After three days in Bolstad we drove to Laerdal and checked in at Öje. Great to meet Marianne and Ola Petter again, and to start off with a great meal and fresh strawberries at what could be one of the coziest porch in Norway.
The river just dropped back from being tremendously big. 500 M3/s in Laerdal is more what than it’s been for many years! We started off good. The first take came in Bruhölen on a big Green Samurai. I played it 15-20 min before it came off. Hmm… maybe a bit to hard. Irritating, I wanted that fish that we estimated to 10-12 or maybe even 15 kilos. The first evening gave me 2 good fish, and for the group another 4. All being 2 sea winter fish between 4-6 kilos. Good to see that last years good grilse run was followed by more medium sized fish than we seen for some years.
I fished a deep water express and a Zone Nextcast 5-7 body with a 15 foot 6-7 tip. The heat wave that hit us had no mercy 28-32 degrees and not a cloud to see. We fished evenings and nights. To sum it all up, despite very tricky conditions I managed to land 5 good fish and in total 10 for the group. My best fish gave one hell of a fight in the high water. Clean out of the air three times and more than 100 m of line, the new SALAR Reel was pure joy. Bruhölen (Bridge Pool) was the most productive pool, but I also had one and lost another one in Chaplin. The gorgeous pool at the end of the Öje beat.
I got all stuff in the car and drove to Oslo – now the big Alta adventure was about to start. 2 weeks prime time on the best big fish river in the world! I still pinch myself... is this really going to happened. Well well… I am on my way!