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Difficult season end on the Gaula Update 11.09.2019 11.10.2019
After the Gaula was closed for almost 14 days, everyone hoped for an August like last year. But also after a significant increase of the water level, the fishing was still very tough in August. Of course, some fish were caught on the NFC Beats, but compared to last year, the fishing remained difficult until the end of the season. We can only guess for what reason. There was less fish in the river this year, but also the higher temperatures until the last days of August did not make the fishing easier. Here is a short summary of the catches until the end of the season:


Simon Kitcher with a salmon of approx.. 5 kg from Beat E2.

When the water rose from 21 m / second at the Gaulfossen to 52 m / second on the 9th of August, we were sure that after almost 2 weeks without fishing, some good fish would be caught on the first day. This was unfortunately not the case. The only salmon was caught by Kennett Gundersen on Beat B1. It was a grilse of about 1.5 kg, which he released carefully. The next day, the fishing improved. The next fish was caught by Simon Kitcher on Beat E2. His fish of 80 cm and about 5 kg took a black-green tube fly in fast water. Simon released his fish carefully after a quick photo.
Also Per Arneberg was successful on Beat C1 and landed a grilse of about 1.2 kg. Tom E. Jebsen also landed a grilse of about 1.3 kg on the Free for All Beat right at the lodge. Jonah Finkelstein had a good session on Beat B1 and landed two grilse. Jonah estimated both salmon to about 2.0 and 2.5 kg. All fish have been carefully released.


Jonah Finkelstein with his second Grilse from Beat B1.

Jonah was also successful on Beat M1 and landed a beautiful salmon of approx. 6 kg. He also released this fish carefully.


Jonah Finkelsteins salmon of approx. 6 kg from Beat M1.

Also, Alexander Basikov took advantage of the better conditions and fished Beat C2. After he had already lost two fish he was able to land the third fish after an exciting fight. His fish was 80 cm long and weighed approx. 5 kg. Alex released this fish carefully after taking a quick picture.


Alex Basikov with his salmon of approx. 5 kg from Beat C2.

Just a few minutes after Alex Basikov landed his salmon on Beat C2, Hernan Garcia hooked a good fish on Beat B1. It was immediately clear that it was a larger fish and after an exciting fight, in which he had to follow the fish all the way down to the Beat B2, he managed to land a beautiful salmon of 106 cm and approx. 13 kg. Hernan released the fish carefully after a quick photo.


Hernan Garcia with his salmon of 106 cm from Beat B1.

Also Per Arneberg was successful again and landed a nice salmon of 94 cm and approx. 8 kg on Beat E7. Per released his fish carefully after a quick photo.


Per Arnebergs fish of 94 cm from Beat E7.

After Per landed this fish, he decided to drive up to the Bua. This decision was right, because after only a few casts, he landed his second salmon of the day. This time the fish was a bit smaller with approx. 5 kg. He also released this fish carefully.
Also, Henrik Fredriksen landed a really nice fish on Beat C2. Henrik estimated the fish to weigh approx. 11 kg. After a quick photo, he released the fish carefully.


Henrik Frederiksen with his salmon of approx. 11 kg from Beat C2.

Thies Reimers also landed a salmon on Beat C1. His fish was 90 cm long and weighed approx. 7 kg. After a quick photo, he released the fish carefully.


Thies Reimers with his salmon of approx. 7 kg from Beat C1.

In the meantime, also some nice sea trout between 1 and 2 kg were caught. It seems that the sea trout stock is recovering a bit. When we dived through the pools at the end of July, we saw some nice fish.
After that it was Daniel Stephan who was able to land two fish on Beat A1. Daniels first fish weighed approx. 2.5 kg, the second fish was much bigger. After an exciting fight, Daniel landed a beautiful salmon of 106 cm and approx. 11 kg. He released both fish carefully.


Daniels salmon of 106 cm from Beat A1.

Jonah Finkelstein also landed two more salmon. First, he caught a salmon of 5.5 kg on Beat B1 and a second one of approx. 4 kg on Beat E2. Jonah released both fish carefully.

Antti Lehto was also successful at the E Beats. He landed in his first session of the week a beautiful salmon of 88 cm on Beat E1. Also Antti released his fish carefully.


Antti Lehto with his salmon from Beat E1.

Simon Kitcher had some good fishing and landed three salmon in three days. The first salmon of approx. 5 kg he landed on Beat G1. The second salmon of 105 cm and 11.4 kg he managed to land after an exciting fight on Beat BS1 and the last salmon of approx. 3.3 kg was on Beat M1. Simon released all fish carefully.


Simon Kitcher with his beautiful salmon of 105 cm from Beat BS1.

Jim Perz landed the next nice salmon on Beat C1. His fish was 97 cm long and weighed approx. 9 kg. Jim carefully released his fish after a quick photo.


Jim Perz with his salmon from Beat C1

Gordon Wilkinson was successful on Beat E1a. He landed a nice salmon of approx. 4.5 kg and released the fish carefully.
George Lawrence was also successful on Beat E1a and landed a salmon of approx. 4.5 kg. George also released his fish carefully.

The last salmon of the season 2019 was landed by Olivier Sonmen on Beat BS1. After an exciting fight he was able to hold a nice salmon of approx. 5.5 kg in his hands. After a quick photo he released the fish carefully.


Olivier Sonmen with his salmon from Beat BS1.

The current result for the Gaula is 3906 landed fish with a total weight of just over 21 tons. These numbers will change a bit in the next few weeks, because several fish will be registered as usual after the end of the season.

Even though it was a difficult season on the Gaula, we had a very nice time and can not wait to pack our bags in less than 9 months and return to this beautiful river. We are already starting to book people in for the 2020 season, and if you are thinking of fishing on the Gaula next year: now is the time to secure one of the last free rods. A few weeks in prime time are already almost fully booked and even the few free rods will fill up quickly. If you are interested, please send us an email to info@internationalflyfishersclub.com or call us: 0049 (0) 40 589 23 02.

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