FLY FISHING SEA TROUT

Sea trout fly fishing week 36, 2020

Join us for an exciting sport fishing adventure in Lakselva.  Here you have an opportunity to catch sea trout. Lakselva is known for its large grown salmon and sea trout.

This is a very popular river and one of the best rivers in Norway to catch salmon and sea trout. Here at Stuenes Lodge we offer exclusive private sea trout fishing at some of the most exciting private beats in Lakselva. Lakselva is maybe not so well known for its sea trout fishing, but large sea trouts find their way to our homepool.

At the end of every season, the Lakselva Landowner Association conducts a drift dive count to collect data in order to make decisions regarding river management and conservation. This fall we got a report from the divers that a 10 kg. seatrout was hanging out in Stuenes Homepool which we found extra fun and encouraging.

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation at Stuenes Lodge.
  • Towels & bed linen.
  • Fishing at some of the best beats in Lakselva.
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off.

The maximum capacity at the lodge is 8 fishermen/rods during sea trout fishing. The lodge has 2.5 bathrooms.
Boxed lunches to go can be ordered at an extra charge. Fishing guides and a chef can be hired at additional fees.
The private fishing areas are subject to change due to renegotiations and renewal of beat rental agreements.

Fishing Itinerary
The fishing week consists of 6 days of fishing in various private, beats and 7 nights of lodging. You will be fishing different beats in a rotational system. The pools will rest in between shifts. All beats accommodate 2 fishermen. The beat lineup for next season 2020 fishing beats will be released around September 1st. 2019. Stay tuned!

Description Fishing
Lakselva is situated at the very north of Norway in the region of Finnmark by Lakselva village in Porsanger. The fishing is best from midsummer solstice until the end of August. All beats are very suitable for fly fishing. Stuenes private fishing areas consist of the home pool area outside the lodge, Nilsbu and the islet Soldatholmen has 8 hot spots of fishing.

To get to Soldatholmen you need to walk across the hanging bridge next to Nilsbu. Holmen or islets, as the name implies, indicate a large islet that shares Lakselva in two. The islets have a fishing bar on both the east side and the west side.

At Soldatholmen West you can fish at different beats such as The Split, Top Vest, Grilles Run, and Nilspool. Soldatholmen west has a shoreline of about 900 meters. On the east side of the islets, you can fish in The Nest, Birch Pool, Soldiers Spot, and Top East. You can also wade across to the eastern islets assisted by a rope and fish Soldiers Spot East and explore the southeast side. In 2020 we plan to offer 3-4 private beats of private fishing in addition to our own private fishing areas.

Stuenes Homepool
Stuenes Homepool is a holding pool that stretches from the hanging bridge to about 150 meters past the lodge. The beat fishes well from right under the power lines (crossing the river) and downstream 50 meters past the lodge. The hotspot is right beneath the power lines and approximately in a 30-meter area at the rapid right outside the lodge. Double bank from the hanging bridge until the north end of the island of Soldathomen under the power lines.

Nilsbu Homepool
The beat is located right in front of Nilsbu to the right of the hanging bridge to Soldatholmen. Nilsbu Home pool is a holding pool where almost all passing salmon will stop for about 10 minutes before heading upstream on its journey. (Documented by underwater camera previous seasons). No wading while fishing this beat, wading will scare the fish.

Soldatolmen East – The Nest
This pool is a favored spawning ground for large 20 kg salmon. Located on the northeast of Soldatholmen. It returns every year to spawn in this pool due to its favorable parr’s growth conditions downstream towards the home pool. The big salmon returns to this pool in mid-august. Prior to this date, you can catch grilse and sea-trout. It needs to be fished carefully and with no or little wading noise.

Soldatholmen East – Birch Pool
Birch pool is located on the east side of the islets, south of The Nest and is a holding pool which you fish from the river bank shore. The fish will try and hit the fly at the edge of the current on the opposite side.

Soldatholmen East – Soldiers Spot
A deep holding pool located south of Birch Pool where there has been caught a 20 kg. (44 lbs.) salmon. Until the end of July, it holds mostly grilse and medium-sized salmon. It needs to be fished carefully from the riverbank’s edge and no wading. Try a deep Red Francis in the deep main pool.

Soldatholmen East – Top East
A holding and resting pool where the salmon will let go and travel downstream from Outasuanto (the large holding pool upstream) to rest. Located south of Soldier’s spot. The pool is only 1.5 meters deep and fishes best on small dark flies at an average water level and on big tubes at higher water levels.

Soldatholmen – The Split
The Split is located at the southernmost point of Soldatholmen islet. This is the outflow from Oudasuanto beat upstream. Carefully wade about 30 meters upstream and fish towards the east of the V-outflow down towards the edge-water.  Cautiously wading is very important and don’t make too much noise since the salmon easily scares back into the pool. A sunray shadow is usually a good fly choice.

Soldatholmen – Top Vest:
Soldatholmen’s long pool is located on the west side of the islets. Fishes from 20 meters upstream above the bench and the campfire all the way down to the edge-water. Long casts increase the chances to catch fish. This is also a nice sea trout beat.

Soldatholmen – Grilse Run
A very exciting pool that needs to be fished thoroughly with small flies. Cast towards land on the opposite side and wait for the salmon’s take on shallow water. The bottom is dark but no deeper than about 1 meter which makes it an extra fun spot to catch fish. Here the big salmon takes a short rest and usually takes the fly on the shallow ground about 50 cm. There will be large rings in the water when it surfaces and takes the fly.