Gaula is one of the best salmon rivers in Norway and flows into the Atlantic Ocean close to Trondheim. It is famous for its giant size salmon, the biggest are approximately 20 kilos. The annual catch in a good year from the Gaula river varies between 30-50 tons of salmon.
Fly fishing for giant salmon on Gaula River. Iceland Outfitters offers the world class Gaula fly fishing lodge, which has a prolific private 6,1 km long fly fishing beat on the middle section of Gaula river, both sides of the famous Gaulfossen and north from Stören. The beat consists altogether of 4,5 kilometers of East bank and 1,6 km of West bank. The beat fishes well in all the different water levels. The largest fish caught in recent years on our beats was a 20,8 kg salmon caught from the Bruahölen pool. The average size of salmon is 5-7 kg.
Guests fish our beautiful private Gaula fly fishing beats situated in the middle section of the Gaula river, downstream from Stören and 30-40 km from the Atlantic Ocean. Altogether approx 4,5 km of East bank and 1,6 km of West bank of the famous Gaula river. The maximum number of anglers fishing our beats is between 12 and 20. The guests are divided into 3-5 fishing groups each made up of four people. Each group of 4 people have their own beat at a time and the beats are rotated between fishing groups every six hours. The stretches of river are divided in 5 fly fishing beats. Beat 1, Rostad and Sanden. Beat 2: Bruahölen, Svingen and Rönningen. Beat 3: Vollan and Röskaft. Beat 4: Stasjonshölen. Beat 5: Evjenöra and Evjen.
For the first two weeks in June, June 1st -6th and the 6th -13th the maximum number of anglers will be reduced to 16 which are equally divided into 4 groups. During those periods, 1st-6th June and 6th-13th June 2015 we will combine beats 1 and 2 into one beat 1/2. During this period our 16 fishermen fish 2 beats below Gaulfossen (Beat 3 – Röskaft, Beat 5 – Evjenöra, Evjen) and 2 beats above Gaulfossen (Beat 1/2 and Beat 3/4). During those early two weeks each person has the opportunity to fish every day, 12 hours below Gaulfossen and 12 hours above.
Only fly fishing with a fly rod is permitted. Rod sharing is not permitted. The bag limit is one salmon per person per day. If an angler kills a salmon, he must cease fishing until midnight. The weekly bag limit is 2 salmon and the season limit is 4 salmon per angler. 1 salmon can be 80-100 cm. Released salmon do not count on quotas. All female salmon must be released between July 1st -August 31st, all salmon over 100 cm must be released and all Sea trout must be released.
For fly fishing for salmon on Gaula we recommend 12-15 ‘ double handed rods for lines #8-11 and suitable fly reels with good quality brakes. Floating, sink tip or intermediate shooting heads are most used fly lines, but please bring sinking shooting heads for possible high water conditions.
Before fishing starts everyone must disinfect their fishing gear and buy a Norwegian state licence. The state licence can be bought on the internet and disinfection can be done at nearby Stören Natursenter or Stören Camping area.
Good fly patterns for Gaula are for example Green Butt, Red Butt, Black Sheep, Green Highlander, Greenlander, Sunray Shadow, Black & Green and Silver & Black.
Accomodation for anglers is in the Hage or Öran House. Both these houses are located close to our fly fishing beats. The buildings have been restored to meet angler's needs. There is a large living room, a well equipped kitchen, several bedrooms for 1-2 people, freezer, WC and shower. Guests are welcome to cook their food in the kitchen although this food is not included in the price.
Fly fishing trips to Gaula will be arranged throughout the fishing season and the packages can be booked according to the client’s preferred dates subject to availability. Anglers can fly or travel by car to Norway. It is about an hours drive from Trondheim airport to the lodge. Jouni Rauha from Fishmaster holds the position of lodge manager and is on site to show the accomodation and fishing beats to guests. The fishing week begins at 16:00 on Saturday and ends next Saturday at 10:00.
- Trip length: 7 fishing days/7 nights
- Fly fishing trip includes:
- Fishing licences
- accommodation and being shown the beats
- Fly fishing trip does not include:
- Flights/transports to Norway
- Norwegian state licence (240 Norwegian KR = approx 30 eur)
- Disinfection of fishing gear (150 Norwegian KR = approx 23 eur)
- Fishing season: 1.6 – 31.8
- Species: Salmon, Sea trout