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 Reisa River

Reisa River, with a catchment area of 2,692 square kilometres, has a total length of 120 kilometres from the Raisjavri Lake to reaching the sea near the village of Storslett. The river weaves its way through narrow ravines within the Reisa National Park before cascading down the Imofossen waterfall and winding its journey down the beautiful Reisa Valley.

From the Imofossen waterfall, the landscape develops into a splendid, gradually widening canyon. A number of tributaries cascade from the cliff edges - the most magnificent being the Mollisfossen waterfall. The lower part of the Reisa valley is fertile agriculture and forestry land.

The valley and its river provide an amazing setting; this is one of the world´s most beautiful salmon rivers, with nearly 90 kilometres of pure angling delight in wild, untouched nature. At the same time, an angler has the chance to catch one of the largest Atlantic salmon - probably only matched by fish from the neighbouring Alta River to the north.

The Reisa is quite a powerful river and stable water level during the fishing season, 1 July to 31 August. Early July is the right time on the lower parts of the river to challenge the 50 pounders which come fresh from the Arctic Ocean. Thanks to the efficient river boat service and skilful guides, any part of the upper reaches can also provide dramatic sport and big catches in unrivalled scenic settings throughout the entire season.

The salmon go 85 km up to the Imofossen waterfall. There are 19 zones containing good fishing spots, with a large number of deep pools for fly-fishing. The Reisa River has a reputation for big salmon and whoppers are caught annually here weighing around 20 kg. So if you are looking to set a record, the Reisa River may be the right river.

Each autumn, large stocks of sea trout migrate up the river. The river has fantastic fly-fishing rapids and deep pools. We transport our guests by riverboat into the national park for exciting fishing for big salmon in majestic nature. Note in particular that catch statistics show that the Reisa River is one of the world´s best salmon rivers with an average weight of the 2010 season at 6.5 kg.

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