Week 25 was again characterized by pretty high and cold water. Water levels have been coming down allowing the fish to pass the Gaulfossen, however the average water level over the week was still high. The lower Gaula produced some good fish, and Beat E2 was again the place to be in week 25.
Thies Reimers also caught a nice fish on Beat E2 on the same day. Thies fished the top of E2 which fished perfectly and right there where he thought a fish should take the fly – it happened. A short time later Thies landed a beautiful salmon, which he estimated to weigh about 9,5 kg.
In addition, some of the other lower Beats fished well – for example Beat E1a. The water dropped a bit during the next day so it was possible to try some new places for the first time this season. Peter wanted to test if it was possible to fish from the Island on E1a, it was a good decision – he certainly will try again after hooking the fish below and experiencing a great fight in hard current.
On the next day Kenneth Gunderson had Beat E2 in his rotation schedule together with his Norwegian friends Jon Anders and Jostein. Jon Anders lost a fish and Kenneth landed the first medium sized salmon on our beats.
Per Arneberg fished Beat L2 during noontime of the next day. The water dropped quite a bit and he was able to wade the lower part of the Pool and could fish the nice “V,” (the tail out of the Beat.) The V is a place where fish just have to pass by on the way upstream – obviously a great spot. Per had a pull on his first round through the Pool, on the 2nd round, he hooked and landed a great fish , estimated to weigh about 9,5kg.
During the evening Per and Thies fished together Beat E2 and this Beat has been fishing very well this season and again it produced fish. Thies got his 2nd fish, not as big as the first one but weighing about 8kg – a fantastic fish.
Our regular guest Karsten Kruhl arrived during Thursday and Friday by noon he already landed his first salmon – again on Beat E2.
On Saturday we had a couple of lost fish but nothing was landed. Sunday morning was much better and 3 fish were landed before noon on Beat E2.
The first one was caught by Wolfgang Spaete, sadly we do not have a picture as he fished alone. The 2nd fish of the day was caught by Manfred Raguse, who seems to keep on catching fish constantly this season. Manfred’s estimated his 8th fish of the season to weigh about 7kg.
The week ended with another fish for Karsten Kruhl. Karsten’s 2nd fish was a bit bigger than the first one and weighed about 8,5kg. It was a very effective short stay for Karsten, catching 2 salmon in 3 and a half days of fishing.
The past week has been excellent considering the high water conditions. Since Tuesday, the water finally dropped enough so the fish were able to pass Gaulfossen and they are starting to show in many of our Pools above the waterfall and the first catch reports above the rapids are coming in. We are confident that this current week will produce fish above Gaulfossen and that we will continue to catch fish in Beat E2 and the other lower Beats.
We will keep you updated.
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