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Arctic Lightning – Enjoy your Fishing for char in Greenland - a spectacular prize for the wilderness fisherman - Crystal Waters, Crimson Char

Fishing for

Char in

Greenland

The Fishing

 

Angling Travel organises some of the most extraordinary fly and spin-fishing in the world for enormous sea-run Arctic char in the short, rapid crystal clear rivers of western Greenland. Greenland is a char fishing paradise. This is pioneering fishing at its most exciting!

 

You will experience sight-fishing for wildly coloured fish averaging three to four pounds but frequently exceeding seven and eight pounds.

 

Greenland is a land of snow and ice, meadows and rivers as pure as anywhere you will find in the world. It is the the absolute centre of the world’s Arctic char populations. The west coast rivers that we fish absolutely heave with these extraordinarily beautiful, fascinating creatures that run them in their hundreds of thousands. And what fish they are! Explosively coloured, shining silver to throbbing, vivid reds, many fish of between four and seven pounds –and then the bigger ones!. It’s fly fishing beyond compare.

 

The Arctic char runs in these fertile valleys are hugely prolific. Constant variety and exploration, new water, with new challenges and new fish; chances are you’ll fish a pool that’s never before seen fly or spinner. Words hardly can do Greenland justice…Most summer days the skies are the purest blue. On the boat journey you might see whales hunting, icebergs, seals, then there’s  reindeer, Pools and white water, lush valleys, snow-capped mountains…a deep echoing silence that breeds in you a peace you thought you would never, ever be able to find. You are likely to see stunning wildlife, musk ox, reindeer, Arctic fox and many varieties of eagles and hawks. All this in the land of the midnight sun. Read a book in your tent at midnight without a torch or go down to the river at 1.00 am and catch a char as the sun is rising once more.

 

An experienced guide, Norwegian Steinar Røstad, writes.

"Some clients had the pleasure of experiencing the beautiful fish of the Kangia. It’s a very special thing to catch fish in this river. It makes you feel that you are the first flyfisherman to do so, and actually it is very few sport fishermen who have been lucky enough to have tried this river. Kangia is a catch and release river. Therefore each angler is only allowed one barbless hook in the water. But I don't think I lost a single fish using the un-barbed hook. There is an abundance of char, but if you are out to make a really big catch it takes work in the deep pools. The average fish weighs 1.5 – 2 kg. But you could get lucky and pick a fight with a big one of up to 4 kg. The char does not give you an easy fight. I battled one for ten minutes believing that it was around 3 kg, but on the line was an out-and-out racer of 1.5 kg.

 

A day at Kangia is almost a guarantee for a catch. A hundred fish in one day is common. This summer, around 200 fish in one day was the largest number. In some pools there were so many fish that the bottom seemed black. Once you got closer it moved, what you thought were plants were fish, lots. Wonderful weather and brilliant fish this year. The average size fish was 2 kg."

 

It’s really rare that you will find new and virgin fishing waters, even in Greenland, but the river we base you at has never really been fished properly though certain members pf the royalty love it. Just a few short visits, a few hours each, throughout July and August a few years ago gave John Bailey the most incredible sport with char to nine pounds in weight.  He dreads to think what any serious fishing would produce!  The Kangia is a big river and longer than the Robinson with many pools, all crystal clear.  In fact, the water is an absolute dream for fly fisherman in that it resembles Paradise but is bigger and with more potential. Exploration and walking is very much the name of the game but that only adds to the thrill of it all. As far as John is concerned, this offers one of the most exciting ways of exploring Greenland that we can possibly think of... with the possibility of some quite extraordinary char fishing to boot.

 

The Greenlandic fly fishing experience is unique. Imagine fishing small, crystal rivers back home for grilse – fish between three and eight pounds perhaps. Here they’re running in hundreds and thousands! On every river is crystal clear water so it’s possible to stalk individual fish. Considering many pools can hold five hundred or even a thousand fish this isn’t always easy! These are the bonefish of freshwater. You can fish with a number six weight, a six pound leader and hook fish after fish and see your backing appear time after time. Imagine your heart thump as a seven pound char rips you away to the sea.

 

Depending on how hard you fish, expect to catch between ten and one hundred char each day. It’s not unusual for a group of five to come back having landed two thousand char. The char can be caught on fly or spinner and average between two and three pounds, often to five pounds but go all the way to ten pounds plus. If you’re new to flyfishing, quick success will have you hooked!

 

John Bailey writes

 

‘I guess the Kangia is my second favourite valley of all of them out in this wonderful land. It's, inevitably, remote. It's exquisitely beautiful. If my memory serves me correctly, there's probably four or five miles of fishable water. there's a combination of glamorous pools and fast, quick, exciting white water. It's this water I didn't really fish enough in trips gone by, always preferring the pools. Knowing a little bit more these days I sense the rapids would give big fish and a whole lot of fun.

