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. The surroundings are as breathtaking as the river, which sits amidst a steeply sloped forested valley, being bracketed on either side by picturesque farms and farmland.
The NFC beats on the Gaula are all exclusive to the NFC and are fly-fishing only. There are 13 beats in the rotation, each covering one or more pools. The beats themselves cover all sections of the river. Tgis variety allows good fishing options regardless of both the time of the season or the height of the water. The beat rotation works on 4 x 6hr rotations every 24hrs ensuring that you will have at least 2 opportunities to fish a pool at differeing times of the day.
No matter what conditions may be over a week, each fisherman has equal opportunity to fish prime beats during the specific conditions within that 24-hour period.
In 2013, Norwegian Flyfishers Club opened a new lodge and welcome center. Located at Rogstadmoen farm (approximately 8km upstream from the village of Støren). This lodge serves as the new central meeting point, dining facility, fly shop and bar for the NFC. Lunch and dinner is served at the lodge which can also be taken as a river-picnic, which can either be picked up at the lodge, or shuttled to the beat you are fishing.
Accommodation for up to 14 anglers is available in a variety of single and double ensuite bedrooms. A wellness center, massage and sauna room allows weary anglers to relax, outside of time spent at the bar!
For those coming in a group of 2 or more (up to 7), or for the individual fisherman who would like a more independent schedule and the ability to cook for him/herself, we recommend booking one of our recently renovated country houses. Here one can cater for oneself or choose to have meals at our lodge. With a varied fishing schedule, this is a good option to be able to operate at one’s own pace. Depending on the individual country house, this option also provides walking distance access to some of our beats.
For those coming in a group of 2 or more (up to 7), or for the individual fisherman who would like a more independent schedule and the ability to cook for him/herself, we recommend booking one of the recently renovated country houses. Here you can cater for oneself or choose to have meals at our lodge. With a varied fishing schedule, this is a good option to be able to operate at one’s own pace. Depending on the individual country house, this option also provides walking distance access to some of our beats.
Located on the Bogen Søndre farm, with river views of our Bogen Søndre 2 Beat (BS2), the “English House” is one of the oldest fishermen’s accommodation houses on the Gaula River. Dating from 1837, it was built to accommodate some of the first groups of Englishmen who came to fish the Gaula. Today the house has been renovated to the modern standard and has the capacity for 6-7 fishermen without losing the rustic charm of a traditional English fisherman’s lodge.
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. If it is your first time to the Gaula and to the NFC it is strongly recommended that you consider having a guide, even for a short time. You will cover a huge amount of water over a week and having a guide to help interpret the rotation and help you manage your time fishing the various beats, which ones to focus on and when, is a huge benefit.
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.
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.
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.
Fly to Trondheim
Hire Car to NFC Lodge
Introduction & Draw Beats
Rotate over 4 beats / day
Meals at the lodge with riverside beach picnics available
Fishing until Midday
The season runs from 1 June- 31 August
- NFC Lodge: €1600-€3,750 (single room surcharge applies)
- Rates are in NOK but Euro prices are indicative at current exchange rate
- Seven (x7) nights.
- Six (x6) days fly-fishing.
- Guide: €170/day or €1,000/week (Book early for guaranteed availability)
- Norwegian fishing License: NOK 250
- Kit Disinfection: NOK 150
A full range of fly-fishing kit is available to hire if required
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