D2: Bua Bridge Instructions
In High Water Levels:
Because of the steep radient and narrow banks of the Bua, this river does not fish so well in extremely high water levels. Once the Gaulfossen gauge has dropped to around 180m³ and below. At this water level, the head of the pool, below the bridge, may be too fast to fish, and ones efforts are best placed in the belly and towards the tail of the pool.
Medium Water Levels:
In medium levels, the pool really begins to fish well. As explained above, begin to fish the pool above the bridge. Follow the footpath with the rope handle down to the rivers edge above the bridge. From there start with short casts to cover the pockets behind the large stones. Gradually, begin to increase the length of each cast to cover the channel on the far side of the pool (still above the bridge). Eventually one can start to casrefully follow the stone riverbank below the bridge, fishing through the belly of the pool. Try to keep a low profile, splash as little as possible to avoid spooking the fish. This pool is quite short, and to fish it effectively one must wade in a position where fish will notice- after having fishes through once, let the pool rest a while before taking another pass with a different line and fly combination.
Low Water Conditions:
In low water, this pool can become quite spooky, as the water is quite clear, and the fish are mostly residents by this point. This is a great opportunity to try out various techniques, such as throwing a dy fly (bomber or such), or trying a riffling hitch or a micro tube fly. Lengthen leaders to avoid spooking fish, and try to cover as much of the pool as possible from above the bridge- again to avoid spooking the fish. In this water level, the head of the pool (above the bridge) can hold fish as they tend to congregate in the most highly oxygenated waters.
But BEWARE! The height under the bridge makes casting a challenge, and be careful not to break your rod tip on the underside of the bridge while casting! In this small pool, a more compact double-handed rod, or a single-handed rod with a shooting head will work best (12.5-13.5ft. double-handed rod, or a 9ft single handed). The fish tend to hold anywhere from the upper edge of the bridge, to directly below the bridge, and may even hold all the way down to the tail of the pool before the rapids. This pool fishes best once the river has dropped quite a bit, and usually once the Gaulfoss gauge is below 180m³. This pool is quite small, and while it can hold many fish, they are easily spooked. Approach this pool with the caution one would approach a brown trout river, the stealthier the approach, the better the chance of getting a take.
Once a fish has taken, one has to try to keep the fish in the pool. If a fish is able to make its way downstream of the pool- into the rapids below- the fight is almost always lost. But by maintaining a steady, yet gentle pressure, one can often get below the fish and let the fish fight the current as well as the line and tire itself out.
This is by far one of the most exciting pools to land a fish in and definitely worth the time and effort to fish it!