Even though we have experienced a nearly constant high water season so far on the Gaula, the salmon have had some short windows to pass the Gaulfossen – opening up the fishing throughout the Norwegian Flyfishers Club waters. This week we began catching fish above the Gaulfoss – great news for all fishermen coming to the NFC in the coming weeks!
The next fish after our last update which was landed on the NFC Beats was caught by our regular Austrian fisherman Franz Hochecker on Beat E2.
As well as, veteran Gaula fisherman Sven Bechert, who was successful and landed two good fish during his week with us.
Peter Gadd from the United States was fishing with us for the first time and was able to catch and release his first Gaula salmon as well on Beat E2.
German fly shop owner, Christopher Heiland and his friends have been fishing with us last week as well and caught some nice salmon.
Marc-Oliver Eilers was able to land an even bigger salmon just on the other side of the river on Beat E6, a beautiful fish of 9.8 kg!
Also Norwegian guest Kenneth Gundersen managed to land two fish during the week, a grilse of about 2.5 kg (E7) and another good fish estimated to weigh about 9 kg (E2).
On his last evening, Robert Heintschel finished his week with a great fish of about 11 kg on Beat E3 after losing a couple in the days before – a great ending to his week on the Gaula!
The following week 25, we knew fish had been able to pass up the Gaulfossen waterfall, and as “motivation” to see who could land the first fish above the foss, the NFC team put up a bottle of champagne as a prize for the first fish above the Gaulfossen- needless to say it didn’t take long for that champagne to be won!
This week, we had our French ambassador Fabrice Bergues visiting for his first time this summer. Before the first fishing day was over, Fabrice was able to land and release his first Gaula salmon of the season- also the first fish above the foss and secure the bottle of champagne for himself! Fabrice managed to catch and release a fabulous 12 kg fish on Beat B1.
And it seemed as though the champagne only fuelled Fabrice’s fire, as his fishing luck continued, and on the same evening he was able to land and release his next salmon on Beat BS2, estimated to weigh about 5.5 kg.
It seems though that Fabrice’s luck rubbed off, as on the next day he and his fishing partner Yann Russon were fishing Beat BS1 and was both able to catch and release a 10 kg salmon each – incredible!
And again, during the evening Fabrice caught his next salmon! Another 10 kg fish, this time from New Pool (A1). He just seems to be a fish magnet these days….
But it was not only the French who had luck, as NFC regular Johann Bstieler was able to catch and release his first salmon of his stay, a good fish of about 6.5 kg from Beat BS1.
Manfred Raguse managed to land his first salmon above Gaulfossen on Beat A1, a good fish of 104 cm and weighing in with 11.1 kg. Unfortunately, Manfred was unable to release the fish, as it was bleeding a lot.
As well as, French fishermen Gilles Hirogyen, who landed a great fish of 11 kg from Tilseth Pool (Beat C2) – the first one from that Beat this season.
As we write this, it appears the fishing is even better upstream of the Gaulfossen these days than down river. We have seen quite a good number fish moving in many of our pools, and the water level continues to drop constantly right now, down to a level where the next fish should be able to pass Gaulfossen – that means we should expect some great fishing upriver in the days to come.
It is a super exiting time right now, we will keep you updated!
The NFC team.
For more information about the Norwegian Flyfisher’s Club and salmon fishing in Norway please contact Alex Jardine or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.