Join Orvis on a hosted trip to the Gaula River for Atlantic Salmon
Dates: July 29 - August 5, 2018
Length: 7 nights, 6 days of fishing
Price: From $7,300
Additional dates available from June 1 - August 31
Located on one of the most famous of salmon rivers in the world, the Norwegian Flyfishers Club is the perfect place to pursue the sport of kings. The Gaula has long been well-known for its big Atlantic salmon - 25 lb. fish are common and 40 lb. salmon are caught every year - and is considered one of the best Atlantic salmon rivers in Norway. The Norwegian Flyfishers Club features comfortable accommodations amid the scenic forests of central Norway near the village of Støren. The Trondheim Fjord is one of the most well protected fjords in Norway, perhaps the reason why Gaula salmon have the opportunity to grow to such a large average size. Just an hour and a half from the airport in Trondheim, the NFC controls over 7 miles, and 25 pools on the river. A new 2014 addition to the lodge includes up-to-date single, double and suite rooms with accommodations for up to 14 anglers.
The Norwegian Flyfishers Club has a rich history on the Gaula River over the last 25 years. It is located on the original lease given to a group of Englishmen in the 1830's and includes some of the best water on the river. Every year, the club's management evaluates the lodge water and looks to add new leases and better pools to the inventory. The unique blend of upper, middle and lower river beats increases the angler's chance for success, whatever the river conditions.
The Gaula fishing season is three months long and runs from June 1 through August 31. Because the Gaula is completely undammed for its 90 mile trip to the sea, it is subject to the effects of winter snowmelt at the beginning of the season, and rainfall during the spring and summer. June features big water and big salmon. Only the strongest fish can swim in these strong currents. There are fewer, but bigger, fish in the river at this time of year. Most of the largest (30-40lb) salmon are taken in early June and with the heavy water, 14-16 ft rods of 9-11 wt are the weapons of choice.
Water levels fall in July and heavy, early season tackle gives way to intermediate or sink tip lines. Smaller flies and longer leaders are favored, and there is even the opportunity for some dry fly fishing. Fish of all sizes are seen in the river and this is one of the best times to take a fish. Lighter 12-14 ft rods can handle most of the work.
By the beginning of August, the river enters its lowest average flows. Water levels, however, can fluctuate dramatically as the river is subject to summer thunderstorms. Resident fish tend to hold close to the pool heads seeking greater oxygenated flows between rainstorms. Smaller switch and single-handed rods come into play now. Many resident fish are well-colored, but will still take a fly.
Days are very long in Norway during the summer. At the lodge, expect anywhere from 20 hours of daylight in June to just 14 hours by the end of August. With a fishing day of 24 hours, there is plenty of time to fish. June temps range from the 40s at night to the 60s and 70s during the day. July and August are somewhat warmer, with temps reaching into the 80s. Expect some rain during the summer, comparable to the eastern U.S.
Trondheim is the closest city and airport to the Norwegian Flyfishers Club. Flights connect there from most cities in Europe. Once you've collected your bags, we will either arrange to meet you at the airport, or arrange for a rental car and directions to the lodge, a pleasant and easy hour and a half drive. Much of the drive follows the Gaula River from its mouth on Trondheim Fjord up the valley past the village of Støren to the lodge.
7 night, 6.5 day package
Every trip is different and customized to your interests. The following itinerary is a just an example of a fly fishing trip to the lodge, and is provided to give you a feeling for spending a week at Norwegian Flyfishers Club. After arriving in Europe, you can connect on a flight to Trondheim in Norway.
NFC fishing weeks run from Sunday through Sunday, and begin after dinner on the Sunday arrival day. During the three month fishing season, the river is open 24 hours a day and many guests take full advantage fishing either early in the morning, or late into the evening, or even both! There is a fuller description of the fishing program under the Activities tab.
Your trip begins at Trondheim airport, where either a representative from NFC will pick you up for the scenic 1½ hour drive to the Lodge, or assist you with procuring a rental car. Many guests at the lodge prefer to have their own car for other sight-seeing and transportation. After arriving at the lodge, you will be checked into your room, given a tour of the property and get your state fishing license. After dinner at 6:30pm that evening, there will be a brief meeting to review the fishing schedule and beat rotation.
After breakfast at around 8:00 AM, you will leave the lodge to fish Beat E1. The drive to the E beats takes less than 30 minutes, letting you maximize your time fishing. The E beats are the furthest down river of the NFC beats, and as such, are often the first to see fish early in the season. In addition, they are located below the Gaulfossen, a barrier to the salmon early in the season. Not a true waterfall, this gorge at high water speeds makes an effective barrier for the salmon, and they wait until current speed decreases enough for easy migration. As water levels become normal, fish ascend into the upper river. Today we’ll pack a lunch, and eat on the river. Returning to the lodge in early evening, enjoy a cocktail and some hors d’oeuvres. Dinner will be served around 6:30 PM. If you like, you can go out and fish until dark which comes as late as midnight early in the season.
