Jan 30th, 2020
If you thought that all the truly pristine fish-filled rivers had been discovered, think again. Located on the ultra-remote southwestern coast of Greenland, the new Kangia Camp literally blew the minds of the lucky anglers that were part of their inaugural 2017 season. Why? Consider the following. Greenland is the largest island on earth and also the world’s least-densely populated country with less than 57,000 total inhabitants. It is 1/5th the size of the US with twice the coast- line and countless untouched rivers, many of which have huge summer runs of supercharged sea-run Arctic char. Among the finest of these rivers found to date is the Kangia, a spectacularly beautiful and pristine system with fish that average 5 to 7 pounds and top 10 pounds on a regular basis. It is here that Solid Adventures has set up their latest venture, Kangia River Camp.
Contact Max at 800.552.2729 for more information on Kangia River Camp
Top Reasons to Go:
● Experience the vast wilds and beauty of Greenland.
● Fish for high numbers of large arctic char in an unspoiled remote wilderness setting.
● Enjoy a lightly guided fishing experience with a DIY feel.
● Stay at a simple rustic lodge that was designed for hardcore anglers.
● Explore the amazing and remote Kangia River, fishing long days and covering five or more miles per day on foot.
Where is the lodge?
The lodge is located above the mouth of the Kangia River, a one-and-a-half-hour boat ride from the town of Maniitsoq, Greenland.
How do I get there?
To get to Kangia River Lodge guests will need transfer through the town of Maniitsoq, Greenland (JSU). The best route from the United States is to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark (CPH) where most U.S. travelers will overnight. From Copenhagen guests will fly to Kangerlussuaq International Airport (SFJ) in Greenland and then connect from Kangerlussuaq to Maniitsoq Airport (JSU). In Maniitsoq guests will be met by a lodge representative and transferred to the local marina where they travel to the lodge by boat. The boat can only enter the Kangia fjord at medium to high tide so sometimes guests have to wait for the tide to shift to land the boat at the lodge.
When should I go?
The season runs from early July to early September. The fresher fish are in the system early in the season and the colored-up, spawning char are in the system later in the year.
Where do they fish?
Anglers will walk and wade the Kangia River.
How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?
The lodge is just above the river and guests can be fishing the home pools and the lower river within minutes. If guests would like to fish the middle and upper sections of the river guests will hike 30 to 45- minutes to the satellite camp about 2 miles up-river. Once at the satellite camp guests can begin fishing or keep hiking up the river. Guests are welcome to leave their waders and boots at the satellite camp so they can make the hike in hiking shoes and pants.
How do they fish?
All fishing is walk and wade fishing with most of the fishing done from the banks. At Kangia guests can fish with dry flies, nymphs, streamers and swung flies. The Kangia River is the hidden gem of Greenland’s west coast and is known for its exceptionally large runs of arctic char, its unbelievable structure, and its incomparable beauty. This is a river truly made for fly fishing with its cut-banks, rapids, slow and deep stretches, waterfalls, and pocket-water all the way down to its tidally influenced delta. Located six kilometers upstream from camp is a ten-meter high waterfall which blocks migrating fish from progressing up-river and creates a deep pool stacked with huge fish. Arctic char like to hide in the deeper water of lake systems. What makes Kangia so special is that all the deeper pools in the river are all fishable.
When the tide is low guests can fish the fjord and the pools just below the camp.
What happens if there is inclement weather or an unfavorable change in water conditions?
Guests will have to wait out inclement weather either at the lodge or at the satellite camp.
Who is best suited to this destination?
Active anglers that can walk four to six miles per day are going to have the most success on the Kangia River. The hiking at Kangia is not difficult and there is a nice trail, but there is quite a bit of hiking per day is required each day.
What is a typical day like?
8 AM – Breakfast is served.
After breakfast guests will hike to the out-camp and upper beats. Two guides will divide the guests into two teams. One team will take the upper beats from the warming tent, and the other team will fish the camp pools. One guide will follow upstream and one guide will stay at the out-camp.
12 PM – Lunch on the river
After lunch guests will continue to fish the upper river.
7 PM – Leave the fishing grounds for the walk back to the lodge.
8 PM – Dinner is served. If the tides are right guests can fish the mouth of the river for halibut and other ocean species.
What is the general vibe, atmosphere and style of the lodge?
The lodge is very simple, comfortable, welcoming and has a fishing camp vibe. This is by no means a luxury lodge but a base designed for serious anglers.
Where do we eat, and what are the meals like?
Meals are hearty but simple. Soft drinks and beer are available and included in the package, but if guests would like wine or liquor they need to bring it themselves.
Where do we stay, and what are the accommodations like?
