Hi, I’m a Brit who lives by the River Bjerkreim in southwest Norway, just about one hour’s drive from Stavanger and Sola Airport. (I live 100 metres from the river at Kleivane.)
I am often asked about choice of equipment for the Bjerkreim. http://www.bjerkreimselva.no/ This is essentially a small salmon river, although a few bigger fish are caught and the average size has increased over the years. Detailed information about fish movements can be found on Bjerkreim’s website, where information about the number of fish passing the ladders is updated throughout the season.
As regards choice of double-handed rod, I would always opt for a rod that is 12’6″ – 13′ and either #7, #8 #9 for most of my fishing, and would usually go up to a 14′ rod and #9/10 for the back-end and high water. For a single-handed rod, I would nearly always opt for one of 9’6″-10′ and #7. A number of anglers also opt for Switch rods, most often #6 or #7.
Which line? While a handful of those who fish here are medium/long line enthusiasts, the commonest and most versatile line is a balanced shooting head of the appropriate density/together with a set of poly-leaders. I’d say that this also applies for single-handed rods as well.
Which fly? Yes, of course, being cynical, you must try the latest fly and only this fly because it is catching so many fish! Like many anglers, I carry too many flies. However, whenever someone says, “You must fish with this fly,” by nature, I would find something else! That said, I do believe in flies that are black, orange, red, silver, and I also like blues. I do know many who place their faith in an Ally’s Shrimp variant or Sunray Shadow.
The river we most commonly fish is the ‘Bjerkreimselva’ and runs from Vikesa out too sea at the Egersund estuary
If your preparation for fishing at this river means that you are limited to overhead casting, this will limit your potential to reach fish and to fish much of of the river. In order to avoid dangerous wading, reduced fishing chances, hooked objects etc, you should also be able to use either a spey cast/underhand cast. The river can rise extremely quickly when it rains, so you have to be aware that you may suddenly find yourself unable to use the single-hander rod that you were using the day before. The best course of action is always to contact a competent fly-casting instructor – one who has fished in similar conditions – prior to travelling. This will ensure that you maximize your time at the river.
However, if you need assistance when you get here, please contact me, and I will help you with the casts that you need for the prevailing conditions/ give you tips on how you can improve your current technique. I am generally available throughout the summer, but at a minimum I will need a commitment for a 2-hour session. I live by the river, and can find a suitable location for the instruction without obstructing others.
I can be contacted at any time between 08.00 and 21.00 on the following mobile number: 952 23 455. Alternatively, send me a text message if there is no answer.