Aunan Lodge is located on the banks of the River Orkla and offers 5.5 kilometres of continuous salmon fly fishing consisting of 17 very different pools, most of which have both banks controlled by the lodge which is very unique by Norwegian standards. Just 12 rods are allowed on the waters giving guests the space and variation to fish methodically and not feel rushed through pools.
The Orkla is one of the five major rivers that run into the Trondheim Fjord, along with the Gaula, Nidelva, Stjordal and Verdal. The salmon can run nearly 90 km up the river from the fjord, with great holding pools and runs along the way. The Aunan Lodge is conveniently based 55 kilometres 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 Aunan Lodge
The fishing at Aunan 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 for fly fisher’s, pools offer 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 will also have two guides that 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 due to being 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 4-5 degrees, so the main river almost never exceeds 15 degrees, even during prolonged heat in the summer.
June is a challenging month for salmon fishing, but can also be very rewarding. It’s the two and three sea-winter salmon that run the river during June, and the first fresh salmon arrive in the Aunan pools during the last half of May. June is not prime time for numbers of fish, but if you are after a fresh salmon, and perhaps the catch of your lifetime, this is definitely a good time to visit the lodge. Tactics often require sinking lines and big flies, although some anglers do still find success with smaller flies and floating lines or sink tips.
This is the warmest month of the season, but as mentioned above, you don’t have to worry about the river being dried out. The grilse normally come in July, and this is the month with the highest average catch numbers. If it is warm and bright it is very sensible to put in the fishing efforts when the sun is lower in the sky. Fishing stealthily becomes very important, with floating lines and smaller flies being used more frequently.
August has been fishing well in recent years. More fish are getting coloured, but there are still silvery fresh fish running. The huge 15 – 20 kilo male salmon are getting more and more aggressive, so make sure your knots are OK and hooks are strong. In late August it gets pitch black around 2200 and many anglers find great success when the light just begins to fade.
Aunan 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 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 Potato store, the main building at Aunan 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.
For more information about salmon fishing at Aunan Lodge in Norway please contact Alex Jardine or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.