Salmon Fishing Reisastua Lodge | Norway
Reisastua Lodge is Norways premier Salmon Lodge, it has a fantastic restaurant and all bedrooms are single en-suites. The Lodge is surrounded by spectacular mountains within a steep valley – bathing in the midnight sun while standing with your guide in the river swinging flies for large Atlantic Salmon is an unforgettable experience.
The Reisa River has a reputation for big Salmon, every year the river will produce 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.
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.
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 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.
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 set ups would be a 8# to 10# double hander and a large reel capable of holding 400m of backing. The lines that work best are float, 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 river boats. In August weeks when the water is lower it can also be great fun and effective to fish a 8# single hander with a floating line, this can allow you to fish either an up stream bomber or get the fish fired up with a riffle hitch fly. The leaders that you will need would be either mono or flauro 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.
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.
Another little known fact is the large run of Sea Trout that come up the river each Autumn, providing anglers the opportunity to target some large Sea Trout under the northern lights.
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Reisastua Lodge is situated in the heart of the Reisa River valley just a stones throw away from the waters edge. Take a 30-minute riverboat journey up the river and 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).
Reisastua Lodge offers unique and wonderful nature-based accommodation with a rustic and comfortable feel. The lodge boasts 6 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 lookout across the river and the surrounding mountains giving you fantastic scenery all of the time.
Breakfast will be spent at the lodge whilst the head guide will give an overview of the days fishing plans, 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 if close to the lodge popping back for lunch and refreshments provided by the lodge staff.
The nights after fishing 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 lodge hot tub.
The lodge has a bar with a good selection of spirits and wines other refreshments will be brought to you by the lodge staff as required.
Season: 1st July - 31 August
Weight: 7LB - 55LB
Average Weight: 14LB
Season: 1st July - 16th September
Weight: 2LB - 20LB
Average Weight: 5LB
Season: 1st July - 16th Sept
Average Weight: 3LB
Although the fishing as standard has set weeks we can if required extend your holiday with either additional days fishing or non fishing days in Norway.
DAY 1: (Sunday)
Depart UK (alternative routes available)
At Sorkjosen Airport you will be collected by our staff and transferred to the lodge (Approx 45 mins)
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 F/B (Single Room)
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 F/B (Single Room)
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 F/B (Single Room)
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 F/B (Single Room)
DAY 8: (Sunday)
You will be transferred back to Sorkjosen Airport in time for your return flights.
On arrival at Oslo airport 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)
Check out of your hotel and take a taxi or Shuttle bus ride back to the airport. (Taxi or Shuttle bus not included)
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|30/06/2019||08/07/2019||9||8||6||£6,555||On Request||Sold Out|
|07/07/2019||15/07/2019||9||8||6||£6,555||On Request||Sold Out|
|21/07/2019||29/07/2019||9||8||6||£6,505||On Request||Sold Out|
|28/07/2019||05/08/2019||9||8||6||£6,505||On Request||Sold Out|
|04/08/2019||12/08/2019||9||8||6||£5,075||On Request||Book Now|
|11/08/2019||19/08/2019||9||8||6||£5,075||On Request||Sold Out|
|18/08/2019||26/08/2019||9||8||6||£5,075||On Request||Book Now|
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|28/06/2020||06/07/2020||9||8||6||£6,653||On Request||Book Now|
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|12/07/2020||20/07/2020||9||8||6||£6,603||On Request||Book Now|
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|02/08/2020||10/08/2020||9||8||6||£5,173||On Request||Book Now|
|09/08/2020||17/08/2020||9||8||6||£5,173||On Request||Book Now|
|16/08/2020||24/08/2020||9||8||6||£5,173||On Request||Book Now|
|23/08/2020||31/08/2020||9||8||6||£5,173||On Request||Book Now|
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Additional fishing days
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Flight Route & Flight Time
UK – Sorkjosen (approx 8 hrs)
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Sorkjosen – Reisastua Lodge (approx 45 mins)
Destination Spotlight – Questions & Answers – Salmon Fishing Reisastua Lodge | Norway
Surrounded by spectacular mountains and a steep valley – bathe in the midnight sun while standing in the river swinging flies for Large Atlantic Salmon in the Reisa Valley. The Reisa River (or Reisaelva in Norwegian) is 90 km long and originates in Finnmark. The Salmon go 85 km 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 that are caught annually here weighing around 20 kg. So if you are looking to set a record, 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.
Where is the Lodge?
The lodge is found on the banks of the Reisa river in the heart of the Artic circle. The river spills out into the fjord, north east of Trômso by the small town of Storslett. The lodge is situated approx. 30k up the river surrounded by wooded mountains and a stones throw from the waters edge.
Where do they 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 do they 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 with in 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 top water 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 them selves up, The lodge is probably not the best place for an angler to try and catch their first salmon but more about catching the fish of a lifetime.
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 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 to get there?
Take your flight from the UK to Oslo; from there you travel to Tromso and then on to Sorkjosen. At Sorkjosen a Sportquest representative will meet you and transport you to the lodge, this drive will take approx. 45mins 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-suit bedrooms, large hot tub all of which have views of either mountains, river or both 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 coarse 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 set ups, but it does have a shop stocking lines, flies etc.
Is Internet and phone signal available?
The lodge has very good FREE Wifi service and some mobile phones will good a good signal.
Are there other activities available?
Other activities such as waterfall views, bike riding and walking can be arranged with some pre organising.
How much does it cost?
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