Västerbotten has fishing waters to suit
everybody, beginners and pros alike. A number of the fishing waters
in the county are internationally renowned and entice crowds of
Swedish and foreign tourists to visit every year.
"Fishing is an incredibly relaxing pastime, but
at the same time it's exciting. It's really something worth doing,"
says Mats Byström at Fiskecentrum in Saxnäs.
There are more or less unlimited fishing options in the County
of Västerbotten, no matter what your preference: fly fishing,
spinning or something else. If you follow the E4 motorway along the
coast and through Västerbotten, you'll find a river where you can
fish for salmon every 50 km. You can enjoy world class pike fishing
at the coast and inland, and you can fish for brown trout and char
in the mountains. One of the most popular rivers is Byske älv, where around 500
salmon are caught every year - and averaging 5 kilos.
"There's a good increase in salmon in Byske älv. The fishing in
this river is fantastic!" says Mats Byström.
Ransarån river in Southern Lapland is a
real gem for fly fishing enthusiasts. The crystal clear waters of
this mountain river are some of the most renowned fly fishing
waters in Sweden, and char and really enormous brown trout can be
caught here. The lower part of the Ransarån river is easy to reach
by car, but you need to travel to the top part by helicopter or
boat - or hike there.
"It's incredibly popular. We get Swedes here, of course, but
also Norwegians, Finns, Italians, Spanish people and French
people," explains Mats Byström.
Ethel Åberg, who works on the Destination Ammarnäs project, is
enthusiastic about her fishing, particularly when it comes to fly
fishing. She says there's good fishing at Sorselefisket Norra,
which includes the Laisälven river, but
also at Ammarnäs
and Kraddsele, which offer worldclass
"The brown trout fishing here is fabulous, and we also have the
special Ammarnäs brown trout here," says Ethel Åberg.
Mats Byström likes fishing in
the Kultsjöån river in Vilhelmina,
which runs between Kultsjön and Malgomaj. These are fine, rushing
waters where you can catch brown trout and char.
"Kultsjöån river is near the road; all you have to do is get out
of your car. All types of fishing are permitted here, too,"
explains Mats Byström.
The area around Hemavan Tärnaby is also home to fine fishing
waters - Tärnaån, Klippen
and Jofjället, among others - where you can
catch brown trout and char.
Fine coastal fishing
There's a broad range of fishing along the coast, too, offering
plenty of variety. Bays, channels and sunken rocks here all offer
opportunities to catch whitefish, grayling, ide, pike and perch. In
the teeming waters of the coast you'll find sea trout, grayling and
salmon, which you can fish from a boat or the water's edge.
"Oh yes, the pike fishing along the coast is excellent," says
Good places to try around Umeå
and Täftefjärden. For all fishing
enthusiasts, Mats Byström also cites the fabulous fishing in
the Vindelälven river: salmon, sea
trout, grayling, whitefish and brown trout, pike fishing in
theÅngermanälven river at Åsele, and classic
mountain fishing for brown trout, char and grayling.
"Västerbotten has lots to offer. Fishing here is good for
relaxation, excitement and enjoying the fantastic countryside.
Yes," interjects Ethel Åberg. "You get out of the house, stand
in rushing waters and become one with the beautiful nature all
around you. It's also a really nice way to meet friends - you make
a fire and brew up some coffee. Absolutely fantastic!"
For more information on fishing waters in the county, contact
your nearest Fiskecentrum or tourist office.
Off we go, swinging over bogs and lakes, forests and roads. The
sun is shining, and we see the shadow of the little white basket
we're travelling in gliding across the land. So here we are, in
what was commissioned in 1943 as the longest cableway in the world.
In those days, ore was transported between the mine in Kristineberg
and the smeltery. But these days, we're on a pleasure trip between
Örträsk and Mensträsk, or back the other way.