Winsnes Fly Fishing Lodge is an Atlantic Salmon Fishing Lodge on one of the world’s finest Salmon rivers, the Gaula river in Norway. Built-in the 19th century, known in those days as ‘Storstuu Winsnes’, the term ‘Storstuu’, meaning ‘Big House’, has attracted travelling freshwater fly fishing anglers since 1882. Back then, anglers from the UK, known as Salmon Lords, rented the lodge every summer, seeking the largest, hardest-fighting Salmon in the world.
Today the lodge is managed by the descendants of the same family that built it in the 19th century. Anne Marit is the 17th generation of her family to live and own fishing rights in the valley since records began, while Matt Hayes is a well-known angler, photographer and broadcaster. The lodge is a traditional Norwegian farmhouse with several outbuildings and an ancient barn converted into a pub and a fishing tackle outfitter.
Fishing is an integral part of life at Winsnes, a heritage that is looked after and protected. It’s the ideal destination for any Salmon angler wishing to experience a well run Salmon river. The Gaula River regularly appears in the top five rivers in Norway for its regular catch statistics, and Winsnes Lodge is a substantial contributor to these statistics. Ideal for groups and single anglers alike, due to the lodge catering for up to eight rods a week with some single rooms available.
The Gaula is a ‘pure’ Salmon river, unsupported by hatcheries and without a hydro dam. It rises and falls naturally and runs over 100 kilometres, starting in the hills above the town of Ålen and emptying into the Trondheimsfjord below Melhus. This free-flowing river cuts its way through the breathtaking Norwegian landscape, with fjord and mountain scenery and thickly forested slopes interspersed with charming rural smallholdings; it is a stunning location to wet a line.
The Winsnes Lodge controls 4 kilometres of the river and has some mouth-watering fly fishing spots, all suitable for different water conditions and all great holding spots for Atlantic salmon. The fishery is unusual as it is a continuous stretch, divided into eight beats, rather than a series of broken-up pools. All the beats are around 500m long, accessible from both banks, and many are within a comfortable walking distance from the lodge.
Because the Gaula rises and falls so quickly, only some of the beats fish well in all conditions. However, a wide variety of pools, long and short, wide and narrow, offer fishing across the season. In favourable water conditions, the fish are well spread and can get caught from several hot spots in every pool. In low water, the productive bank space shrinks; however, as the fishery is blessed with pace, it’s still well regarded during such times.
Renowned for its large run of big, beautiful fish, the river will yield over 45 tonnes of fish to rod and line captures in a good year, and the lodge is regarded as one of the most prolific parts of the river. The average size of the Salmon is around 7 kilos, but there are numbers of fish over 10 kilos, and monstrous specimens of over 20kg get caught every year.
Many of the travelling rods who visit Winses Lodge are regulars, returning year after year, inspired by the Gaula and the specimen Atlantic Salmon that it produces.
The beats and pools of the Atlantic Salmon fishing rivers in Norway have traditionally been fished continuously, with no rest periods from anglers. However, Winsnes lodge on the Gaula is bucking this trend, setting up their fishery to focus on quality fishing and well-rested beats set aside exclusively for fly fishing.
For 2023 the fishing rotation has changed slightly, and in short, the lodge now offers three eight-rod weeks and eight six-rod weeks. There is a resting slot between each pair of anglers in the six-rod weeks, meaning you will always be fishing rested water. There is a resting period in the eight-rod weeks but only on some pools and sessions. In all the weeks, however, the house retains a two-rod rotation slot.
Fishing hours and rotations
– Anglers fish in pairs
– There are eight beats
– Fishing is from Monday to Saturday and finishes 18.00pm Saturday.
– Anglers fish four pools every day except Saturday (3 pools).
– Anglers familiar with the water may also be able to fish on Sunday evening.
– Anglers move to a new pool every 4 hours in June/July and every five hours in August.
– In June and July, the whole stretch is rested for two periods of 4 hours, making 16 hours for fishing out of 24
– In August, the lodge switches to a 5-hour pool rotation with no mandatory resting periods since the evenings are beginning to darken, and there is overnight resting anyway.
– Anglers booking without a partner get paired with another guest.
