I have been fishing the Gaula a fortnight later than this week just gone of July 20 to 27 over the past couple of years, but on the link here is a nice description of extremely low water fishing on this normally grand Norwegian river reduced to a trickle but with some beautiful little grilse still running it.
Pictured here is a small grilse taken on a trout rod and dry-fly by regular Norwegian Flyfishers’ Club guest Rolf Frischknecht from Switzerland who flicked his dry flies about hard and eventually met with success, catching a couple of decent sea-trout to boot.
Click on the link above for the full report on the club’s website but with air temperatures over 30°C during the days and at nights over 20°C the dry-fly specialist did the ever-important trick when salmon fishing gets difficult: try something different.
Rain is forecast out there on Wednesday this week so tight lines to the team and guests, and not least Bernd Kuleisa and his fly-fishing students. Even though I am sadly not going out this summer (back next year) I shall think of Bernd fishing the Home pool in the gloaming, just a glow and the aroma of fine tobacco drifting across the water from his pipe.
Meanwhile, here are some very happy memories from previous summers out in the Trondelag – got a bit carried away but you can’t blame me wanting to relive this wonderful place:
David Hopley on the famous Bridge Pool.
One from the Railway pool, which hammered a fast-stripped Templedog. Thies Reimers took the pic before we quickly returned him. 2011 I think that was.
It wasn’t a prolific summer in 2012. But when the fish came it came: Bridge pool heaven.
Celebrating at Langoy beach on August 31, 2012, with Enrico Cristiani, Trond, David H and crew, Per Arneberg taking the shot.
The first-ever visit to Tilseth House in 2009, and our pukka little Budget hire car parked outside. Subsequent Rent A Wreck vehicles were a bit rougher but all more or less worked, my one requirement always being they had a decent CD sound system for the soundtrack to Gaula: anything from Marillion to Deadmau5, The Remixes!
View from the Home pool shelter taken taken just after I caught a late-season 12lber (pictured below) in 2011.
Low on blood sugar but still a happy memory after Charles ‘Charlie’ Cooke found this packet in the back of the car for me when I complained I wasn’t fishing another cast without something to eat! The year was 2009, my first trip out there and a very happy one even if I don’t look it here!
Home pool, Maela. Orvis Helios rod. Intermediate Rio AFS, long 15lb fluoro leader and a Park Shrimp tube. Jag jag!
The Orvis and Hardy show; with a Park Shrimp battered by use and a few salmon to its name.
Phil Jones teetering on the edge of the Tilseth terrace in 2012 in what was a very happy and convivial week.
Sadly had to take this deeply-hooked fish – one of 3 grilse caught in one August week in 2010.
Waiting, waiting. Go on, make my day (week/season!)
A rest in the driver’s seat before going down to fish the Junction. But what about that view?
How I became hooked on Gaula: my first-ever Norwegian fish, Renna pool, late-August 2009.
Talking with Manfred Raguse during a break from filming Gaula: RIver of Silver and Gold in 2011.
A good moment at the right-bank tail of Home pool: early August, 2012.
Beautiful light on Renna two days before the end of the 2012 season.