Gaula River Norway
The Gaula is a big river with a flow similar to, but greater than that of the River Spey. The fishery can be defined by three different parts, the lower [bloew the Gaulfossen], Middle, from Gaulfossen to Singsas and upper above this. The character of the lower part is like that of the Spey, wide pools with long shingle banks with fairly easy wading. The middle part, although similar to the lower, is rockier by nature and has some very good deep holding pools. The upper part is much rockier and has some terrific holding pools.
Where and When is the best time to go?
"Generally speaking", you can break the river into 3 again. Below the Gaulfossen on the lower river in June. Middle and upper part after this. If large "fresh' salmon is your target, the best weeks on the lower river are the first 3 in June, possibly the last week of the month too if the river is still cold. The best time in the middle and upper part is the last in June till the last in July. August can also be good given good water conditions. Everything centers around the fish passing over the Gaulfossen and this is determined by weather, water and snow conditions.
What I would say is ALWAYS seek advice if booking this river.
New Hosted Trip 2020
13th - 20th June - We will host a really interesting split trip, fishing both the Nedre Kasen beat and the Fishmaster beat at Gaula Flyfishing Lodge on the River Gaula.
The set up at Gaula Flyfishing Lodge is Ideal for those looking to fish hard during their holiday. Unlike other lodges on the Gaula where you will find guides and owners in the rotation fishing your pools, this is very well run by Jouni and Martin, the camp owner and manager. It has a good variation of pools, well-managed rotation, meaning rods know exactly what to expect. Some rotations are small/short for 4 rods but this is typically Norwegian. It suits a group of friends going to Norway to enjoy fun and fishing.
We will fish 3.5 days on one [Saturday 4pm until Tuesday 12pm] on one before swapping with the group on the other beat.
Fishing begins at 4pm on Saturday 13th finishing at 10am on Saturday 20th June.
We will provide transport from the airport for this trip so saving the price of expensive car hire. The trip will be self-catering but I will be preparing meals at Nedre Kasen. At the other beat, Fishmaster, it will be self-catering so you will have your own meals to prepare. However, there are restaurants around 2km away in the town of Storen. There are also very good supermarkets and bakery's
This trip offers a big variation in pools both above and below the Gaulfoss. This is important at this time as the Gaulfoss is a natural temperature barrier for salmon running the Gaula. In June 2019, fish normally caught in the lower pools below the Foss, passed through the waterfall and into the upper river. This is why we are splitting the week. One beat is below, whilst the majority of pools in the other, are above the Gaulfoss. This makes for a unique trip.
It will be hosted by two members of my team, one will stay at Kasen whilst the other will look after guests upstream. Rods will be picked up and dropped at the airport and taken to the house. You will also be dropped at their fishing pools and have either one of us showing you the pools. Pools on the upper beat are small and typically Norwegian in that they are a little crowded, whilst Kasen is a 6-rod beat I fish with only 4.
Why June and why the split week?
June on the Gaula is all about big fresh salmon. If it's your goal to catch one of those fish, don't mind -
Self-catering for half the week
Fishing hard with sinking lines in high water.
Taking a chance on my cooking!
Having a cast with a spinning rod [Nedre Kasen] in a couple of difficult/deep, but very fishy places.
The chance of being hauled downstream by a huge fish.
Having a little help with your casting and fishing techniques.
Then this will be the trip for you!
Please click on the word files below for much more detailed information regarding the fishmaster beat and what to pack.
We have 4 places available on each of those trips. It would very much lend itself to a group of friends.
Please contact me HERE for pricing and further details.
Click link below for real-time GAULA water levels and past data
Aunan Lodge Orkla River
For our hosted trips we find the Aunan beat of the Orkla river more suitable as the beat and lodge is more suited to our size of group which include 2 full time guides. Plus the return rate of previous guests is much higher, something which speaks volumes about this wonderful lodge. Click here to visit Aunan Lodge
We are actively talking with other beats on the Gaula, the idea of which is to find a lodge suitable for our size of group and offering a package of fishing both Gaula and Orkla. We have some good ideas in the pipeline so - Watch this space.