Winsnes Lodge on the River Gaula is a great destination for any Salmon angler wishing to experience a well run Salmon river. The Gaula River appears in the top five rivers in Norway most years for its regular catch statistic’s and Winsnes Lodge is a very large contributor to these statistics. Winsnes Lodge is also a good destination for both groups and single anglers alike due to the lodge catering for up to eight rods a week with some single rooms available.
The Gaula River is the largest in central Norway and runs its course over 95miles, the river begins in Holtålen municipality near the mountain Kjølifjellet and finishes life in Trondheim Fjord. In 2005 the Gaula was named as the best Salmon river in Norway and its yearly catch stats still put it in contention to regain its crown each year.
Atlantic Salmon fishing rivers, beats and pools in Norway have been fished continuously and never given any rest periods, until now. We have set up this fishery to focus on the quality fishing and quality beats which are well rested exclusively for fly fishing.
In recent years the Salmon catches have been improving and the lodge is regarded as one of the most prolific parts on the river. The beats are limited to eight guest rods per week with two rods retained by the landowners. During June and July, the lodge operates a resting system, closing all of the pools for two 4 hour sessions per day, allowing the pools and our guests to rest. This policy has resulted in increased catches and has proved very popular with visitors. Winsnes also operates a total catch and release policy in an effort to preserve the incredible Gaula River Atlantic Salmon for future generations.
Winsnes Lodge controls 4 km double bank fishing and some mouth-watering fly fishing pools on the Gaula River. The fishery is unusual as it is a continuous stretch, rather than a series of broken up pools, divided into nine beats. There is the Kjelflløe pool which moves upstream and the Oksoy pool, Rohølen pool and the Lilllesterøm pool which end at the most famous pool on the Gaula Kroken.
Upstream from Kroken is our new water part of the Flaskholen beat which starts with Bottle Pool, then the Railway pool and Old Bridge pool. It ends with the top pool named Junction pool. All of the beats offer fishing in all water conditions from high to very low with great holding spots for Atlantic salmon.
Both traditional double handed rods and single handers can be used to good effect depending on water height, with the single handed rods coming into their own in lower water conditions. The river has good runs of fish and the lodge accounts for numbers of fish caught between 100 to 200 per season with an average size of 17lb. During the early part of the season, some very big fish run the river and fish caught up to 40lb are recorded each season.
The guiding scheme at Winsnes Lodge works on a rotation with the guide walking between anglers to give advice, problem solve and help you land and photograph fish. Each morning the guide will talk to you about the pools you will be fishing and give you a rough plan to work to with regards to lines and flies that should be used.
With such fantastic local countryside, it is easy to see why so many non-fishing companions like to travel to the lodge for relaxation and the chance to walk in and experience the beauty of Norway.
If you have any questions on any of the Atlantic Salmon fishing we offer then contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.
Alternatively, you can view all our Atlantic Salmon fishing destinations here.