After safely returned from the the Danish Fly Festival in Kolding I went through the many pictures I took and … well – here you go. Have a look for yourself.
The Danish Fly Festival 2019 takes place on the 2nd and 3rd of March. Skålestrømmen Fly Fishing will have a small stand in the hall between the two areas (hall 1 & 2).
Come by for chat at our stand at the Danish Flyfestival and find out more about our destination and the Fly Fishing vacations we offer at Skålestrømmen.
Danish Fly Festival history:
The Federation of flyfishers Denmark has since 1993 held The Danish Fly Festival every two years. The festival attracts each time between 2,500 and 3,000 visitors. The Danish Flyfestival is the meeting place for passionate fly fisherman, from beginners to seasoned, from the young to the elderly.
Danish Fly Festival website – http://www.flyfestival.dk/en/
What is the Skålestrømmen address?
Why are the fishing condiations in Skålestrømmen so special?
Reason behind is the unique location between two lakes.
Skålestrømmen is fed by lake Ulen. Lake Ulen, which feeds our stream (strøm = stream) is very deep, and therefore supplies us with cold water whatever the weather conditions are. The 6.23-square-kilometre (2.41 sq mi) lake lies south of the village of Mebygda. Water flows south from the lake Lenglingen into Ulen, and it then continues south into the lake Rengen (which goes into Sweden).
Lake Rengen is rather shallow around Skålestrømmen and is the perfect kindergarden for literally millions of trout.
If you fancy you can of course also fish these lakes with our boats. However, a different permit is required. Just let us know and we fix this for you.
How to get to Skålestrømmen? Which is the nearest Airport and how does one commute from there?
Nearest International Airport is Trondheim. https://avinor.no/flyplass/trondheim
From there it is around 280km by car. Google and other GPS system have a hard time finding our address. It is better to enter the GPS coordinates into your navigation device.
GPS: 64.133413, 13.906638
Are there any small towns or villages or other places of interest nearby?
There is a lot of nature around Skålestrømmen but you also have easy access to small villages with shops. The closest shop (Joker in Jule) is 6km away. However, driving one hour is considered being around the corner, so a rental car is a good thing to have. On arrival we will explain the nearby opportunities and also supply a map.
What are the cost?
We offer inclusive packages with accommodation, boats, licenses, all meals included, so that you do not have to worry about anything. Enjoy your stay in you own pace an in absolute freedom.
1 week package for NOK 9.500kr.
Seven day (Saturday to Saturday) fly fishing vacation including accommodation, meals, boats, guiding, fly tying, casting tuition.
All payments to be made in Norwegian Crowns. You can check the currency converter for orientation.
Is there a typical daily schedule at Skålestrømmen? Is the fishing only at night-time?
Freedom to do whatever you like is in focus here at Skålestrømmen. Breakfast is from roughly 9:00 to 11:00 and dinner is at 6. You have access to food 24 hours though.
Is there WiFi available?
The Norwegian 4G network is available pretty much everywhere. It is advisable to check the roaming rate with you cell phone provider or get a prepay SIM chip at the airport.
Is the toilet outside or in the cabin?
The hut is 100% self-contained. We are focussing on a very low impact. Electricity 12V is provided via sun panels. The toilet is outside. We have a gas heated shower with warm water inside and gas heated warm water in the kitchen.
What species of fish can we expect in Skålestrømmen?
Skålestrømmen and the lake Ulen ( above and Rengen below are solely but abundantly populated by wild Brown trout and Artic char. The average size for trout at Skålestrømmen is between 0,4 and 1 kg. However, there are reported catches of up to 3 kg.
What are the regulations & bag limit?
Please refer to the rules page here – Skålestrømmen fishing rules
How about bringing a fish to the table for dinner?
We actually encourage our guests to do so. It just completes the experience. Tasting a true wild fish is unforgettable.
Since our fish are coming from two huge lakes (Ulen and Rengen) into our stream we experience an amazing abundance of fish. The lakes are hardly fished at all. So taking a few fish for dinner does actually help the fishery instead of hurting it. Natural predators are far and few between. The “human” is a natural part of this fishery. The angler and fishermen used to be a part of natural regulation of the fish population, but since commercial fishing in the lakes has died off we are missing this. in previous days, natural regulation of the fish abundance.
