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The Orkla River

The Orkla River, regarded as one of the best sport fishing salmon rivers in Europe, is a part of the Trondheim fjord basin.

A bag net buy-out has improved the salmon runs markedly, and the average weight has increased (5.3 kilos/11.7 pounds in 2007). The river is known for its big salmon which are caught throughout the season from 1 June till 31 August. The total salmon runs are 88 kilometres (54.6 miles) through the valley of Orkladal, comprising the districts of Orkdal, Meldal and Rennebu. The river enters the southernmost part of the Trondheim Fjord by the town of Orkanger (30 minutes drive south of the city of Trondheim).

The fishing

With 15 different pools, totalling 5.5 kilometres (3.4 miles), Aunan offers unrivalled length and variety on the Orkla. Most of the pools are double bank fishing, and the fly fishing is excellent.

The Orkla, which at Aunan is about the size of the Middle Dee, benefits from controlled flow from Hydro-electric dammed lakes in the mountains, which ensures that water levels are always suitable for fishing even in times of drought.

The dramatic scenery and the feeling of being close to nature are two major features of fishing at Aunan. No major roads or railways will interfere with your experience of pure nature. Access to the beats is well marked with signed paths and a number of roofed resting places (“gapahuk”). A nice feature of fishing in Norway is the possibility of having a fire on the riverbank. To experience the purity of nature is an important part of salmon fishing and we put a lot of care into providing it.

Accomodation

At Aunan Lodge
Aunan offers a variety of very good standard lodging: providing for individual needs whilst also promoting a true camp atmosphere. From ‘Anfield’ Lodge with four bedrooms and four bathrooms, to the ‘Barn’, the ‘Painter’ and ‘Kåre’ Lodges with a total of eight bedrooms (five twins) and four bathrooms (two people sharing one bathroom) – ample privacy is maintained. Another feature is that all lodges are only a stone’s throw from the Home Pool. Emphasis is placed on using local produce to provide for the three meals per day.

This is how Sandy Leventon, former editor of Trout & Salmon Magazine, describes the food at Aunan:
“The food in the charming old potato store is tremendously good. We dined on roast saddle of reindeer, local lamb, pork and the best salmon I have ever tasted. The local strawberries, for which the area apparently is famous, were memorable. And on top of all this were the wonderful local cheeses. While food may be a minor consideration for many fishers, it is nice to have a good meal to look forward to after a hard day on the river.”

Special menu arrangements if needed. Aunan is fully licensed for alcoholic beverages.

Key facts

Fishing Season: 1 June - 31 August

Tackle box: Fly rods should be 14-16 feet with action to suit number 10 or number 11 lines, floating lines, through to intermediate and sinking tips. Flies and tubes in patterns to suit individual preference. Flies size 6-10 and tubes in all sizes are regularly used. Chest waders with felt soles, life jacket and wading stick recommended.

Fishing: 12 rods, 15 pools, rod sharing is possible.

Guides: Well established and good guide service.

Fishing statistics: On request.

Facilities: four lodges, 12 bedroms (nine twin, three single). Wireless broadband access.

Facilities for fishing: Disinfection area, equipment sale and hire, drying rooms, casting instruction, trout fishing.

For non-anglers: Guided tours to surrounding areas, trips to city of Trondheim, walking, mountain walks.

Nearest airport:
Trondheim (1 hour 45 minutes by car).

Bookings: Vegard Heggem
Telephone: +47 72 42 61 20
Mobile: +47 92 26 14 14

Address: Aunan AS, 7393 Rennebu, Norway

Last updated:  25 June 2013
Orkla River, Norway - Photo: Jake Eastham/Innovation Norway
Orkla River, Norway
Aunan Lodge in Orkla River, Norway - Photo: Jake Eastham/Innovation Norway
Aunan Lodge in Orkla River, Norway

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Fishing in Orkla River, Norway - Photo: Jake Eastham/Innovation Norway

The Orkla River

The Orkla River, regarded as one of the best sport fishing salmon rivers in Europe, is a part of the Trondheim fjord basin.

The Orkla River

Source: Visitnorway

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