How to catch a Baltic salmon in Swedish Lapland? That’s the 100-dollar question for many salmon fly fishers. But there’s some good news. It’s getting easier. A lot easier. During the last years, salmon runs in the wild Swedish Baltic rivers have been heading in the right direction.
For a long period, the wild salmon stocks in the Baltic Sea were under a lot of pressure. When things were at the worst the Baltics were on the fringe of extinction in some rivers. For example, in the Vindel River, in the year 1986, 302 salmons were registered in the fish counter – today it’s annually around 10 000 (which is still far from maximum production but far better). Due to strict regulations in the Baltic Sea and a lot of positive forces collaborating in favour of the Baltic salmon, more and more fishes start to re-colonize their previous habitats and make the future look bright for both salmon and salmon fly fishermen in Sweden.
A few years back the Torne river in Swedish Lapland experienced massive runs, confirmed by the fish counter in Kattilakoski which registered about 100 000 migratory fish both years. That’s a lot of fish, but one should bear in mind that the Torne system is unique as salmon habitat. One should also remember that the four northernmost rivers hold a handful of highly interesting tributaries like the Lainio river and Ängesån.