Each day, according to the beat rotation fishing schedule, you will depart with your guide to fish the water assigned you. There is a mix of upper, middle and lower river beats to ensure that each angler has equal time on the best pools, and in the best part of the river according to current conditions. In addition, there are several free-for-all beats open to anyone to fish at any time during their stay.
If there is time, you may be able to get in a little fishing before leaving the lodge. Guests may fish in the morning, but must depart by noon. You’ll transfer to the airport in Trondheim for a flight back to the U.S.
The Gaula River is one of the great Atlantic salmon rivers of the world. It is host to a strong run of wild Atlantic salmon, and consistently produces not just a strong return of fish, but some of the largest salmon caught each year in Norway, The Gaula is a wild, undammed river which has never been built out for hydroelectric power. As such it has a constantly fluctuating water level which provides seasoned anglers with a varied and exciting fishing challenge.
The Gaula season runs from June 1 to August 31 each year, providing 3 months of fly fishing at the Norwegian Flyfishers Club. The river is open to fishing 24 hours a day, and each fishing day at the lodge is divided into four six hour sessions, during each of which two anglers are assigned to a beat. Because of the long days, your guide may suggest fishing early or late in the day to maximize your chance of success. NFC guides are extremely knowledgeable about the river and will guide you for at least 8 hours each day. They all speak excellent English.
The lodge has access to over 20 pools each season, providing ample water for our guests. At the same time, NFC is constantly evaluating their water selection and adding new beats or eliminating old beats to upgrade the fishing.
NFC is strong proponent of catch and release fishing, and unlike many other salmon lodges, encourages the release of all healthy fish.
While most visitors to the Norwegian Flyfishers Club come for the fishing, non-fishing companions are most welcome and can enjoy a variety of other activities in the nearby mountains such as trekking, riding or birding. Trondheim is just an hour from the lodge and worth exploring. We recommend discussing the options with your hosts prior to arrival.
Located just 50 miles south of Trondheim’s Værnes airport, the main lodge at the Norwegian Flyfishers Club sits on the south bank of the Gaula River. Guests at the lodge sometimes see salmon swimming by in the slow water of the Rogstadmoen, or Lodge Pool. There are accommodations for 14 anglers in the newly renovated lodge in single, double and suite rooms. All rooms have private baths. There is a wellness center with sauna and massage room, as well as a lounge and conference room in the new addition. Yet the history and flavor of the old NFC remains in the dining room, and around the stone fireplace, where many guests gather in the evening. There you will find a bar, and fly shop stocked with fishing gear and clothing.
Since 2012, NFC has been owned by Per Arneberg, and managed by Enrico Cristiani. Both have exciting plans for the future of the club and a strong conservation vision. They intend to continue NFC’s important 20+ years of salmon conservation projects and activities that has turned the Gaula into one of the finest places to fish for wild Atlantic salmon in Norway today. We encourage our guest to let us know what we can do to make their NFC experience the best it can be.
Dining at the Norwegian Flyfishing Club is a blend of contemporary cuisine and local and regional dishes that let guests experience some of the local Norwegian culture. Moose or reindeer might appear as hors d’oeuvres. Pasta, steak, and chicken dishes served with fresh vegetables and salads and topped with delicious deserts will give you the strength for another day of fishing! If the weather is good, we frequently serve dinner outside along the river. Lunches are often packed and served on the river during the day. Beer and wine are included with dinner.
Season: June 1 through August 31, 2018
|NFC LODGE (Single room) All prices are per rod|
|June 1-3||3 nights||$3,150|
|June 3-10||7 nights||$7,300|
|June 10-17||7 nights||$8,300|
|June 17-24||7 nights||$8,500|
|June 24-July 1||7 nights||$8,500|
|July 1-8||7 nights||$8,500|
|July 8-15||7 nights||$8,500|
|July 15-22||7 nights||$8,500|
|July 22-29||7 nights||$7,800|
|July 29 - Aug. 5 - Orvis Week||7 nights||$7,300|
|August 5-12||7 nights||$6,400|
|August 12-19||7 nights||$6,400|
|August 19-26||7 nights||$6,400|
|August 26-31||4 nights||$5,450|
The cost for non-fishing guests accompanying an angler is $2,900 per week, and includes meals and drinks (wine, beer and soft drinks).
NFC offers suite accommodations for a surcharge of $650 per week.
Suites include: king sized bed, sitting area, dressing room and bathroom.
|Rental Tackle||Per Day||Per week|
|Waders & Wading Boots||$15||$80|
|Fly Reel (w/ fly line & backing)||$20||$120|
|Outfit (rod & reel)||$40||$240|
Single room accommodation, all meals and drinks (wine, beer and soft drinks), state fishing license, gear disinfection, guide service & rental car.
International and domestic flights, fishing equipment, gratuities, phone calls, and items of a personal nature.
Orvis Special Event:
Dates: July 29 - August 5, 2018
Length: 7 nights, 6 days