As well as fantastic management, another reason for the Gaula Rivers’ abundant Salmon populations and the sport it can offer anglers is the total catch and release policy implemented throughout, protecting the river and Salmon populations today and for future generations.
Over one hundred and thirty summers after it all started, the Atlantic Salmon fishing in Norway on the Gaula still creates the summer magic at Winsnes. The Lodge offers some of the best freshwater fly fishing on the river; catches are relatively stable with good numbers and fish with a fantastic average size. During a typical summer, the Lodge will produce between 100 and 200 salmon in a 13 week season. With a rod limit of 6 per week, the average size of the fish caught is somewhere between 5kg and 8kg. Judged on a per rod, per hour fished basis, Winsnes always tops the statistics for the river by some distance. Due, in some part, to the sheer quality of the pools on offer and the fact that Winsnes runs their unique resting system, that helps protect the fish and fishery.
Both traditional double-handed and single-handed rods can be used depending on water height, with single-handed rods coming into their own in low water conditions. The fishing is all wading and floating lines, with interchangeable tips allowing customers to get to the correct depth, are the norm.
Besides Salmon fishing, Winsnes lodge can offer a range of alternative fly-fishing options for trout and grayling on a range of rivers, streams and lakes. Norway has some excellent light-tackle fly-fishing, all of which is complemented by a backdrop of spectacular scenery.
When fishing Winsnes, all anglers will receive some light guiding as part of the holiday package; this means that one of the guides will pay you a daily visit by the river to offer advice and answer any questions you may have. When you arrive at the Lodge, each angler will receive a river tour, establishing access to the pools, beats, and a few typical areas where the Salmon might lie.
For an extra cost, you can book a dedicated guide for up to eight hours per day; however, a popular arrangement is for anglers to employ the services of a guide for a day on their first visit to the fishery and then top-up their knowledge throughout the week. All the guides speak good English and are well in tune with the fishing on the river. It’s also always worth talking with other anglers too, as many of the guests are regular visitors with plenty of experience and good sources of information.
Safety When Wading & Fishing
The Guala is a wild river, and while it’s not dangerous if you do not take risks, conditions can change very quickly. Wading is restricted to a maximum of thigh depth (deep wading is not necessary anyway), and anglers are advised to wear a safety life vest and to use a wading staff. Rods also fish in pairs for safety reasons and because netting big fish is definitely a two-person task.
The Atlantic Salmon fishing season on the River Gaula begins in June and runs through until August. The opening weeks of the season can sometimes be slightly hit and miss, as the run of Salmon at this time of year depends on how suitable the conditions and weather have been. If they had been poor, most Salmon would not have reached Winsnes, but if they had been good, it’s possible to enjoy some superb fishing.
From the middle of June through until August, the fishing is at its best, and these weeks are the peak weeks of the entire season and are often sold out well in advance. Usually, at this time of year, the water levels have dropped, and temperatures have started to rise.
From late July until August, despite being classed as slightly off-peak, the period can be outstanding or challenging, once again depending on the conditions and weather. If the summer has been hot with low water, it will suit anglers who enjoy the tactical side of Salmon fishing with lighter tackle. Whereas if the water levels are good, the fishing can be incredible. During most seasons, it’s common for Winsnes to enjoy two excellent August weeks and two tougher ones.
As with all fishing, it can be unpredictable, disappointing, and delightful in equal measures regarding the number of fish.
One of the most important things to understand about early-season fishing on Gaula is that to reach the middle river, where Winsnes is located, the fish must pass through a torrent of mighty water just below the town of Støren. This natural barrier is known as the Gaulfosse. Opinions vary on how heavy the flow has to be to stop Salmon passing through ‘the fosse’, but it’s known that colder water is denser and not as easy for the fish to pass through as warmer water. Suffice to say that fish are more likely to be absent from the waterway than present before the third week of June. The fourth week can be exceptional fishing so it is a very short timescale between feast and famine in terms of fish numbers.
The Gaula is a wild freestone river with a rocky riverbed and banks. On some of the pools, fishing is from the bank, but there is plenty of wading on most of the pools. Here is an assessment of each beat.
Beat One: A mixture of gentle, ankle-deep wading with some fishing off the bank. Plenty of walking.
