The Soldatnes salmon fishing beat is located on Lakselv River in the local community of Porsanger in Norway, in the upper part of zone 2. The beat has varied and very interesting fishing water with adequate water flow through this entire stretch of the river. The current along this great stretch of water is very well suited for fly-fishing. Soldatnes is regarded by many anglers as one of the best salmon beat on the Lakselv River. The beat can be fished by a maximum of four rods, which can be shared by those who visit Soldatnes. Throughout the beat it is possible to cover all holding spots with a double-handed fly rod or a switch rod without any need for deep wading. Almost all holding spots can be covered effectively with short casts of 20-25 meters, as most taking spots are found in the deep channel close to the Soldatnes bank. There is just something “sexy” about letting the fly swim across the deep channel, passing it over a salmon on the edge of the channel, and continue on towards shallower water; sometimes the salmon cracks and is compelled to take the fly before it disappears. It is much more effective than swinging the fly the opposite way. This probably also adds to the excellent catch statistics on Soldatnes.
Soldatnes is an important spawning area. There is almost no regular spawning gravel with pebbles throughout the stretch, but instead mostly fist-sized rocks and larger. Only large salmon spawn here, and it shows from the catch records. In 2012 the average weight of Soldatnes beat salmon was 7.2 kg for 78 salmon, while for the entire Lakselv River the average weight that year was just 6.3 kg. Many anglers want anonymous reporting of catches. This is respected, and therefore all salmon have been reported anonymously since 2012 (2012 catches can be seen here-choose year 2012 on the dropdown menu). Almost all beats on the Lakselv are single bank fishing. This is also the case for Soldatnes, and thus one may occasionally see anglers fishing from the opposite bank.