Perhaps due to its northerly location and proximity to the more famous Alta river, the Malselv remains rather unknown outside its immediate surroundings. Surprising considering its productivity. However, the river maintains a loyal following from those in the know. Prime time is mid-July. We have seen 20 lb fish caught on fly, examined catch statistics for various pieces of water, seen the river in flood, seen how quickly it becomes fishable again and fish start to take. The Malselv was a favourite of Charles Ritz who fished it in 1959 as documented in his book A Flyfisher's Life.
The Upper Malselv is wonderful to fish, a good size, not ideal for inexperienced fly-fishers but certainly fishable from the bank by accomplished spey-casters. The average size of the salmon is 10 lbs with the chance of great Norwegian fresh 20-40 pounders. There are classic pools, tails and runs.
Accommodation is at Rundhaug Gjestegard, a small hotel in the village of Rundhaug on the banks of the Malselv, perfectly located to access the fishing. We secure the most comfortable ensuite rooms for single occupancy. Seasonal, local food is served in the restaurant, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A 14 or 15 ft double-handed rod is required for the salmon fishing with a range of single-handed rods for the trout fishing. Chest waders are a must as is layered clothing. Plastic or weighted tube flies are best for salmon fishing on an intermediate or sink-tip line.
The Malselv river lies in northern Norway, most conveniently accessed by Bardufoss airport, but also by the more frequent flights in and out of Tromso, which requires a stop in Oslo, followed by about a two-hour drive. The final destination is Rundhaug, a small village on the banks of the Upper Malselv above the famous Malselvfoss, the impressive waterfalls that form a boundary between the largely featureless river below the falls, into dream salmon fly water above. From arrival at Bardufoss or Tromso you are looked after for the Rundhaug Hotel and staff.
Trips are bespoke therefore priced by quotation accordingly to cater for room choice, days of fishing salmon or trout and guiding and transport requirements.