Sunnfjord - the fishing adventure high spot in Norway

Sunnfjord is one of the best all round fishing spots in Norway. Here is one of our best offers. Go with me for fishing salmon in one of the best rivers in the fjord district and to the best brown trout river with catch guaranty in Europe.

Fishing tours in Sunnfjord 2017

Full day excursion with professional fishing guide in Europe’s richest watercourse for trout, - the Jölstra river, the Jölstra lake and mountain lakes at the foot of the glacier Jostedalsbreen. Price per person NOK 900,- at a minimum of 2 persons. The price includes fishinglicense, use of waders, life vest and all other necessary equipment. You will also learn how to clean and fillet the fish – ready to panfry. Cach warranty.

Alta River - Registration will be opened the 2nd of January

The registration will be opened the 2nd of January 2017 and the registration deadline is January 31. 2017.
Please read the application rules in this article and then follow the link at the bottom of the page to the registration page.

Trout and salmon fishing in Western Norway

Fishing tours with a tour guide for trout, sea trout and salmon in rivers and lakes or from a fishing boat following the big fish hunting out at sea.
If you don't have fishing equipment with you, we will gear you up with wading pants, inflatable life vests and fishing licenses, a rod and line and everything an angler needs to meet the fish on the Norwegian West Coast.

county: Sør-Trøndelag -- municipality: Orkdal / Meldal / Rennebu

Orkla River
Orkla River
A wonderful early morning
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Weather forecast for Orkla

A Salmon River accessible to most people

If you are dreaming about catching a salmon, you should buy a permit in Orkla River, and make sure to be there in the middle of July. By this time, all the minor salmon and the large sea trout has arrived, stacked up, alongside the big salmons that entered the river on first summer.
The Orkla River is situated in the Central Trøndelag region and runs into the massive Trondheim fjord. Trøndelag offers a spectacular variety of scenery, from its rolling coastal plains, to the towering snow-capped mountains.
The fishing season in Central Norway runs from 1 June until 31 August. Although the best time for fishing in this region is during the first two months of the season, August fishing can still be particularly rewarding, once the first runs of fish have settled along the river.
The Orkla is one of 6 major rivers in the region, which produce a haul of between 30,000 and 40,000 salmon during the fishing season every year. The river has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best competition fishing rivers in Europe, and is well-known for its excellent stocks of large fish. With the introduction of catch and release policies across Norway’s rivers, Orkla is also subject to new fishing quotas. Kept salmon are limited to one per day and 10 per season. Any sea trout caught in the area must be released. Frode Bjerke , Sven Olav Evensen, Jan Øyvind Tyreng, Øyvind Bølerengen
Frode Bjerke , Sven Olav Evensen, Jan Øyvind Tyreng, Øyvind Bølerengen

A smashing premiere

The salmon enters Orkla already in May, and the pools are filling all the way up to Meldal, 40km from the inlet, by the end of the month. Those present at premiere night 1`st of June, normally get a smashing start to their salmon season. With a river filled to the brink with freshly arrived salmons and big salmons around 8-10 kilos, thousands of men and women experience the fishing of their lives. The tension climax once the first lines are casted upon the major pools midnight on premiere night. In the record season of 1987 a staggering 3-4 tons of salmon was landed during the first day! On the best locations, 10-15 big salmons are landed regularly on premiere night. Kottohølen, Pollen and Gamshølen. Foto: Vegard Heggem.
Kottohølen, Pollen and Gamshølen. Foto: Vegard Heggem.

No other Norwegian River gathers so much people on the opening day

No other Norwegian river gathers equally much people on the first fishing day as Orkla. At Vormstad Fishing Camp, all the 30 cabins are booked far in advance, and the ground is packed with trailers. The permits on the stretch are reasonable in price. What many forget is that they also have to pay for lodging. But if several share a cabin, also this is feasible. People from all over Scandinavia gathers at the banks of Orkla in the annual spin for salmon luck. Everybody enjoys the days here in the River of the peoples choice. Many set aside their whole summer vacation for fishing here. Most of this time is spent socializing however. The salmons are not lined up for striking, so many also leave Orkla without a catch. But the Orkla deal is a package deal, including plenty social gathering, and everybody rejoice with each other if one are so luck as to land a salmon. Most people are more than satisfied after 4-5 hours in the river each day. The remaining time is pent on the fishing camp. However fishing at Vormstad can be crowded. Several hundred fishermen can be seen at the banks on the first days. There are sometimes lines just to get down to the river.
Bodil Reitan and her salmon 18,5 Kg. Photo:Rune Krogdahl
Bodil Reitan and her salmon 18,5 Kg. Photo:Rune Krogdahl


But even though the Orkla salmons are striking like crazy on the first days, it can not be neglected that Orkla is a moody river. It is very sensible to water levels. It quickly diminishes and warms up. Days and weeks may pass when the river is seemingly empty. And then upon fresh water with a rainstorm, huge amounts of salmon enter the river from the ocean, and frenetic fishing is once taking place. Especially when the river starts dropping after a flood the fishing can be very good. New fishermen to the river should always hire a local guide. We all know salmon fishing is a long day’s work and a lot of casting. We recommend a weekly permit in the middle of July. Smaller salmons provide ample excitement and pleasure. A guide will show you the inside knowledge you need to have a successful outcome. If you believe in what you are doing, your patience will increase. It is important to slow down. And really explore a certain part of the river to get familiarised. Far too many is stressing to and from, in search of rumours and salmons already landed.


