E7: Fornesøyen (Lower)
E7 is best fished from the right bank, as one can wade down through the pool easily. But can be fished from the rock bank on the left bank later in the season, as the current concentrates along that bank.
This beat is a top quality holding pool for the lower Gaula. This beat fishes well from the bottom of the rapids at the top corner, all the way down to the lower border, which is 30-40 meters above the bridge. As the pool straightens, and above where the side channel enters back into the main river, the pool becomes deeper, and fish hold very close to the bank.
E7: Pool Instructions
High water levels (above 150 m³ to 350 m³):
To reach this pool one must cross the side channel on the right riverbank. There is a trail cut, and a rope to guide one across to the island. But please do not attempt to reach the island in higher than 350 m³.
In high water fish will lie very close to the bank, so deep wading is not necessary. The top of the beat fishes well with heavier sinking lines. But the closer you fish towards the side channel coming in just above E7a, the pool becomes shallower, so switching to a lighter line makes sense. There is a shelf above the side channel, where we often get hook ups – so fishing with two different set ups, one heavier- for the deeper section, and one lighter for the lower section of the pool.
Medium water levels (130 m³to 50 m³):
As the water drops a bit, one should try to cast, and fish close to the other bank. Try to get a good swing with your fly and line to speed it up through the end of the swing. The beat will fish similar to E1 or E2. Medium sinking lines or any sort of sink tips should fish well.
Low water levels (below 50 m³):
The top part of the right bank continues to fish well and always holds fish. In this water level, fishing from the left, rocky, high bank is also a good option. In low water, one can combine it with E7a (we normally fish E7 & E7a in the same rotation in low water), and fish all the way down under the bridge, into the belly of the pool, above the tail out. This spot is historically known to hold some very large fish. Even in low water you can use sinking lines or heavy sink tips – it seems that this method works best to reach the fish holding deep in the pool, but we are still exploring the left bank.