Fishing with worm
That’s the most comfortable way and very easy. You angle either with the float or with the sinker. Worms or maggots are available in any angle-shop in Norway or you dig it up yourself. BUT – please find out, before you start digging, where it is permitted. It might be private ground.
Fishing with artificial baits
Small spinner, spoons, shad or wobblers are to be used here. With shads up to 5cm one is on the safe side. Many colours are worthy of consideration. Shads in trout pattern are always a good choice, but also brown colours are successful and something like “fire-tiger” should always be at hand.
Those who are targeting real big fishes may also use big shads, although there will be less bites. The same applies for the use of wobblers, big bait-big fish! Standard are wobblers of about 5cm, primarily in trout design, popular are also sinking models. However, a “fire-tiger” should not be left out here as well!
In order to throw these little wobblers or shads properly, the rod should be accordingly balanced . A spinning rod as used for catching bass is the right choice here plus a small spinning reel with a light braided or monofilament line. Thickness of the monofilament line is 0.20mm and for the braided one 0.08mm.
The depth, in which the fishes stay, can be found out by trying it out. The lakes are often quite deep and the shores are sloping very steeply. If one knows shallows ore elevations within casting range, the success of a good catch will increase. The fishes trail along in the free water as well.
Salmon fishing has its own story and one has to consider to coming home without any fish. But a caught salmon compensates for those days without a bite.
Best fishing on increasing water levels
Always keep in mind – the salmons swim up the rivers in order to spawn and not to feed. This angling depends very much on the water level. Dry periods connecting with low water are no good conditions, same as high-water. The best is, when the rivers start increasing after times of low water. Then the desire to bite awakens in the salmons and you may at once catch several of them.
Good fishing places
Good fishing places are the outer meander, deep pools or the eroded kolks under waterfalls. In the last are often found a number of salmons resting, in order to get over the fall with renewed energy. Salmon fishing is best with fly, artificial bait (spoon-lures, wobblers, spinners etc.) or natural bait. One’s trying his luck with the fly rod should use a two-hand rod, because the handling in greater rivers is much better. Those, owning a one-hand rod only, should select smaller rivers for fishing. The rod should not be less than casting class 7/8. Rods with a 60g casting are a good choice for spinning.
Good salmon rivers in our vicinity are the Steinsdalselva in Osen (about 20km away), the Nordalselva and the Stordalselva, both in Åfjord, about 45km away.
A highlight of the year!
A highlight of the year is the ice fishing on the inland lakes for trout and char. As there are chars here in many lakes, fishing for this species can be very rewarding. Char is getting going right in winter. The best is, if one knows certain shallows in the lake and targets to fish there.
Fishing in depth between 1m and 5m is mostly okay, but the char may stay deeper as well, 15m to 20m is not unusual. Fishing is best with a spoon-lure and a 15cm long line of 0.20mm thickness as tapered leader. The small single hook will be stocked with 2 to 3 maggots or 1 worm as bait. If there are chars, one has not to wait for long for the first bite.
In case of no bites it is better to move to other places instead of waiting too long for the fishes. Good advice is to go to the edges of shallows. The bigger fishes like to stay a few metres deeper than the smaller ones. Common baits are zocker(?) and the famous “marmyschka”. With a bit of luck one can get trouts as by-catch, but these are not so active in winter and difficulty to catch. Maggots and worms are, as before already mentioned, available in any good anglers shop.