Huge August flood on the Gaula

Last year I fished the last week of the season on the Gaula and we had the lowest water levels for that time seen since the 1960s. I managed to winkle out three grilse over the course of the week but I had to admit the fishing wasn’t the very best on the occasion of my second visit.

This year – as long as it stops raining too much – things should be very much different. It’s not often you can speak about the conditions for your forthcoming salmon fishing with much certainty but last night it’s reported the Gaula came thundering down through Storen at an awesome volume of 1400 cubic metres per second (normal heights are more like 70-100). This quickly fell back somewhat but

here is a photograph of the river looking towards the Norwegian Flyfishers Club’s Beat B2 from the steps of the guides’ house at Renna (thanks Johannes K for the photo which he took this morning).

It actually compares very closely to the view from the same place that was posted on the club’s website www.nfc-online.com in July 2009 which I will post below.

The thing is, what goes up must come down and the Gaula certainly behaves like a giant spate river. I also heard from NFC’s Daniel Stephan today. It sounded dramatic: “The flood is just huge. We don’t know what will happen … we might move out of the guide house now, we’ll have to see.”

The same view in July 2009, looking straight across to upper Renna where, a month after this photo was taken, I caught my first Gaula salmon!

But a later email was more reassuring as the mighty Gaula waters dropped fast: “All is OK here now. The water is dropping quickly so all might be fine again in two days. We did not have to move out of the house although the water reached the highest stairs [as seen in the photos]. We might have lost a boat, but we’ll check this when they reopen the roads either tonight or tomorrow morning.”

Of course, we dwelt on the safety of life and limb. Was everyone okay? The team, the guests? (Although zooming out it’s hard not to imagine injury or worse to residents and visitors at this busy time of year in the Trondelag region.)

But you can’t keep a good fisherman down and Daniel concluded as is only right and proper on a salmon-fishing note: “See you at the weekend. Bring some bigger flies and sinking lines … they might be good for the first few days!”

Thanks Daniel, I and my fellow UK rods Bill and Phil with whom I’ll hook up out there, are looking forward to it..

A lovely fresh 8lb salmon taken a few days ago from beat B1 by Ludwig Lippert who was fishing on an NFC course run by Bernd Kuleisa. The first-ever salmon was caught a few hundred yards upstream of the left hand of the flood shot above. Great photo and fish and very well done Ludwig.

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