The Langøy Pool is well known as a big fish pool. This legend was only compounded by Arve Nilsen’s big fish, from the 2011 season, which weighed over 21 kg! Over the years this pool has produced many big fish and it is perhaps the pool with one of the greatest chances to hook a monster fish – as it always holds a number of large fish. This pool fishes well from very high water levels all the way down to lower water levels. In general almost all season this pool fishes well. In the early season fish tend to rest for a while before pushing on upstream through the long run above this pool. During the later part of the season this pool holds a good number of fish; which seem to congregate in the neck of the pool and in the deep hole in the middle of the beat.
B1: Langøy Pool Instructions
Fishing in High Water Levels:
The whole length of this pool fishes well and it is quite a long stretch to fish. You drop in just about 20 to 30 meters above the shelter on the high bank and wade out as far as you feel safe (to your hips). The current is fairly strong in the top and wading is sometimes deep, so wade as far as you feel comfortable. The top of the Pool (in the corner)always holds fish, but fish tend to take in high water levels rather in the middle of the river or even closer to the right (our) bank. One should fish the pool step by step downstream. Make 3 to 4 steps between each cast, otherwise it takes too long to fish the whole beat. It makes sense to fish this pool several times during a 6 hr session with different lines and flies. Fish heavy full sinking lines in the beginning of the season. The beat fishes well the whole way down. A good spot is where the pool begins to widen (across from the shelter on the opposite bank). If you are able to reach the little back-eddy on the opposite bank it is really good spot if the fly is able to swing into the main current. The pool slows down here in the middle part and in high water fish seem to like to rest here. But remember: in the first run through the pool in high water- make short casts and fish close to our bank. Just wade to the knees - the fish tend to lie sometimes very close to our bank, especially in the middle part and lower part of the pool, and where it begins to speed up towards Renna Pool (Beat B2- the beat below). For all high water situations use big flies – typical June patterns!
In Medium Water Levels (below 80cm at the Fröseth Bridge to 40cm):
In medium water levels, one can fish the pool in similar fashion as how to fish it in high levels, simply with lighter lines such as medium sinking lines, intermediate lines, as well a floating line with a sink tip can be effective. Later in the season a full floater can be a good choice. The best part is the first 3rd of the pool, the top part, but it is still worth fishing it the whole way down! Make big steps in between each cast, and rather fish the pool several times with different line and fly combinations. Many fish are resident fish in this pool, and they need to be surprised by the fly and should not see the fly coming centimetre by centimetre coming closer, which may put them down or spook them. Medium sized flies should be used, and in the darker times a big Sunray Shadow is always a good choice.
In Low Water Levels:
The top of the beat is now really good! One should drop in almost in the connection run above the start of the pool (a way above the shelter on the high bank on our side). Wade in where the water is fast and cast as close to the opposite bank as possible. The fish tend to hold close to the opposite bank in low water and strikes are common in the first 3rd of the swing, sometimes very close to the other bank along the rocks of the steep bank. Lines for low water should be floating or a floating with a sink tip or intermediate tips. Smaller flies are now the best choice. In the later season “shrimpy” patterns should be tried – a heavy Francis (Black or Red) are worth a try. The middle part might begin to fish too slow in really low water, but the last third of the pool speeds up again and some nice rocks in the middle seem to be where fish rest briefly when they come into the pool from Beat B2. Especially in the evenings the lower part can be very good. In day time one should concentrate on the top of the pool.