ORKLA RIVER – AUNAN BEAT
Orkla River & Environment
The Orkla River is one of Norway’s best salmon rivers and the stretch at Aunan provides some of the most enchanting fly-fishing water available. If the river is seductive then the same can be said for the surroundings in equal measure. Nestled into a tranquil but steeply sloped valley, surrounded by mature woodland and well kept farms and secluded from major roads or railways, this is as much a retreat as it is a great salmon river.
The Salmon Fishing
Compromising of seventeen named pools, each one with different attributes and character the fishing is as varied as it is seductive. Most of the beats are double bank and the ones which are not are rotated at midday thereby ensuring the level of exclusivity that you would expect on such an appealing stretch of water. For the avid fly-fisherman who wants to experience beautiful surroundings, comfortable lodging, the opportunity to come across some very large fish, (20.3 kilo/45 lb salmon caught in 2004), and convenient access from the UK and Europe you need look no further.
Ljøkjel Salmon Beat –New Water
Since 2013 Aunan has taken on additional water for 4 rods at Ljøkjel during June: This is considered as being amongst, if not the most productive beat on the Orkla with a 5 yr average catch of 254 salmon. This fishing is now fly only comprising of 2 kms of double-bank fishing split into 4 zones. The number of rods at Aunan will remain at 12 meaning the rods will be spread over more water giving pools a greater chance to rest.
Guiding at Aunan
The Aunan guides are experienced and can provide help and advice on how to fish the different beats and stretches. They will also be on hand to provide instruction and fine-tune casting techniques should you wish.
The accommodation at Aunan consists of a number of extremely comfortable cabins ranging from twin bedroom lodges to a mini chalet with 4 bedrooms, en suite bathrooms, Jacuzzi and riverside terrace making it ideal for families or larger groups. Although each of the lodges has its own kitchenette that is about as close as you need be to any form of food preparation as a dedicated chef ensures that your appetite will always be sated. Most of the meals are taken in the main lodge however equally the options are always open for bankside lunches and barbecues.
"The food in the charming old potato store is tremendously good. We dined on roast saddle of reindeer, local lamb, pork and the best salmon I have ever tasted. The local strawberries, for which the area apparently is famous, were memorable. And on top of all this were the wonderful local cheeses. While food may be a minor consideration for many fishers, it is nice to have a good meal to look forward to after a hard day on the river."
Sandy Leventon – Former editor of Trout & Salmon
Recommended Salmon Flies For Norway
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Norwegian Salmon Flies are a mixture of both traditional salmon fly patterns, of the style you would fish with in any salmon river in the UK, alongside some fly patterns that have been developed specifically for Norwegian Rivers – but of course can also be used universally.
During the month of June big-bodied Temple Dog Style Flies are by far and away the most popular with wing lengths of 10-15 cm. As the rivers drop away in late June and July Norwegian Salmon Rivers typically run with a clear blue/green tinge. In these clear conditions and with the bright sun flies need to be sized and dressed accordingly. Micro Conehead Tubes in conjunction with strong hooks (Loop Doubles recommended) as well as traditional flies tied on very Strong Hooks such as Partridge Doubles.
Anyone booking a trip with WhereWiseMenFish will receive a free box of Salmon Flies for the trip as well as receiving a 20% discount off any additional flies.
Best Times to Go
The season on the Orkla runs from 1 June- 31 August. The opening weeks of the season are fairly classic spring salmon fishing with the biggest fish entering the system although in fewer numbers. The beginning of July sees the numbers increase as the grilse run gets into full swing. The season continues until the end of August with techniques changing as the season progresses from fast sinking lines during the early weeks to floating lines and smaller flies as the season progresses. Always be prepared for high and low water conditions at any stage of the season.
Getting To Aunan
Aunan is located in the district of Rennebu which is in easy reach of Trondheim airport or Berkåk railway station. There are regular flights from Gatwick Airport with direct flights to Trondheim via Fly NO. The lodge can arrange for people to be collected from either the airport or train station as required however many guests find it more convenient to rent a car which gives them total flexibility whilst fishing. It is approximately a 2 hr drive from Trondheim airport to Aunan.
Availability and Pricing for the 2018 Salmon Fishing Season
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