Norway has always been the home of ‘big’ Atlantic salmon and the rivers of northern Norway in particular keep on producing these incredible fish. And unlike Scotland of recent years, the salmon numbers are holding up too—especially here in the pristine far north, beyond the Arctic Circle.
Our salmon fishing consultants Colin Bradshaw and Harald Oyen, having explored (and fished) the length and breadth of Norway over many years, have selected the magnificent and improving river Malselva as the venue of the CountryClubuk 2020 Norway salmon adventure! This fine salmon river not only offers first-class private fly fishing but has a charming and historic salmon fishing hotel on its river banks—host to kings and politicians, generals, novelists and renowned salmon fishers for decades. The only snag is that the number in our party is limited to six—so please read on, and don’t delay!
A MALSELVA 28-POUND SALMON CAUGHT ON OUR BEATS WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR’S FISHING.
The Malselva figures high on the list of top-ranking Norwegian salmon rivers. Here are the top six of 2018 (in only a three-month season): Tana (Norwegian) 8,050; Namsen 5,992; Gaula 4,939; Orkla 3,863; Mandal 3,752; and Målselva 3,187. Since Norway has more than 400 salmon rivers, to figure so high on this prestigious list is exceptional. See the Malselva’s superb 25-year catch statistics in the graph below!
BEAUTIFUL FLY WATER ON ONE OF OUR BEATS: CRYSTAL CLEAR AND EASY WADING.
We shall stay at the excellent Rundhaug Hotel, which first welcomed British fishing parties in 1902. They enjoyed great sport until the Germans took over during the war and it took General Montgomery to restore order in the region—while staying at the hotel—and sport again thrived and continues to do so. In the list of great characters who have stayed at the hotel and fished these waters is Charles Ritz, who wrote about it in his book ‘A Fly Fisher’s Life’, as well as the King of Norway, film star Sonja Hennie and author Wilbur Smith, whose Norwegian fly fishing was arranged by Harald. The hotel remains a thriving and hospitable place to be, under the welcoming, hands-on ownership of Reidun Traasdahl Nilsen and her salmon fishing husband Bjorn. The food is outstanding—the UN holds private dinners for its envoys here—and all included in our trip.
What is more, you do not need a car—all transport from the local airport to the hotel and to the fishing beats will be provided. Just bring your fishing tackle (or hire it there)!
CHARMING, HISTORIC FISHING HOTEL FOR A CLASSIC BIG SALMON FISHING EXPERIENCE.
The Malselva river flows through the county of Troms, north of the Arctic Circle in Norwegian Lapland, so you will enjoy 24-hour daylight and plenty of opportunity to catch the fish of a lifetime. Colin caught a shining 28-pounder on his last visit and that was regarded as, well, quite normal size. The river is full of big salmon and it is similar in size and character to the Tay—this is no spate river. Flooding is still possible of course, but rare, as it is lake-fed.
MIGHTY MALSELVA SALMON SEEN THROUGH THE VIEWING WINDOW ON THE FISH LADDER.
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Our CountryClubuk Norway Salmon Week begins on Monday, July 20, and ends on Sunday, July 26, 2020. The full trip will comprise:
6/7 days’ fishing with shared guide (8-hour days).
6 nights’ accommodation, dinner, packed lunch and breakfast.
3-night trips are available too (call for availability and exclusive CCUK rates).
Daily transfers to and from the river beats.
Transfers to and from Bardufoss airport, only a few miles from the hotel.
Norwegian fishing licences and equipment disinfection.
Fishing tackle can be hired by arrangement if required.
Fishing from a boat (harling) can also be arranged.
Spey casting tuition if required.
Non-Member price: £4,650 per person.
CCUK Member price: £3,997 per person. You and your guests save more than £100 per person per night. Click here to book your places now or call us on 020 7399 2960.
Other dates and shorter trips are available for our Members at similar rates—and in winter a trip to see the spectacular Northern Lights. Call the Member Services team on 020 7399 2960 for details or click here to email.
Details correct at time of going to press but may be subject to change without prior notice. Bookings are made under our usual Club Rules, Terms and Conditions.