ERFALIK LODGE

ERFALIK LODGE

With this lodge you can enjoy; Greenland`s most productive artic char fishing and great comfort; incuding single occupancy rooms, 24-hour power, hot showers, and three course meals.


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Location

Location

It is located approx. 80 kilometers south of Sisimiut. 

The second largest city in Greenland. It overlooks the fjoprd and the river mouth of the Erfalik RIver.

The fishing is made on the Erfalik River, sometimes in inlets and outlets of the lakes, sometimes in the fjord for cod or fresh chars heading for the river mouth.

 

Travelling here

You will need to fly first to Copenhagen, Denmark and then fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland; that's 4,5 from Copenhagen and then a short domestic flight of 30 min. to Sisimiut.

Then you will take a boat to get to the Lodge.

Accommodation

You will stay at this lodge build in 2019, a brand new lodge.

Sleeping in cabins with bunk beds, they are pretty small but you can have a single room with plenty of space for your stuff.

This lodge has a comfortable dining area, big couches and a large porch. Overlooking the fjord and the rivermouth.

Internet and cell service:

There is no internet service while there is cell service,but its not the best.

 

Sample itinerary: 

 

Day 1: Morning flight from Copenhagen (CPH) to Sisimiut (JHS) via Kangerlussuaq (SFJ), transfer to Hotel Sisimiut, afternoon sightseeing in town or relax at the hotel.

Day 2: Boat transfer to lodge/camp, fishing the rest of the day.

Day 3-8: Six days of fishing.

Day 9: Boat transfer to Hotel Sisimiut, farewell dinner.

Day 10: Morning flight back to Copenhagen, arrival in the evening.

Cuisine

Meals are tasty and made with the “Swedish chef’s” dedication. 

Most nights, they will prepare a nice three course meal, though variations on the dessert theme are fairly limited. 

Breakfast will be egg, bacon, bread, cereals etc, And for lunch, they put out bread and topping so you can make a couple of sandwiches to keep you going throughout the day.


The fishing

Fishing is rarely hard and there is no need to have a guide watch over your shoulder all day long. Once you have had an introduction to the fishery most anglers are fine about fishing with one or two other guests, and sometimes ask assistance from one of the young guides if they want an introduction to a new area.

The fishing is on a walk-in basis, so to get the full benefit of the possibilities, anglers should be reasonably fit. The terrain is easy to hike in but you should be prepared to cover a total four to eight miles on most days. If you need a break during your week, you can fish the river mouth on an incoming tide, or get one of the guides to drop you off on the other side of the lake and fish the inlet and outlet.

How do the fish?

Its typically either swinging streamers, skating foam flies or sometimes nymping. While some methods are more productive than others.

Nothing beats catching the chars on foam flies skated across the surface. Other times, you can sight fish them with smaller streamers. And when you really need a pull, swinging a weighted streamer or fishing a nymph can usually get it done.

Gear and equipment

FLY RODS

The go-to rod for Greenland arctic char is a single hand 6 weight, 9 foot 4-piece rod preferably with a small fight butt. Bring a spare rod as well – unfortunately, most groups of anglers break one or more rods during the week!

FLY REELS (AND BACKING)

Large arbour reels with a good brake, for #6-7 are perfect. 100 meters of 20 pds backing is more than sufficient. A spare reel is also a good idea!

FLY LINES

Typically you do not need to cast more than 15-20 meters. However, as it often is fairly windy in the middle of the day, you need a line that can cope with this. Floating WF lines, preferably with a short belly, are what you need for the rivers.

Yes – lines were in pluralis – bring a spare one! 

For the lakes and fjord, you may add an intermediate or sinking line.

LEADER MATERIAL

On the river you will most often use a tapered 9 feet monofilament or fluocarbon leader with a tippet around 0X-01X (0,28 mm – 0,31 mm) to enable a short fight. Bring 4-5 tapered leaders and some tippet spools. When the leader gets shorter after changing flies, you make a loop knot and loop it to a tippet. Then you may often need only to change the tippet part.

For the lakes and fjords, sinking poly-leaders may be handy.

THE FLIES

Whether you tie your own flies or buy them, there will be plenty of opportunity to experiment with many different flies. For streamers and foam flies the colours pink, purple, red, white and orange are a good starting point.

