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county: Rogaland -- municipality: Suldal

Suldalslågen
Suldalslågen
The wild salmon is at least as beautiful and elegant alive!
Fishingstime...

Fishing period:


05`Th of July-20`Th of September below Sandsfossen waterfall.
15`Th of July- 30`Th of Sept above Sandsfossen waterfall.
The salmon enter this river later than what is normal in other Norwegian rivers. Because of this, September is the best fishing time. While most Rivers on the Rogaland State territory has a bag limit of 5 salmons, Suldalslaagen River has a limit on maximum 1 wild salmon longer than 75cm pr. day.
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Suldalslågen River, a new favourite for big salmon anglers


Suldalslaagen is a primer target for anglers in the 2008 season. If you have a late vacation, this river is perfect for you. Because the salmon hits the river later than in other rivers, the best fishing takes place in September. Furthermore, Suldalslaagen is not only the best salmon river in Rogaland State. Together with River Drammenselva, it is consistently among the best rivers in Southern Norway, with regular catches above 20kg. Svein Arild Søraas, with his premiere salmon, 13kg (2007)
Svein Arild Søraas, with his premiere salmon, 13kg (2007)

Season 2007 was slow, but the average salmon was larger


While season 2006 was the best in decades, ending at 4,6 ton. Season 2007 was considerably weaker. Merely 3 tons was brought up, but the average weight was above previous year. No salmon broke the 20 kg mark, but in the fish ladder, photos of salmon above 25 kg were taken!
Weather and water was fine, but we believe lots of wind from North Westerly direction, may have contributed to the lower catch results. The salmon was on the river, but didn’t seem willing to take any bait.

The smolt ought to be towed all the way to open sea


The huge amount of smolt annually released from the hatchery in Suldal, is being towed to the Boknafjord in order to protect it from salmon lice and other predators in the fjord. Mr. Vårvik would like to see the smolts towed even further out, beyond the areas of all the fish farms and the lice belts surrounding them.
But there are split opinions to this. Even though the smolt is habituated to the river before it is towed off, some is of the opinion that it will have difficulties finding its way back to the river if it is towed all the way to open sea before it is released. Never the less, it could be interesting to make an experiment, Mr. Vårvik says.

Did we presume wrong?


Resent catches may indicate that the famous big salmon population is secured from extinction. Suldalslaagen River is regaining its international reputation. Anglers are once again lining up for the best spots!
But in 2002 the attitude was very different. The caretakers were genuinely worried for the River. After the 2001 season ended at only 658 kg, we claimed it a scandal, that after spending millions of kroner on research and countermeasures, the governing organs appeared seemingly powerless in its efforts to save the salmon population after the river was subdued to hydro electrical build outs.
In 2002 we wrote that it was a great shame, that this internationally famous river, with its genuine fishing locations and stunningly beautiful surroundings should be ruined for ever. Luckily we appear to have been mistaken in our presumptions. Due to a very splendid and thorough and systematic cultivation, the caretakers seem to have beaten the odds. Christian Hope, with his 10 kg salmon on the stretch called Hiim, 2007
Christian Hope, with his 10 kg salmon on the stretch called Hiim, 2007

Fish heavy and deep
In a river with such a heavy weighed salmon population, most anglers prefer two handed rods. You also ought to fish deeper than in other rivers. Preferably with sinking leads. The Suldal salmon is notoriously reluctant to rise for the fly, even on perfect conditions. (11-12 Celsius)

Blue Charm


The anglers of River Suldal are using both tubes and classic patterns. Very often bright flies, like the Blue Charm seems effective. Among spoons, the Devon Minnor Spinner is popular, especially in colours yellow and brown, size 30 gr. But more and more anglers in Suldal River seem to convert to fly fishing, as is the trend all over Norway.

The big and medium size wild salmon of River Suldal is protected


Live bait fishing is prohibited in River Suldal. The medium and big salmon is protected, but you are allowed to keep one salmon larger than 75cm pr. day. All other catches must immediately be released, preferable undamaged. The release obligation does not apply to salmons market with the Carlin mark, fin clipped salmons, or salmons that are obviously stray farm salmons. All wild salmons killed under these provisions are to be inspected by River Suldals inspection team.

Fishing big trout from 1`Th of May


River Suldal is open for trout fishing, in the period from 1`st of May until the salmon season starts the 15`Th of July. An increasing number of anglers are taking part in this event in hope of luring the big brown trout of the River. The reason why the big brown trout is on the rise in the river, might be due to the reduced competition from salmons on the best spawning grounds. Let’s hope the trout is not feeding on salmon smolts, but rather on the abundant char population in Lake Suldalsvatnet, before they start their descent down the river. The largest trout, 8kg, was caught below the waterfall Sandsfossen. The largest one must be above the 25 kg mark
The largest one must be above the 25 kg mark

Underwater cameras reveal the secrets of the wild salmon


You will not be able to push or force a wild salmon into striking. Neither is the salmons afraid of the fly line. These are among the secrets that Mr. Agnar Berge has been able to film and monitor from the shelter at the stretch called Skotihølen in River Suldal. To study the behaviour of the salmon by means of underwater camera monitoring, may very well be the next fishing method in more Norwegian Rivers.