Beat Two: A tricky place to fish with difficult wading and casting from the shore. It contains plenty of big fish but requires reasonable fitness and good balance.
Beat Three: A very long pool which can be fished from top to bottom. Decent wading. A bit tricky at the top and the bottom, but the meat of it offers a steady wade.
Beat Four: Very good wading throughout its length. A bit of up and down in the lower part, but generally, it’s semi-carpet slippers.
Beat Five: Good wading off the right bank but the fishing off the left bank is from uneven rocks.
Beat Six: This is a long beat with decent wading in low water, but fishing is mainly off the bank. Relatively easy off the right bank but trickier off the left because it involves casting off uneven rocks.
Beat Seven: A good wade, but the current is quite strong and would not suit anglers who are less than sure-footed.
Beat Eight: A mixture of bank and wade fishing. The bank fishing is off rocks, but they are pretty even, and the casting/walking is good. Anglers should take care to avoid the deeper water and over-wading.
The Winsnes Lodge is owned and run by Anne Marit Winsnes and her partner, British TV angler Matt Hayes. The atmosphere at Winsnes is friendly and informal, and guests are encouraged to come and go as they please. Help is always on hand for guests who want assistance with their fishing equipment, advice about the river, fly choices etc.
Winsnes was built in 1882, and up until 1910, the house was occupied by the English’ Salmon Lords’ who travelled to the river to sample the Atlantic Salmon Fishing Norway had to offer; Pictures and other paraphernalia, from this period, is still present throughout the Lodge. The style is simple, rustic and charming and, best of all, totally authentic.
Built from traditional Norwegian wood, Winsnes has been extended and modernised over recent years, with a large ground floor kitchen, a spacious dining area and lounge. All seven bedrooms are on the first and second floor, with shared or single occupancy possible. Some, but not all, of the rooms are en-suite. There are five bathrooms in total.
Winsnes is famous for the quality of its food with highly developed catering facilities – a mixture of traditional Norwegian and international cuisine. British touches are present on the menu, with British tea and Marmite at breakfast being prime examples.
Guests are well looked after, and packages are full-board, comprising breakfast and dinner with the opportunity to make your packed lunch from the ample spread put out at the breakfast table. Non-fishing guests and families will be able to choose from a list of activities and are very welcome at the Lodge too.
Also, new at the Winsnes site is the Lax Café and Pub, a fly fishing shop for those who may need extra flies and fly lines and a drying room for anglers needing to dry their kit and waders out after a day on the river.
Built using the structure of a barn that was part of the original Winsnes Farm from several hundred years ago, the barn was constructed in the 18th century and refurbished in 2010. The Lax Cafe retains the original architecture of the traditional building; much of the furniture is original to the Winsnes farm, and members of the family made almost of it.
A meeting place for both local people and tourists, the Lax Cafe and Pub is open from Friday to Sunday. It is available for guests and special events at any time. Visitors enjoy the well-stocked bar, which includes a full range of alcohol and soft drinks, and food is available on site. There are also several fishing huts available by the river for a late-night drink, which is encouraged as part of the experience.
To find out more about Winsnes Fly Fishing Lodge and the Atlantic Salmon fishing on offer in Norway, visit our YouTube channel.
Although the fishing days are fixed, the below itinerary is still flexible should you require additional free days to explore at the beginning or end of your holiday; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.
Depart UK (alternative routes available)
At Trondheim Airport you will pick up your pre-arranged hire car. Please note that is not included in the price but we can book this for you. On arrival at Winsnes Farm, our hosts will check you in, give you a tour of the facilities, talk about the rotation and all the fishing areas on the Gaula River.
Overnight accommodation: Winsnes Farm (Twin Room) F/B
Over the next 6 days, breakfast is served, and you can either return to the lodge for lunch or alternatively make yourself a packed lunch at breakfast to take out to the water and eat while you enjoy a day’s fishing. Fishing Tip: It’s best to rest each pool once you have fished through, as resting fish will respond better to your flies.
