Norway - Salmon fishing in Gaula
2018 availability on Gaula river21st-28th July 2018, price 1060 eur 28th July - 4th August 2018, 860 eur 4th-11th August 2018, 820 eur 18th-25th August 2018, 620 eur 25th-31st August 2018, 620 eur
Fly fishing for Atlantic salmon on the Gaula River in Mid-Norway, a world class Gaula Flyfishing Lodge. We have a prolific private 6,6 km long Gaula Flyfishing beat located in middle part of the Gaula River, near Stören, up and downstream of the mighty Gaulfossen. The beats consist several of the best fly fishing pools of River Gaula – Sanden, Bruahölen, Vollan, Röskaft, Stasjonshölen and Evjen. Biggest fish of the beat is 20,8 kg salmon caught on Bruahölen pool. Six year average catch from our Gaula Flyfishing Beat is 234 salmon and 25 seatrout per season.
GaulaGaula is one of the best salmon rivers in Norway and flows into the sea near Trondheim. Gaula is famous for its big size salmon, the biggest ones are around 20 kilos. The average size of salmon is 5-7 kg. The annual salmon catch from the Gaula River in good year varies between 30-50 tons.
Gaula Flyfishing RotationThe guests will fish our beautiful, private Gaula Flyfishing beats situated in middle Gaula, downstream from Stören in Hovin and Lundamo, about 30-40 km from the sea. The beats consist of 5,0 km of East bank and 1,6 km of West bank of the famous Gaula River. Maximum number of persons fishing on these beats is 12-24 depending of the week. The guests are divided in 3-6 groups of 4 persons each. The stretches of river are divided in 5 fly fishing beats.
Beat 1: Rostad and Sanden pools.
Beat 2: Bruahölen, Svingen and Rönningen pools.
Beat 3: Vollan and Röskaft pools.
Beat 4: Stasjonshölen pool.
Beat 5: Evjenöra and Evjen pools.
Every group of 4 persons have their own beat at a time. The beats are rotated between fishing groups every six hours.
Gyllteigen (GT) beat will be integrated to the Gaula Flyfishing rotation fishery for the season 2018 and onwards. Gyllteigen beat consist of two 250 m long separate pools: Gyllteigen and Gyllsaga, total length of the Gyllteigen beat is 500 meters of the east (right) bank of the Gaula River. The beat is situated in Hovin 3 km upstream from the Gaulfossen and 35 km from the sea. We fish these Gyllteigen and Gyllsaga pools as a one beat (GT).
Accomodation is available in the Gyllteigen House. The house is located about 2 km north from the Hage House and close to the Gyllteigen and Gyllsaga pools. In Gyllteigen House there is a living room, a big kitchen, 4 bedrooms, a toilet and a shower.
Röskaft Söndre (RS) beat will be a part of the Gaula Flyfishing rotation fishery for the weeks 31-35 starting from the late July until the end of August. The beautiful Röskaft Söndre (RS) beat is situated about 30 km from the sea. The beat is approx 1 km long and is located 1 km below Gaulfossen on the East (Right) side of the Gaula. The Röskaft Söndre beat consists of two long pools in length 200 meter and 700 meter and short fast rapids between them, it is a very famous and prolific beat and fishes well in all water levels.
Fishing RulesOnly fly fishing with fly rod is allowed. Rod sharing is not allowed. Bag limit is one salmon per person per day. If fisherman kills a salmon, he must stop fishing until midnight. The weekly bag limit is 2 salmon and season limit is 4 salmon per fisherman, of these 1 salmon may be over 80 cm. If person retains second salmon for the week, he must stop fishing for that week. Released salmon is not counted on quotas. All female salmon must be released 1.7-31.8. All seatrout must be released. If a fish that according to the rules should be released is bleeding and dying, it must be delivered to Gaula Natursenter. Delivered salmon is not counted on personal quotas and after delivery to Natursenter person can continue fishing. If water level at Gaulfossen gauge drops below 20 cubics per second, only full floating fly lines and shooting heads are allowed. The floating line rule ceases when water level raises over 25 cubics per second at Gaulfossen. Every caught fish should be recorded to the catch folder and also to the Gaula Laksebörsen during the same day. When fishing close the border of beat fly must stay inside the pool mark.
