FISHING CAMP ONKA
Experience the vast wilderness and first class salmon fishing of the majestic Lainio river, home to the mighty wild Baltic Salmon. Camp Onka was developed in 2013, as an eco camp deep within the forest overlooking the famous Onka home pool.
Here we have exclusive double bank fishing on 7km of water split into 3 beats named Lipistökoski - Upper, Onka - Middle & Phatakoski - Lower. Each beat is quoted to four guests a day and our programme alternates between beats every day so guests can fish all 3 two times during their stay.
Fishing is accessible from both sides of the river via dirt tracks and foot paths through the forest. We also have a traditional wooden rowing boat situated at the Onka home pool to quickly access both sides of the river during the fishing day.
Average weight for fly caught salmon here is 13 - 16 lbs, while fish running into the 30-40+ lbs class are not uncommon. Be ready for an adventure hiking, wading and swinging flies in our vast picturesque waters.
The season starts on 15 June and this is when the big fresh springers will be making their way up river alongside returning kelts. Conditions at the start of each season can vary quite dramatically but water levels may be high with water temperatures from 8-14C
Summer begins from late June, early July and this is when the bulk of the MSW fish start to arrive. Fish average 15lbs but there are still good chances of 30lb+ fish. Water temperatures fluctuate from 12-18C and call for floating lines and small flies.
As the season progresses the spring and summer salmon which whose activity will have dropped off during the warmer weeks start to get restless, stirred up by bright silver Osenka winter run salmon who will also be making their way up river. Water temperatures from 10-15C call for floating and or sub surface lines with small to medium flies in the day and larger flies as the night falls.
Pinetree Lodge lake side apartments feature a very spacious living room / lounge area with stunning forest views overlooking a beautiful forest lake. As part of the living room there is a sofa area, dining table, log burning stove and modern fitted kitchen with fridge freezer. There are 2 large twin bedrooms in each apartment that can be use as twins or singles and a modern bathroom shower. There is also a sofa bed that can be used for additional guests. Additional guests can stay at £20 pp a day.
The main lodge is just a short walk from the apartments, featuring a dining room for up to 60 guests, bar & lounge. The Camp Onka fishing grounds are 30 – 60 minutes away depending on which beat you will fish and which side of the river you will access it from. After a long hard day on the water battling the elements, guests can return to the lodge to wind down in an invitingly warm, dry & clean environment.
Before dinner you can enjoy a drink/beer in the lounge bar and then sit down in the restaurant for a good Lapland style meal made from local produce. The dining room has a full view of the lake filled with Trout, Grayling and Arctic Char available for guests to use if a change of fishing dynamics is required for a short while. Breakfast is included by the lodge daily and you can either arrange a pre packed lunch at £10 pp a day and have a 2-course dinner in the restaurant for £30 pp a day or choose to self cater and keep the engine running while searching for our famous Baltic Salmon.
The main lodge and arctic living apartments all have wifi. The apartment accommodation also has a large hallway with hooks to hang waders and jackets and a shoe rack for boots to dry, if the weather is good you can also dry clothing and equipment outside.
Double hand rods from 12-18 feet in class 6-12. Switch rods from 11 feet class 5-7. Single hand rods from 9-10 feet in class 5-9.
We suggest coming prepared with shooting heads and or versi tips with variable sinking rates in floating down to the heaviest sinking densities. Most of our fishing is within the floating to Sink 2 range. Depending on water temperatures, depth and speed, it may be necessary to go down to a heavier range of multi density lines between Sink 1 and Sink 7. We recommend both full length and compact heads for both wide open and short range fishing situations.
LEADERS & TIPPETS
10-20 feet tapered leaders with a tippet range between 0.25mm and 0.52mm. For colder water conditions expect leader lengths to be as short as 4 feet. Tippet from 0.38mm to 0.52mm.
The most important thing is that you believe in the fly! The name and or style of the fly comes second. Make sure you bring flies in sizes from 2cm - 10cm, bigger flies up to 15cm-20cm can be used in early season high and cold water conditions during June. Make sure your hooks are strong and sharp!
Banana - Phatakorva - Sunray Shadow - Monkey - The Usual - Willie Gunn - Black & Green - Black & Yellow - Grey & Green - Cascade - Rapala - Editor - Thunder & Lightning - Kinermony Killer - Beiss
Layers are definitely the key! You will need warm underwear and thick socks, wool/merino wool is best. A warm hat and a warm down or primaloft jacket will be needed for the cold nights and mornings, waders and a wading jacket or any other type of shell jacket.
Mosquito spray or roll on mosquito repellent such as "Jungle Oil" or "Mygga" is strongly advised. A wading staff is always good to have on hand, a life jacket is advised for guests who require the extra security and don't forget your camera to capture the special moments!
Firent, Green Motion, Hertz, Scandia Rent & Sixt
DISTANCE TO KANGOS TOWN
5 - 10 minutes drive - 7.4 kilometres / 4.6 miles
FOOD & DRINKS
Pinetree lodge offers a fantastic restaurant service three times a day, breakfast, lunch & dinner that is highly recommended. Kangos is a small town with one small convenience store next to the Kangos Bridge over the Lainio river offering basic food and drinks. A small café and some guesthouses also offer tea, coffee and cakes. There is also special local place selling wild Reindeer, Moose and Arctic Char from the region, which you can find at the following address: Norra Byavägen 3, 98063 Kangos.
