Grindal Salmon Lodge, Orkla – Norway
Big fish and great accommodation
Grindal Salmon Lodge (formerly Aunan Lodge) is located on the banks of the River Orkla and offers a little over five kilometres of continuous Atlantic salmon fly fishing. The fishing comprises 18 very different pools, most of which have both banks controlled by the lodge which is unique by Norwegian standards. Just 12 rods are allowed on the water, giving guests the space and variation to fish methodically and not feel rushed through pools.
Consistent water and fishing conditions
The Orkla is one of the five major Atlantic salmon fly fishing rivers that run into the Trondheim Fjord, along with the Gaula, Nidelva, Stjordal and Verdal. The salmon can run nearly 90km up the river from the fjord, with great holding pools and runs along the way. Grindal Salmon Lodge is conveniently based 55km from the mouth of the river meaning that fresh fish can reach the waters quickly and will often take up residency in the pools throughout the season.
The fishing at Grindal Salmon Lodge runs on a fly only basis, but for groups taking all 12 rods spinning is also allowed by prior arrangement. Catch and release is strongly encouraged. The size and velocity of the river lends itself perfectly to fly fishing with pools offering classic taking spots and readable current. So whether you are an experienced salmon angler or early in you quest for silver you will find the water a joy to fish. Each group has two guides who will divide their time between the 12 anglers, offering advice and invaluable insights where possible.
The water height on the Orkla is fairly stable throughout the season as it is regulated for hydro-power production. This means that the lodge avoids most big floods, and that anglers have a fishable water height even in times of drought. The water temperature is also affected by the hydro power production with the outflow from the dam running at four to five degrees, so the main river almost never exceeds 15 degrees, even during prolonged heat in the summer.
Comfortable accommodation and great food
Grindal Salmon Lodge comprises four cabins with a combined total of 12 bedrooms and eight bathrooms. There’s a small refrigerator in each cabin that can be used for guest’s own drinks, and there’s an electric kettle with coffee and tea free for guests to help themselves. There is no daily housekeeping, but this can be provided if required. There are also dedicated drying rooms so anglers can dry waders and coats when not on the water. Meals are served in the restaurant in the main building at Grindal Salmon Lodge, with a buffet style breakfast, simple lunch or packed lunch to take on the river. A three course dinner is served at 1900 for all anglers to enjoy together.
Easy to reach lodge and fishing
Grindal Salmon Lodge is located between the towns of Storås and Meldal, in the middle of Norway, just over an hour and half drive from Trondheim airport. It is conveniently accessible from all major international destinations.
The fishing is one continuous stretch, with all beats clearly marked and easy to reach by car or in some cases by foot.