E1 is one of our best pools during the early season and fishes very well in high water.
In high water (above 130 m³ and up to 400 m³) in the first weeks of the season fish it with a heavy sinking line (sink 4/5, 5/6, or even heavier); if you hook the bottom by the end of the drift you know you are fishing deep enough! In these conditions, the water may be cold and off-color, so remember to fish deep, slow and with the biggest flies you have. Medium to bigger tube flies in bright colors are the first choice in the beginning of June, in darker periods use darker colors. Typical June patterns such as large temple dog flies, green highlander, flom fly, etc. all work well.
The red post marks the border between E1 and E2. Just above the powerlines, is a typical “hot spot”.
E1: Horse Pool Instructions
High and medium water levels (above 50 m³):
Drop in just below the island of E1A, the top is faster water but one can catch running fish there. Fish the pool downstream, trying to move quickly so that one’s fishing partner has the chance to fish as well. With each pass through the pool, one can try out different methods. Be aware that the fish can take all the way down to the border of E2, but around the electrical wires, around 40 to 50 meters above and down until you stand under the wires; this seems to be the hot spot of the pool. Let the fly swing totally around and let it hang on the dangle for a moment! Often fish take the fly in this moment. One can also try to vary the retrieve and move the fly a bit in the end of the drift.
Low water levels (below 50 m³):
In low water, and later in the season this pool still fishes well. There is a good current throughout the length of the pool which creates a nice swing. Try not to wade in too far – fish will often take very close to shore! In lower water, you can use a floating line, which works best with a poly leader or a sink tip. Otherwise, use a weighted fly to get into the holding lies.