NORWAY, GAULA FLYFISHING LODGE
Fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon on the Gaula River in Mid-Norway. Fishmaster runs a world class Gaula Flyfishing Lodge. A prolific private 9,7 km long Gaula Flyfishing beat is located in middle part of the Gaula River, near Stören, up and downstream of the mighty Gaulfossen. The beats consist several of the best fly fishing pools of River Gaula – Bruahölen, Evjen, Evjenöra, Helgemo, Helgemo svingen, Hovinsgjerdet, Lerdalshölen, Röskaft, Röskaft Söndre, Sanden, Stasjonshölen, Svingen and Vollan. Biggest fish of the beat is 20,8 kg salmon caught on Bruahölen pool.
Gaula is one of the best salmon rivers in Norway and flows into the sea near Trondheim. Gaula is famous for its big size salmon, the biggest ones are over 20 kilos. The average size of salmon is 5-7 kg. The annual salmon catch from the Gaula River is between 3000 – 6000 salmon per season.
GAULA FLYFISHING LODGE – ROTATION
For the Gaula season 2022 we will make some changes and improvements. Starting from the summer 2022 we will reduce the maximum number of persons fly fishing our beats from 28 to 20 persons per week. That means plenty of more space for anglers on the river and also in accomodation. Less fishing pressure by the beats and more salmon caught per person. Our Gaula fly fishing beats and lodge buildings will remain the same in season 2022 as year 2021. From the summer 2022 onwards we can provide a single room lodge accomodation for every angler.
Guests will fish our beautiful, private Gaula Flyfishing Lodge beats situated in middle Gaula, downstream from Stören in Hovin and Lundamo about 25-40 km from the sea. Season 2022 beats consist of 7,0 km of East bank and 2,7 km of West bank of the famous Gaula River. Maximum number of persons fishing at the same time on these beats is 16-20 per week. The guests are divided in 4-5 groups of 4 persons each. Every group of 4 persons can fish 1-2 beats at a time. The beats are rotated between fly fishing groups every six hours. In fishing rotation the beat change hours are 6:00, 12:00, 18:00 ja 24:00.
FLY FISHING BEATS
The stretches of river are divided in 9 fly fishing beats. Beat 1: Rostad and Sanden pools. Beat 2: Bruahölen, Svingen and Rönningen pools. Beat 3: Vollan and Röskaft pools. Beat 4: Stasjonshölen pool. Beat 5: Evjenöra and Evjen pools. Beat HE1: Lerdalshölen and Helgemo pools. Beat HE2: Helgemo svingen pool. Beat HG: Hovinsgjerdet beat is included in rotation 1st June-10th July and 3rd-31st August 2022 . Beat RS: Röskaft Söndre is included in rotation 1st-22nd June and 13th July-31st August 2022.
Only fly fishing with fly rod is allowed. Rod sharing is not allowed. Bag limit is one salmon per person per day. If fisherman kills a salmon, he must stop fishing until midnight. The weekly bag limit is 2 salmon and season limit is 4 salmon per person, of these only 1 salmon may be over 80 cm. If person retains second salmon for the week, he must stop fishing for that week. Released salmon is not counted on quotas. All female salmon must be released 1.7-31.8. We recommend also coloured male salmon to be released. All seatrout must be released.
We recommend catch and release. If a fish that according to the rules should be released is bleeding and dying, it must be delivered to Gaula Natursenter immediately. Delivered salmon is not counted on personal quotas and after delivery to Natursenter person can continue fishing. Scale samples must be taken from all retained Gaula salmon. Please take a few scale samples and put them into envelope and fill up details. If water level at Gaulfossen gauge drops below 20 cubics per second, only full floating fly lines and shooting heads are allowed. The floating line rule ceases when water level raises over 25 cubics per second at Gaulfossen. Every caught fish should be recorded to the catch folder and to the Gaula Laksebörsen during the same day.
Fishing season on the Gaula starts on the first of June. During the two first weeks of the season only big salmon enter the river weighing often 7-20 kg. At this time you have a good chance to hook and catch a salmon of your lifetime. During the early season water level on Gaulfossen gauge is often 400-150 cubics per second and water temperature is about 6-10 degrees. For these high and cold water conditions as fly lines we recommend shooting heads sink 1/3/5, sink 2/4/6, sink 3/5/8 and sink 4/5 and sink 6/7. In these conditions tube flies with 8-13 cm long wing are recommended.
By mid June the numbers of salmon in the Gaula increase and in addition to big salmon there is often a good run of two sea winter salmon weighing 4-7 kg. The main run of salmon in Gaula River is from early July to mid August, that period we can catch all sizes of salmon and the catch numbers per week on our Gaula Flyfishing beats are highest. During mid season the water level on Gaulfossen gauge is often between 150-30 cubics per second and water temperature is about 10-16 degrees. For these medium water conditions we recommend our guests to fish for example with Int/S2/S4, Float/S2/S4 and Float/Int/S2 shooting heads and tube flies with a wing length 4-8 cm.
