Presented from Issue 93 by Joe Riley
As winters chill hits and it’s time for a break from fly fishing for trout, it’s good to go over what occurred during the season and what stood out, what flies produced good results what days were red letter days and why. Usually there is no single cause and a great day is really a combination of reading the conditions, reacting to what is happening at the appropriate time and using the right flies and styles of fishing to make the most of opportunities that present their selves.Read more ...
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We headed off to Foursey's this morning with Johnny Dekkers, leaving home at 5am. Upon arrival, it started to rain and John suddenly realised he had forgot to bring a coat, being the stubborn old goat he is, he was determined to fish anyway. Luckily we managed to hunt up a red one from the boat, hence the bright colour in the picture.
Had a look at Little Lake again this arvo, was going to go to Great Lake to have a go at the shark fishing, but forecast was for a cloudy day, so that put an end to that idea. So off we went with Bailey doing all the driving, he now has his learners license thank god, ...he can do all of the driving now, Bailey's mate Will Hankenson also tagged along.
We made the last minute decision to head to Four Springs Lake last night (Wednesday) and this saw us leaving home at 7:30pm. Trev gave me the rules, fly fishing only, so out came the old six piece (as I broke my good rod last week on the first cast.)
We were soon on the water (within 20 minutes), as the lake is close by our home, we nearly ran over a herd of goats on the way there, but that is another story.
I spent 3 days at Woods Lake with my son Jarod. We landed there on Thursday night at 11 pm, up at 5 and on the water in very foggy conditions. We found fish rising all over the lake in the fog; I had my bag by 7am and put a few smaller ones back, Jarod not being so lucky.
Much the same thing Saturday getting 4 and Jarod 2. We didn’t fish Sunday, preferring to go touring on the lake instead. We had a great time, biggest fish was 1kg “gilled and gutted”; all fish were in fabulous nick.
Regards - Mark Tapsell
I took my mainland mate (Kevin Wilkinson) to the Great Lake yesterday, joined by Bailey and Phil Zanetto. We were hopeful of some good "Shark fishing", ..(polarioding trout in windlanes). Phil caught one, we never saw a fish. The BBQ was good though.
I decided to take Bailey and his mate Jack Shennan up to the lakes for a night.
On Saturday afternoon we went to Little Lake and caught 27 brownies, the lake was very low, strong NW winds, mostly cloudy. I managed my bag limit using small wets and the boys caught the rest on soft plastics. Many fish were missed and lost as well.
I woke up to a drizzly overcast morning today so I quickly grabbed the fly rod and headed to Four Springs Lake along with Sasha my dog. With unchanged conditions greeting us on arrival, I soon had the boat in the water and slowly headed out looking for moving trout. After about 25 minutes looking without spotting one, I put the fly rod down and up with the spinning rod.
I just arrived home after a couple of enjoyable days at the Pumphouse bay camp ground at Arthurs Lake. We didn’t do a lot of fishing, but as Monday's weather was calm, Virginia and I decided to take the fly rod over the hill to Woods Lake for a couple of hours.
I am glad we did.
Peter Toohey - to anglersalliance 16 January.
I read about the PWS apparent abandonment of the plateau.
Our experience at Interlaken is that they don’t give a stuff!
Went to Four Springs Lake last night with George Papp. I went with the camera while I watched George have a flick with the fly rod - hoping to get a few pics of him. He managed to catch a nice rainbow right on dark and missed another one. Fish was caught on mudeye pattern from the shore. Only one boat on the lake and no one else to be seen. Saw a few duns and spinners, but not much at all moving on top. It was a bit breezey though and will take the boat next time.
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