing that this beautiful part of the world has to offer.

Fishing

Our guides have grown up on this river and know all its hidden secrets. The traditional Reisa boats that are used to transport you and your fellow anglers are a sleek design perfect for running up through powerful rapids. In most water conditions the best rod setups are an 8# to 10# double hander and a large reel capable of holding 400m of backing. The lines that work best are afloat, multi-density or full sinking and it is wise to have all of them with you to best tackle the many different pools, it is often a good idea to have three separate rods set up in the riverboats. In August weeks when the water is lower it can also be great fun and effective to fish an 8# single-hander with a floating line, this can allow you to fish either an upstream bomber or get the fish fired up with a riffle hitch fly. The leaders that you will need would be either mono or fluoro but to deal with any big fish that you encounter we strongly recommend it to be between 30lb to 40lb tipped with the strongest hooks that you can find.

Guides

It is during the August months that we run our light-guiding programme, this gives anglers the chance to fish in pairs as normal but one guide will work between four of you instead of the standard two. This light-guiding program means that anglers have the chance to work it out for themselves a bit more and have the added advantage of a lower cost. The August fishing can be extremely productive with more fish in the river and the arrival of Sea Trout, these weeks can produce multiple species but still with the chance of that Monster Atlantic Salmon that Reisastua is renowned for.

Note in particular that catch statistics show that the Reisa River is one of the world’s best Salmon rivers with an average weight of the 2010 season at 14lb.

Other activities

Another little known fact is the large run of Sea Trout that come up the river each Autumn, providing anglers with the opportunity to target some large Sea Trout under the northern lights.

For more information about this tour, contact our experienced team who will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively, can request a free brochure.

 

 

Accommodation
Reisastua Lodge

Reisastua Lodge is situated in the heart of the Reisa River valley just a stone’s throw away from the water’s edge. If you take a 30-minute riverboat journey you will find yourself in the Reisa National Park one of the last wildernesses left in Europe. The nearest village is Storslett, which has its own airport (Sørkjosen Airport).

The lodge boasts 8 en-suite twin rooms but during fishing weeks anglers have the luxury of these rooms to themselves. All rooms have air conditioning, flat screen TVs and WiFi access. These rooms look out across the river and the surrounding mountains, giving you fantastic scenery all of the time.

Breakfast is spent at the lodge whilst the head guide gives you an overview of the days fishing plan, then it’s out in the river boats to head to your first fishing zones. Lunches can either be taken by an open fire by the river served by your guide or back at the lodge.

The evenings can be spent dining in the lodge’s river view restaurant or sitting out basking in the midnight sun whilst taking a refreshing drink in the lodges hot tub.

The lodge has a bar with a good selection of spirits and wines.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Single / Twin rooms
Internet: Free WiFi
Laundry: Free
Power: 220 volts
Air Conditioning: Bedrooms
Meals
Alcohol: Beer and house wine included
Cash Accepted: Norwegian NOK
Species Information
Atlantic Salmon
Season: 1st July - 31 August
Peak: July
Weight: 7lb-55b
Average Weight: 14b
Sea Trout
Season: 1st July - 16th September
Peak: September
Weight: 2-20b
Average Weight: 5b
Brown Trout
Season: 1st July - 16th Sept
Peak: August
Weight: 1b-18b
Average Weight: 3b

Itinerary

Although the fishing as standard has set weeks we can if required extend your holiday with either additional day’s fishing or non-fishing days in Norway.

 

Day 1: (SUNDAY)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Oslo

Depart Oslo
Arrive Tromso

Depart Tromso
Arrive Sorkjosen

At Sorkjosen Airport you will be collected by a representative from Reisastua Lodge and transferred 45 minutes to the lodge.

On arrival at the lodge, you will be met and greeted before taken to your room to unpack. In the evening during the meal, there will be a welcome briefing explaining the fishing and the week ahead.

Overnight accommodation: Reisastua Lodge (Single Room) F/B

DAYS 2 & 3: (Monday & Tuesday) Fishing Days

Each day breakfast is served before you are taken in pairs to your fishing zones for the day. (Note during the week you will fish a rotation system allowing you to fish different water each day, subject to water conditions)

Subject to which zones you are fishing for that day you will either return for lunch at the lodge or your lunch will be served on the riverbank.

