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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-19-2016, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Gaula river, Norway - 1 spot opens up

Hey all,

I am hosting a week long trip to the Gaula river in Norway in mid June this year, in pursuit of very large Atlantic salmon. Due to a cancellation there is one spot suddenly open for the week. You can get full details of the trip here.

Let me know if you would like to join me on this incredible river. You can shoot me an email.

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Wow, wish I'd known earlier . . . I'll be on the Gaspé that whole time.
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That's not a bad alternative!!

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Not complaining, it would just be great to join you on a river I've always wanted to fish . . . and at prime time. Somebody should jump on this.
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I don't think it will last too long!

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Hello.. Simon, which beat(s) are you going to fish?? Yours borano20
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I think it is called NFC?? Does that sounds right to you?

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Hello.. I admit I haven´t fished the Gaula for 15 years, but of what I know, or suspect, the NFC beats are upstream of Gaulfossen, a 900 yds rapid, which is a hinder for the salmon so early in the season. Agreed, there was a rockslide there about 12 years ago, which made it considerably easier for the fish to pass in the early cold water, but only easier. Friends of mine have a season lease about 7-8 miles upstream of NFC, they only report the odd fish in June, on more than 1 mile, double bank. Gaula is for sure a Large Salmon river, but in June.. upstream of Gaulfossen., hmmm. Just saying... Yours borano20
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I looked at the NFC map and it is certainly above the Gaulfossen. The guys told me there wouldn't be a lot of fish caught, but the chances of a large fish were very good, at that is what I am after. I certainly prefer size over quantity!!

I'll find out soon enough, and post a brief report on how it fished when I get back - in case anyone is interested...
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For salmon to pass the Gaulafossen, everything has to be just right, as it's both a temperature and water-flow barrier.

Only the largest of early running fish will make it by early July, and even then, the flow through this barrier must be just right (low enough) in the last third of June. If the river is running high, then very little gets past until the first week of July.

Those that do get by, however, are very bitey, and are of large average size.
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ABove and below....

NFC has it's main lodge above the Foss for sure, but they also for sure has beats below the Foss, so there will be fish in the water approximately 12 out of 24 hours!

The Foss is not as notoriously problematic as some here indicate. I would say approximately and statistically every second year see fish running through by second week of June. But both 2015 and 2014 saw a late run above.

The Gaula had two poor seasons in 2013 and 2014, picked up somewhat in 2015. 2016 is expected to be a reasonable-good 3sw (20 pound fish) year, building on the strong grilse run in 2014 and 2sw run in July 2015.
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Thanks for the updates "Speyducer", and "Norwegian" - that is some great info to have!!

I can't wait to get there!!

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Hopefully this link will work, it is to a short article on the Gaulfossen by Jan Erik Grambo:

Granbo Flyfishing - Flyfishing - Salmon fishing - Flycasting - Flytying - Fishing Course - Fishing School - Norway - Lecture - DVD - Gaula

With luck all will be in your favour & you'll encounter the very freshest of large early season fish - I envy you as it's a beautiful part of the world & a magnificent river.

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That's awesome, thanks "Tyke"!

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Sinking lines please... and some big flies..

Be ready to fish sinking Scandianvian style shooting heads and big flies. Yes you can be lucky with some lower flows in week 25, but generally we fish the longer temple dog style flies 8-15 cm. In combination with 2/3, 3/4 or 4/5 sink heads, I like to fish weighted flies. In some of the pools you want your flie to be down fast.

On rods: I usually fish a 15' 10/11 weight rod when the river is running 150 m3/sec or higher (which happens a lot in that week), When the river drops a 14' 9/10 will do the job for you.

Flies: a good selection of yellow/grey, banana, green highlander, black/silver and blue/black temple dogs will get you through the week.

The big fish usually do not come in big numbers, a few hookups for the week will be great. Be ready and fit to fish long days/nights with just a few hours sleep per 24h.

Its a beatiful river and valley you will have a great time
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