Our fishing gear and equipment
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 guideboats 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 guideboats 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.
Rod: 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) rod. If you want to fish one-handed, it definitely needs to be strong enough and class 7-11.
Reel: 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 slope.
Lines: 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, speys or skagits. In any case, it is important that there be lines sunk at different speeds. There must be at least a floating, sink 2 and sink 4-5 lines to cover the situation.
Leader lines: For summer fishing, a tapered or longer taper cone is used at 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. From the beginning of the season, the leader line underwater can be only 1-1.5 m, and it must have uniform strength of 0.40-0.50 mm. For smaller flies, a longer leader, and for larger flies a bit shorter. Those are the most important rules of thumb.
Flies: 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. Some common models include: The Usual, Banana, Sunray Shadow, Green Highlander, Phatagorva, Red Butt and Willie Gunn.