During the last two weeks of August there are still some fresh salmon running but we also catch coloured salmon which have been in the river for a while – often very big ones. During late season the water level on Gaulfossen gauge is often between 60-20 cubics per second and water temperature is about 9-15 degrees. For these medium/low water conditions we recommend our guests to fish for example with Float/S2/S4, Float/Int/S2 and Floating shooting heads and tube flies with a wing length 4-6 cm. Gaula fishing season ends on the last day of August.
FLY FISHING TACKLE
For fly fishing salmon on Gaula we recommend 13-15 ‘ double handed rods for lines #8-11 and suitable fly reels with good quality brakes. Floating, sink tip or intermediate shooting heads are most popular fly lines but you should also bring sinking shooting heads for possible high water conditions.
Disinfection of fishing gear. Before fishing starts everyone must disinfect fishing gear and buy a Norwegian state license. State license can be bought from internet and disinfection can be done at Gaula Natursenter or Stören Camping.
Good fly patterns on Gaula are for example Banana, Green Butt, Red Butt, Black Sheep, Dee Sheep, Green Highlander, Greenlander, Grey & Green, Black & Yellow, Black & Orange, Black & Green, Allys Shrimp, Francis, Willie Gunn, Monkey and Sunray Shadow.
Gaula Flyfishing Lodge accomodation for guests is arranged in Hage, Hage stabbur, Helgemo, Röskaft Söndre and Öran House. These old charming houses are located close to our Gaula fly fishing beats and they have been restored for fishermen. There is a big living room, a well equipped kitchen, several bedrooms for 1-2 persons, toilet and shower. Guests can cook their meals in self catering kitchen but food is not included in price.
Due to pandemic no cancelling, refunding or postponing Gaula Flyfishing Lodge bookings. In case of possible travel restrictions we can try to resell your booking to other anglers. Only if we can resell your booking, postponing to next season will be possible. We recommend travel insurance for all anglers.
Deposit is 50% of total price. Balance of 50 % of total price has to be paid before the first of March. In case of cancellation, deposit and balance are non-refundable.
Fly fishing trips to the Gaula will be arranged throughout the fishing season and the packages can be booked according to the client’s favourite week subject to availability. Anglers will take flight or car transport to Norway. It is 80 km, about one hour drive from Trondheim airport to the Gaula Flyfishing Lodge. Jouni Rauha works there as a lodge manager, shows the accomodation and introduces fishing beats to guests. Fishing week starts at 16 o’clock on Saturday afternoon and ends next Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Introduction of the beats for new guests will be arranged on Saturday at 18 o’clock.
- Price: 750 – 1950 eur/person/week
- Trip length: 7 fishing days/7 nights
- Number of guests: 16 – 20 persons/week
- Price includes: Rotation fly fishing, Self catering accomodation, Introduction of beats
- Price excludes: Flights/car transports, Norwegian state license (272 NOK = 27 eur), Disinfection of fishing gear (150 NOK = 15 eur), Food/drinks
- Fish species: Salmon, Seatrout
- Fishing season: 1.6 – 31.8
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GAULA FLYFISHING LODGE 2022
Week/Dates Price/Person Persons/Groups/Beats
22 (01.6-04.6) | 1050 eur | 20 Persons/5 Groups/9 Beats 1,2,3,4,5,HE1,HE2,HG,RS |
23 (04.6-11.6) | 1950 eur | 20 Persons/5 Groups/9 Beats 1,2,3,4,5,HE1,HE2,HG,RS |
24 (11.6-18.6) | 1950 eur | 20 Persons/5 Groups/9 Beats 1,2,3,4,5,HE1,HE2,HG,RS |
25 (18.6-25.6) | 1950 eur | 20 Persons/5 Groups/8 Beats 1,2,3,4,5,HE1,HE2,HG |
26 (25.6-02.7) | 1950 eur | 20 Persons/5 Groups/8 Beats 1,2,3,4,5,HE1,HE2,HG |
27 (02.7-09.7) | 1950 eur | 20 Persons/5 Groups/8 Beats 1,2,3,4,5,HE1,HE2,HG| 1 Open rod
28 (09.7-16.7) | 1950 eur | 20 Persons/5 Groups/8 Beats 1,2,3,4,5,HE1,HE2,RS | 2 Open rods
29 (16.7-23.7) | 1950 eur | 20 Persons/5 Groups/8 Beats 1,2,3,4,5,HE1,HE2,RS | Open rods
30 (23.7-30.7) | 1250 eur | 16 Persons/4 Groups/8 Beats 1,2,3,4,5,HE1,HE2,RS | 1 Open rod
31 (30.7-06.8) | 950 eur | 16 Persons/4 Groups/9 Beats 1,2,3,4,5,HE1,HE2,HG,RS | Open rods
32 (06.8-13.8) | 950 eur | 16 Persons/4 Groups/9 Beats 1,2,3,4,5,HE1,HE2,HG,RS | Open rods
33 (13.8-20.8) | 750 eur | 16 Persons/4 Groups/9 Beats 1,2,3,4,5,HE1,HE2,HG,RS |
34 (20.8-27.8) | 750 eur | 16 Persons/4 Groups/9 Beats 1,2,3,4,5,HE1,HE2,HG,RS |
35 (27.8-31.8) | 450 eur | 16 Persons/4 Groups/9 Beats 1,2,3,4,5,HE1,HE2,HG,RS | Open rods