The Orkla is, like many rivers in Norway, is extremely tranquil in the slow dreamy way puts off the masses but seduces salmon anglers. The fishing at Aunan is as picture perfect as you could wish for. A wonderful variety of pools stretching 5.5kms fished by just 12 rods.
If the river is seductive, then the same can be said in equal measure for the surroundings. 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 stretch of fishing at Aunan comprises of seventeen named pools, each one with different attributes and character. 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.
Aunan is fly-only with the exception of entire groups who book the lodge and fishing in its entirety. Catch and Release is very much encouraged.
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. A dedicated chef ensures that your appetite will always be sated with three full meals served every day. Most of the meals are taken in the main lodge, however the options are always open for bankside lunches and barbecues as well as the exceptionally picturesque lunch hut overlooking the river.
There are two dedicated guides at Aunan who are available during the day to assist guests. Where necessary they will transfer you to the beat, assist with river knowledge as well as general fishing skills and techniques. As is typical with most Norwegian Rivers, the guiding is light-guiding. If you would like a dedicated guide for a few hours, a day or throughout the week this can be arranged in advance.
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.
Hi Justin, Thank you for steering us to the Aunan Lodge. What a beautiful river and valley! We had a spectacular time! The character of the Aunan beat was more than I could imagine. Outstanding guides and staff! We also enjoyed the company of the other interesting guests. The food was first class and my wife was quite happy exploring the area. To top it off I got lucky and caught my first Atlantic, a handsome male at 102cm. What a pleasure it was to have met Vegard, a true gentleman and conservationist. In short, we had a wonderful experience. Again Justin, tusen takk
Arrive Trondheim Airport
Drive to Aunan Lodge
17.00 Supper and evening Fishing
6 Days of Fishing
Fish until 12.00hrs
The season runs from 1 June - 31 August
Please be aware that spaces to fish at Aunana are very restricted and as much notice as possible should be provided to obtain a week.
June-July - From 30,300 NOK/angler
August - From 22,400 NOK/angler
- Seven (x7) nights.
- Six (x6) days fly fishing
- Price includes accommodation.
- All meals and soft drinks.
Price does not include gratuities. Lodge capacity is 12 guests. 2 guides shared between rods
Shorter stay options of 3 days are available dependent on availability
The Norwegian Season is very short, just 3 months! Water levels in the mid and lower beats at Aunan are augmented by a hydro outlet which keeps the river at a good and relatrively stable level throughout the season. The water released via the hydro is from a high moutain lake which keeps the river cooler than would be expereienced on then likes of the Gaula, a useful attribute over hot summer periods.
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The great salmon rivers of Norway such as the Alta, Gaula, Namsen and Orkla were probably responsible for the earliest breed of travelling anglers. Primarily it was sportsmen from Great Britain who travelled to Norway in pursuit of the finest salmon fishing available. Not only were the numbers of fish high but maybe more ...