The Torne river is the largest free-flowing river in all of Europe. Most of the Torne river flows north of the Arctic Circle, so around midsummer, the sun never sets by the river. The Tornio river is famous for its big salmon. The average weight per fish for the whole fishing season has been around 8 kg in recent years. Every year the biggest salmon caught in the Tornio river weighs more than 20 kg, so you have a realistic chance of catching the fish of a lifetime.
These are mesmerising numbers, and if you really want to feel a big salmon pulling your line, the Tornio river is right place for you! Naamisuvanto Salmon Fishing, is located 150 km North from the seacoast, in the municipality of Pello in Finnish Lapland. Naamisuvanto Salmon Fishing is a family company led by Petri Uusitalo and his wife Taina.
Naamisuvanto offer fully guided fishing, though you can also rent boats and fishing equipment. Petri was born by the river, so he really knows his fishing spots. At Naamisuvanto, there is a fantastic home pool, with 5 km for boat fishing and great fly fishing rapids at the beginning and the end of the pool. Naamisuvanto offers all kind of waters, from fast riffles to a lazy, deep and calm middle pool, and the beautiful neck pool of Kosioniva. There are great staying places for both running and holding salmon, and it is also a very important spawning ground. These are the reasons Naamisuvanto is a hit pool of the Tornio River for the whole fishing season.
Naamisuvanto has five main fishing guides: Petri Uusitalo, Santeri Uusitalo, Miska Haapsalo, Ari Nuora and Isak Sandling. Fishing is focused on big Baltic Salmon by boat or traditional fly fishing. There is also a possibility to fish for grayling, trout and other species as well. Only the best gear will do when fishing for salmon. The lodge is equipped with Shimano Tekota reels and Beastmaster rods for boat-fishing. For fly fishing, there is quality G. Loomis, Guideline and Loop double hand rods as well as Guideline, Hatch and Loop reels and Guideline wading shoes and waders available to guests.
Naamisuvanto Salmon Fishing offers its guests high standards of accommodation in various cottages in the immediate surroundings of the resort and in the rooms of bottom floor of the main lodge. In the main lodge there is a kitchen, rest room, sauna, bathroom and toilet for guest only use.
Naamisuvanto resort 2 Person Room:
The room is located inside the resort. The room includes refrigerator and television. The building’s ground floor is entirely for guest use. The common facilities include toilet, sauna, 2 showers, kitchen, living room, coffee maker, tea kettle, stove, oven, freezer.
Naamisuvanto Resort Lohikellari (Salmon Cellar Room) 4 person Room:
The room includes refrigerator and television.The building’s ground floor is entirely for guest use.The common facilities include toilet, sauna, 2 showers, kitchen, living room, coffee maker, tea kettle, stove, oven, freezer. The salmon cellar at Naamisuvanto, is a place where you can store your fish, as well as a place to process your fish and is available for all guests.
Naamisuvanto also offers 5 different cottages by the Tornio River or by its tributary Naamijoki. All the cottages have good standard of facilities. Additionally, our guests can stay at our co-partner Valkea Arctic holiday village, located about 15 min drive from our resort. Valkea lodge has a great restaurant and cottage village with 2 and 4 person cottages. Half board is available for all our guests either in our Main lodge or in Valkea lodge on request.
Please contact us for more information on personal cottages, availability and pricing.
RODS & REELS
For fly fishing salmon on a large river like the Tornio River, the absolute choice is a two-handed salmon rod: 11-18 feet, class 6-12, (generally 13-15 feet, 9-11 class) rods. If you want to fish one-handed, it definitely needs to be strong enough and class 7-12. The most important thing about a salmon reel is a functioning brake and sufficient spin capacity. Other things like model, manufacturer and design are flavours. The reel must fit at least 200 meters so it can reach the maximum spooling.
