Käpälän heittoa Norjan puolella Näätämöjoen Kolttakönkäällä 2.7.2018 ja tällä kertaa melkoinen lohisaalis 😊
Salmon fishing with Käpälä, Neiden, July 2018
The village of Neiden lies right by the Norwegian-Finnish border. Neiden is a village area in the Sápmi area. The village of Neiden situated along the Neiden River, actually consists of two separated by the border of Norway and Finland. One side is in Sør-Varanger Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway, Neiden is the official name in Norway and Näätämö in Finland.
The River Neiden/Näätämö is one of the most important salmon rivers of both Finland and Norway as well as a popular recreational fishing destination. The Näätämöjoki is one of the few rivers in Finland that have a wild salmon population, and no fish stocking is allowed.
Neiden is known for its good salmon river (Neidenelva in Norwegian, Näätämöjoki in Finnish), the annual Käpälä fishing - traditional A Skolt Sámi casting net fishing in Skoltefossen/Kolttaköngäs waterfall.
The earliest known record of The Skolt Sámi salmon fishing at the waterfall is from 1598. After the borderline in 1826, there were a few Skolt Sámi families who chose to stay in Norway. The Skolt Sámis was probably alone in doing the fishing with casting-net, until 1907. The Finnish immigrants who came to Neiden in the 1830s named the fishing method “Käpälä”. It means paw, more precisely bear-paw. This term is still used today. It is alleged that the immigrants fought for the right to take part in the Käpälä. It has been organized as a common fishing for residents, owners or users of matriculated land in Neiden since 1908.
In a judgment in 1848, Skolt Sámis lost the exclusive right to salmon fishing in the Neiden River. The Neiden Fisheries Association was founded in 1892, which later became the Neiden River Fishing Community which manages the river and regulates the Käpälä today.
Käpälä is fished in Skoltefossen from 6 pm and every other hour until 2 pm the following day, for a total of 20 days during the summer when the water level is correct. There is weekend breaks from Friday to Sunday. The throw itself is over in few minutes. The salmon goes alive in the molded bowl until the designated time-period is over. (http://www.skoltesamiskmuseum.no