 

To feel the power of a silver, fresh-run Arctic char on six-weight gear in quick water, in a landscape like this, is something that is not easily forgotten. that's why I'm going back.

 

The landscape has its own bleak-type of beauty. And of course, those endless white nights are to die for. It's difficult to say what the weather is going to be like. You're praying, of course, for bright blue skies and sunshine. Sometimes, though, the damp westerlies come in and you don't see much of the sun. Even then, though, the landscape has the bleakest grandeur imaginable.

 

The fishing is a blast. Of course, you can spin with light lures but it's really fly fishing that floats most people's boat. Six-weight gear should do. Leaders shouldn't be less than seven or eight pounds because these fish fight manically. I suppose the best flies of all are perhaps three-quarters of an inch long to mimic various patterns of shrimp. However, you can pick these delightful char up on nymphs and even on dries at times. In fact, experimenting is really one of the great issues here. After all, the book on char fishing really has not yet been written and everybody's experiences contribute to the whole.

 

This is as wild an experience as you will find anywhere on the globe I guess. Even Mongolia is relatively established by comparison. Of course, there are down sides. The food is necessarily spartan. You're probably going to eat a lot of potatoes and a lot of char...but the latter are especially delicious. And of course, you've got to rely totally upon yourself and upon your companions. You've got to bring in all your treats. Of course, if the wind is negligible and the mists come down, flies can be a problem but I've never found them unbearable. Bright, sunny, blustery days and you are in paradise.

 

The runs of fish have always been assured in the past. There will be Inuits, in all probability, netting on the mouth of the river but this is historic. They simply take and smoke what they need and let the vast majority of the fish run through. They are in it for the long term and they wouldn't want to kill the goose. You might see a hunter or two. It is unlikely that we'll find musk ox but there are several varieties of deer and reindeer. The bird life can be interesting. I really hope you get there even if just once!’

 

We offer the best char fishing available in Greenland... and that’s saying something. Plus the best value and many years’ personal experience. Inevitably, because of its inherent nature, this will not be the most plush of trips:  you will be way, way out into the wilderness but food will be plentiful and wholesome and you will be completely safe.  You will have somewhere secure, dry and relatively comfortable to sleep.  You will have a guide who will have visited the area before and will at least be able to point you in the right direction for some of the best pools.  There can if desired be good long walks each day to discover new and exciting territory.

“I had a great trip, thank you. Fish an absolute delight to hook and play, and plenty of them. The fishing is remote(very),but it wouldn't have been the same any other way,and the guide and the 2 cooks work hard to make the trip special.You are on your own trecking once you leave the cabin for 1 1/2 hrs until you get to the pools,(and then back)and anyone thinking of going needs to be aware that you do need to be of quite a high level of fitness before the trip(luckily we all were)”  Neil Milner, Sheffield

 

 

“The scenery, the fishing and the people we met were superb – what an experience….The fishing was beyond my dreams….The hardest fighting trout I ever came across….We had a great group and we all had a great time….This is the trip of a lifetime and the arctic char fights like no other trout I know” Brian Culbert, Portstewart, Ireland

 

“Greenland is breathtakingly beautiful.  You did tell us the Kangia River Camp is our "most primitive" trip.  It is actually a very comfortable fishing ….  The bunks are comfortable with large feather bed coverings.  The hut is warm and cozy. The shower works. The food is outstanding.  The scenery beautiful. I highly recommend it.  You can use me as a reference” Kyle Kirwan, LA and New York, US

“I had no idea what a paradise I was travelling to, the fishing was such a privilege – and such fun’ Andrew Miles, Padstow

 

‘The stillness cannot be conveyed in words. This was the highlight of my year so far. Thankyou for your efficient support in getting this extraordinary adventure to work so well’ Michael Orchard, Cheltenham

What our clients say

Your Itinerary

 

The departure date is a Monday and you are best to book a preferred date asap

 

Prior to Day 1

Fly to Copenhagen and on to Kangerlussuag

(eg Easyjet via Trailfinders from Stansted to Copenhagen is currently £99.98 ret inc taxes and has departures at 7:10, 13:50 and 18:45 Travel early and you can spend the weekend in this gorgeous capital city if you like! Return flights are 10:25, 17:10 and 21:55 if you wish to fly back same day)

 

Day 1 – Monday

  • You can fly into Kangerlussag this morning and catch the Maniitsoq connection
  • Arrival to Maniitsoq
  • Pick up at airport by ground operator
  • Transportation to boat or Hotel Maniitsoq for coffee and the break until the high tide arrives. 
  • That should be quite something...  you will pass some of Greenland’s highest mountains and there are good chances of seeing whales and different types of seals.
  • Sail trip to the camp  (around . 1½  hours from Maniitsoq)
  • Arrival to the camp.
  • If you can’t wait, fishing!