Overnight accommodation: Winsnes Farm (Twin Room) F/B
Salmon fishing each day is based on 2 rods per beat and includes light guiding. This means that one of the guides will pay you a daily visit by the river to offer advice and answer any questions you may have. For an extra cost, you can book a dedicated guide for up to eight hours per day; however, a popular arrangement is for anglers to employ the services of a guide for a day on their first visit to the fishery and then top-up their knowledge throughout the week.
Overnight accommodation: Winsnes Farm (Twin Room) F/B
In the morning drive yourself back to Trondheim Airport and drop off the car.
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 83%
"I must admit the fishing was more challenging than I had expected, however some of that is down to my experience. Fishing these Norwegian Rivers is quite different from Scotland. However, I must say with all the help and support from your staff they soon had my lines, leader, flies and my presentation sorted. Result a cracking 19lb fresh Atlantic Salmon. I was so so happy."
"2nd week of the season and understandable due to river conditions at the Gaula Foss fish above were few and far between, we did manage to catch some fish with my biggest being a 22lb fresh chrome Atlantic Salmon. Accommodation, food and hospitality was great. Will have to return no doubt about it."
"1st time over fishing in Norway on the Winsnes beat on the river Gaula. Absolute 1st class service from both Sport Quest & the Hayes/Winsnes family. The lodge was so relaxing you were under no pressure to go out & fish, you could come & go at your leisure. I would recommend this package to anyone thinking about a trip away. We are booked again for next year, that’s how good a trip it was."
The season runs from June to August.
Season: 1st June to 29th August
Weight: 8lb to 47lb
Average Weight: 14lb
If you are looking at travelling alone please contact us on 01603 407596 and we can give you an updated price
Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.
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Prices are based on two adults sharing fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharges.
I must admit the fishing was more challenging than I had expected, however some of that is down to my experience. Fishing these Norwegian Rivers is quite different from Scotland. However, I must say with all the help and support from your staff they soon had my lines, leader, flies and my presentation sorted. Result a cracking 19lb fresh Atlantic Salmon. I was so so happy.
Dr Cole, thanks for taking the time to talk to me on the telephone and to complete our online feedback form. Yes it is different to fishing in Scotland, just need to be more careful with the presentation and make sure you have a good tight line, so you get a proper swing through on each cast. Congratulations on the 19lb fish. I look forward to the pictures.
2nd week of the season and understandable due to river conditions at the Gaula Foss fish above were few and far between, we did manage to catch some fish with my biggest being a 22lb fresh chrome Atlantic Salmon. Accommodation, food and hospitality was great. Will have to return no doubt about it.
John, sorry to hear that the water levels were low at the start of the season, as you well know Salmon fishing anywhere in the world is effected by water levels. Mind you glad to got into a nice 20lb plus Atlantic Salmon from the famous Guala. One to remember for a long while. Thanks for your kind comments about all our operation, accommodation, guides and food etc. Look forward in dealing with you again soon and we will get you on a peak week next season. Regards Peter
1st time over fishing in Norway on the Winsnes beat on the river Gaula.
Absolute 1st class service from both Sport Quest & the Hayes/Winsnes family.
The lodge was so relaxing you were under no pressure to go out & fish, you could come & go at your leisure.
I would recommend this package to anyone thinking about a trip away.
We are booked again for next year, that’s how good a trip it was.
Steven thanks for the kind review and great scores, we will make sure that all your great comments are passed on to the suppliers and guides. See you next year....
Sportquest made booking simple. Great service. Winsness Lodge excellent, Great Food, Friendly people. On the doorstep to fishing. Fishing good in dificult conditions. Guide George Howard very good. Overall package very good.
William, Thank you for you kind review and Im very pleased you had a good trip. I will pass on your glowing report of George, who will be thrilled that you enjoyed his company and guidance during your time at Winsnes farm lodge.
Just a quick thank you to you, all your staff in the office plus the amazing staff and guides at the lodge for such a great time, I even managed to nail my first Norway Atlantic Salmon on the flyâ€¦.
Congratulations on such a nice fish, we are so happy to know that you had a great time and I will sort out the dates for you for the return trip. Peter
Fantastic Salmon fishing, highly recommend it.
John, thanks for the online feedback form. It was great to catch up with you again on the phone. Glad you had another great trip. Look forward in seeing you again in Norway and Cuba.
