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Reisa River / Reisaelva
Reisa River / Reisaelva
Mrs Janne Synnøve Sørensen and her silvery 11,5 kg salmon 16.7.2007
Fishingstime...

Salmon is fishable from 15`th of July – 31`st of August, but arctic char and sea trout may be fished throughout September below zone 9. The river is closed at night, from 02.00AM-10.00AM, except opening night, when fishing is open from 24.00-02.00AM the following night.

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Forecast for Reisaelva

The big salmon re-established in Reisa!


Reisa is re-merging as one of Norway’s most attractive rivers for big salmon. Wrapped up in abundant mountain vegetation, and with more than 40 waterfalls, the river is now developed into a tourist magnet wrapped in gold. The official 5,7 ton catch record for salmon only in 2006, is a five times rise in two years.
The success appears to be continuing. In 2007, when the general fishing in Norway was very bad in most rivers, Reisa managed to keep up its catch record from previous years, ending at 5 ton! The small salmon was absent, but this was more than compensated by an increased catch of big salmon. Most of the salmon landed on premiere night, was between 8-18 kg. Especially local fishermen who can fish the river regularly may experience incredible catching. In the 2006 season, one of the locals caught 59 salmons, 50 sea trout and char. In the 2007 season, several fishermen could report catching in the scale of 40-50 salmons, 20-30 sea trout, and 10-15 arctic char. Mrs Janne and her fiancé, Mr. Kay Jørgensen, with a big one in Reisa
Mrs Janne and her fiancé, Mr. Kay Jørgensen, with a big one in Reisa

Casting float and fly.


My fishing method? I used a bomber floater and a big tube fly in black and purple, Mrs Janne Synnøve Sørensen tell us, and proudly shows her silvery 11,5 kg salmon that she landed 16`th of July 2007.
Mrs Janne attach the bomber to her line 1,5m above the fly, casting straight over to the other shore, and reeling the fly in a long slow downstream bow.
An increasing number of sporting anglers are using casting floats and flies in this manner. It is a highly effective method of fishing the entire pool, and reaching some difficult spots unavailable to regular fly-fishing.
Never the less, this river is not hard to fish in the regular fly-fishing way. The river banks have ample room for the casting loop, and the fish is easy to follow downstream.

More big salmon and less arctic char


Mr. Kay Jørgensen has been fishing the Reisa since he was a nipper, and knows the river better than most people. The big salmon has taken possession of the pools, excluding the population of huge arctic char that was so distinctive for Reisa in the previous years. There is still some big char in the river, but Mr Kay claims that there is now equally much large sea trout in the river.
On premiere night, all local fishermen abandon whatever they might be doing, and head for the river, namely the best spots at zone 5 and 6. The pond called “Bergebuktkulpen” is especially attractive. Hundreds of salmons are normally stacked up here! But don’t despair, salmons are to be found abundantly throughout the river.

Trond Dalgaard and his 11 kg salmon 2007

Most people fish below the Mollis Waterfall, but if You are fit for it, You might want to advance on foot or by river boat 3-4 km upstream to the Imo Waterfall. The terrain here is somewhat more inaccessible, but maybe is this the spot of Your dreams, with that particular big salmon waiting just for You? Mrs Janne Sørensen fishing in Reisa
Mrs Janne Sørensen fishing in Reisa

Big female salmons to be released!


The administration of Reisa is one step in front of other river administrations in Norway. Catch and release has been practiced for many years already, in order to ensure and re-establish the famous population of big salmon. This has been a success, and most people obey to the rule of releasing all female salmons above 5 kg. Everybody should do this, Mr. Kay claims, and together with his fiancé Janne, he is looking forward to the next Reisa summer with huge expectations.

Very nice river for fly fishing

In addition to a consistent rise in the salmon population, anglers are also highly interested in the sea trout and the char. Reisa is one of the best rivers for big arctic char in Norway. And as such, a hot-spot to foreign anglers. In 2002, 1200kg of arctic char was brought on shore, wit an average weight of 760gr each! Reisa is famous for its well sized arctic char.
Reisa is famous for its well sized arctic char.

National salmon sanctuary


. Reisa is a national salmon sanctuary, running from its springs 200 km towards the finish border. It is making its path through “Reisa National Park”, which is one the most scenically beautiful places in Norway, before it runs out to sea at Seima, in the nationally protected salmon fjord of Nord-Reisa.

Old river paths are repairable.


Mr Øystein Dalland, project manager for the restoration of the river valley, expresses great enthusiasm to the good results aspired from the joint effort of governmental, local and other good forces to restore the salmon population. What has been achieved in Reisa, is a huge success, and a splendid example on what may be achieved in aim of correcting previous unfortunate interference of mankind to nature.

