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Early season - Bob McKinley

Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
Bob is a professional fishing guide and guides for trout and estuary species. Check him out at www.fishwildtasmania.com

There are several things we look for in our early season trout waters. It is still winter and cold, so some of the things to consider are: Altitude as this dictates the water temperature and therefore feeding activity. Food for the fish. Availability of trout food is generally dictated by the quantity and quality of weed beds.

Quantity of fish.

Three waters which I believe fit all three requirements are:

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Left home at 4am, the Sun was well and truly up when I arrived. The water was like glass, fish on top everywhere after midge. Spooky as hell .Managed 2 on the fly and lipped another three... Too quick on the strike. I trolled a soft plastic around whilst looking for solidly feeding fish and had a brown that would have easily went 4 -5 pounds jump 3 times and spit the hook, also had another big grab for a solid head shake but no hook up.... T/ tails.

Fly is definitely the go there now .
Only four boats on lake.
I ran into  local guru Mick Byrne at the ramp he had one. Said last week he fished the mouth of the snowy an witnessed one of the best dun hatches for a long time and as a result had a ball.
Said he was standing in the shallows in his gumboots  and at one stage had 20 huge fish swimming at his feet slurping up everything that moved.

Saw a few Duns popping up just before I left.
Hard work but the rewards are there if you strike it right methinks.

Cheers
Todd

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