GAULA RIVER – The Norwegian Fly-Fishers Club
Johannes with a beautiful Gaula Salmon under the midnight sun
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The River & Environment
THE GAULA RIVER runs through unspoiled surroundings starting from the mountains near the Swedish border and empties into the sea at Trondheim Fjord. It has always been considered one of the finest and most productive Atlantic salmon Rivers in the world and is second only to the Tana River in Norway in terms the actual numbers of fish caught. Your surroundings are as breathtaking as the river, which sits amidst a steeply sloped forested valley whilst being bracketed on either side by picturesque farms and farmland.
The Atlantic Salmon Fishing
Gaula River-Main NFC Beats: The stretch of water represented is owned and run by the Norwegian Fly-Fishing Club and covers a number of different beats which are fished in rotation by all the guests. Although a fair sized river the NFC beats are easy to wade whilst hardly ever getting too low to provide decent and varied fishing. The famous Bridge Pool provides good fishing at all heights of water and is one of the best holding pools on the river. Langoy Pool, New Pool, Maela Pool and Home Pool provide lovely, long stretches of beautiful fly-water at most heights and there are good low-water lies at Tilseth Run, Junction Pool and Upper Pool. The beautiful Long Pool is described as a salmon fisher’s dream.
Bogen Søndre: The beat is located about 20 km upriver from the main NFC beats in Støren. The fishing, which is mostly double bank, is particularly attractive for groups of 4 – 6 rods, who prefer to have their own exclusive water. The beat consists of several large and attractive pools - some of which are holding pools and others that fish best under high or low water conditions.
There are a number of options and price ranges for places to stay whilst you are fishing ranging from self-catering in country farmhouses or cottages to semi or full board a the new NFC lodge
NFC lodge: For 2013, Norwegian Flyfishers Club is pleased to present its new lodge and welcome center. Located at Rogstadmoen farm (approximately 8km upstream from the village of Støren). This lodge will serve as the new central meeting point, dining facility, fly shop and bar for the NFC. We will offer lunch and dinner at the lodge. Both lunch and dinner will also be available as a river-picnic, which can either be picked up at the lodge, or shuttled to the clients riverside.
From 2014 an additional accommodation wing will be added to the lodge. It will offer capacity for up to 14 fishermen in a variety of single, double rooms and suite as well as a wellness center with sauna and a massage room.
This new gathering point will allow NFC to provide guests with an all around greater quality of service, and to help ensure the best possible fishing experience on the Gaula.
Self-Catering Lodges: The NFC has a number of self-catering lodges, which have the advantage of being located right on the banks of the river. Simple, comfortable and straightforward they are popular with guests who want a fully flexible approach to fishing hours.
Bogen Søndre Accommodation: Excellent accommodation for fishermen who prefer to live in a private atmosphere right on the river is included. Probably the oldest of its' kind in the Gaula valley, it was built in about 1837 for some of those early English fishermen who pioneered the fishing on the Gaula and even in those days it was known as the “English House”. The building is right on the river-bank and has been modernised without losing the rustic charm of a typical English fisherman's lodge. A cook can be arranged if required or you can choose to eat at the Storen Hotell.
Manfred Ragusse, founder of the Norwegian Fly Fishers club, with a 21.5 Kg Atlantic Salmon & Casting at Langoy Pool on the middle Gaula
There are a team of experienced guides who are available to look after individuals or parties coming to fish the Gaula, Stjordal and Forra rivers. Guides are self-employed and therefore it is recommended that if you would like a guide that as much notice as possible is given as they are popular and get booked up well in advance.
Best Time To Go
The season for Atlantic Salmon on the Gaula and all the Norwegian Salmon Rivers 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. Conditions can vary all season so always come prepared for the unexpected, high or low water.
Avre Nilsen with a 15kg Gaula Salmon & Swedish Fishing guide Marcus Thomasson preparing a riverbank hot lunch
The NFC stretch on the Gaula is located about 1½ hrs drive from Trondheim airport, which can be accessed directly by some UK flights or more frequently via connections in Oslo. Direct flights are available from Stanstead which can be booked cheaply with Fly No. A vehicle is essential for accessing the various beats and a hire car can be arranged for collection at Trondheim airport with rod racks available to borrow as required.
Availability and Pricing for the 2017 Seasons
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