Norway – the land of fjords and mountains, trolls and Norse legends, midnight sun and sparkling Northern Lights – combined with one of the most exciting places in the world to cast a salmon fly. With a host of productive salmon rivers, it is one of the foremost spawning grounds for wild Atlantic salmon in the world. Throughout the
season there is always the chance that you will catch “The Big One”. In fact, a good number of fish in the 18 to 20kg (40-45lbs) category are caught every year.
The Gaula River, regarded as one of the best sport fishing salmon rivers in Europe, is part of the huge Trondheim fjord basin, and well known for its big salmon in addition to large quantities of medium size salmon and grilse, with catches averaging around 8,000 salmon during the three-month season (June to end of August).
Winsnes Lodge on the Gaula river received its first fishing visitors from England in 1882, the same year that the famous Green Highlander fly was invented in Great Britain. The visitors, members of the British gentry (known by the Norwegians as salmon lords), no doubt used the Green Highlander fly extensively and it remains one of the top patterns on the Gaula River to this day. Generally recognized as among the best, the Gaula Salmon beats usually yield between 250 to 350 good size salmon per season. Today, the Winsnes Fly Fishing Lodge is still owned by the Winsnes family and caters for the modern generation of hardcore salmon fishers. In addition to salmon fishing, shooting and hunting form an important part of the guesthouse’s tradition.
North of the Gaula River the Stjordal River and its tributaries Forra and Sona, are held in high esteem by anglers as one the best fly-fishing rivers in Norway. The Stjordal River offers a total of 85km (53 miles) of fishing and bears many similarities to the Tweed.
Water levels on the Stjordal river are predictable throughout the season because it is regulated by controlled releases at the hydro power station higher up the river. The river provides many different challenges for the fisherman with an interesting combination of deep slow pools, rapids, plunge pools and riffles as the river twists and turns its way towards the huge Trondheim fjord basin.
The Kjerva Camp holds 3 kilometres double bank fishing on the river Stjordal. The beat has some excellent long stretches combined with good holding pools including a number of very good fly-fishing stretches.