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C2: Tilseth Pool

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C2: Tilseth Pool
C2: Tilseth Pool

Tilseth Pool has been one of the most productive pools on the NFC waters in the past few seasons. This pool offers perfect flywater with perfect water speeds and also holds fish all season long. The pool fishes best on medium to lower water levels and when casting distances are moderate. An important thing to note is that when fishing from the left bank (it is double bank, but we usually recommend fishing from the left bank) that one respects the border at the top of the beat. Other landowners own the very upper part, and a white stick on the right bank and another mark on the gravel bank marks the border. Please do not begin fishing above that border marker.

Beat C2 Lower Part

This part is excellent in higher water and in darker periods of the day.

Photo: Fabrice Bergues

C2: Tilseth Pool Instructions

Fishing in High Water Levels:

In higher water levels, above 90m³ at Gaulfossen, the middle and lower part of the pool fish the best. If water is above 140m³, the pool gets very short and just the tail-out fishes well, but it's always worth a try using sinking lines. The bottom end usually holds very big fish! In July 2011, Andre Scholz caught a fish weighing 17,4kg in this spot! In higher levels one can start on the upper border, on the left bank, but fish this upper part fast and concentrate on the middle and lower sections- the chances here are much higher to make contact with fish. The lines one should use in higher levels should be slower to faster sinking lines, depending on water temperature and time of the season (June –fish deep, July and August higher up).    

In Medium Water Levels (below 90 m³ down to 40 m³ at Gaulfossen):

In medium water the pool has a  perfect speed and the fishes very nicely all the way through. The lower part maybe getting slower now, but fish it through, as fish will take the fly at any place. The pool has no certain taking spots, so we recommend fishing fast while remembering where one get contact, often one will hook fish at the same spot again. Start fishing on the upper border with floating, intermediate or float and sink tip lines. Flies with a bit of weight have proven to be very effective here. During night times Sunray and any larger black patterns are always a good choice. On sunny days typical daytime patterns like Green Highlander and Silver & Grey usually work well, sizes depend on temperature, water clarity, etc. In August “shrimpy” patterns often entice salmon to take. It's important one fish the pool rather quickly with different methods several times during a session. It’s a pretty long pool, and if water is clear, walk a few meters in between each cast – do not worry the salmon will see the fly. One has to surprise the salmon by getting ones fly into their field of sight! As soon as the water gets lower, one can even try to fish the right bank (if one hasn’t had success on the left bank). The lower part is interesting- often, seatrout take flies as well in darker times of the day, but try to be silent when walking on the rocks and take notice of the sun (and ones shadow). Be careful walking by, it’s a steep bank (right bank) and a if a wrong step is had, you may end up taking a plunge into the water. 

In Low Water Levels (below 40 m³ at Gaulfossen):

Start now as far up as possible, just on the border of the beat above (but be nice to fishers from the neighboring beat and do not step in when someone is just about to finish the pool at the lower border. Please let them fish and step in afterwards). At this water level the hot spot is surely the upper part of the pool and most fish are hooked high up. Take note that it is still worth fishing the pool down to the tail, and in the last third the water gets slow, but here sometimes fish will take the fly! Strip in the line when the swing gets too slow, this can be a good method! In low water one will preferably fish floating lines with intermediate tips or polyleaders, but we recommend to fish close to the surface - salmon wanting to take flies are coming up to the fly now. Tilseth is one of the best low water spots on the Gaula and always holds fish – even after a few hours of nothing happening things can change in a minute and suddenly the pool will be active and one can catch fish. Keep in mind to fish the pool quickly. As the lower the water gets, the faster one should fish and give more resting time in between your rounds.

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