Big powerful river with powerful Salmon. Great holiday - Gillie's and the lodge was right on the mark and a big thank you to Jacob and his family for making us feel like home.
Matt, we are very happy that you all enjoyed your stay. We will surly pass on all your great feedback to all the lodge staff. Hope to see you again soon
Thank you to all the staff and the gillie's for taking good care of us. The 8 hours a day Grilling is definitely worth the extra as the fishing is so different to Scottish and Irish rivers.
Paul, Grilling??? I know what you mean the extra guiding as you paid extra to have a full time gillie. Glad you thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
We had a great holiday in Norway fishing the river Gaula we knew it was going to be tough fishing so early in the season but decided to give it a go the fishing was great with a few fish lost and Derrick catching a nice salmon on our last day of fishing we also had great guides and all the staff were very friendly and made us feel right at home we also meet Matt and his family who were also great and made us feel really welcome were already looking forward to going back next year
Neil thanks for taking the time to write a review and send me through some cracking pictures. It was a pleasure in managing you guys and I am glad that you enjoyed my recommendation. We also hope to see you guys again next year as it was a pleasure.
Kind Regards Peter
Great place, accommodation and food. Unfortunately during my week Norway was experiencing unseasonal hot weather with the water temperature at 18 which is far to warm for Salmon to bite.
Thanks for completing the feedback form as I know you are a very busy man. I am glad you liked the place and even though the fish would not bite due to the weather that you still had a good week. I was pleased that at least you got to watch all the salmon jumping in the river as at least this goes to show you what things should be like if the weather was normal.
I look forward in assisting you again soon.
Tight lines Peter
The Salmon were very tricky this week. But that is salmon fishing and on reflection I am pretty pleased with my week. I learned a hell of a lot and my casting has definitely improved. And if you'd said I'd have four good hook ups at the start of the week, I'd have taken that. Shame I only managed to land 2 of them, a 9lb fish and a sea trout of about 1 lb.
But what the salmon didn't provide, the staff provided in abundance. Good food (I am going to miss that ham & cheese/prawn sandwich combo this week!!), great fishing chats, great company and great beers. The bonus of having a pub on site.
The river itself is beautiful, although make sure you have the correct gear. A shooting head set up is probably better than the Spey line I was using as quite a lot of water to cover with some pools having little room for a good D-loop (well, with my very average casting anyway!). That said, if you haven't got all the right gear there is a well stocked shop on site too.
The guiding service is light although I think there is more guiding in the early part of the season.
Shame that the week was a tough one as there have been some cracking weeks. However the most important thing is that you still enjoyed the trip and learnt lots about Salmon fishing abroad.
Thanks for taking the time to complete the feedback and also for using Sportquest. We look forward in assisting you again soon.
Tight Lines Peter
Unfortunately the trip was disappointing due to very low river levels. Water had been low all season but the fishing had been good, but on our week it was even lower. There were plenty of resident fish showing but no chance of inducing one to take the fly.
I managed to catch one small grilse in a weeks intensive fishing.
A couple of others in the lodge had complete blanks.
Thanks for calling me back, so so sorry that you had a tough week and that is typical because right up until that week we had been having one of our best starts to the season even though there is low water. The shear number of fish in the system this year has been amazing as we are seeing more fish each year.
Unfortunately if the water level continues to drop like your week and the days are long and hot, the Salmon are hard to tempt to bite. As you already know not long after your week there was some rain in the mountains and once this settles the river and fishing returned back to normal.
I thank you for your continued custom and look forward providing our services to you again.
PS I have now updated the website with all dates for 2017
Me and my son had a great time we managed in the first 2 days to catch and land 3 Salmon. Then the water level just became too low. I understand the water level has been low all season, this combined with 70 degrees temperature and full days of bright sun it was always going to be difficult.
The lodge is just what we wanted rustic and very comfortable. The glides took great care of us and can not fault them.
Thanks for calling me back and taking the time to talk to me, plus completing the customer feedback form.
Congratulations on catching some fish very quickly. What a shame the water just became too low in the end. Its so frustrating when fishing is so weather and conditions dependant.
Also great news that your son managed to catch and land his very first ever Atlantic Salmon, a special moment that will never be forgotten.