45 / 60 minutes drive away from Kangos there is also Pajala town that has 2 supermarkets, restaurants, alcohol store, tackle shop, ATM’s etc. Alternatively if you would prefer to have a self catering option throughout the week, we would recommend that guests head into Kiruna town to supermarkets to stock up on supplies for the week. There COOP Konsum large supermarket and Gas station 5/ 10 minutes drive from the airport when taking a left at the exit that is the closest and best option to do this.
There is a fueling staion directly across the road from the local convenience store in Kangos. The pumps each have card machines to pre pay before pumping. We recommend that hire cars fill up in Kangos before heading back to Kiruna airport. You can fill the car up before returning the veichal either at the airport or at the edge of Kiruna town. It is generally a lot cheaper to fill up in Kiruna and only 5 – 10 minutes away.
Sweden’s laws on alcohol prohibit general stores from selling drinks with more than 3.5% alcohol in, but light beers are available to buy from the store in Kangos town. If you would like to purchase alcohol for your stay there is a bar and lounge at the lodge where you can purchase daily or you can choose to shop in Kiruna town before coming to the lodge, or alternatively during the week you can goto Pajala Town 45 / 60 minutes drive away. Both towns have a specific alcohol store called “Systembolaget” where you can buy anything you may want.
Sweden generally is a little more expensive than the UK, we would estimate that food, drinks, alcohol would be more or less 50% more than usual. The local currency is SEK Swedish Kroner however 99% of any purchases are all accepted via credit card. You may need cash for independent stores or individual services. Pinetree Lodge, Kangos town gas station, Kangos town store and Kangos wild meat vendor all take card payments. Breakfast is included at Pinetree lodge with your accommodation booking, Lunch is £10 pp a day and a 2-course dinner is £30 a day.
All services are covered at the lodge, however for any guiding services we would recommend a daily tip of around £20 / 200 SEK or £100 / 1000 SEK a week per guest.
Arrive at the Lodge 16:00pm.
On arrival at Pinetree Lodge you will be greeted by the staff who will get you settled into your accommodation. The Camp Onka Manager will then meet you and brief you on your weeks fishing and answer any questions you may have. They will be your contact for the week to help you on and off the river.
MONDAY - SATURDAY
Fishing at Camp Onka with a guide to 2 guests 24 hours a day.
The fishery manager at Camp Onka will help coordinate with all guests a small rotation system of the three zones with up to 4 rods fishing each zone at a time. If all guests are happy to rotate a single zone this can also be arranged and communal areas around fire places can be set up for spectating fishers waiting their turn.
A plan will be arranged between all guests and the fishery manager as to when individuals will be on the river should guests wish to fish on when others have hung up their waders for the night.
Depart Pinetree Lodge 10:00am.
Camp Onka is divided into three rotating beats roughly 2 – 2.5km in length double bank each over a 7km stretch. On each beat there is a small row boat to easily access both sides of the river and strong, large landing nets.
Fishing times are 24h with beat rotation at midnight, so it can be possible if you wish to use the restaurant services to provide guests with packed meals to take to the river with plenty of notice to the lodge.
There are several fire pits and sheltered areas along the full 7km stretch of water and the Camp Onka cliff area has a sheltered table and seating area as well as an outhouse.
Access to the river is possible via dirt tracks and short treks from both sides of the river. Phatakoski and Onka are both accessible directly via dirt tracks from the north side and further trekking to Lipistokoski. From the south side all beats are accessible via dirt tracks and short walks through the forest down to the river.
Drive time between the fishing and the lodge is roughly 30-36 minutes. If you have a guide with you during your stay guests will be able to arrange a schedule/itinerary for fishing hours and meals times on arrival as we have the luxury of 24 hour sun, your guide will be able to best advise on the best fishing times relative to river and weather conditions. Overcast days with cool water will provide a lot more flexibility in fishing times, but if the water is warm and generally bright sunny conditions, a focused early morning to mid day session may be the best way to go.
If you prefer to head to the river with a lot of gear prepared for all eventualities, we would highly recommend having a day pack bag with all that you may want or need but head out on the water as light as possible, fly box, hooks, leaders, tippets, tools, 1 or 2 different lines, camera etc. The rest can stay on the bank for when you really
DATES & PRICES
£1250 - £1600 pp
£1600 - £2000 pp
- Six 24 hour fishing days on 7km double bank private water
- Seven nights twin room or apartment accommodation at the lodge
- 3 or 6 days guided fishing (1 guide to 4 guests)
- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
- Any travel e.g flights, baggage, transfers or hire cars
- Any travel or personal insurance
- Drinks or alcohol
- Gratuities to lodge staff
- Single room supplement (£30 per person per night)
Bookings at Camp Onka open on the 01st October each year before the following open season. To secure a booking you will need to fill out and return a booking confirmation form with a non-refundable deposit payment of 50% of the full price of your trip.
The Balance payment for your booking will be due 60 days before your arrival date at Camp Onka.
We also have "Terms & Conditions" and "Health & Safety" agreements and a "Guest Information" form in case of emergencies that will all need to be completed and signed before travelling.