We have gained new knowledge about the salmon!


After we mounted 3 under water cameras in the Skoti Pond, we have gathered a lot of new information about the behaviour of the wild salmon. Not only are we able to see when the first salmon enters the pond. We are also able to see how the salmons behave in respond to our gear, and also how they locate and inter-react in the pond.

We didn’t believe there was fish in this spot before we saw this picture!



On premiere night, 2007, in the Pond called Skotihølen

Mr. Berge shows us the close up shot of three big salmons on the monitor, on a day when nobody could believe there was fish on the stretch. We were sure there was nothing to fish on. At least until we saw the fish ourselves, swaying gently on the monitor. The largest one in the middle must be at least 25kg Mr. Berge claims. No need to mention there was hectic activity on the river bank shortly thereafter.
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The big salmons find their specific spots in the pond.


One of the things we noted, was that the big salmons, upon finding its spot in the pond, would be remaining on the same spot for as much as a week and half. They locate as close to the river floor as possible. Sometimes it could make a short roaming around for a day or two, only to come back to the same spot again. While the biggest salmon was away from the spot, secondary salmons would take its place on the spot, until the biggest one came back and reclaimed the spot again.

You will not be able to force the big salmon to rise for the fly, and it is not intimidated by the line.


Not even once could we see signs that the salmons were spooked by lines passing on the surface. We also presented the fly as closely as we could, letting the fly glide in front of its mouth, time and time again, without the salmon as much as caring. There was simply no use provoking the striking reflex. In most cases we saw absolutely no reaction at all. In some few scenarios we could provoke a small reaction with the salmon, but only for it in order to repel the fly.

The project costs 140 000 NOK


We got the idea of underwater monitoring one day under the shelter, when we were arguing as to whether there were any fish on the stretch or not. If it was even worth putting the gear out, Mr. Berge tells us. But half mad and fishing frenetic wild boys is unstoppable once they get their mind into an exiting project. Cooperation was entered into between the River Owners, and the Suldal Travel Union, and once the municipality granted 100 000 NOK for the project, of course there was no problem to establish the rest of the resources necessary.

The cameras snap good shots up to 10m


Three professional under water cameras were placed in the Skoti Pond, and a monitor was mounted in the shelter. From here we were able to observe the images coming in and putting them online to www.suldalslagen.no In the transparent water the three cameras are able to catch salmons up to 10m distances.

Excellent commercial for the River Suldal


Mr. Arnar Berge tells that the response to the project has been tremendous. Many people has dropped by the shelter to observe the salmons up close. Specially foreign fishermen has been very eager to see some live images of the beautiful and majestic salmon, as an additional experience to the fishing. When the river close 30`Th of September, the cameras will be packed away, but they will surely be in place once more at the beginning of the next season. There is no doubt that the online broadcast from the Skoti Pond has become a success. Thanks to a municipality with foresight, Suldal has created a tourist destination that municipalities in other parts of the country could envy. How can you beat this international marketing of a travel destination. At the tip of your fingers, anywhere in the world, you are now able to see the spring salmons enter River Suldal. Time to order permits, and tickets to Suldal, in Norway.

Photo:Bjørn Moe

Fishing Norway presume that underwater monitoring might have a huge impact in more Norwegian rivers. Especially in rivers where the population is under threat or extinction, this might be a powerful tool in order to keep the interest for the river up, and in order to secure optimal care taking and cultivation and researching.
It is a nice experience to sit under a comfortable fishing shelter with good fishing buddies, and monitor the salmons as they enter and move around in the pond. It enhances the fishing experience and increases the excitement, and gives a lot to discuss and talk about.

Catch:


2006: 1195 salmon 4578 Kg and 260 seatrout 257 Kg. Included in the catch were 525 grils, 527 salmon between 3-5 Kg and 143 big salmon more than 7 Kg.
2007: 434 salmon, 2780 Kg and 223 seatrout, 219 Kg. Incl. in the catch were 68 grils, 192 medium size salmon and 174 big salmon, more than 7 Kg.

Our fishing-guide and Contact person:


Mr. Øyvind Vårvik,
Phn. +47 911 18 505

Suldalslågen Forvaltningslag,


Klekkeriet
N-4230 Sand
Phone: + 47 91 11 85 05
Mail
www.suldalslagen.no


Live Salmon Agnar Berge,
www.teamskoti.no

Suldal Reiselivslag og Turistkontor,


N-4230 Sand
Phone + 47 52 79 05 60
post@suldal-turistkontor.no
www.suldal-turistkontor.no

Ryfylke Fjordhotel


N-4230 Sand,
tel + 47 52 79 27 00
ryhotell@online.no
www.ryfylkefjordhotel.no



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