I look forward in helping you both again soon on another adventure holiday.
Tight Lines Peter
An excellent fishing trip, unfortunately the weather spoiled the fishing due to constant bright sunshine, high air temperature and low water, however I did manage to land a 7K hen fish which was returned safely after a quick photo session, I would definitely return to Winsnes due to the beautiful fishing location and friendliness of the entire staff,
Accommodation and food was excellent, the lodge has its own tackle shop above the log cabin restaurant, overall a great fishing trip and look forward to returning in 2017
Thank you for your customer feedback, it was a shame about the weather and the low water, however during your trip you could see and appreciate just how good everything is and made even better when the fishing is on form.
Lets catch up in relation to getting you booked in a good week for 2017 as the dates are disappearing fast.
Another great time thank you.
Thank you for your feedback it was good to have you both back with us again. I have tried to call you a couple of times but unfortunately keep missing you.
Feel free to call me in the office at anytime as it would be good to have a chat and also make plans for next year.
River was beautiful, but low, which made the fishing disappointing. Wisents and staff were welcoming and the guide (George) was excellent. Probably only 25% of the water truly fishable (very little flow).
I would be keen to return (earlier in the season next time), as definitely left with a feeling of "unfinished business".
Disappointing that the direct flight from Gatwick was changed, made it a long journey.
Thank you so much for the feedback, such a shame that the river conditions made the fishing tougher than normal, if Atlantic Salmon fishing is not hard enough anyhow.
Glad you loved the place and would return as that always indicates a happy customer and I am sure you will sort out the feeling of unfinished business.
I agree its a pain when airlines either cancel flights or change flight times so they no longer work very well with the trip as the direct flight was just perfect before the airline changed things.
It will be a pleasure to have you back when you are ready.....
We had a great time loved the place and they took great care of us.
Between the 2 of us we landed 4 fish to 30LB and lost another. Not bad considering the river was out of condition.
The only downside was the hire car which had bold tyres (below legal limit). I did complain when we returned the car. Hertz may be a better option for the future. The car we had was dangerous in the rain and could have caused problems for us with the police.
Graham, so good to catch up on the telephone, Glad that both you and Micheal enjoyed the week and well done both of you for the fish.
As discussed we will put in a complaint to Avis Car Hire about the bald tyres as this should never happen from such a large professional company. So please accept our apologies on this.
Once you have discussed dates with Micheal let me know which week you would like to return.
Tight Lines Peter
Very much appreciated the real fishing experience, not manicured in any way.
Good accommodation and excellent food. Very helpful advice and guidance from George and useful having tackle shop on site.
Definitely glad I took felt soles for my boots!
Beat /river map would be a good thing for next season and perhaps a little more communication regarding the extent of the beats on day one.
I would return!
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Thanks fore the feedback and review thats just perfect.
So glad you enjoyed your time and yes agree the guides are really good that Matt has thiere now.
Good idea about the beat / river map and will put this forward.
I am sure both us and the lodge will look forward in having you back at some stage.
Kind Regards Peter
A thoroughly enjoyable holiday on which I finally caught my first salmon despite the river being exceptionally low.
Matt went out of his way to encourage us all to try different tactics to ensure that we caught and it worked.
The Winsnes lodge is really pleasant and the family feel is really nice.
The flights were all good and the only possible issue would have been if the first flight (Manchester to Amsterdam) had been delayed at all, as the walk across the airport took us almost all of the time between landing and boarding the next flight.
We will almost certainly book to return to Winsnes in another couple of years.
Hopefully by then my spey casting will be better.
Thank you for your kind feedback, you and your group did extremely well considering the low water conditions, the reason is simple you listened to what we said and how to fish in the low water which paid off. Many anglers think they know better and insist doing it their way which normally means they do not get the results.
We look forward in having you all back in a couple of years, so thank you for your custom and I hope to be talking to you all agin soon.
HI Alex thanks for the review scores they mean a-lot to both me and the team
Thank you for a great trip.
John thanks for the reviews and scores, we will also be in-touch about Iceland for you all next year.
Talk soon and again thank you for your continued custom.