Fishing SeasonFishing season on the Gaula starts on the first of June. During the two first weeks of the season only big salmon enter the river weighing often 7-20 kg. At this time you have a good chance to hook and catch a salmon of your lifetime. During the early season water level on Gaulfossen gauge is often 400-150 cubics per second and water temperature is about 6-10 degrees. For these high and cold water conditions as fly lines we recommend Guideline TripleD shooting heads sink 1/3/5, sink 2/4/6, sink 3/5/8 and sink 4/5 and sink 6/7. In these conditions tube flies with 8-13 cm long wing are recommended. By mid June the numbers of salmon in the Gaula increase and in addition to big salmon there is often a good run of two sea winter salmon weighing 4-7 kg. The main run of salmon in Gaula River is from early July to mid August, that period we can catch all sizes of salmon and the catch numbers per week on our Gaula Flyfishing beats are highest. During mid season the water level is often between 150-30 cubics per second and water temperature is 10-16 degrees. For these medium water conditions we recommend our guests to fish for example with Guideline TripleD Int/S2/S4, Float/S2/S4 and Float/Int/S2 shooting heads and tube flies with a wing length 4-8 cm. During the last two weeks of August there are still some fresh salmon running but we also catch coloured salmon which have been in the river for a while - often very big ones. During late season the water level on Gaulfossen gauge is often between 60-20 cubics per second and water temperature is about 9- 15 degrees. For these medium/low water conditions we recommend our guests to fish for example with Guideline TripleD Float/S2/S4, Float/Int/S2 and Floating shooting heads and tube flies with a wing length 4-6 cm. Gaula fishing season ends on the last day of August.
Fly Fishing TackleFor fly fishing salmon on the Gaula we recommend 13- 15 feet double handed rods for lines #8-11 and fly reels with good quality brakes. Floating, sink tip or intermediate shooting heads are most popular fly lines but bring also sinking shooting heads for possible high water conditions.
DisinfectionBefore fishing starts everyone must disinfect fishing gear and buy a Norwegian state license. State license can be bought from internet and disinfection can be done at Natursenter or Stören Camping. Keep state license and desinfection certificate always with you when fishing.
FliesGood fly patterns are Green Butt, Red Butt, Black Sheep, Dee Sheep, Willie Gunn, Green Highlander, Greenlander, Sunray Shadow, Monkey, Grey & Green, Black & Green, Black & Yellow, Black & Orange, Banana.
AccommodationAccomodation for fishermen is arranged in the Hage, Gyllteigen and Öran Houses. These three houses are located close to the Gaula Flyfishing beats and they have been restored for fishermen. There is a big living room, a well equipped kitchen, several bedrooms for 1-2 persons, freezer, toilet and shower in both houses. The sheets, pillow case and towel are included and are ready in your bed Guests can cook their meals in self catering kitchen but food is not included in price. After cooking and eating put the dishes in washer and clean the tables. Cleaning of the houses start on Saturday morning at 10 o’clock, guests should leave the house in time.
Travel ArrangementsFly fishing trips to the Gaula Flyfishing Lodge will be arranged throughout the fishing season and the packages can be booked according to the client’s favourite week subject to availability. Anglers will take flight or car transport to Norway. It is about 80 km/1 hour car drive from Trondheim airport to the lodge. Jouni Rauha works as a lodge manager, shows the accomodation and introduces fishing beats to guests. Week begins at 16 o'clock on Saturday afternoon and ends next Saturday morning at 10.
Introduction of the beats for new guests will be arranged on Saturday at 18:00.
Price includes: Rotation fly fishing - Accomodation – Introduction of beats Price excludes: Flights/car transports - Norwegian fishing license (260 Norwegian crowns = 30 eur) - Disinfection of fishing gear (150 crowns = 20 eur) - Food/drinks