Norway: Join our CountryClubuk Salmon Fishing Party in the footsteps of the ‘Salmon Lords’ on one of the world’s great rivers, the Namsen, for a prime-time week in July 2022: fully booked

British salmon fishers discovered the virtues of Norway’s great River Namsen in the 1830s, and named it ‘Queen of the Rivers’. Reports of record catches and huge salmon spread among distinguished fishers, magnetising an increasing number of titled anglers known as the ‘Salmon Lords’. Today the Namsen remains one of the most productive salmon rivers in Norway, still a magnet for distinguished fishers—and it is here where our CountryClubuk Salmon Fishing Party will take place in prime-time July 2022. It is a wonderful location, an idyllic area of big mountains, wide river valleys and pristine conditions—and a great price for full board and fishing on what is considered one of the best salmon rivers in the world, and on one of the top flyfishing beats too.

Although the Namsen is particularly famous for its big salmon, it also offers very good runs of medium size salmon and grilse in summer. Even today, catching a 30- to 50-pounder is a genuine possibility, and in high-season July, prolific grilse runs can offer good additional sport.

The Namsen is a big river by any standards and the slower, lower stretches are usually fished by harling from a boat. Our beat, however, is above the junction with the Sandøla river near the village of Grong, where the best of the flyfishing can be enjoyed. Here the ‘smaller’ Upper Namsen, as it is now called, runs more quickly through a high-sided gorge and offers lovely flyfishing in a glorious majestic setting. The beat also includes the lower section of the Sandøla river which is very manageable in size and easy to fish.

Both beats begin downstream of dramatic waterfalls harnessed by hydro-electric power development, which help ensure reasonably stable water levels throughout the season. At the famous Fiskumfoss waterfall, a little further upstream of our beat, there is a visitor centre with a salmon ladder/viewing station almost certainly containing salmon well worth seeing.

Throughout the season there is always the chance of catching ‘the big one’. The biggest ever rod-caught fish (1924) measured 55in with a 33in girth and weighed 31.5kg (69lb). Even in ‘Covid year’, the Namsen in 2020, during its short three-month season, produced over 7,500 salmon with more than 1,000 of these fish averaging over 20lb. The largest caught in 2020 was 46lb and 47 fish weighed more than 30lb. No river in the UK currently compares with the Namsen!

Our party will fish the Upper Namsen beat near the town of Grong and stay at the very comfortable, custom-built fishing lodge of Namsentunet with all food and soft drinks provided. Single bedrooms with en-suite are the norm but double beds are also available for partners to enjoy the Norwegian hospitality.

The fishing will be rotated between the Upper Namsen and Sandøla river beats where a shared guide and boatman will take us to the best fishing pools. Harling can also be arranged for a very relaxing way to fish for the biggest fish of all. Our fishing consultants, Colin Bradshaw and Harald Oyen, plan to be with us for the week too. Both have fished the beat and it is here where Colin hooked (and lost) a fish so big it continues to haunt him—he says it was like being hooked to the back of a train! Expert advice, Spey casting tuition, shared boatmen and a party atmosphere are all part of our CountryClubuk plans.

Ours is the prime-time week of July 10-17, 2022, and costs £3,997 per person (shorter stays are also available, as are opportunities to be accompanied by both fishing and non-fishing partners sharing a room).

The most convenient flights from the UK are via Oslo to Trondheim some 2 1/2 hours away. There is a very good train service to Grong from Trondheim airport, but transport by vehicle is also avaiolable—and  if you prefer to hire a car this too can be arranged.

Our week’s itinerary:
Sunday, July 10, 2022: Fly from London to Trondheim;
Transfer to Namsentunet (2 1/2 hrs);
Supper and (if time permits) evening fishing.
Monday-Saturday, July 11-17, 2022: Six full days’ fishing.
Sunday, July 17, 2022: Early morning fishing;
Depart after breakfast, transfer back to Trondheim Airport for flight back to London.
Included in this private CountryClubuk Salmon Fishing Party for up to 10 Rods: Seven nights’ accommodation with full board including soft drinks (alcoholic drinks are extra) and transfers. Six full days’ salmon fishing. Expert advice. Spey casting tuition, shared boatmen and a party atmosphere!
The exclusive Club rate for all the above is £3,997 per person for a single fisher with exclusive single accommodation. Click here to book.
For 2 people, two Rods, sharing double accommodation, the rate is £3,697 per person. Click here to book.
For 2 people, one Rod and one non-fisher, sharing double accommodation, the rate is £2,997 per person. Click here to book.
Flights are not included, but it’s easy to get there and our Club flight team will be happy to advise and/or make bookings from the airport of your choice.
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