Transfer in Schiphol onward was v. tight - it is a big place! Matt Hayes is a superb host. Anne Mariat also , whose family made us very welcome. Water was very low but no one can control that! We still caught fish. We will go back. Beautiful river and country. There were no guides but Matt talked us every pool on arrival and talked about what lie ie so we did not feel the lack hindered, with experienced fishers and the thin water, a guide was definitely not required.
The food was superb, the Elk stew a particular highlight. The whole family co operated in making our stay most comfortable and memorable Jakob is a real character and has good fishing tips to pass on.
Thank you for arranging a trip of a lifetime to celebrate my 60th birthday!
Douglas, Thank you so much for a detailed review and your scores as they are very much appreciated. Yes the conditions have been tough this year but everyone has still managed to tweak a few fish. So so happy it made the holiday of a lifetime for your 60th birthday a huge congratulations from everyone at Sportquest Holidays.
One of the best holidays I’ve been on.
Sportquest made sure everything was organised.
Kept me up to date.
Shared all joining instructions.
Winsnes Lodge is an amazing place.
Super friendly and inclusive. 4km of the best fly fishing I’ve seen. Book it !!
So glad that it all paned out in the end, as the low water was very worrying at times, but as they say thats Salmon fishing and when it comes right its great fishing. The times we all hope and pray for.
I have tried to call you please feel free to call me when you are free
Kind Regards Peter
I have some great pictures from our trip. If you send me a memory stick I will put them on it and send back.
Absolutely no complaints about our trip only minor gripe I would have is there were no tea / Coffee making equipment in the rooms.
I was nice catching up with you and thank you for completing the feedback form. You and your group had a great time considering the conditions.
I will put a memory stick in the post today.
I look forward in looking after you all again soon.
I had a fantastic time and caught my first Gaula Salmon, Im still gutted however about the one that got away! As there were only 4 of us fishing the guiding was provided by Matt Hayes himself. The way he manages the fishing is marvellous, his concern for welfare of the fish was so exemplary. Food was really good, although a bit more variety at breakfast would be appreciated!
Thank you Malcolm for your kind words, I am thrilled that you had such a good time on this fantastic river. I agree with you about the way Matt approaches the rivers conservation efforts is first class, and he can take a great deal of credit for how this river continues to produce such good catch rates. I am pleased that you would like to go back and when you decide the dates please get in touch!
All the best
Good holiday overall with the exception of lost luggage on arrival at Trondheim, we will not travel via Amsterdam again or use KLM. Apart from that a great holiday and fishing.
Bill glad to speak to you again and glad you had a great time. As discussed we will arrange for you to return next season. Kind Regards Peter
Salmon fishing can be tough and was for the week I was there, but that's fishing. There could be better catch statistics for previous years. Would go again, yes.
Phil as you said Salmon fishing can be rewarding or give us a tough time as thats Salmon fishing. I am sure next year for your return things will be in your favour. Thanks for your feedback and also your custom as it is always very much appreciated.
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Battle Hill Lodge is nestled on the banks of the Fossárlar River and is famed for the incredible Sea Trout fishing it offers, renowned as being some of the best found anywhere in the world. A historic, picturesque location of striking beauty, it gives travelling rods an incomparable fly fishing experience of a lifetime.
This Sportquest Holidays exclusive offers travelling rods the chance to fish some of the most picturesque and productive freshwater fly fishing rivers in all of Iceland. Our beats, located in the northern part of the country, offer two days of quality fishing on each of the Laxá In Aðaldal, Reykjadalsa & Mýrarkvísl Rivers.
The Vatnsdalsá River is one of the most famous Salmon rivers in Iceland and is renowned for the size of fish it produces. Located in the country's North West, approximately three hours drive from Reykjavik, it flows for over forty kilometres and offers a vast array of quality pools and beats. It produces between 700 and 1,200 Salmon each season, with a healthy average size.
The Laxá In Aðaldal, also known as the Big Laxá, is one of the most famous rivers in Iceland. An enchanting river that fishes consistently well throughout the season, it's renowned for being one of the best Trout rivers in Europe and even the world, producing significant numbers of Brownies, averaging 2lb to 3lb, with a good sprinkling of specimens to over 8lb.