Overnight accommodation: Reisastua Lodge (Single Room) F/B

DAYS 4 & 5: (Wednesday & Thursday) Fishing Days

Each day fishing is based on 2 rods per guide, your guides are local experts on the river and can easily show you where the fish lie.

Overnight accommodation: Reisastua Lodge (Single Room) F/B

DAYS 6 & 7: (Friday & Saturday) Fishing Days

During your stay and fishing rotation, you will have the chance to fish in the upper zones in the world-famous national park. You will find it hard to fish in more beautiful surroundings.

Overnight accommodation: Reisastua Lodge (Single Room) F/B

DAY 8: (Sunday)

At a prearranged time you will be transferred back to Sorkjosen Airport in time for your return flights.

Depart Sorkjosen
Arrive Tromso

Depart Tromso
Arrive Oslo.

On arrival at Oslo airport, you will take a taxi or shuttle bus to your overnight airport hotel (taxi or Shuttle bus not included).

Overnight Accommodation: Oslo Airport Hotel (Single Room) B/B

DAY 9: (Monday)

In the morning, you will check out of your hotel and take a taxi or shuttle bus ride back to the airport (taxi or Shuttle bus not included).

Depart Oslo
Arrive UK

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
11/07/2021 19/07/2021 9 8 6 £0 On Request Enquire Now Prices and availability will be released in September 2020
18/07/2021 26/07/2021 9 8 6 £0 On Request Enquire Now Prices and availability will be released in September 2020
25/07/2021 02/08/2021 9 8 6 £0 On Request Enquire Now Prices and availability will be released in September 2020
01/08/2021 09/08/2021 9 8 6 £0 On Request Enquire Now Prices and availability will be released in September 2020
08/08/2021 16/08/2021 9 8 6 £0 On Request Enquire Now Prices and availability will be released in September 2020
15/08/2021 23/08/2021 9 8 6 £0 On Request Enquire Now Prices and availability will be released in September 2020
22/08/2021 30/08/2021 9 8 6 £0 On Request Enquire Now Prices and availability will be released in September 2020

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers and fishing. Based on single rooms for accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • International flights
  • Transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Full board
  • Local beer & wine
  • Fishing on a rotation basis
  • Full guiding
  • All required fishing permits
  • Laundry
  • Disinfection certificate
  • Overnight accommodation in Oslo

What's Excluded

  • Fishing Tackle
  • Spirits
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Tips for the guide
  • Oslo taxi/shuttle bus

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional fishing days

  • Additional nights in Norway

Price Supplements

  • N/A

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry. No visa for UK citizens required.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Norway

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Oslo (approx 2hrs)
Oslo – Tromso (approx 1hr 20mins)
Tromso – Sorkjosen (approx 1hr 30mins)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in the economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags, you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags are dependent on the airline. We, therefore, recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airline’s website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Sorkjosen – Reisastua Lodge (approx 45 mins)

Questions & Answers

Where is the Lodge?

The lodge is found on the banks of the Reisa river in the heart of the Arctic circle. The river spills out into the fjord, northeast of Trômso by the small town of Storslett. The lodge is situated approx. 30k up the river surrounded by wooded mountains and a stone’s throw from the water’s edge.

Where will I fish?

Using traditional boats, the guides will transport anglers up and down the river to their different licenced zones for that day. Once at the zones, the pools are fished from the banks, generally with a couple of runs through before moving on to the next.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

Some of the pools are just a very short journey from the lodge but if your licence is in the upper zones for that day you will need to travel by boat up into the beautiful national park. A boat journey into the national park can take up to a couple of hours as you make your way into one of the last wildernesses in Europe.

What fish will I catch?

Big Atlantic Salmon is what anglers come to the Reisa to hunt. Every year this river produces some of the biggest Atlantics on the planet. As well as the big Salmon the Reisa has large Brown Trout, Arctic and sea-run Char and good numbers of large Sea Trout later in the season.

How many fish will I catch?

