NORWAY, GAULA WILMANNSÖIEN
Fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon on the Gaula River Wilmannsöien Beat in Mid-Norway. A prolific private 1,3 km long Wilmannsöien beat is located in middle/upper part of the Gaula River, about 60 km from the sea. The beat consist 5 fine salmon pools of River Gaula – Flonan, Luringen, Renna, Båthölen and Håvvå. Biggest fish of the Wilmannsöien beat is 22 kg salmon caught on Flonan pool. Wilmannsöien farm has a long tradition in salmon fly fishing hosting anglers since the 19th Century.
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 varies between 3000-6000 salmon per year.
The guests will fish the beautiful, private Willmansöien beat situated in middle/upper Gaula in Singsås, about 25 km upstream from Stören and 60 km from the sea. The beat consist of 1,3 km of Right bank and 0,8 km of Left bank of the famous Gaula River. Maximum number of persons fishing at the same time on the Wilmannsöien beat is 6 anglers per week. The guests are divided in 3 groups of 2 persons each. The Wilmannsöien beat is divided in 3 fly fishing beats. Beat 1 is Flonan and Luringen pools. Beat 2 is Renna pool. Beat 3 is Båthölen and Håvvå pools. Every group of 2 persons has their own beat at a time. The beats are rotated between fishing groups every six hours.
Flonan is the uppermost pool of the Wilmannsöien beat. It is a deep holding pool which often produces a good number of big salmon. Flonan is about 150 meters long. We have the fishing right on both sides of the Gaula River but fish mostly on the Left bank of river which is easier to fly fish. There is also a nice large shelter on the Left bank. Flonan can be fished on all water levels but the pool fishes best on medium or high water level.
Luringen pool is located right below Flonan pool. Luringen is about 200 meters long. The pool starts with a very fast and narrow neck and then gradually widens and gets deeper. We have the fishing right on both sides of the River but fish on the Left bank of river which is easier to fly fish. There is a large gravel bank on the Left bank. Luringen pool fishes best from medium to low water levels and it is the best low water pool of the beat.
Renna is usually the most productive pool of the Wilmannsöien beat and you often see plenty of salmon jumping in this pool. Renna pool is located only about 150 meters from the Wilmannsöien Lodge. Renna is about 300 meters long and a quite fast pool. The pool starts with a very fast and narrow neck and then gradually widens and gets deeper. We have the fishing right on both sides of the river and we will fish the both banks as well. There is a large gravel bank on the Left side of the Gaula River, which is easier to fish from. There is also a nice shelter on the Left bank. Renna pool can be fished on all water levels but the pool fishes best from medium to low water levels.
Båthölen pool is located right above Renna pool and there is a small boat for crossing the river. Anglers fly fishing the Left bank of Renna pool can use this boat for crossing the river. Båthölen pool is located only about 250 meters from the Wilmannsöien Lodge. On Båthölen pool we have the fishing right only on the Right bank of the Gaula River which is easier to fish and more productive. Båthölen is about 200 meters long and the deeper channel goes on the other side of the River. There is also a nice shelter on the River bank. Båthölen pool fishes best on medium or high water level.
Håvvå is the lowest pool of the Wilmannsöien beat and it is about 300 meters long. Håvvå pool is located only about 400 meters from the Wilmannsöien Lodge. On Håvvå pool we have the fishing right only on the Right bank of the Gaula River which is easier to fish and more productive. The pool starts with a fast neck and then gradually widens and gets deeper. Håvvå pool can be fished on all water levels but the pool fishes best from medium to high water levels.
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.
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 later in the season 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 Guideline TripleD 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 Guideline TripleD 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 Guideline TripleD 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, Willie Gunn, Monkey and Sunray Shadow.
Accomodation for guests is arranged in the Wilmannsöien Lodge located only 150 meters from the beat. There is a big living room, a well equipped kitchen, 6 bedrooms for 1-2 persons, toilet and shower. Guests can cook their meals in self catering kitchen but meals are not included in price.
Fly fishing trips to 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 110 km, about 1 and half hour drive from Trondheim airport to the Wilmannsöien. The lodge and fishing beat will be introduced to guests on arrival. Fishing week starts at 12 o’clock on Saturday and ends next Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Introduction of the beat for guests will be arranged on Saturday at 12 o’clock.
- Dates: 13.7-20.7.2019
- Price: 1380 eur/person/week
- Trip length: 7 fishing days/7 nights
- Number of guests: 6 persons/week
- Bookings: Fullbooked
- Price includes: Fly fishing, Accomodation, Introduction of beat
- Price excludes: Flights/car transports, Norwegian state license (260 NOK = 30 eur), Disinfection of fishing gear (150 NOK = 20 eur), Food/drinks
- Fish species: Salmon, Seatrout
- Fishing season: 1.6 – 31.8
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