The Kangia River Lodge is situated on a plateau at the delta of the Kangia River. The lodge overlooks the home-pool and a sheltered bay where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. Though the lodge is simple, it is equipped with all the basics one needs for a comfortable stay during a week of fishing. The lodge can accommodate up to 12 anglers. Sleeping quarters consist of six rooms, each containing one bunk bed that sleeps two anglers. The main lodge has two toilets, two showers, a fully equipped kitchen, a bar and lounge area and a spacious dining area overlooking the river. The veranda at the front of the lodge with its view of the river mouth and valley below, is the perfect place to enjoy an after-fish drink and share some fishing stories.
There is also a smaller satellite-camp located 2.7 km upriver that offers anglers a comfortable resting place at one of the fishing hotspots. This camp is a great starting point for anglers who want to fish the middle and upper sections of the river. To make guests hikes to this location as easy as possible, they can leave their waders and wading boots at the satellite camp and hike to and from the lodge in regular hiking shoes and pants. Whether guests prefer to stay near the main lodge or venture all the way up to the waterfall is up to them. The fish are plentiful throughout the river and guests can fish at their own pace all day, every day.
Is there an on-site owner, manager or other point-person at the lodge?
Yes. There is always a lodge manager on-site.
Is there internet and/or cell service?
There is no internet or cell service available at the lodge. The lodge has satellite phones in case of emergency.
What type(s) of fish will I catch?
Guests will primarily target migrating arctic char, but occasionally guests can fish for cod, halibut and other ocean species in the fjord in front of the lodge.
How many fish will I catch?
Guests can expect to catch 10 fish per day in the 2 to 10-pound class with a handful of shots at trophy arctic char per week.
Will we see other anglers?
No, guests will only see other anglers from the lodge.
What are the guides like?
The guiding at Kangia is described as lightly guided. Guides will help guests with finding pools and keeping them safe, but clients should be prepared to land their own fish and tie their own knots.
Does the lodge provide equipment?
The lodge can rent guests rods, reels, and terminal tackle. The rate is $100 per week. Guests will need to bring their own waders and boots.
What is your favorite setup for the trip?
Rod: Sage X 790-4
Reel: Sage SPECTRUM LT 7/8
Line 1: RIO Grand (essential line)
Line 2: RIO StreamerTip F/I
Leader: Trout VersiLeaders
Rod: Sage X 7110-4
Reel: Sage SPEY 6/7/8
Line: RIO Switch Chucker
Tips: RIO Skagit MOW Tips
What are the top flies?
Arctic char feed on shrimp and various small fish. While fish imitations will work, char will readily take a nymph or a dry fly as well. Stripping streamers and swing fishing are the most effective ways to catch char while covering a lot of water. If you come prepared with flies that are chartreuse, pink, red, white, and orange or a blend of these colors, you will be set for all conditions.
Some of the most productive flies are:
Green Lantern in Chartreuse and Olive
Mini Intruder in Chartreuse
Char Bugger in Chartreuse and Olive
Fritz Bugger in Chartreuse and Olive and Pink
Pink Rowboat in Pink and White
There is a limited fly shop at the lodge for guests to buy flies if they need them. We recommend that guests arrive with at least some of the patterns listed above and then fill in if needed from the lodge shop.
Are there other activities?
There is some whale and wildlife watching, but this is first and foremost a fishing camp.
What are the physical demands?
Guests should be prepared to hike between 6 to 8 miles per day. The hiking is not difficult, but guests will have to walk up and down the river. We highly recommend that guests do some walking or light jogging in the weeks leading up to the trip.
Are there any special skills required?
What is the cost?
The current rate is listed in the link below-
Are there any other expenses?
Guests will pay onsite for a hotel room in Maniitsoq on the departure date. If guests are transferring through Copenhagen they will also have to pay for lodging and meals while traveling.
Does this trip combine well with other trips?
Yes. Europe is very accessible from Greenland.
Do I need a Visa?
No. Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States do not need a visa for stays under 90 days. For citizens of other countries please consult your local consulate.
What is the Cancellation Policy?
A non-refundable deposit must be paid within 14 days of the original reservation. A client that does not pay this invoice within 14 days will forfeit their reservation on the trip in question. The final invoice is due 90 days prior to the first day of travel.
Although deposits are non-refundable, they can be transferred to another fisherman or applied to another trip if the outfitter is notified at least 90 days prior to the scheduled arrival of the original booking.
Do I need Trip Insurance?
Guests will need to carry evacuation insurance. We recommend Global Rescue. The lodge will need policy numbers before arrival.
Are there any dangers and annoyances?
There can be biting flies and mosquitos in the area at certain times of the year. It is best to travel with at least one head net, gloves and insect repellent in case the insects become active. It can be advantageous for guests to treat their gear and clothing with Permethrin before arriving in Greenland.
Are there any health concerns?
The lodge is very remote, and while the lodge has helicopter service an evacuation can take hours to reach guests. Any preexisting medical conditions should be reported to Fly Water Travel and to the lodge before arrival.