Day two at the camp was another glorious sunny day and it was also the one we had chosen to head upstream towards the first of the two large lakes found a few kilometres from the camp and where Leif wanted to show me what he feels is amongst the best of the fishing.
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All the fish caught are processed in the time honoured way, cleaned, salted, hung out to dry and smoked and are simply delicious. Not only is Leif passionate about sustainability with the char, but with all forms of native hunting in Greenland as well as tourism. This is why West Greenland Wildlife operates sustainable tourism in a vulnerable environment. Visiting parties to Sassannguit are small (max of 8) and have exclusive access to the whole river and immediate surroundings. The river might not be big but it does stretch more than 15km into the wilderness, way more than enough for even the most ardent of exploring visitors to cover.
Sadly, all too soon the adventure was over, and it was with a heavy heart I waved goodbye to Sassannguit as we sped our way back towards Sisimiut in the usual, fast paced fashion. As we were closer into shore, due to the outer seas being a little ‘choppy’ sadly I didn’t have the opportunity to see any whales. However, we did chance upon two feeding pods of seals numbering in excess of fifty animals in each. It’s a sight I will remember for a long time. Soon Sisimiut harbour came into view, civilisation beckoned with another overnight in the luxury of the Hotel Sisimiut awaited before my scheduled flights home the following day.
I loved Greenland, I loved the peacefulness, the pace of life, the way of life and most of all the Fontaine family who welcomed me completely and who have become friends forever. It is a place I will never forget, I will certainly return to and I can’t recommend this adventure highly enough to any fly angler seeking a true wilderness expedition way up here on the edge of the Arctic Circle.
The million-dollar question everyone asks on any fishing trip, what flies will we need? There’s plenty information already available regarding flies that are good for migratory sea-run char and red, orange and pink often feature as the most prominent colours amongst them for both in fresh and salt water. However it wouldn’t be a full article if I didn’t at least include the ones that were most successful for me on my visit, so here’s are the dressings for the four most successful flies I used and the ones that will form a ‘starting point’ for my next trip to the Sassannguit: