For all our visitors that dont understand Norwegian.
Here you will find some info regards fishing for salmon in Espedalselva, Forsand.
We hope that you will find the most important you need to know about fishing in the Espedalselva, Forsand. A popular river for fishing salmon in this area. It is possible to get huge salmon if you are skilful and lucky.
You’ll also find some information on other opportunities for tourists in the area.
For tourists we reccomend visit Tourist Info, Ryfylke. Link
Or our local Forsand Tourist info: Link
Important telephonenumbers you might need at Forsand. Link

Any questions ?
Feel free to ask. send us a email: espedalselva(at)  (replace (at) with @.
Or call one of us on the committee: See menu “Om Espedalselva” -> Styret, for a list of persons to call.

The fishing season starts at 01.juni and lasts until the 31 august.
You are only allowed fishing for salmon on these days: thursday, friday, saturday, sunday. 
Fishing for sea-trout is not allowed(preserved).

There are 3 golden rules before you can start fishing in Espedal River.
1: In general, in Norway everybody that wants to fish for salmon/sea-trout has to pay a fishing-fee to NORWEGIAN ENVIRONMENT AGENCY. You have to bring with you a receipt for this fee every time you are out fishing. You can pay online and read more about this Fishing Fee at this website: Link  Tip: If you get a norwegian webpage, press english flag, up right corner.

2: Disinfect all your equipment BEFORE you start fishing, to prevent spreading the parasite Gyrodactylus salaris. Very important, and there are no exeptions for this rule! 
Read more about this parasite here. Link

You can disinfect your equipment at Helle bridge, a big blue barrel is placed there marked with “Virkon S”. ALL equipment that can be/has been in contact with water shall be in the barrel for 15 minutes. Long equipment as i.e your fishing rod that dont fit in the barrel can be sprayed thorough with the spraycan and wait for 15 minutes and then cleaned with fresh water.
Follow instructions placed in postbox and the wall. You can pay with Paypal(preferred), Vipps, banktransfer or at last, cash. 

3: Bring your fishingcard with you when fishing. (you already baught this 😉

To buy a fishing-card in Espedalselva you can follow the simple guides below.

How to buy Fishing cards:
For the upcoming season, the fishingcards will be adverticed online at which are selling fishingcards for a lot of rivers in Norway.

There will be fishingcards from 5 locations in the river available.
Vald 5, vald 6, vald 10, vald 13, vald 16, vald 21, will have fishing cards available online.

Please register yourself at their site, if you are going to buy fishingcards online, or if you already have a fishing card, you alse need to register to be able to register your catch at Laksebørsen. 

For register yourself / login at

Enjoy 😉 


Next, if you are lucky and get yourself a salmon you have to report it to us. You can do this at Elveguiden Laksebørs webpage.
In general, if you get a fish, a “fishing-report” should be delivered. 

And remember. 
You are only allowed to fish maximum 2 salmon each day. 
Also read and understand the fishingrules for the river as well.

The new webpage for reporting your catch is now online! The name “Laksebørsen” will be our new platform, and the old “Fangstrapporten” will be shut down.

The new page Laksebørsen will give you all some new features i.e many graphs, statistic info and so on. We all hope you will enjoy this.

When it comes to reporting, you will probably notice some new data-fields that have been added. Please help us to get as much relevant and correct data as possible.

Enjoy your visit in Espedalselva.

One more thing:
We want everybody to take scalesamples of the fish we get.
You should pick up a couple of envelopes in the postbox at the disinfectstation and bring with you at all times.
You can read this article to understand “how to do it”: Link

After you have done your scalesamples, filled out all info on the front of envelope, put the envelope in the postbox with padlock at the disinfectstation. Thx for your help.