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Gaula River Beats
Norway Salmon Fishing
Available beats,
weeks and rods season.
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Basic Information
The Gaula River is located in the southern part of Central Norway - the region to the north, east, and south and west of the city of Trondheim, which celebrated its millennium in 1997. During its early years it was The Viking capital of Scandinavia. The area is often claimed to be the ‘heart of Norway’.

The contrasts of the region are impressive - from the open coast to the mountains, with high plains and snowy peaks. Fir and pine covered hillsides leading to the rolling fields and well-tended farms with impressive farm buildings. The area has a past that has made its mark on the history of Norway from the Viking age until today.

The River
The Gaula has over the years consistently, together with Tana, Namsen and Orkla, been among Norway’s top two to three Salmon Rivers measured in overall catch and weight (in Norway normally measured in metric tonnes). During the last seasons the Gaula has produced a credible 35 – 50, representing around 8.000 - 12.000 rod caught salmon with an average of around 4kg (near 9lb).

Angling, as we know it, started on the Gaula around 1820 when English fishermen discovered the riches of the river. The Gaula became very popular among English noblemen and rumours of record high salmon catches and sizes brought significant numbers of Englishmen to fish the Gaula during the summer months. Several built summer homes in the Gaula valley, and the English saw the river as their own for almost a century. This period of salmon fishing brought a lot of wealth to the local farmers and communities and a number of the farms today are noticeably influenced by this English period

The fishing
The Gaula is well known for its big salmon. Throughout the season there is always the chance to catch the big one and the biggest salmon start their run in early June. Every year there are a number of fish caught that weigh between 18 and 20 kilograms (40–45 lb).

The Gaula has a total length of 200 kilometres (125 miles) with catchment areas of 3,650 square kilometres. The salmon run of the main river is 110 kilometres (55 miles) and in addition there are good salmon runs in the main tributaries. The Gaula benefits from a reasonably stable flow of water throughout the season particularly when the winter conditions have provided plenty of snow in the catchment area. Rain showers during late July and August help to keep the river in optimal condition.

Due to its length and diversity, the Gaula offers a wide variety of exciting angling and a number of stretches offer the best fly-fishing for salmon anywhere in the world.

The Malum/Winsnes beat offers nearly 2 miles double bank fishing, some 20 kilometres up river from the village of Støren and approx. 70 kilometres from the sea. The whole beat is divided into three zones of approx. 750 metres each and this provides 4 rods exclusive fishing on each zone. A good number of pools in each zone provide excellent chances of catching salmon for both the experienced and the novice angler. Normally, two anglers will be placed together on each side of the available zone and a rotating system is in place.

The Malum/Winsnes beat on the Gaula River is one of the best salmon fishing offers in Norway. The annual catches throughout the season is in the region of 200 salmon, average weights around 4.5 kg (10 lb). The atmosphere of the place and the hospitality and friendliness by the farm owners and friends are second to none. I rate the whole set up at the Malum/Winsnes Farm very highly. A true **** place to spend a week fishing!

Target Species

  • Atlantic Salmon
  • Char
  • Sea Trout
  • Brown Trout

Best Time of Year
The Winsnes Farm offers fishing from June 1st till August 31st. Normal changeover day is Monday. We are offering a number of weeks fishing with 4 rods per week. See enclosed table.

The fishing is good throughout the season

Tackle Required
16ft rod 10-12 weight lines shooting heads required also 12lb-15lb point is a must along with vaeiwd mix of lines for sink to intermediate and sink.


  • Norway


Map of river and beat at the Malum/Winsnes beat.
Your fishing will primarily be the Zone 1 (Sone 1) but possibility of rotating with Zone 2 but this is not clarified yet. Zone 1 is approx. 800 meter double bank fishing.
Red letters A and B indicates the two islands that can be fished from both sides.


Travel Arrangements and Accommodation.
The long and narrow main house (lån) is typical of the regional architecture (Tröndelag). From approx. 1890 to 1910 the house was used for English lords who were fishing the Gaula. A number of pictures, coupes and other paraphernalia can still be seen from this period. The house dates from 1882 and has been extended and modernised to reflect growing family demands. The ground floor of the house has one big kitchen, 2 spacious dining areas and additional lounges. All bedrooms are on the first floor with beds for up to 12 people. There are double-bed arrangements in two large bedrooms. There is 1 toilet on ground floor and 2 toilets, showers and bathroom on the first floor.

Guests will be looked after well. The Tröndelag region has a high reputation for hospitality and friendliness towards visitors and Winsnes is no exception. You will find the atmosphere relaxed and informal. Two to three wholesome meals will be provided each day using produce from local farms and the area. Reindeer and moose meet may be on the menu. Afternoon tea surprises from the family chef are not unusual - her 'lefse' and waffles are a treat for any tired fisherman.

Travel from the UK via Oslo Airport. The flying time from London Heathrow to Oslo Airport is around 1-hour 5o minutes and the domestic flight between Oslo Airport and Trondheim Airport is approx. 45 minutes. If flying with Scandinavian Airlines, big and modern aircrafts are being used.

Car hire is the most common way of transport from the airport to the Winsnes Farm, a driving time of around 1 hour 30 minutes is normal.

Röros (A UNESCO’s World Heritage listed town)
Located on a mountainous site, its history is linked to the exploitation of copper mines, discovered in the 16th century and used for 333 years until 1977. Completely rebuilt after its destruction by Swedish troops in 1679, the town includes some eighty wooden houses, most of which are grouped around courtyards. Many of them still retain their dark pitch log façades that give the town a medieval aspect. The church tower is a very famous landmark.

Cost of Holiday and Duration
One week fishing in June incl. light guiding, 7 night accommodation with full board arrangements, flights from London Heathrow to Trondheim Airport, hire car or local transport from airport and return, mandatory Government licence, disinfections of equipment will cost a total of £ 2.395 per person


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