|The Umpqua Steamboat enjoying its own seat on the train |
The research that I was able to do indicated that a fishing license is not required when fishing freshwater fish in Norway. The beautiful country is really better known for it's Atlantic salmon fishing, which does require a license and has a plethora of information published throughout the web. For this trip I was on a very limited budget, so hiring a guide and purchasing the saltwater fishing licenses were out of the question.
|The only fly in Lundgrens Fishredskap.|
As it turns out, a fishing license is not required when fishing in the country side, but a fishing pass is required when fishing in the markas. The helpful fellow behind the counter went on to tell me that he was only able to sell me the pass in a one year increment, which cost around $85USD, but I could send a text message to the department of fisheries for a 3 day pass. This would have been the perfect solution. The 3 day pass was around $20USD, so much more affordable for me than the yearly pass, however, I never had my phone unlocked before we left, so never purchased a chip to use while in Europe. Therefore, I had no phone, no way to text message and no way to receive a 3 day pass to fish in Oslomarka.
|100 year old tackle shop in Stockholm.|
So, fishing in Norway was kind of doomed from the start. Luckily, we got to spend a couple of days in Stockholm, Sweden. The capital of Sweden, Stockholm is made up of a series of islands in the Baltic Sea. The hotel we stayed in was a nice walk to the area where the saltwater of the Baltic Sea meets the freshwater of Lake Mälaren. Very fortunately for me, there is no fishing license required to fish the brackish water of Stockholm! While the Little Girl and the rest of our small band of merry travelers went to visit the Abba Museum (yup, you read that correctly), I slipped down to the water to wet a line. I didn't catch anything while there, the folks at the 100 year old tackle shop Lundgrens Fiskredskap told me I was about a month too early for the salmon run, but I was almost giddy with the realization that I was fishing in Stockholm, Sweden! I fished on a small island called Stromsborg, with a view of Riksdagshuset (the Parliament House), Riddarhuset (the Noble Meeting House), Stenbock Palaces and, in the distance, Riddarholmskyrkan (Riddarholmen Church, where Sweden's monarchs are buried).
|A huge thanks goes to Umpqua Feather Merchants, Orvis,|
ARC Fishing and Smith Optics
|Fishing in Stockholm.|
I hope you're all doing well. I hope you're fishing any time and any where you get the chance, even on a European vacation!