You can also try to spice up some of your flies with rubber legs – sometimes that does the trick.

Your fly box should include:

• A number of foam flies on size 4-6 hooks in orange, pink and purple.

• A selection of small streamers, some with bead chain eyes, some unweighted and lightly

dressed.

• Weighted nymphs size 6-14.

• A few bigger streamers, some weighted (mostly for the lakes and the fjord).

• Optionally some dry flies (Caddis) e.g. to use at the lakes on calm evenings.

THREE FAVORITES

The Foam Fly: When we can get the chars to take a skated foam fly on the surface we don’t fish anything else!

The Cowboy Fly: This small and lightly dressed streamer has caught a lot of fish, especially at Camp North.

The Five Hair Fly: Another lightly dressed but super efficient pattern – at both of our camps.

 

THE FOAM FLY

Hook: Ahrex NS110 size 4-6 or similar

Thread: Matching the color of the foam

Body: Flash chenille

Foam: Closed Cell foam, 2 x 2mm or 1 x 3mm

Tail: Marabou, fox – or a bit of both.

 

THE COWBOY FLY

Hook: Ahrex NS110 size 6-8 or similar

Thread: Black

Body: Silver tinsel

Wing: Purple rabbit strip, cut as narrow as possible, and tied zonker-style.

 

THE FIVE HAIR FLY

Hook: Ahrex NS110 size 6-8 or similar

Thread: Pink

Body: Pearl flash

Wing: Light purple polar bear (or similar) and a few strands of purple

Crystal Flash

Head: Silver bead chain eyes.

Clothing Suggestions

CLOTHING

You will be walking a lot up and down the rivers, when you are fishing, so optimal clothing is crucial for personal comfort. The weather may change from one hour to the next, so you have to be prepared for most conditions at all times. We recommend layered clothing, making it easy to adjust depending on whether you are walking or standing relatively still fishing – and of course according to changing weather conditions.

 

Layered clothing could be normal underwear, then thinner breathable undergarments, a thicker fleece layer, for example, and ultimately breathable waders and a water and windproof jacket; a so-called shell.

GLOVES / FINGER GUARDS

Bring a pair of gloves, e.g. with (some) fingers cut off. They’ll be nice to wear on cold days (and when sailing), and protect your hands against insects at other times. If you have sensitive skin, a couple of fingerguards may come in handy.

ADDITIONAL CLOTHING

A knitted hat (or beanie) is strongly recommended. Some like to wear a Buff against the sun and insects. A cap is a must!

WADERS, WADING BOOTS AND SOCKS

A pair of good trekking shoes or boots may be nice to wear in camp and for traveling. They can also be used for longer hikes (with long waterproof socks) carrying waders and wading boots in a backpack.

Typically, you do not need to wade deep, therefore hip-waders may be a convenient supplement to chest-waders on warm days. However, you still want to bring the chest-waders for bad weather situations. Waders should be breathable (Gore-Tex or the like) and with neoprene socks.

Wading boots made for hiking, and with rubber soles are recommended. Spikes/clamps are not needed, but do not harm either.

Make sure your boots fit your feet – test them out at home – as you will walk several km a day in them.

You do not need a wading staff.

 

POLARIZED SUNGLASSES

Sight fishing is fun! Therefore, bring polarized sunglasses. Amber coloured glasses are good, but others colours will work too. We encourage you to always wear glasses when fly-fishing to avoid injuries. A cap will help to avoid flare and make better vison.

 

INSECT & SUN PROTECTION

The arctic tundra is home of a number of insects, some biting and others just annoying. At times there can be many, at other times none you never know.

Make sure you have a mosquito net to pull over your cap and head. More often than not, small flies, not mosquitoes, may cause discomfort.

They do not bite, but a mosquito net that can be pulled over the head may be necessary. At other times, a Buff (or similar head wear) that covers your nose and years will be sufficient.

Mosquito repellent and sunscreen should also be part of your gear.

Season

The season is during July and August. 

The species we flyfish at this lodge, artic char, starts to run the rivers late June, also early in Sptember but they should probably be left alone because they become more interesting in spawening.

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