Bridge Pool - Milton Beat

Bridge Pool - Milton Beat

Ghillie's Wise Words

This pool is fished from the South bank after walking up the footpath from the car park at Tyndals. In 1990 the A90 was converted into a dual carriageway, which involved building a new bridge, and the construction threatened to destroy the pool below. After lengthy negotiations with the roads department they agreed to help with the creation of a new pool. Bridge Pool as it is today has changed very little from the work done in the summer of 1990. it is surprising how little the sound and sight of the A90 traffic impinges on you as you fish, although it cannot be denied that a large lorry going over the bridge is a bit noisy!

The pool is in three sections - the rocky 'V' at the head of the pool, the 'squeeze' where a rock groyne juts out into the pool from the S bank, and finally the tail which shallows nicely into good juvenile territory before the riffle down to Tyndals starts. Tactics for fishing Bridge Pool involve starting well above the upstream 'V' at the head of the pool, making sure that your fly covers all the streamy water under the alder branches (where we often hook a big resting fish). This upper section of the pool is at it's best in low or medium-low water levels.

The centre section is defined by the faster current resulting from the constricted flow between the groyne and the N bank. Just above the gap, in it and below it, is all good holding water for sea trout and salmon at most heights. Lovely water to fish delicately with a small fly for sea trout in the gloaming or at night. Also a great spot for a grilse in summer freshet conditions.

The lower section of the pool - the tail - is defined by a huge lie boulder which we inserted about 20 yards downstream of the S bank groyne. This is a lie for salmon at all times of the year, especially in the autumn. Mike Playle had a salmon of 24lbs there in October a few years ago, and I have had one or two fish in the high teens from the same lie myself. But, in my opinion, the tail of the pool offers its best sport in the form of sea trout fishing in June or July. This is the time when you can fish the pool all the way down to the edge of the riffle. Generally the sea trout lie close to the N bank and are 'drawn across' by a smoothly retrieved fly with the take somewhere in the centre of the river.

Bridge Pool is often neglected because people are put off by the proximity of the road and by the undoubted attraction of starting to fish Tyndals Pool immediately after arriving at the river. Patience is a delicate wench, and a visit to the Bridge Pool might enchant her!