The Reisa is not a numbers river, it is a place to go to try and catch the biggest fish of your life! Big fish are not as plentiful as smaller ones, they are harder to trick into taking and when hooked they are a lot harder to land. When you put all these factors together if you manage to land more than a couple of big fish in a week then it has been a successful one.

How will I fish?

As part of a rotation system, each day your fishing partner and you will have access to a selection of different licences to fish different zones in the river. As a pair, you will head out by boat or sometimes car with your guide and bank fish different pools within your licenced zones.
You will mostly be fishing with double-handed rods in 9# to 11# and swinging flies with anything from floating to heavy sink lines depending on the water height and pools that you are fishing. Your guide will explain if he wants you to mend your line to speed up or slow down your swing and then a long dangle before some sharp strips of the line can often entice a take.
In August if the water is at the right height and temperature a single-handed rod of 7# or 8# can sometimes be used to successfully fish a riffle hitch or bomber fly on a floating line that can give some of the best topwater action. It is during the August months that we now have light guided weeks with you and your fishing partner being taken to your zone and then your guide alternating between you, your fishing partner and one other pair. Being guided in this way can add a greater sense of achievement, especially if you do not like having a guide with you at all times it also has the added advantage of being a less expensive product.

Do the guides speak English?

Yes, all the guides speak very good English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

Anyone can fish the Reisa as it has some easily fished pools but also has some very technical ones. This keeps the less experienced as well as expert anglers interested at all times. We do believe that it is a river that anglers must work hard on as these big fish will not just give themselves up.

What skill level is required?

You do not have to be the best angler in the world to fish at the lodge, but a good understanding of Salmon fishing and managing a double-handed rod is advisable. The guides at the lodge are fantastic and very experienced when it comes to fishing the river, so a week spent with them will definitely make you a better angler. Some casting lessons before your trip is always a good idea as this will dust off any cobwebs and give you more confidence from day one of your trip!

How physically demanding is this trip?

On the whole Reisastua Lodge is not very physically demanding, however, if clients wish to trek to the top pools of the national park then they will need to be able to walk a decent distance in fairly rough terrain. Some of the pools can make for more challenging wading in certain river conditions.

When is the best time to go?

For the big chrome fish that the Reisa is famed for July would be the best month! August can produce some lovely mixed fishing with the grils, Sea Trout and still the odd big chrome fish being caught on lighter tackle, methods such as riffle hitch and bomber being particularly exciting.

How will I get there?

You will take your flight from the UK to Oslo. From there you travel to Tromso and then on to Sorkjosen. At Sorkjosen a representative from Reisastua Lodge will meet you and transport you to the lodge, this drive will take 45 minutes and once at the lodge you will be greeted and shown to your room before refreshments.

What is the accommodation like?

The lodge is of a typical Norwegian nature with a very relaxed atmosphere. This is in no way a compromise on quality with a beautiful main restaurant, single en-suite bedrooms, large hot tub all of which have fantastic views and a peaceful living room for evening drinks.

What is the food like?

Breakfast is served in the morning before you head out with your guide to your different zones, depending on what zones you are fishing will determine if you will be returning to the lodge for a three-course lunch or if your guide will cook for you by the river. Often your fishing day will finish very late in the evening so there is normally a light spread prepared as an evening meal, snacks and drinks are provided throughout the day by your guide!

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

The lodge does not provide full setups but it does have a shop.

Is internet and phone signal available?

The lodge has very good free WiFi service and some mobile phones will get a good signal.

Are there other activities available?

There are other activities such as waterfall views, bike riding and walking.

How much does it cost?

We the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” Tab above.

Alternatively if you wish to arrange all our own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

Blogs

Reviews

Robert

Amazing scenery, very good lodge & staff with super fly water. Sadly this year was a lack of fish. Expect to catch 1 or 2 fish for the week but they will be very big fish. I would recommend this holiday for the experience.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Robert I am so glad that you and the team all enjoyed the place and the whole experience was as explained. This is a place for those who are chasing potential new personal best Atlantic Salmon, as it is not a numbers place. It is also a place for experienced salmon anglers as the guiding is only light guiding. Again thanks for your continued support and custom talk soon.
Regards Peter

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