You can never have too many lines when fishing for salmon. We mostly fish with interchangeable lines because it’s more convenient to adjust the fishing depth. However, it’s a matter of taste what kind of lines you favour, or whether you fish with shooting heads, spey or skagit. In any case, it is important that you have sinking lines at different speeds. You must have at least a floating, sink 2 and sink 4-5 set of lines to cover any situation.
LEADERS & TIPPETS
For summer fishing, a tapered leaders are used in strengths of 0.30-0.50 mm. In low water and at the end of the season, leaders can be as thin as 0.30 mm and long 12 - 18 feet. From the beginning of the season, in cold temps and high water the leader line underwater can be only 3-5 feet, and they must have uniform strength of 0.40-0.50 mm. For smaller flies, a longer leader, and for larger flies, a shorter leadrr. Those are the most important rules to remember.
Many traditional salmon flies work in the Tornio River. Due to the large amount of water, large tube flies are often used at the beginning of the season, and when the water has warmed up, the size of the flies is reduced and hooked flies become more common.
Banana - Phatakorva - Sunray Shadow - Monkey - The Usual - Willie Gunn - Black & Green - Black & Yellow - Green Highlander - Cascade - Rapala - Editor - Red Butt - 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!
BOAT FISHING TACKLE
When fishing for salmon, you can’t skimp on equipment. The Tornio River is a great river, and the salmon that migrate here are very large. Our experienced guides use only high-quality and proven equipment. While boat fishing for salmon, we use Shimano Tekota reels and Shimano Beastmaster salmon rods. We usually use 6 or 7 rods with different lengths. In the middle, we put a 2.7 meter long rod, then a 3 m rod, and on the outsides, 3.6 m long rods or possibly a second fly rod. In the middle, it’s also possible to keep a short 2 m spoon lure rod.
For salmon, the best line is still nylon or a traditional monofilament. It will withstand abrasion and is resilient to unexpected movements by fish or fisherman. The right line weight for salmon fishing is at least 0.40 mm. However, the thickness of line is also greatly affected by fishing location. If you are fishing low or rocky waters, you should use up to 0.50 mm thick lines. Our boat guides fish mostly in backwaters and small rapids, so thinner and more delicate lures on 0.40 mm line are the Naamisuvanto guides’ selection of choice when fishing for salmon. Metal lures are an exception. These lures swim better with a thick line because it keeps the lures swimming smoothly. The suitable line thickness for metal lures is 0.60 mm. We have successfully used Rapala Sufix monofilaments for many years.
We use special riverboats when fishing for salmon that have been developed over centuries for the river and its characteristics. Our riverboats are narrower and shorter than lake boats. The lightweight boats feel rickety near the shore, but they come alive with the currents. Naamisuvanto has 4 guide boats and 14 rental boats. Some of the boats were made by Petri’s father-in-law, and the newer boats are made by local craftsman Arto Kivilompolo. Our rental boats are 5.5 to 6.5 m long and can carry 2-3 adults. Our guide boats are 6.5 to 7.5 m long and can carry an additional two adults. The boats have 4 – 15 horsepower engines but switch to rowing once upstream. Most of our engines are Yamaha, with a couple of Suzuki.
Firent, Green Motion, Hertz, Scandia Rent & Sixt
DISTANCE TO PELLO TOWN
20 minutes drive - 19 kilometres / 11.8 miles
Pello is little village located by the border of the mighty Tornio River. Pello is located 150 km north from the river mouth of Tornio River and seacoast. There is around 3 500 people living in the village. Surface area of Pello is large with 1 865 km2. The centre of the village is on the Finnish side of the river. The capital and biggest city of Lapland, Rovaniemi is located around 100 km from Pello to east. So it’s little over one hour drive during summer time from Rovaniemi airport to Pello. In Rovaniemi lies also the most commonly used and the biggest airport of Lapland.
FOOD & DRINKS
Naamisuvanto co-partner Valkea holiday village lies 6 km east from Pello via road to Rovaniemi. There is good restaurant in Valkea with a’ la carte food, Joppari in the center of village is a good pizza place and Granni, which is located in the tourist center Vihreä Pysäkki is nice a’ la carte restaurant by the river and with fantastic views!
