HOW TO GET HERE

The Soldatnes salmon beat is 15 minutes away by car from Lakselv Airport, Banak (LKL). Car rental is available at the airport Lakselv Bilutleie , Avis , Hertz , Sixt. If you have issues getting a good flight connection to Lakselv, flying to the Alta airport (ALF) is an alternative. In that case you will have a 2½ hour drive to get to Soldatnes salmon beat.

If you are traveling from another country to Norway to get to Lakselv or Alta, your travel itinerary will include at least 1 domestic flight. This means that you will need to clear customs at your first entry point to Norway (most frequently Oslo), even if your bags have been checked in all the way through to Lakselv or Alta. Especially odd-size luggage, such as fishing rods may delay the transfer process.

Make sure that you have at least 1½ hours for the transfer/flight change in Oslo. There are many cases of anglers (including myself) arriving at Lakselv without their fishing equipment, because the transfer time in Oslo was too short!

FISHING SEASON

Even though the season opens on the 1st of June, the main run of salmon will not begin until early July. Some salmon will have entered the river by the start of the season, but you cannot rely on good fishing conditions that early. For this reason, I would not recommend going to Soldatnes salmon beat earlier than the last week of June; at that time you will have a fair chance of hooking one of the huge early runners. Take a look at the river catch reports, when you plan your trip and align your expectations with the facts of the statistics (catch statistics). The salmon season is from June 1st to August 31st. The seatrout season is from June 1st to September 15th. There is midnight sun from mid-May to the end of July. You can therefore fish around the clock almost all season.

CLOTHING

Bring layers! The Norwegian summer varies with temperatures ranging from 0°C up to 32°C! Large temperature fluctuations are quite common within the same day or week, so layered clothing is a must. Even this far north you can get sunburnt, so it is wise to bring sunscreen lotion.

GEAR

Spey rods, 7-10 weight will do the job at Soldatnes. Single hand rods for dry fly fishing and switch rods are also used, but keep in mind that a huge salmon on light tackle can be a risky game. Your fly reel should definitely contain at least 200 meters of strong backing. When hooked, ocean-fresh salmon will often try to go back to the sea! I recommend at least a 0.40 mm leader, preferably 0.45 mm; Soldatnes holds huge fish. And don’t forget to use strong hooks. When the fish of your lifetime finally inhales the fly, you don’t want to lose it due to weak tackle!

Being able to adjust your gear according to water conditions is very important. Fast sinking lines can be extremely effective in high water; and a floating line can be your prime choice for low water. And sometimes a sinktip line can also be very efficient in low water; especially on the upper part of Stueneskulpen, where the river is deep and the current is relatively strong. Be flexible and adaptable, and do not stick to the same method, if you are unsuccessful. At times the water is unclear on the lower parts of Lakselva due to bank erosion and lots of clay being washed into the river. You will not see this at Soldatnes in the upper part of zone 2, where you can expect clear water. In many Norwegian rivers, the water level can rise by more than a meter after a heavy rainfall -that keeps you from fishing for some days. It does not happen at Soldatnes, so you do not risk losing any fishing days due to rain or erosion of the river.

There are a great number of flies that work well on the Lakselva. It is simply impossible to list every fly here, but if I was to bring just 3 flies to Lakselva, I would bring the Blue Wonder, the Banana Fly and the Big Black Bear pictured underneath in numeric order:

Most taking spots on the Soldatnes beat are very close to your own bank; a 20-25 meter cast is the optimal casting length. Most of the wading should be very close to the bank, thus providing you with the perfect drift over bank-hugging salmon. When the water level goes up, most salmon will be even closer to the bank; in those conditions it pays off stay on the bank and cast from there.

Wading is not difficult on the Soldatnes salmon beat. However, I do recommend chest waders for staying warm and to tackle deeper water. Bring a good pair of wading boots with felt or rubber soles (with cleats).

MOSQUITOES

Lakselva is located in Porsanger, Finnmark, and at times mosquitoes are very abundant. Make sure you bring mosquito repellent. You can also minimize areas of exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat. As an alternative to traditional repellent you can use Thermacell Mosquito Repellent; it is very efficient.

SHOPPING

In the town of Lakselv there are good shops for groceries and there is a well-equipped fishing tackle shop (Intersport-Banaksenteret 9700 Lakselv).

ACCOMODATION

Soldatnes is only a 15 minute drive from Lakselv airport and the town of Lakselv. Currently there is no possibility for accommodation at Soldatnes, but below you will find links to different types of accommodation in the vicinity of Soldatnes:

Karalaks Hostel

Lakselv Hotel

Porsanger Vertshus

Saarela appartment

Apartment in Lakselv