Water flow to be reduced
The authorities have approved an application from the hydro power company operating on the Orkla to reduce the guaranteed minimum water flow from 20 to 10 m3/sec, starting from Monday 9th July. This is due to this summer being the driest since the 1960’s, and they fear that they might end up running out of water in the reservoirs to sustain the critical water level needed throughout the winter, when the salmon need it the most.
As a consequence, the Orkla river board have introduced new fishing regulations to protect the fish that might congregate in the bottom of the deeper pools: from Wednesday 11th July, only a fly fished with a floater or a floating line may be used, and also a worm with or without a floater. This means that spinning will not be allowed. In case of rain increasing the water flow to more than 25 m3/sec, these regulations will be temporarily reversed.
Thus far there have been, to our knowledge, no talks about closing the river for fishing, and to us this also seems very unlikely. It seems to be plenty of fish on the river, and we believe there can be a lot of good sport to be had on the Aunan waters on 10m3/sec. But of course, the fishing must be conducted in a responsible manner, with anglers considering the water temperature when playing and releasing fish, and that the pools that remain fishable are fished sensibly and lightly.