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Presented from Issue 96
For the avid fly fisherman, Four Springs Lake is a pretty good option in the warm weather. Close to Launceston and super convenient for that after work trip. But ask any lure fisherman what Four Springs fishes like in the summer and you will probably get a reply consisting of something like “…the weed is really bad – it’s not worth the trip.” I think the first part of this answer is totally correct. It is a well-known fact that underwater weed growth increases with warmer water temperatures. Casting lures becomes difficult and trolling is near impossible. Weed every cast – definitely not anyone’s cup of tea.
I met my friend John and his junior angler @ Foursey today, keen to break my recent “Trout drought”. By lunchtime Lachlan had landed one, John had dropped one, and I’d had just one hit but no hookup. My companions had to leave early afternoon, but I stayed on.
I had a look at Four Springs with Bailey today after school. It was only a small session, as we didnt have a great deal of time to fish. We did got a couple hours in though.
We managed a few nice browns caught on black and golds and Dales Yep KW Galaxia,dropped a few and missed a few others, but that's fishing, you dont catch them all.
I decided to have a day off work with Bailey and go fishing.
The mad Hungarian George Papp also came along,...he didn't want to work either .
So we left home around 9.30 am,got on the water at 10.30 am,dropped George off on the western shore,as he wanted to fly fish that shore line and Bailey and I drifted around the southern bay.
Put in a couple of hours in good conditions today , (unlike yesterday), anyway, had a good day wading the car park shore for a couple of brownies.
I saw a lot.
Caught both mine on trusty black and gold t.tails .
Tight lines all for the rest of the season,
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I returned to Four Springs again today for round 2. The curse left today thanks to Vic he told me to use a spin rod to start the day off and when I had caught a fish then I could use the fly rod.
It worked after casting my arm off landed a nice 3 1/2 LB. brown. I then reverted to the fly rod with the orange bead headed nymph and hooked up and all hell broke loose. Vic was running round the boat pulling drogues in and moving rods lifting motors while trying to reach the net.
Vic and I fished it today on our way home from the highlands
Vic got 5 fish, 1 browns of 3LB> and the other 4LB. 2 really nice rainbows and
a smaller brown. He also dropped 3 good fish.
We have decided to fish it again tomorrow.
Also can you let it be known who ever put the curse on me take it off now
that the season is closing as I would like to catch a couple of fish.
Regards Rose and Vic Muirhead
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.
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 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.
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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With all the cloud and humidity Four Springs was on the visit list today. I needn't have bothered and have no doubt I would have seen just as many rises had I stayed in Launceston! Only a handful of duns and the anglers I spoke to also saw nothing. A few guys said that there had been large dun hatches there during the week but nothing on them,. I tried everything even resorting to a sinking line in 4 metres of water.The fact that there were only 5 boats in the carpark should have hinted things would be slow.. the enigma that is Four Springs..I actually never saw one rise.
Went out for a couple of hours with a mate Fitzy. He came up with a few hits, but no fish. He also had a follow right to the boat just wouldn't take his T. Tail . I could only manage one nice brown a bit over 3 pounds.
Still a good way to spend show day afternoon.
Cheers, President Danny Jacobs
We went for our weekly trip to Four Springs and caught all our fish before 10.30. I caught 2 on the fly, one just under 5 pounds and the other 4 pound.One was caught on a green bead headed woolly bugger and the other on a red and black woolly bugger. We tried a nymph under a dun for a short while but never had a look in.
We had our weekly run to Four Springs today. Tough day weren't there long and Vic caught 2 fish in 2 casts. That was his day done. Oh yeah both on pumpkinseed. I tried a few different flies and then caught a really nice one on a green bead headed wooly bugger. We then flogged around for a long time and I finally caught another on the dropper fly (blackand red wooly bugger). Turned out alright in the end and as we were leaving the wind dropped right out.
Regards Vic and Ros
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He is a quick report from the Tamar Marine guys ( Danny & Deano )
I hit the water with a mate Grant in his revamped boat and had a nice brown in no time on a plastic in the shallows. Dean, his son Matt and mate Josh came over and Dean had a nice rainbow and a brown.
I picked up another brown not far from last one and then we had a look around. Deano's boat didn't see anymore till his last cast of the day BANG on!..Great way to finish off a good day.
I managed to pick up my best near the death knock too, a cracker brown (such good nick) over 5 lb .
I went for a short trip to Four Springs today arrived at 8am on water by 8.30am. There was [lenty of wind and man o man was the water dirty, as I only fly fish knew it wouldn’t be easy. I started in one of my spots and within four casts I am on, only to lose it in the Tussocks.
I kept the same drift and had one more swirl at the fly but wasn’t looking. I then decided to go to the top of the lake for a drift with no success, so came back to where I started and within seven casts I was on and landed a solid brown.
Four Springs was very nice, although tried very hard only ended the day with two ,very nice browns, to the best of my knowledge nobody bettered that number either. We stayed at Legana for the night, sorted out some gear problems the next day and fished F/S the next afternoon for a magnificent brown, (belting down) then returned to Brushy for the rest of the day, boated an Atlantic about 8 lbs and another brown.
I managed to slip out to Four Springs Today and arrived at about 12:30 and started having a chat to a bloke at the ramp who was halfway through cooking a great smelling bacon and egg. After chatting for about 10 minutes I realised it was fellow president Reg Travers (hope I spelt it right Reg) who had already boated 2 healthy browns fishing plastics for the first time.
Hi everyone, Trev had a student free day today so no work for me either. Todd assured us we would catch fish At Brushy lagoon after a recent stocking of atlantics. We all met at the boat ramp around 8.30am and were joined by Reg Travers who is currently camping there. A quick coffee and we were ready to hook in!
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