The Målselv River of Troms, northern Norway was once the preserve of the wealthy British 'Salmon Lords' – now a team of UK fishing writers return to rediscover its silver. Will they strike it lucky?
Stephan Gian Dombaj travels the world fly fishing and taking photographs that capture both the spirit of the destinations he visits and also the species of fish he seeks there. In his first of a regular series for Fish&Fly he shares his love for the Rio Gallegos of Patagonia and its spectacular and often giant seatrout.
For some time now I have heard whispers of the trout fishing in Iceland and I was dubious at best. The idea of rivers with browns averaging 4-5lbs and the chance of 10-12lb fish like in New Zealand but then with the population density resembling a river more like that of Southern England, it just seemed inconceivable! So I ventured North-West to go and see if any of these bold statements were based at all on truth.
Fortunes have varied wildly for salmon fishers in Norway recently. While the central rivers of the Trondelag region continue to struggle with catches through to the approaching end of the season, a notable catch to one rod on a single river has shown the potential for sport in this celebrated salmon-fishing country.
As July merges into August, high summer into late-summer, a pattern has become established on Norway's sportfishing rivers. When a 2012 salmon is hooked it tends to be an older, bigger, river fish. Now, with the season ending two weeks tomorrow, from the Lakselva to the Orkla, the question is repeated: what has happened to Norway's summer run of medium sized salmon and grilse? And the newer, big fish, for that matter?
It is one of the most famous names in Scottish West Coast salmon and sea-trout fishing. But the Isle of Harris' Amhuinnsuidhe fishery, with its superlative wild fly-fishing on Lochs Voshmid, Scourst and Ulladale is not just about fishing, as Greig Thomson of Salmo International describes..
A new venture for fly-fishers whose dream is to sample the Arctic char fishing in Greenland is taking shape under the aegis of Arni Baldursson. Arni runs his Lax-a fishing all over the world but this camp looks the business and one assumes very good connections in Greenland to enable such comfort to go up in the wilderness in such short order.
A fisherman catches a huge salmon, but there is no witness and no photograph and only a rough measurement taken of the fish's length against a rod. Coverage of the capture of 'the Balmoral 50-pounder' caught this June has since appeared in magazines from the Field to Trout and Salmon and the capture has been well documented and discussed on our own Fly Forums. But how does such a catch go down in the history books? And what was the final verdict of a man who lives and breathes the River Dee, Ken Reid, Fisheries Development Officer of The Dee District Salmon Fisheries Board?
I have just returned from attending what was billed as the Ultimate Atlantic Salmon-fishing Course on Russia's Varzuga river. Apart from giving me the chance to catch numbers of salmon in a day that in Scotland one would hope for in a week (or month), the course gave me the perfect chance to test out for Fish and Fly, Patagonia's new Rock Grip (aluminium bar) wading boots and also their new wading Crampons too.
Andy Mill tracks down steelhead in remote British Columbia