Norway – Upper Glomma River
The river Glomma, in southern Norway, ranks among the best grayling fisheries in Europe. The upper reaches, located about 4 hours away from Oslo, are suited best for fly fishing but also an area that does not have many lodging structures for anglers.
For a handful of years, a fellow French fly angler has made the upper Glomma his home and is now catering to fly anglers, offering comfortable lodging and competent advice for visiting fly fishers in this great land.
The river is meandering through the heart of a sublime forested wilderness valley, so typical for this latitude. Running wide sometimes than breaking up into braids, the Glomma is home to an incredible number of grayling. Trout are also present but in lesser numbers, yet attain quite large sizes. Northern pike will concentrate below fast water and in calm sloughs and will take a fly with abandon when presented well.
Just a few minutes from the lodging site, anglers will find a number of lakes, populated with good numbers of trout and pike.
Most fishing for grayling is done with dry flies, the fish are constantly looking up in the fast flowing sections and will rise freely for dries, to the amusement of many anglers. You can reasonably expect many fish per day this way with the bigger grayling being in the vicinity of 20 inches. Dead-drifting a nymph can also be very productive as fish density is incredible.
Trout can easily be targeted with a well presented dry fly as well yet the bigger fish are mostly caught using streamers, swung or stripped through their lies.
Pike are also an interesting species for fly anglers and can grow quite large, over 40 inches. They are mostly caught using classic baitfish imitations in the slower, deeper sections of the river or along weed beds.
Lodging will be in an old, refurbished farmhouse with room for up to 6 visitors. Its terrace is a perfect place to chill after a long emotion-laden day on the water, drink in hand. Jean-Philippe, the owner, will also show you some of the other rivers and tributaries, a lot less accessed than the Glomma. They are real secret sanctuaries for trout and grayling! Stéphanie, his wife, riles the kitchen and raises eyebrows with her succulent dishes made from local products.
Fishing seasons begins in late June and usually ends in early October. July, August and September are the peak months and the best bet for perfect fly fishing conditions.
I am organizing guided fishing stays in partnership with Planet Fly Fishing on the upper Glomma for groups up to 4 anglers.
I will pick up my customers either on site or at Oslo Airport, assist them together with the help of the lodge owners during their stay and will guide them on the water according to their fly fishing levels for technical and strategic support.