Fly fishing of your dreams – Kvissleströmmarna

With the myriad of fishing waters in Jämtland Härjedalen, there is little that separates good fishing waters to paradise found. But located between the lakes of Ockesjön and Storsjön, lies the fly fishing paradise of Kvissleströmmarna. The scenic nature of the stream Kvissleströmmen lies in the backdrop of the Oviksfjällen mountains, interspersed with pine and spruce islands and crystal clear waters that creates a mecca for fishing enthusiasts, who in the warmer months gather along the waters searching for the elusive “one that got away”, be it Grayling, Whitefish or for the lucky, a monster Brown!

Fly fishing Kvissleströmmarna | Photo: Anette Andersson
The best streaming waters for fishing in Jämtland Härjedalen, Sweden, is to be found around Kvissleströmmarna.

A night of early season fishing

Dusk. The mythical time of the day when the sun change shift to night duty. The long shadows stretch themselves over the winding stretches of rivers and the Oviken Mountains (Oviksfjällen) glow incandescently in the distance. I pull up to the stretch of Kvissletrömmen that will serve as the evenings arena of infamous fly fishing that I have heard so much about. The air is warm and I gaze over the silently flowing water, watching the rise and fall of the hatching midges. The suspense of the unknown builds up inside of me, it’s almost palpable. Is tonight going to be my lucky night?

My gut feel is to tie on an emerger, I choose the trusty Parachute Adams, #14, proof the fly to prevent it from sinking and slowly work my way into the cool flowing water. A few steps out I feel the press of the current against my waders and I slowly perform my first cast. The line furls out nicely and the tippet presents the fly perfectly. This is going well tonight and I’m feeling lucky. I watch the fly dance its way downstream before I take up the slack and present a slightly longer cast. I’m aiming for the tail end of the pool, a place where I know larger trout like to hang out and feed. Two false casts and my line falls perfectly at an adjacent angle to where I am standing. I take up the slack in the line and watch the fly carefully drift, slowly towards a rock under the surface when suddenly I see the characteristic swirl engulf my fly. Fast count to three and strike, feel the resistance and I am on! Rod bend and moving in sync with every swish of the fishes struggle to break free. Nervously I play the fish to calmer waters and guide it into my net. A beauty of a Brown Trout, salmo trutta, lying like a slab of gold in my net. A quick photo and I release it to fight another day, thanking my lucky stars that the evening has started so well.

Fly fishing Kvissleströmmarna | Photo: Anette Andersson

Rich waters

The Indalsälven River is one of Sweden’s most fish rich waters and the stretch of Kvissleströmmen, between Ockesjön and Storsjön is one of the more well-known areas that has rich stocks of Grayling, breeding stocks of Brown Trout and Whitefish, which normally move up to the river after midsummer. The area is divided into two main channels by a row of mid-stream islands, which further create smaller run offs, resulting in a varied fishing terrain. The total fishing area stretches over 10 kilometers before reaching the mouth of the Storsjön Lake. All in all, there is enough water amongst the small run offs and rushing rapids, to find your very own piece of fly fishing paradise.

Sustainable Fly-fishing

In accordance to sustainable fishery management and in order to preserve the quality of the fishing, strict bag limits are applied to the fishery. The bag limit is restricted to a maximum of one Brown Trout per day per fisherman, and all female browns must be returned to the water. The feeling of returning a trophy fish to fight another day beats the feeling of placing in your freezer.

Parking

Ample parking is available along the stretch of river. Respect private property and cabins that you pass along the way to the fishing spots.

Fly fishing Kvissleströmmarna | Photo: Anette Andersson
The best streaming waters for fishing in Jämtland Härjedalen, Sweden, is to be found around Kvissleströmmarna. Photo: Anette Andersson

HERE’S THE SKINNY

ACTIVITY

Fly fishing

SEASON

Midsummer – August

START

Kvissleby, sixty kilometers east of Östersund. The fishing area stretches for approx 10 kilometers.  

FISHING PERMIT 

Available at Kvissleströmmens Fiskecamping and in fishing stations. Alternatively via fiskekort.se. Anglers under the age of 18 are free.

FISH SPIECES

One of Sweden’s best grayling waters. Whitefish return approx. 2 weeks after mid-summer. Between 500-1000 large Brown Trout pass through the area every year. There are also stocks of perch, pike and roach.

CONTROLLED WATER

The areas is part of a system of regulated streams and therefore can change over a day. Wading at own risk.

ACCOMMODATION

Kvissleströmmens Fiskecamping offers accommodation directly on the banks of the river. Cabins are available to rent, together with camping and caravan spots. Boats for rental at the camp site.

FISHING CONSERVANCY

Ockesjön-Kvitsleströmmarnas FVO

FISHERY MANAGEMENT

The County Administrative Board for Jämtland is reasonable for fishery management. This enables a healthy population of fishery stocks and positive recreational fishing. Fishing wardens are employed to control and monitor the use of the fishery and see to that the rules are followed.

PACKING LIST

Fly fishing AFTM 5-7, between 9-10 ft. Grayling respond well to mayfly and caddis nymphs, in various sizes. Trout, particularly larger ones, will readily take streamers. Dry fly fishing according to seasonal hatches. Pack mosquito repellent!

BEAR IN MIND

Take only pictures, leave only footprints. Be a conscientious custodian of your environment.

Limit your catch, don’t catch your limit.

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Fly fishing Kvissleströmmarna | Photo: Anette Andersson

General rules for Kvissleströmmen fishing area

  1. Fishing in streams permitted between 1 June – 31 August
  2. Max 1 Trout per angler per day
  3. Female Trout are protected and must be released
  4. No fishing with live bait
  5. Minimum size of Grayling is 35cm and 45cm for trout
  6. Fly-fishing pools above Mattmarströmmen
  7. Only Grayling fishing allowed after 1 September below: Mörtån in Mattmarströmmen: Klingerön in Ytterockeströmmen
  8. Forbidden to fish for Trout between 1 September - 1 November