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BS1: Bogen Søndre 1

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Beats and Pools
BS1: Bogen Søndre 1
BS1: Bogen Søndre 1

This is some of the best flywaters you will find on the Gaula. The beat is located about 20 kms. upriver from our main beats in Støren (8 kms. upstream of Bridge Pool).

Upper Pool or Road Pool: This famous pool is one of the best high-water pools on the entire river. The pool also performs well in medium water, and even in low water to some extent. This is the most productive pool on the Bogen Søndre beat – and it is one of NFC’s bests! This very long pool holds fish from early on in the season, usually only a couple of days after fish have passed the Gaulfossen! In the very first weeks it can be a bit difficult, depending on the weather, but in general the beat fishes great the entire season.

A view from the Bridge at Kotsøy.

Approximately 50 meters below the Bridge, NFC water starts on the left bank - worth a try before leaving BS1, as some nice fish have been caught there. This part is often overlooked and people just fish in the main pool below.

Photo: Michael Müller

BS1: Bogen Søndre 1 Instructions

Fishing in High Water Levels:

In higher water levels, of 100 m³  and above at the Gaulfossen, the pool should be fished its entire length, starting from the hut. The area just above the wires in the lower part of the pool is very good in high water and definitely worth paying careful attention to during medium water levels. The same goes for the tail of the pool, from the wires to just above the point were the river is divided by the big island. Fish seem to favor this spot during the night when resting a while before they continue into the main pool itself. The pool is not very deep so fishing with medium sinking lines or even intermediate (in the lower part) would be a good choice. Make sure to fish the pool quite fast, it is a long stretch and by fishing it too slowly one limits ones chances to try a different method on a second or third go! Try different flies – the waters is normally quite clear, so the flies do not need to be huge. Medium or large tubes are a good choice, colors depending on the temperatures and weather.

In Medium Water Levels (below 100m³ down to 40 m³ at Gaulfossen):  

In this level the pool fishes all the way through excellently; it is one of the nicest flywater you can find on the entire river with a perfect flow and speed – slow sinking to floating lines are the right choice now. The lower the water gets the higher up you should start at the pool, probably a bit higher up from the hut; that area is a great taking spot – many fish have been caught in that part of the pool! Please fish the entire lenth of the pool, sometimes the middle and lower parts can be as good or even better than the upper part! Try to make a long cast all the way through and avoid too much splashing with the fly line, the salmon higher up in the river are a bit more spooky than lower down.

In Low Water Levels: 

This pool is known to be one of the most productive pools on the Gaula in low water. The best chances are now at the top of the pool, from the neck down to the hut. If the water is low enough you can wade almost half way across the shallow (but streamy) neck and cover the big rock on the far side - an excellent taking area in low water, but also the lower part can still provide good fishing! Even if the fly lines lose speed, start stripping the line, this can be effective. The pool used to have quite a number of resident fish, so it's worth trying different methods (even a hitched fly on the top or a bomber in super low conditions – maybe even a nymph!) Also, a small double hok and smaller cascades can be very effective. In low water, the best time to fish here is in the afternoons and evenings because at about 16 hours the mountains eclipse the sun.

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