Norway’s Secret Gem – The Åbjøra River

Manufacturer: Horstad Estate

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The Åbjøra river valley and surrounding mountains are blessed with some of the most breathtaking nature and scenery in Norway, and a rich fauna and flora. Frequent sightings of elks, foxes, lynx and capercaillie, black grouse and ptarmigan are common. Even brown bear and wolverine are present in the mountainous area to the east, closer to the Swedish border.

The total length of the Åbjøra River system is approx. 70 kilometres (50 miles) and the salmon are able to run its length in to the Abjora Lake and beyond due to some cleverly built salmon ladders. The main fishing stretches are found on the first 25 kilometres. The lower part of the river, locally called the A River, from the mouth till the waterfalls at the Horstad Estate, flows gently, only interrupted by some croys on the left hand side and leads down to the high-tide pool. It is very good fly water and easy wading. The middle part of the river, above the Horstad falls, has a number of long pools and good fly fishing stretches combined with rapids, good pools and a mixture of wading conditions. The upper part of the river runs through a magnificent canyon, with deep holding pools, but there are some magnificent fly-fishing stretches too. Be aware that this part of the river has some difficult access and is most suitable for more adventures anglers.

Horstad Estate Fishings
With more than 2 kilometres (1.5 miles) of double bank fishing and an extra 7 kilometres single bank fishing, the Horstad Estate offers a unique opportunity of combining some lazy casting with some much more challenging and pin-point accuracy casting, particularly in the parts of the river where there are rapids and boulders. The fishing normally starts from mid-June, and during the first few weeks, the main fishing take place on the lower stretches below the Horstad falls. When the water level and temperature is right – the salmon start running these falls and the middle stretches of the river becomes very inviting.

The Horstad Estate’s stretches are normally fished by 4 to 6 rods per week and the catches average around 1.5 fish per rod per day over a 6 weeks period. Average size around 2.5 kilos (6.0lb) each season and the largest salmon normally in the 10.0–12.0 kilos (22.0–25.0 lb) range. The total number of sea trout caught on the whole river varies between 1,200 – 1,800 each season and some specimen exceed 6 kilos (13 lb). In addition to salmon and sea trout fishing in the river, there are arctic char and brown trout fishing river as well a number of lakes in the area. Additionally, there are unique opportunities for sea fishing for large cod, pollock, coalfish etc., using the very special and historic 35 feet ‘Bindal-boat’, a local treasure named “Faragut’ with sails (and engine) and its own crew. Smaller boats are also available to guests. There will normally be one guide per group of 6 anglers, but extra guides will be available based on requests.

Accommodation
The Horstad Estate originates from 1622, when the first settlers arrived in the area and it has been in the Fred. Olsen family since 1958. The famous Arctic explorer, Captain Otto Sverdrup, was born on the estate in 1854. It is a working estate, mainly cattle and beef production. The estate buildings have been carefully restored, maintaining it’s original and historical style, making it an exclusive place for any guest or parties. The Horstad Estate is offering its guests an exclusive setting and arrangement, high standard accommodation (full board), a friendly and welcoming hospitality, wholesome and good food based on local produce.

Travel
Easy travel by air from any airport in the EU/UK via Oslo, Copenhagen or Amsterdam to Trondheim Airport in Central Norway (flight booking with www.flysas.com ). Additional 20 minutes local flight to Rørvik Airport is available, followed by an hour drive to the Horstad Estate. Direct flight from UK’s London Gatwick to Trondheim Airport (flight booking with www.norwegian.com) and a 2 hours 30 minutes’ drive to Skarstad, following the E6/R17 roads north (hire cars at Trondheim Airport). The changeover will normally take place on a Sunday. Guests will be picked up when Rørvik Airport is used as destination airport.
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