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B2: Renna Pool

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B2: Renna Pool
B2: Renna Pool

Renna is one of the pools where many of our regulars have had some of their best memories. Many fish have been caught here – several of the largest fish ever caught on NFC waters were landed in this pool over the years. Even though the last few years have not been as productive as maybe 10 years ago, this is a pool you can and should fish whenever you have the chance. It is a great long stretch of flywater. The pool fishes well from higher water down to very low water levels. 

A Good Fight in Renna...

Low water in August - but Renna still fishes well. The "hotspot" under the powerlines in the background.

Photo: Michael Müller

B2: Renna Pool Instructions

Fishing in High Water Levels:

Drop in where the water slows down a bit (across from where we normally have the shelter on the bank). Just a little upstream of this shelter one can start casting and fish all the way until the pool speeds up again near the tail-out (where the current flows into Tilseth Pool). In high water the fish tend to hold closer to our bank, especially when water is higher than 245m³ at the Gaulfossen. There are powerlines that span the pool- this is a hot spot, both above, underneath and below the lines. Here one should make a few extra casts. Otherwise, fish the pool rather quickly and several times with different lines and flies. In higher water levels use medium to fast sinking lines, if water gets warmer (above 10 degrees) and the water is high, intermediate lines can be a good choice as well. Flies in high water should be big as usual.

In Medium Water Levels (below 115m³ down to 60m³ at Gaulfossen):

At a medium water level, the water has a perfect speed and the pool fishes very nicely all the way through. Depending on the water height one should now start a bit higher up than in high water conditions. The taking spot used to be a little bit above the powerlines, but this changes every season (in season 2012 it was good in medium levels just below). Again, both above and below the powerlines represent a good taking spot, fish concentrated all the way through so one can expect a take throughout the run. For these conditions, slow sinking, intermediate and floating lines should be used. The tail-out of the pool gets very interesting especially in the darker periods of the day, here one has a good chance to catch a fish as it moves into the pool from Tilseth Pool below. With a Sunray Shadow just below the surface one may have some luck! Flies for these conditions should be medium sized, but try different flies and techniques and fish the pool several times during a session. It is a long stretch, so move a couple of meters between each cast- making sure to try different tactics such as changing the line depth, fly and swing speed with each pass through the pool. It is important to make as long a cast as possible to cover all of the pool, as fish can also hold on the other side and the middle of the river in this water level.

In Low Water Levels:

Begin now almost in the white water of the rapids at the head of the pool (quite a bit upstream from the shelter) and fish the pool quickly downstream. Try different methods such as a large fly in the faster, turbulent water and change to a smaller fly when one reaches the slower section further downstream. A floating (or float with a sink tip) or intermediate line should be fine now. The river slows down near the powerlines and feels “too slow” but don’t give up! Fish it through and strip slowly in. If the line stops, maybe try casting quite square (almost 90 degrees across the river) to speed up the fly as it crosses the river. In low water it is important to get the fly to the other side of the river, as the fish can hold quite close to the bank. Try very small flies, such as micro tubes, as sometimes these can be very effective in low water. Also, as with medium water levels, the tail-out can be productive in the evening/early morning low light conditions, fish will move around the pool and move up river from the beat below.

Renna Pool

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