Previous river preparations is torn down and removed


When the famous big salmon population was so drastically reduced, one presumed it was due to the nearly 50km long river preparatory works, initiated to protect farmlands and agricultural areas bordering at the river bank. The reproduction ability of the salmon were overestimated, and it was probably also harvested too much from the vulnerable population left in the river.
In 2006 the old river path at Styggøra was reopened, and Mr. Jon Tørrfoss tell Fishing Norway, that this location is already a popular fishing spot, especially for sea trout and arctic char.
In 2007 the old flood path up at Rognmo was restored and opened too, Mr. Asgeir Blixgård project manager at Halti National Park Centre informs us.

250 big spawning salmons in one pool only!


The result of this active cultivation project is very encouraging, Mr. Øystein Dalland informs Fishing Norway. While in 2000 only 50 big spawning salmons were observed throughout the river, the surprise was great when in the 2003 season 250 big spawning salmons were caught in the testing nets. And this was only in one pool! The summer of 2007 more than 200 big salmons were counted on a 3km river stretch.

Reisa River

Angling from riverboat and shore.


Reisa is a wild and beautiful river, abundant on water. It carries salmon all 90 km up to the magnificent Imo Waterfall. And the river is fishable from shore and from river boat. The tide has effect as far as 6 km upstream. From this point the river is steeper, with a floor of growl and small rocks. The water is normally clear, but on floods the water can carve into clay parts on the bank, and colour the river grey.
The river continues to vary between pools and rapids, all the way up to Holmestilla, and Pontastilla, almost 45 km from the sea. These are characteristic slow parts. Then the river gets faster again up to Bilto. Then again a new stretches of long silent flats, called Lower and Upper Kirkestilla. Then the river picks up again with a fine stretch of pools and rapids up to Nedrefoss, 82 km from the sea.
The salmons have difficulties passing this waterfall on flood level. The salmons are often positioned here until the water level drops, and then it migrate further on to Imofoss 85 km from the sea. At this spot the river has cut itself sharply into the mountain, transforming the Imo Waterfall into a peculiar kettle, caught in between steep walls of rock. In the pond the salmon may stand in shoals. On low water and optimal conditions it is possible to advance with river boat all the way from the sea up to Imofoss.

Renting of river boats with guide.


Please get in touch with Halti National Park Centre. The personnel here can tell You all about possible adventures in the Reisa river valley.
A river boat trip up to Nedrefoss, above the Mollisfoss, should be a great attraction on Your first effort in the Reisa river. It is wise to rent a boat on Your first visit, and a guide. For 2500NOK pr. person (only 2 persons pr. boat) a guided boat will be at Your disposal for a 16 hrs duration (from 10.00AM-02.00AM). This will leave You fishing freely from boat or shore as You please at the best locations. The trip to Nordreisa and the Reisa river is no problem. It is only 3 hrs from the northern capitol Tromsø. www.elvebaat.no

The best fishing time is in July


The salmon enter the river in June. But fishing is definitely best from premiere night the 15`th of July. The arctic char enter the river in august. Most of the sea trout enter the river after it is closed for the season. The char and the sea trout also enters the merging streams Josjok (2 km) to the lake Josvatnet, Røyeeleva (6 km), Kildalselva (10km) and 5km up the river Moskoelva.

The record salmon, 32 kg!


Usual catches are normally 6-10 kg salmons. Each year 15 kg salmons are caught. The record 32 kg salmon was 1,44 m long.

Fear of Gyrodactilus contamination.


Reisa has so far been spared of the Gyro plague. The caretakers are in high alert, and all gear shall be disinfected before use in the river.( Rods, flies, knives, nets, waders etc.) There is special disinfection stations designated for this task. Upon disinfection, one will receive a certificate, which must be shown upon inspection.
Female salmons over 5 kg/ 80 cm must be released alive back into the river. Minimum size for salmon is 35 cm, and 30 cm for sea trout and char. There is a maximum limit on 5 chars. Fishing is closed from 02.00AM-10.00AM on all zones, except zone 1, which is open around the clock. On premiere night, the whole river is open all night. In 2005 as much as 88 salmons above 5 kg was released back into the river, a weight of 879 kg salmon. This was double the amount of previous year, when 47 salmons at 392 kg was released back into the river. The released fish is not incorporated in the official statistics. However Fishing Norway incorporates the released catch in its statistics, in order to show the true picture of the population in the river.

Baiting with worm prohibited


Fishing with live bait, and wobblers are prohibited in Reisa. Use of gaff hook is also prohibited. From 1`st of September until 30`th of September, other species than salmon may be fished on the stretch from the sea and up to Bilto. In this period there is an obligation to release all salmons caught. In September, live bait fishing is allowed on the stretch from the sea and up to the inlet of the merging river Moskoelva.

Catch records.


