Hi Ursus, Interesting info, what will this mean for the Gaula? I'm not due there for a while ( 16th June on the Gaula at Winsnes) but I assume an early warm spring should allow the fish past the Gaulafossen early? Is that right?
I panic that I might be there before the fish can get through.
Have u fished Winsnes before?
We go on week 28 & were there last year.
It’s a brilliant bit of water & listen to George as he will put you onto fish at any height of water.
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No, I've never fished Norway at all before - which is a bit Daft considering I have worked for a Norwegian company for 28 years and have been there many many times. I've done Kola, and Argentina, and BC - but Norway for some reason has taken me a long time to get round to! I'm really looking forward to it - it looks like a really nice place. I'm going on my own as a trip with mates fell through. I'm sure I'll find someone to have drink with though.
1: The Counter at Bjørset is operating, and has been so for a few days. I have not seen any videos of Fish passing so far ( I might have missed it) . But obviously they might have been some Fish passing, especially in higher flows and/or when it is dark. It usually starts to operate around the 15th of May, and some years ago many Fish could be seen from day one. The last years we have seen a delay of the initial run into the fjord in general.
The link to the stream from camera at the Bjørset Dam on orkla :
Bjorseth - YouTube
2: The Research bagnets Catch Fish heading for all 6 large rivers in the fjord : Orkla, Gaula, Nidelva, Stjørdal (With Forra) , Verdal and Steinkjer. And also Fish heading for the many smaller rivers the empties into the vast fjord system. Many of the Fish are tagged, and can be seen in the specific rivers later.
3: The Orkla was usually the river With the earliest running Fish, and the Nidelva the river With the latest running Fish - in general. The netsmen and the researchers say that they many times can decide on the shape of the Fish which river it possibly is heading for, especially bigger Fish. But this is no secure Method.
You are right, they seem very slow to update the catch records. This combined with very high catch numbers for the last two days gives a very different reading. The salmon total is 640, which added to 22 seatrout gives your figure! Sorry! :noidea:Namsen...nearer double I believe...661 today.
I see that the water level is down to 690 cubix now, so on its way down! Cross fingers and tight lines! :thumb:What I find interesting is the C&R rate, stated at 2%, but actually the biggest one was 5.3kgs. Less than 1% if taken on weight. Fair play if the river can sustain the harvest. Good to see Orkla and Gaula up towards 50% already. Stjordal nearer 25%.
The river I am off to next week was running at 800 cubix at the weekend....hopefully will drop a fair bit over the next 10 days, or I might have to buy a few wobblers!