Hardangervidda 21/7-26/7 2009

My first trip to Hardangervidda which is the largest national park in Norway. We were a group of 10 people of whom I only knew one beforehand. That was Inge who I met in Los Roques in January earlier this year. Hardangervidda is a high mountain area where you are not allowed to use any kind of motor, so trekking is the way to move around. After a three hour car trip from Oslo we went on a 45 minutes boat trip and we could start walking to our destination.

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Inge – also known as Dr. Rasmussen – in his out of the ordinary trekking suit, not like most Norwegians.

 

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The area has some fantastic views, here you can see an ice cap in the background. The group was a very mixed bag as there was an evenly distribution of the sexes in contradiction to the normal fishing trips, which was nice and a mix of four nationalities.

 

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The Flamish twins – Agusta from the Netherlands and Afge from Belgium

We started walking uphill first in a forest and later we ascended above the tree border to the plateau. As I am not used to trek I have say that after 5 hours of walking in rough terrain with a 23 kg back pack I was worn. I think everyone else felt the same. The first night we stayed in a hut Lagarås 30 minutes from our final destination. Next mourning we walked the last part and put up our camp close to a hut of stone with an oven inside which should prove very useful as the weather was quite cold and wet most of the time.

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Our main fishing spot was located a mile from our camp and was a very nice stream between two lakes. The stream was with some heavy current and then 5 -6 pools. Places where the streams enters and leaves the lakes should be hot spots especially in the evenings but we did not see or catch anything in these places, why I can not figure out. Further away we could fish another stream between lakes but this was a typically dry fly stream and unfortunately the weather conditions were not for the dry fly as no insects hatched except for a few short periods of times.

 

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We caught quite a lot of fish, but most were very small in the 20 – 25 cm range.

 

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A days catch – many small fish but very nice for the frying pan.

 

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There were also bigger fish and my very first fish – the only one on the first day- proved to be the largest on the trip. It was a very nice 1.33 kg (Morten brought a digital scale) app. 48 cm brown trout taken on a black woolly bugger with rubber legs.

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I am too big (195 cm) for fishing pictures, they always look small. Or I simply do not catch big enough fish 😦

 

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On day two Morten got this 900 gram trout. Morten is a convinced spinning fisher, but I think that he will admit that on this trip the fly was more efficient than the lure.

 

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A 41 cm 800 grams brown trout in the net. As most fish it was taken on a streaking caddis. It was fish number 19 on an evening trip to the stream where all the first 18 were small fish.

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Some of the bigger fish were graved and that was very delicious.

 

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Others were pan fried – also a delicacy

 

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The last day we could fish with dry flies and Klinkhammer proved the be the pattern of the day as many other times. Inge celebrated the dry fly day by wearing this special bow tie! When do Simms come up with something like that in Goretex?

Morten, Inge and I were the experienced fishermen in the group but everyone wanted to try fishing and everyone actually caught several trouts so in that respect it was a success. The weather could have been nicer to us especially to the dry fly fishers but we all had a great trip despite or because of the hard work we had to put into the trekking so maybe next year we will come back and get the really big ones.

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9 Responses

  1. Wow!

    That looks like a great fishing trip. I especially find the fact that you were able to attract women to the outer rims of civilization impressive!

    I am going fishing in Hemsedal last weekend in August. Reading your article I can hardly wait….

    Thanks for great fishing-nerd reading 😉

  2. Hi Lars!
    Nice pictures, and a nice trip!
    Soon the seatrout fishingseason is her. Hope to catch a big on on the spinner!

    Sees 🙂

    Morten

  3. Hi Lars!

    Nice to read your story about our trip, and to see the pictures, of course! I really enjoyed every minute of it!

    Big hug,
    Eefje

    • Hi Eefje,

      I also really enjoyed the trip. I have received some comments on how we (Inge) could persuade so many women to join a fishing trip in the mountains, I do not know but that is apparently a rare sight 😉

      Hope to see you again Lars

  4. Hi Lars,

    Just stumbled upon your blog. I’m off to hardangervidda in a couple of weeks.

    What did you use to catch the trout?

    Thanks.

    Matt

    • Hi Matt,
      if I shall choose one fly for Hardangervidda it would have to be Streaking Caddis but Ialso had success with Woolly Bugger and Europe 12 as a dry fly. But as this was my first trip to Hardangervidda I can not claim to know much about the fishing later in the season. It is a beautiful area and you can look forward to a nice trip. It would be great if you write a small comment after your trip.

      • Hi,
        Thanks, I tried searching for a wooly bugger but in England it has a slightly different (ruder) meaning haha.

        I plan on writing a blog when I get back so I will send you the link.

        Hardangervidda looks quite barren, how easy is it to find fire wood? Was fish the only animal you caught and ate? or did u trap any small mammals.

        Matt

      • Hi, Now I can no longer recommend a woolly Bugger knowing that is has a rude meaning ;-( The wood for fire is brought to the cabins in the winter time by snow scooters as it is above the timber line so you need to stay at a cabin or bring gas stove or similar. We did not eat anything but trout caught by ourself, no sheep , no reindeer, no mice 😉 I am looking forward to your report

        Lars

  5. Hi Lars,

    I’m going to hardangervidda in two weeks from now. Any fly’s you can suggest for that perriod of time? our route is probbelby gonne be from Haukeliseter to Eidfjord .

    thanks,
    sandro

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