Kangia River - Greenland 2017

Greenland is mainly covered with ice and most of the people think about low percentage of civilization. This is exactly what you will find on place but there is also one important part why fly fishers from all over the world dream about fishing there - the arctic char. Today there are small villages which have a decent basic infrastructure and the living standard is increasing step by step. However, as soon as you travel a couple of miles out of town you will find what Greenland is famous for: fjords, tundra, rivers and mountains. No cellphone, no internet - back to basics!

Maniitsoq
Maniitsoq

With us on our hosted trip, in cooperation with Angel-Baer in Frankfurt, was Toni, Andreas and René from Germany. Together with Peter and Roine from Sweden, Paul from the US aswell as Daniel and Sylvain from Canada we spend the last week of the season 2017 on the lodge. From Germany you take a short flight to Copenhagen and a connecting flight to Kangerlussuaq International Airport. Last step is a 40minutes flight to Maniitsoq, a small town that mainly lives from local fishery and tourism, followed by a two hour boat ride to the lodge. A journey worthevery kilometer and as we know those remote places often produce the bestfishing – Kangia is one of them. On our boat ride to the lodge we had the chanceto fish two places and experience the huge amount of cod in the ocean – everysecond cast someone yelled “fish on” given the fact that this wasn´t primetimeas the cod slowly move into deeper water.

Stunning scenery at the Kangia estuary
Stunning scenery at the Kangia estuary

The lodge makes sure your basic needs are covered – six double rooms with bunk beds, protection from mosquitos, simple but good food with local products such as cod/halibut/reindeer, shower and two water toilets available, nice living room and probably the most remote bar worldwide with a small LED disco light on place (not kidding). A solid accommodation which almost symbolizes a bit of luxury when you know that every part of the lodge from the timber construction to the kitchen and the washing machine need to be transported by boat and carried up a steep way 100 m along the plateau.

View from Kangia River Lodge
View from Kangia River Lodge

After the first beer, a briefing by our Guides Tomas and Lawson and a good night sleep on the lodge we finally went fishing on the next day. It takes a 45 minute walk from the lodge to the prime pools of the river passing small creeks with the cleanest and best water to fill up your drinking bottle for the day. During the early season also the lower part of the river with the river mouth around the lodge is a good place to fish depending on the tide. Following the trail you arrive at the base camp with a small tent where you can store all your tackle and waders throughout the week. From the camp to a waterfall way upstream there are tons of different spots to fish by foot with every imaginable structure – cut banks, small channels, slow and deep stretches as well as pocket water – you name it.

One of those many runs at the Kangia
One of those many runs at the Kangia

You will fish heavyflies such as small to medium size streamers so a short belly line is recommended. Switch and trout spey rods are also a great tool for these arctic char,together with a short skagit head and some interchangeable sink tips you willhave a lot of fun swinging flies which is often the best method to catch theseguys. Leader material in 15-20lb and a good reel with a smooth drag is needed, we cannot stress enough how strong these char are. Even in the last week of the season we did catch chrome fish to those beautifully colored red and orange ones – the details and composition of colors are simply amazing and look like apiece of art. Our week was something to remember, all of us caught more than enough fish with a few very nice ones in the 3 kilo area being landed. It is a journey back in time – fly fishing “like you have seen it years before” is what you experience at Kangia River on a daily basis.

Fresh fish from the Kangia River
Fresh fish from the Kangia River

Greenland stands for wilderness and adventures like no other places on earth and this is exactly what you will find on place – let´s hope that we can maintain these wild places for a long time. Everyone should experience this and it is not only because of the fishing, which is amazing. No, there are other things that make those trips priceless – the beautiful landscape, the people you meet and the memories that stay for a lifetime!

 

Felix Hansvencl