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Norway 2013 – freshwater

Posted on 14 August 2013 by Vincent

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Norway for a week with Brian Elward. The plan was to fish for trout and grayling a couple of days, and then go to the coast for some heavy-duty fishing. Here’s the first part – Freshwater edition!

Photos by Brian Elward and Vincent Derks

After a short flight from Amsterdam to Oslo, we picked up our rental car and drove north. The plan was to fish the Engerdal a day or two, then visit the Glomma near Koppang, and then do some heavy-duty fishing along the coast around Andalsnes.

Scouting the Engerdal region

Scouting the Engerdal region


The Engerdal region is a great place to do some trout and grayling fishing. You can buy a 3-day license for around €30,-. The license covers so much water, it would take a couple of years to fish all of it. There are trout and grayling almost everywhere.

We fished several rivers in the Engerdal region during 2 days. We caught lots of trout, and lots of grayling. Brian even caught the biggest grayling I have ever seen: 53,5cm! This fish was messing around with us, we saw her rise a couple of times before, but she wouldn’t take our cripple mayfly, although lots of mayfly where hatching. After trying several other flies Brian tied on a simple, but very effective brown paradun #14. The grayling inhaled the fly immediately!

BAM!!! Big ass grayling on a dry fly!

BAM!!! Big ass grayling on a dry-fly!

Most of the fishing was done using small dries. In the fast waters nymphs were also giving good results.

Here’s some more pictures from the Engerdal region.


After two days fishing in the Engerdal region, we went to the Glomma. We wanted to stay at a campsite for a night, to be able to get a warm shower again, and use the camping’s wifi. While we were there we had to check out the Glomma.

Camping on the Koppang Camping

Camping on the Koppang Camping

Lots of grayling were caught during an evening session and a morning/afternoon session. Fishing the Glomma is all about finding a big pool, and drifting your dryfly over the pool. To be honest, not exactly my kind of fishing. I prefer to stalk the fish, and then present them a tasty dry, rather than prospecting over big pools for massive amounts of fish. But hey, we can’t complain! The weather was great, the Koppang Camping was great, and we caught lots of grayling.

The dryfly that worked best was the “super pupan”. We tried several flies, but the “super pupan” gave us the best results by far.

Even the trout loved the "super pupan"

Even small trout loved the “super pupan”

Here are some more pics.

After a good session we were invited by a friend of Brian’s, Hans, who had bought a house in Norway near the Glomma a couple of years ago. He was kind enough to invite us for dinner. After a great dinner, some good stories and a great whisky, we started our journey towards the sea. Time to bend our 8-weight rods…

Part two – saltwater – will be online in a couple of days.

9 Responses to Norway 2013 – freshwater

  1. on 14 August 2013 at 17:44 Thom said:

    Nice story Vincent!
    To bad my own mission in Norway to catch trout on the flyrod didn’t succeed.
    Regards Thom

  2. on 14 August 2013 at 18:41 Walter Rijksen said:

    Very nice grayling!
    Nice report and: on the Glomma you can also opt for target fishing the bigger ones and ignore the smaller. But: often hard to see what the good ones are!

  3. on 14 August 2013 at 21:18 Paul said:

    Nice story and great pictures!

  4. on 15 August 2013 at 14:06 Cornelis said:

    Great report and some very nice pictures !


  5. on 17 September 2013 at 12:36 Cornelis said:

    Time for the saltwater report…. :>)

    • on 17 September 2013 at 17:16 Vincent said:

      It’l be online this week. I’ve been too busy tying EP-Streamers 😉

  6. on 20 September 2013 at 08:18 Cornelis said:

    enough EP…you need Clousers…. the week is almost over…. :>)


  7. on 24 July 2016 at 19:48 Roger Enger Lie said:

    Hi! Send me an email before next Norway-trip. Im a guide in Engerdal and Rendalen regions.

    All the best,


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