Summer & Winter Fishing
Ältsån & Laivabäcken
Laivabäcken is a fly-fishing friendly section of river between Lake Laiva and the Skibäcken river.
Flowing out of the lake, the river meanders through a vegetation-rich marsh. The fishing is excellent and, at the beginning of July, the waters resemble an aquarium with an abundance of fish. A few hundred metres downstream are several pools where you can fly-fish, mainly for trout but some arctic charr too. As the river gradually grows in size, so do the pools and fish, with the possibility of catches ranging from 2 hg to 2 kg and averaging around 8-9 hg. Our fishing trips are run in co-operation with Vindelfjällen’s Sami Centre, which is owned by the Ran Sami Community, and all follow strict quotas.
Exclusive ice or summer fishing
In co-operation with Vindelfjällen’s Sami Centre, we can provide exclusive fishing trips in Hemavan and Vindelfjällen. Only a few permits are issued each winter and summer.
In 2010, the average size of arctic charr in one of the lakes was 1.7 kg. Using Hemavan as a base, all fishing takes place within the Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve.
In the winter we fire up the snowmobiles for an early start, heading out to the magnificent Syterskalet pass. We drive to an area east of Lake Tärnasjön where there is a number of privately owned small tarns. In the summer we make the journey by helicopter.
Exclusive ice fishing and overnight stay
In co-operation with Vindelfjällen’s Sami Centre, we can provide exclusive ice fishing trips west of Lake Tärnasjön.
In the winter we fire up the snowmobiles for an early start, heading out to the magnificent Syterskalet pass. We then aim for Ammarnäs, passing Lake Tärnasjön on the way.
Upon reaching Lake Sirven, we make for our goal, the frozen lakes where arctic charr are abundant – but you might even catch trout. We fish all day, stopping only for a lunchtime warming cup of soup, and pack up before nightfall. We then follow the snowmobile trail to Lake Övre Ältsvattnet, our base for the night, and enjoy a hearty meal. The next day, we continue fishing in the small lakes south of Övre Ältsvattnet, before returning to Hemavan in the afternoon.
On the way back, we’ll stop at Lake Nedre Ältsvattnet, the place where local hunter, Evert Stenmark, survived an eight days being buried by snow. He was found by his brother who recognised a red cinema ticket that Evert was able to push up above the surface
Ice fishing is a very select activity for only a few groups are granted permission each winter.
Thanks to Norway’s policy of controlled fishing, our coastal waters have an abundance of fish.
Whether you are standing on land or sitting in a boat, the fishing here is great. We travel to a region with over 13,000 islands, ranging in height from a few metres above sea level to over 1,000m. There are stony coves and white sandy beaches and the Atlantic water is clean and clear – if a bit cold. This is the home of cod, pollock, rose fish, ling and halibut. Just being in the midst of this magical landscape makes the trip worthwhile. Fishing is good all year round, although the locals prefer September to May.
Salmon and sea trout
Hemavan is close to a wide variety of excellent fishing. The Norwegian coast with its many rivers, home to healthy stocks of salmon and trout and even sea charr, is just a short trip away.
The season begins around Midsummer, the best time to catch sea charr. After that, salmon begin their migration away from the rivers and sea trout leave the area towards the end of September.
You have to be in the right place at the right time to experience the best fishing.