Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:36 am Post subject: Grayling fishing in Rena and Glomma rivers
I'm planning a grayling fishing trip to Norway in mid August.
As I will fly to Norway and want to try to avoid to rent a car I'm looking for a place where I can start my fishing trips from a campground walking along on the river.
The Glomma and Rena rivers seems to be good places to do that.
What river (Glomma or Rena) do you think is better/nicer for fly fishing?
Has anybody an idea for a nice campground on these rivers where I don't need a car for my fishing?
What flies should I bring in second half of August?
Thanks for your help.
Joined: 13 Jul 2007 Posts: 27 Location: The Netherlands
Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:13 pm Post subject:
Take a look at Kvennan camping and Koppang camping Both situated next to the Glomma and a well known in my country (Netherlands) for fishing grayling. Never been there myself so i can't tell you first hand but it must be both beautiful and good fishing (if i can believe the story's)....
Good luck and have fun!
Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:58 pm Post subject: Grayling fishing in Norway
Take the train from Gardermoen airport to the village of Koppang; the norwegian NSB site will tell you how to arrange for that. Keep in mind to book "minipris"; this will save you a lot of money. Contact the owner of Koppang and arrange for housing; at their website you will find out about that. The owner of the camping is a Dutchman; no doubt he will be able to answer your questions in English and/or German.
Koppang camping is located at the border of the river Glomma; you may walk upstreams or downstream to find nice fishingspots. Getting nice fish will not be all that difficult.....
There is a flyfishing guide available through the campingowner; getting to know this river takes time (a lot) and why trying to invent the wheel during your holiday? Anyway, you can do without the fishingguide, but I would recommend to make use of him for at least a day or two. He also will advise you about the rigth flies by then.
thanks for your reply.
In the meantime I've read on the website www.kvennan.com about river Glomma between Tynset and Tolga. They talk about a special fly fishing zone. .... sounds good.
Do you (or anybody else) know this stretch of the river? Any comparisons to Koppang area?
One of the differences is, that the Kvennan stretch is upstream of major damming. So, the waterlevel is more predictable than the Koppang part of the river. Another difference is, that the Kvennan stretch is not as wide as it is in the Koppang region. And in the Koppang area the motorroad is (on an averige) not as close to the river as it is in the Kvennan area. Whether the "fly only" zone really is an advantage for flyfishers remains to be seen...... From extensive personal experience I know, that the stretch of river in the Koppang area is really far form crowded by fisherman. So, good fishing spots are relatively easy to be found. On top of that: graylins is abundand in the stretch of river between Atna and Koppang. Exemplars of over 40 cm. ar far from rare......As for me, there is and preference for the Koppang area. But that is just a personal opinion......... This also has to do with the difference in landscape; the Koppang area could be described as more "rocky" and somewhat more attractive. Oh and the Kvennan area is about 130 kms north from Koppang. If you like travelling by public transport, it will be great! So, all in all, my preference is clear enough. But you Stefan has to decide for yourself.
Posted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 3:31 pm Post subject: Fishing for grayling in river Glomma.......
Regarding the typing mistakes in a posting of late Saturdaynight demonstrates, that I better had waited for Sundaymorning. Anyway, I do hope, that the message was clear enough.
And Stefan, keep in mind that about 90 % of your catch will be grayling and the rest will be trout. Like I said, there are nice graylings in Glomma. I will enclose a picture of some
fish I took for lunch. For those who wonder what lunch has to do with flyfishing: about
99,9 % of my catch is swimming away unharmed! But sometimes I use a small smoking stove at the riverside. These two graylings opened theirs yes as wide as they could; they never, ever had seen such a nice smokingstove!
thanks for your reply. ... and nice graylings on the pic.
What would you say is the better time for my trip, mid August or mid September?
I'm still not sure what is best for me - Kvennan or Koppang. I'll first fix the flight to Oslo and decide later.
When to go is a personal opinion. As for me, I would go during the first week of September. By then there still is a fair chance of nice weather, which can be totally different at the end of September. (Last September 15th we woke up with about 10 cm of snow around the caravan. This is rather exceptional, but it happens every now and then) Back to the first week of September: most of the time the waterlevel in the river is low during that period and under these cirucumstances fish is fairly easy to approach.
Where to go is a personal thing as well. The fishing in the Koppang area is great and there is no real reason to assume, that the fishing is better at Kvennan camping. Only, like I already wrote, the landscape is different and I do have a preference for the Koppang area.
How to come there is another thing. I would recommend to have a look at the fares of cheap airlines like Sterling air. On top of that, I would rent a car. Regarding distances in Norway a car does make you much more flexible in your fishing. Suppose it rains, the river is too high for the right fishing and you blocked yourself in your campingcabin because there is no transport available for alternative fishingspots like small rivers and lakes in the area? Right, you will sleep for one day to forget about the stressy live in your country. But that was not the reason for travelling to Norway, was it? So, have a look at the site of Avis or Rent-a-wreck. (no joking, this company really excists)
I would suggest: call Edward Scholten at Koppang camping 004762460234. Ask him about the local fishing, nice spots and ofcourse a camping cabin. And do not forget to ask him why you should come to his camping for fishing. If you do not like the answers, call the other camping you mentioned and ask the same questions..........
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