Many use regular telescopic gear with spinning reel and 0.40mm line. The normal bent hook on baiting is common. One and two hand fly rods are both suitable. During the mid summer months a floating line is most recommendable. If there should be some flooding, one can use a sink tip. Bright flies on daylight fishing, dark flies during night. Big tube flies are commonly used. Sunray Shadow is a notorious winner. Mallard & Clarret is also a fine fly in the middle of July. On smaller river, you should use smaller flies, hooks size 6-8, and floating line only. The Namsen fly is a good all-rounder at day time. Monroe Killer is a typical night time fly. Peter Ross is a fine evening fly.

Orkla has everything from miles of commonly accessible stretches, to expensive luxury pools

Jan Hansen and Einar Mathiesen are dreaming about a new summer adventure.Photo: Karl Olav Mærk

Orkla has a lot of fishing zones. But for most people it is best value to get an all-round permit for the Meldal Hunting and fishing association or Orkla Hunting and fishing association, and fish on kilometres of stretches. From premiere night it is recommendable to go for weekly permits at the lower parts of the river. Zones 3, 4 and 5 at Orkla JJF are attractive. Plenty of big salmons are caught annually below the bridge at Bårdhaug. Some kilometres upstream at Fanrem, are the famous Forve Pond and the Eriksen Pool. Together with Orkla JJF zone 6, these are among our favourite places in Orkla River. For fly fishing, we recommend Øvre and Nedre By.
Zones 1-3 on Meldal JJF also offer some fine fishing. In the river valley between Svorkmo and Meldal, are some of the most exclusive parts of the river. But most of these are locked up in long terms deals. In Meldal, Zone 4, some kilometres south of the city is our recommendation. But please note that fishing can be slow here before 20`Th of June.
In the upper parts of the river, Rennebu hunting and fishing association has several zones, each on several kilometres. These are underestimated parts of the river, and have some really fine fishing locations, especially later in the season.

Alternative Rivers, should the water drop in Orkla

Phatagorva-tubefly.Photo: Karl Olav Mærk

Orkla drops quickly, and gets rapidly warmed up. It is sensitive to rainfall and specially shortage of such. Suddenly the river may appear empty. At occasions such as these it is wise to visit the some of the neighbouring rivers. If one or two days of bad fishing are all you can take, you can easily head west to river Surna, or east to River Gaula. It is smart to have these backup plans, in stead of wasting your whole vacation on a river either empty or where the salmon simply refuse to strike. River Gaula has more salmon and more water than Orkla. Another very good fly fishing river is Stjørdals elva, located an hour north of Orkla, and has a good population of medium size salmon. Another alternative in that area up north is Verdals elva, which is a typical small salmon river. The patience of anglers is constantly put to the strain in moody salmon rivers.

Fishing for pleasure or food supply

If You are looking for a more exclusive fishing experience in Orkla, there are several professional operators. Mr. Vegard Heggem on the Aunan zone is one of the best. Mr. Leif Gundersrud on Orkla River Lodge is another, and they both make sure You get a memorable experience on Your trip to Orkla. In addition there are numerous part owners who have long term deals with companies and other private contractors. However there are always opportunities opening up. Due to failing seasons and bad fishing in periods, some contractors gets tired of the whole deal and leave possibilities open to others. When it comes to salmon fishing, the most expensive is not always the best.

Erik and Martin Dahl

At the zone called Øya valdet, we met up with Mr. Erik Dahl and his son Martin in 2006, shortly after they landed a 19,5 kilo salmon on a Mepps brass spinner. Mr. Dahl is fishing with both live bait, spinners, spoons, wobblers and flies, and put on display some of the greediness that seems to drive some anglers. He made no secret of the fact that he had landed 39 salmons only on this zone. And the season wasn’t even over.

Tom and Jane Marshall and the gillie Geir Olsen. Photo: Vegard Heggem.

On the Aunan stretch, the Scottish gentleman Mr. Tom Marshall and his wife Jane, displayed a totally different attitude towards their fishing experience in the Orkla valley. “I came here to experience the salmon fishing and the nature. I have no need or desire to eat these beautiful big salmons. It is the fly-fishing in itself, and the thrill when the salmon strikes, and the following fight that drives me.” This is the remark he made upon releasing his 14 kilo salmon, after a long and nerve wrecking fight. May we all learn to develop such a fine attitude to our fishing.

88 kilometres of fishable stretch!

Ole Kirkemo in his favourite river Orkla.

Orkla is among the most popular and weather mild rivers, accessible for most people. With its even water level through out summer and its huge amount of stretches and pools, it holds ample opportunities for good fishing at a reasonable price. River Orkla is fishable at an incredible 88 km stretch from the outlet in Orkanger up to Stoin in Rennebu. It flows through 3 counties, Rennebu, Meldal and Orkdal. The record salmon is 25 kilos. The season starts the 1`st of June and goes on to the end of August. Most of the big salmons are normally caught during the first days of the season. From the middle of June to middle of July the medium salmons arrive, normally fish between 3-7 kilos. From the middle of July, smaller salmons enter the river. By this time the whole river is full of salmon.
Only the weather, temperature and Your personal skill, and Your patience, stands between You and a successful outcome in Orkla River.


2007: 3266 salmons at 17457 kilo, and 192 sea trouts at 246 kilo.

Orklaguiden AS

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Aunan AS

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N-7300 Orkanger
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