Well I’m back. From Norway. It was.. words fail me. Good, really good. And special.
So what happened? It rained. And we caught some fish. And we met some great guys especially Pierre from Switzerland, who is cool.
What else happened? We stayed in Per Arneberg’s marvellous lodge. We (I) stayed up very late each night drinking nothing stronger than coffee. We looked
on in admiration as the Young Americans drank hooches of beer yet still caught fish throughout including a 31-pounder (you heard).
And we met Supa Guide Simon K, outwith whom there is no Gaula knowledge worth knowing.
What else? We waded barefoot for the hell of it. C caught a grise of 6lb dripping with sea lice and I went up to Bogen Sondre 1 the next morning (Friday) and tossed Ross’s Calvin’s Shrimp out on an intermediate shooting head and long leader and caught a sea liced 88.5cm/ 7 kilo salmon (below, I know it looks remarkably similar in composition to the grilse photo above; I’d like to claim I’m making a supra-esoteric artistic point, but I’m not :S).
Of course, it was not just about fishing. After a 3 year absence I was able to catch up with Per, Thies, Daniel, Mikael. And I nearly caught up with Herr Raguse.
The Gaula was in good form. After two of the worst seasons on record, which included my last visit in ’13, she has shown her class. This season has given steady fishing for big silver fish and it’s worth noting the 31-pounder was only the second biggest fish of the season on the Norwegian Flyfishers Club’s rotation beats.
By the way the title of this post has several meanings. I was back on the Gaula for the first time for 3 years. The trip went beyond previous experience in that I caught fish on E beats and Bogen Sondre pools. And Back and Beyond is also a tribute to my favourite coffee: Black and Beyond (try it, you can get it in Waitrose!) In beans/ grind it.