1994: 412 salmon total 1465 kg, 183 sea trout total 179 kg and 714 arctic char total 401 kg.
1995: 464 salmon total 1884 kg, 185 sea trout total 131 kg and 733 arctic char total 566 kg.
1996: 371 salmon total 1528 kg, 60 sea trout total 57 kg and 692 arctic char total 379 kg.
1997: 389 salmon total 1460 kg, 145 sea trout total 126 kg and 779 arctic char total 464 kg.
1998: 467 salmon total 1711 kg, 398 sea trout total 345 kg and 1257 arctic char total 876 kg.
1999: 488 salmon total 2005 kg 580 sea trout total 491 kg and 1067 arctic char total 707 kg.
2000: 507 salmon total 1907 kg 480 sea trout total 417 kg and 798 arctic char total 502 kg.
2001: 396 salmon total 1085 kg 492 sea trout total 393 kg and 1012 arctic char total 754 kg.
2002: 359 salmon total 1272 kg, 1133 sea trout total 1007 kg and 1528 arctic char total 1169 kg.
2003: 508 salmon total 1561 kg, 1470 sea trout total 1086 kg and 1000 arctic char total 906 kg.
2004: 326 salmon total 1101 kg, 1008 sea trout total 919,4 kg, 1002 arctic char total 692 kg.
2005: 937 salmon total 3049 kg,1780 sea trout total 1528 kg and 819 arctic char total 528 kg.
2006: 1865 salmon total 5764 kg,1377 sea trout total 1357 kg,and 537arctic char total 435 kg

Is it possible that Reisa may sustain an increase up to 25 tons of annual catches


Even though the catch records from the 60`es were estimated around 25 tons, the salmon tax in those days resulted in under-reporting. Only in our present time, the catch records are reliable sources of information. But still one of five local fishermen doesn’t bother to report the catches. Mr. Jon Tørfoss estimate the real catch of 2006 to be at least 2 tons larger than reported.
Thanks to a substantial improvement of the river environment, a remarkable cultivation, and a delayed start of the season to 15`th of July, included a catch and release policy for female salmons larger than 5 kg, the proprietary and the public can now enjoy a five times multiplication of the annual catch records in only two years. Rising from only 1 ton in 2004 to almost 5,8 tons in 2006. With consistency and further development it may even be possible to raise these numbers by five?

The mighty waterfall Mollisfossen.Photo: Eivind Fossheim

Permits


Reisa has a complicated fishing system, and a lot of anglers.
Apparently there is a functional system in Reisa, but upon considering the practical availability, the situation might appear somewhat complicated for the visitor. Mr. Jørgen Nerdal in the Reisa river care-taker feels that the system is working fine, even though there sometimes might be a little overcrowded at the most popular spots. At Halti national Park Centre, 4 daily permits are sold in each of the 19 zones. Each permit cost NOK450. In addition 15 daily permits are sold on the stretch belonging to Statskog.
www.inatur.no.
30 season permits are sold by distribution of lottery, for people who resides in Kåfjord, Skjervøy, Kvænangen and the new part of Nord Reisa county. For people who reside within the limits of the old county borders, a total number of 3000 permits at NOK450 are distributed. Being locals, and with the opportunity to each day fish as they please, these anglers take a serious chunk of the total quota for the river. Many of them take as much as 40-50 salmons, 20-30 sea trout, and 10-15 arctic chars each season. If the daily permits should be sold out, one has the last opportunity to approach the local zone owner, at site, they have the right to sell an additional 2-4 permits for their zone.

Special pricing on permits in the period from 1`st of September – 1`st of October


Throughout September, an unlimited amount of daily permits for sea trout and arctic char is sold on zones 1-9, each at NOK200. There is a NOK 200 deposit on all permits, except on seasonal permits for children. The deposit is refunded upon delivery of the catch report. The report must be delivered by the 5`th of October same year.
Information...

More info on rules and permits:


Reisa Elvelag,
Mr. Jørge Nerdal (President.)
Phone + 47 77 72 02 21 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              + 47 77 72 02 21      end_of_the_skype_highlighting / + 47 414 61 037,
jorgen.nerdal@statskog.no
Reisastua
PO Box 2146
N-9267 Tromsoe
NORWAY
Phone: + 47 91 33 45 60
MAIL



Halti Nasjonalparksenter,
Hovedveien 2,
N-9151 Storslett,
Phone + 47 77 77 05 56.
halti@nasjonalparksenter.no
Manager: Odd Rudberg,
Phone + 47 907 79 760.
Project manager: Asgeir Blixgård,
Phone + 47 913 28 614

River boat rental:


Elvebåtsenteret,
Veslebo,
9151 Storslett, Phone + 47 777 67 630 / + 47 930 38 384
rolfh5@online.no
http://www.elvebaat.no/

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Local accommodation:


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J.Tørfoss Butikk, 9151 Storslett, Phone + 47 77 76 54 46.
Harald E. Rognmo, Bergmo, 9151 Storslett, Phone + 47 77 76 54 55.
Oksfjord Camping, Bergmo, 9151 Storslett, Phone + 47 77 76 58 00.
Henriksens Gjestestue, 9152 Sørkjosen, Phone + 47 77 76 76 77.
Fosselv Camping, 9151 Storslett, Phone + 47 77 76 49 29.
Rotsundelv Camping, 9153 Rotsund, Phone + 47 77 76 41 24.


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