Judging by your site and the flies used there are plenty of dries i.e CDC’s , Klinks and so on so the light must be good at night time?
The nighttime i summer is bright. Many of the pictures on the page are taken around midnight and some of the best ones even with mobile phones.
What sort of tackle do I need to bring?
Please refer to the Tackle & Flies page.
We fly-fish regularly for Trout & Grayling at home so we think we’re Ok as per what is needed and so on. But most of our fish are stocked.
We do not have one single stocked fish here. All fish are wild, meaning they were born and raised in these waters. So the trout might be different to what your are used to, specifically in fighting power.
Are there Grayling too?
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We suggest the following for the evening dinner we prepare together family style. The raw materials are sourced locally.
Breakfast (around 10:00) is prepared to the guest preference. Bacon and eggs or muesli. Its all there. We eat dinner around 18:00. Lunch is flexible and mostly sandwiches. There is always fruits, breads cheese and conducts available for sensible self service.
Saturday – welcome fest for the new guest with Reindeer stew.
Sunday – smoked & grilled trout* with potatoes, salat
Monday – Lambstew
Tuesday – Elgburger with potatoes & Salad
Wednesday – asian style wok with chicken and / or lamb.
Thursday – Catch of the day grilled on open fire.
Friday – Grillfest with “pølser” and trout* and char*
*fish is always fresh from Skålestrømmen. We prepare what we and our guests catch. So if our combined efforts weren’t productive (never happens really) we have to find an alternative.
**These are suggestions. Skålestrømmen is not a Restaurant in the common sense. A part of your fee is used to buy food so we can prepare it together. The group experience is really in focus.
Entomology – big old Greek word this is. The scientific (again something scary) study of insects. A fun science. Insects count for more than two-thirds of all known organisms. Amazing. No wonder the old Egyptians were fascinated by them.
But no worries – YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW ALL THIS – well just a bit.
Why, you ask? Simply because insects are a big part of the diet of freshwater fish. The fish we want to catch feed on insects. Fly-fishers catch fish with the help of insect imitations. Not only the very fly, but also by replicating the behaviour and life cycles and so on.
OK, you adult people can understand from books, but how do kids learn this stuff? They have a huge interest in it. I have so many kids drop by when fishing asking what the heck I am doing there? Really quickly I got it. Some kids want to understand and learn by pictures, symbols. One has to use all one has to illustrate what this is about. Body language works well, and hands.
I “developed” a sign language to illustrate the four main families of insects we are dealing with as a fly-fisher. It is real good fun.
I start with buzzers, midges and other two-winged insects. These insects make a buzzing noise, hence the name buzzer. Some of them suck blood, not all.
I ask them to cross the hands as shown in the picture and wiggle their fingers and make a buzzing noise… kids love this.
Next hand-sign is forming a roof. That is the caddis which is a good friend of the buzzers. They often appear together.
Next is the collapsed roof with the hand on top of each other – representing the stonefly.
And the last is the praying hands symbolising the mayfly.
Kids seem to adopt this very quickly. By the water, they can be asked what do they see, or have seen? They can now explain what flies they have seen without having to remember all these scientific terms (“mayfly” is scientific for a 6-year-old).
Enjoy – and make sure to take the kids fishing… and bug hunting.
By kind permission from Jan Siman – http://shop.goflyfish.cz/en/blog/z-fly-fishing-knot-n4
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Last week Per from Sweden and Neil from London came to fish Skålestrømmen. They had picked a very good week. It was sunny and warm for he most time. The hatches were OK and the fishing very good too. Despite all the warm weather, Skålestrømmen stayed cool and the fish were active and very fit. It was not easy to keep them on once hooked.
Neil was very creative and really explored each and every corner of the area. Very inspiring to watch such dedicated fisherman. He tried everything he knew and also gave new methods a try. Per was game, but had a different approach. Both caught good fish and had great time.
During the day we tied flies, discussed the previous nights fishing and planned the next adventure.
I really missed the two when they had to leave after a very busy week.