Fly fishing for halibut and cod
We offer you a unique coastal fishing experience that really stands out from the crowd. Unlike most of the other offers available for these species, we fish in much shallower water. This gives us the opportunity to use lighter tackle, even fly fishing tackle, in the hunt for the monster fish that live here. Our dedicated and experienced guides from “Wild Pursuits guiding” use purpose-built boats with modern engines and specially adapted fishing decks. The boats can quickly transport you to our secret spots, where there are big fish.
Halibut are considered by many to be the most desirable fish to catch. They can weigh up to several hundred kilos. Halibut offer an incredibly strong fight, especially when caught in such shallow water, and many consider them to be the ultimate catch in our waters. Our guides have landed fish to over 100kg in these areas, and have landed the Norwegian and pending World Record fly caught record halibut of 43kg.
Another fantastic species is the pollock. They are normally found on the edge of the deep, or in deeper water. Large shoals of pollock push smaller prey fish up to the top layers, sometimes all the way to the surface. When they are in this hunting mode they can bite very aggressively, so here it is important hold tight to your fishing rod!
The most abundant fish is the cod. In winter, the fjord is filled with some of the largest cod in the world. Fish around 30kg are regularly landed. In the summer there are mostly smaller fish that stay here, from 2-3 to 15kg, but on light tackle they can offer a memorable fight!
The population of fish in the fjord is very high, but we are still careful about the number of fish we harvest on these trips, so the guide reserves the right to decide which fish are suitable to bring back and which are released. If you take fresh fish back to the lodge, it can be turned into a fantastic meal by our chef. Alternatively, your guide will be more than happy to help you both fillet and cook it if you wish.
It is not just the fishing that makes these fjords worth a visit. A large number of different species live here. It is not uncommon to encounter one or more of these species, such as sea eagles. The guides have become quite familiar with these eagles, so they can call individual eagles closer to the boat where they happily accept some fish. During the season, it is not unusual to have groups of porpoises or sperm whales swimming around the boat, in the areas you fish with us. At certain times of the year, groups of other cetacean species, including killer whales, also arrive in search of the schools of herring that flock here. In addition, there are otters, seals, golden eagles and other animals.
At the start of the days, you will be picked up by your guide after breakfast. You are driven to the boats, a trip that takes about forty minutes. The boats have room for two fishermen and a guide. The guide steers the boat, and helps you prepare equipment, gives tips on how to fish, and helps you net the fish. The areas you will be fishing are anywhere from five to thirty minutes from the harbour. The order in which you fish the different areas depends on the tide, ebb, wind direction and season. In the boats we have a selection of refreshments, such as coffee, beer and snacks. For lunch, the guide takes the boat ashore, and you eat lunch around a fire. A normal day out with us lasts about eight hours, and at the end of each day you are driven back to the lodge.