The sale of alcohol to persons under 18 years of age is prohibited by law. People over 18 can buy alcoholic drinks such as wines and beers containing at most 22 per cent alcohol by volume. A person aged 20 can buy alcoholic drinks of any kind from an Alko (state monopoly) store. Customers may be asked to show a passport, identification card or driving licence as proof of age. Beer and cider is sold in supermarkets and other food stores until 9 pm every day. Wines, liquors and spirits are sold in Alko stores. Most Alko stores are open from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 8 pm, and 9 am to 6 pm on Saturdays.
Finland 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 € Euro however 99% of any purchases are all accepted via credit card including Pello town. You may need cash for independent stores or individual services.
Tipping is not mandatory but we would recommend tipping your ghillie as you would on your home waters, if you are happy with the service they provide.
Arrive at Naamisuvanto 16:00pm.
On arrival at Naamisuvanto you will be greeted by the staff who will get you settled into your accommodation. The Naamisuvanto 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 Naamisuvanto 24 hours a day.
The fishery manager at Naamisuvanto 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 Naamisuvanto 10:00am.
In many rivers in Finland, such as the Tana river (Tenojoki in Finnish), fly fishing already has over a century of tradition. Fly fishing traditions for the Tornio river from the 1800s or first half of the 20th century are not found in written texts or in common knowledge. For a long time after increasing the salmon stock of the Tornio river in the early 1990s, the idea persisted that the river was not suitable for fly fishing. That myth however has been proven completely false over the past 20-30 years.
The Tornio river is a powerful river, and the core strategy for fly fishing is to find the right places to fish. You have to find fairways close to the shores that the salmon use to run upstream. When fishing for migrating salmon, the best places are usually the rapid necks and pools, where fish rest for a moment. There are also necks and spots mid-rapids called “running pools”, where you might find salmon swimming but still willing to take the fly. Near the end of the fishing season, when there are fewer migrating fish, neck pools and holding pools are areas worth trying.
Due to the large size of the river and especially at the beginning of the season, the absolute rod of choice is a two-handed salmon rod. In the cold waters at the beginning of the season, the fly should be allowed to reach the same depths that salmon are swimming. The surface current is strong, and the river often swells with floodwater. At the same time, use heavy sinking lines, like 4-7 sinkers. The flies can be large and visible, and tube flies are popular. As summer progresses, and the water temperatures rises to about 10 ˚ C, you can fish with floating or slower sinking lines. At the same time, leaders are longer and the flies are smaller. This usually happens the week before midsummer. From this point on, the choice of line and fly are determined by the water temperature and depth. Usually, July is the warmest month of the season, and fishermen use longer leaders and smaller flies. At the end of the month, the size of the fly can grow again, but the number of flies should be more varied than at the beginning of the season.
Technically, most of the time spent fishing in a large river, you will traditionally cast a 45˚ angle downstream, swing your fly until bank and take a pair steps downstream. It rakes the migrating fish efficiently and is suited especially for cool water floating speed. In midsummer, it is worthwhile to head more across the river and give the fly more speed. Even casting upstream and quick stripping of line can bring results. Surfboard flies and riffling hitches should not be overlooked either. It’s never a good idea to stay locked into a single method when salmon fishing. Our guides will help you find the right tackle and techniques for catching salmon under different conditions.
DATES & PRICES
SINGLE ROD BOAT
DOUBLE ROD BOAT
- Six 24 hour fishing days on 5km double bank public water
- Seven nights accommodation single or twin rooms
- Linen, towels and lodge cleaning
- 6 days guiding from a FFA trip host
- Any travel e.g flights, baggage, transfers or hire cars
- Any travel or personal insurance
- Any additional food & or preparation, drinks or alcohol
- Gratuities to lodge staff
Bookings at Naamisuvanto 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 Naamisuvanto.
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.