To go salmon fly fishing in Norway is to give yourself the chance of landing the fish of a lifetime. Many of the Norwegian rivers have been experiencing an especially good season and the Gaula has been no exception. It has been encouraging to see one of the strongest runs of fish for some time. If you haven’t had a cast for a salmon yet it is probably a good idea to do so while the opportunity is still there.

Currently the water levels on the Gaula are looking good, but as normal for this time of the season only a few hours of rainfall will send pulses of water down the river to keep fish moving up the river.

Winsnes Fly Fishing Lodge in Norway was founded in 1882 when the first British salmon fishers, known as the ‘Salmon Lords’ (Lakse Lorder) used the house as a base for their summer fly fishing adventures on the Gaula River. Travelling salmon fly fishers have now enjoyed over 130 years fishing and staying at the lodge.

The Gaula is one of those Atlantic salmon rivers that needs little introduction, it is regarded as one of Norway’s finest and known as ‘the river of silver and gold’. The river sees strong runs of salmon averaging between 14 – 18 lbs with many fish exceeding 30 lbs and a few over 40 lbs.

The river is full of character and when clear it carries a slight golden tinge. The surrounding scenery is one of thick evergreen forested slopes interspersed with small villages and farms. It is a beautiful location to target some of the world’s largest salmon.

The lodge is a traditional big family house and includes seven double occupancy rooms along with a self-contained family apartment in the form of a small house that dates back to the 1700’s. The lodge offers fully catered accommodation and anglers receive light guiding. It is possible to arrange more formal guiding for those looking for more advice on the water. The fishing runs on a 16 hour rotation per day enforcing two fixed 4 hour rest periods on the river, one at night and one at lunchtime.

August Availability

16 – 23 August (week 34 – 2 rods): £1,800 per person (good numbers of fish in the Winsnes beats)
23 – 30 August (week 35 – 2 rods): £1,350 per person (good numbers of fish in the Winsnes beats)

All prices are based on full board accommodation, shared room and light guiding. The cost excludes car hire, state licence, flights alcohol and tackle disinfection.

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For more information about salmon fishing in Norway please contact us or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.