 

Day 2 – Tuesday

  • Breakfast (eating time agreed with the cook the evening before)
  • Lunch, take away from breakfast table
  • Fishing day.
  • Dinner (eating time agreed with the cook at breakfast)

 

Day 3 – Wednesday

  • Breakfast (time agreed with the cook the evening before)
  • Lunch, take away from breakfast table
  • Fishing day
  • Dinner (eating time agreed with the cook at breakfast)

 

Day 4 – Thursday

  • Breakfast (time agreed with the cook the evening before)
  • Lunch, take away from breakfast table
  • Fishing day
  • Dinner (eating time agreed with the cook at breakfast)

 

Day 5 – Friday

  • Breakfast (time agreed with the cook the evening before)
  • Lunch, take away from breakfast table
  • Fishing day
  • Dinner (eating time agreed with the cook at breakfast)

 

Day 6 – Saturday

  • Breakfast (time agreed with the cook the evening before)
  • Lunch, take away from breakfast table
  • Day trip to Qooqut
  • Dinner (eating time agreed with the cook at breakfast)

 

Day 7 – Sunday

  • Breakfast (time agreed with the cook the evening before)
  • Boat pick- up at high tide. 
  • Pick-up at harbour and transportation to Hotel Maniitsoq.
  • Dinner 2 courses menu (alcoholic drinks not included)    

 

Day 8 – Monday

  • Pick-up of luggage at  06:30, by ground operator, while you enjoy your breakfast
  • Departure to airport at 07:15am
  • Departing flight to Kangerlussuaq at 07:50am
  • You can stay on if you wish for another week

 

Flight info

 

The price is exclusive of flights which gives greater flexibility about which airports you fly from and for those who prefer a business class option. heck Easyjet and SAS for flights UK to Copenhagen (Easyjet currently £99 return)

Air Greenland has a same day connecting flight to Maniitsoq 6000 kroner (about £680) (you can fly more cheaply to Kangerlussuag with SAS but they don’t fly to Maniitsoq) eg

Copenhagen (CPH) to Maniitsoq (JSU) GL 781 depart CPH 9:15 AM 1 stop(s) in Kangerlussuag

Maniitsoq (JSU) to Copenhagen (CPH) GL 266 depart JSU 7:50 AM 1 stop(s) SFJ 8:30 AM 1 stop(s) in Kangerlussuag

 

The Camp

 

Kangia Camp is situated at the top of a plateau in a very lovely landscape, with a beautiful view to Kangia fjord and Kangia River. The Camp consists of 1 cabin with kitchen and living room, 1 accommodation cabin with 8 rooms and 2 beds in each room. There are 2 toilets and a shower.  There can be a maximum of 12 guests at the camp at the same time during the whole fly-fishing season. which goes from the middle of July to the middle of October.  Kangia Camp is an exclusive fly-fishing camp, the only one in Greenland with international standards and quality. This trip offers you a unique experience. 

Our char fishing trips to Greenland are "rugged". The service and facilities are best described as rustic, and certainly not comparable to what we offer in other locations. These trips are ONLY for the adventurous anglers who'd like to experience great fishing and the best of nature in this magical and mysterious last frontier.

 

How to Book

 

You can confirm your place with a 50% deposit and completed booking form. If you have any questions just email or call. It will be great to hear from you. Book as soon as possible and join the group with John Bailey or travel alone now! as group size for these expeditions is limited only 10 places total - Call 01452 813241 or 07866 470238 straight away and give yourself the treat of your life!

The scenery, the fishing and the people we met were superb – what an experience….The fishing was beyond my dreams….The hardest fighting trout I ever came across….We had a great group and we all had a great time….This is the trip of a lifetime and the arctic char fights like no other trout I know...

Brian Culbert, Portstewart, Ireland

Fish for char in Greenland this summer

 

• John has fished several times in Greenland and his expertise really will add to your experience in this paradise

• Depending on how hard you fish, expect to catch between ten and one hundred char each day. It’s not unusual for a group of five to come back having landed two thousand char.

• The char can be caught on fly or spinner and average between two and three pounds but go all the way to ten pounds plus.

• Char are free takers of both streamers and nymphs. Bright flies with orange or magenta in the dressing are highly     effective but we will fully brief you well before travelling

• You can talk through the pre trip written information with John.

• If you’re new to flyfishing, quick success will have you hooked.

• Go with us and fish two or three rivers. Witness extraordinary wildlife.

• Reconstructed and relocated camp with excellent basic facilities.

• Cabins with bunk beds, kitchen-dining room and toilets. 1 cabin with kitchen and living room, 1 accommodation cabin with 8 rooms and 2 beds in each room. There are 2 toilets and a shower. 

• Manned by a fishing guide and cook. Satellite phone.

• Angling Travel has been in Greenland since 1994 and has experience on eleven rivers.

 

If you book for summer trip by Feb 29 you receive a generous early booking discount!

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