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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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Four Springs Report 3/4/2012

As stated in my previous Four Springs Report, I headed back to Foursey's today with the fly rod.
Hopes were high that I would be in for a good day as we had plenty of cloud cover and humidity to spark a hatch.

Four Springs Report 1/4/2012

With today’s weather being as good as it was, I decided to head out to Four Springs for a couple of hours. I arrived at 9.30 am, and to be honest, with it being that late in the morning, I didn’t expect much in the way of any fishing action. Upon arrival, I was soon to realise my first mistake,... I didn’t bring my fly rod.

Four Springs Blue Green Algae Update

Blue Green Algae no longer present at Four Springs Lake based on most recent sampling results. Meander Valley Council has taken down signage as of 8/2/12. Council will continue monitoring over the next few weeks.

Four springs Report 01/11/2011

We fished Four Springs for a couple of hours this afternoon, wind was a pain in the bum, coming in from all directions.
Hardly any Duns on the water, 4 cars in the car park and balls of algae are starting to appear throughout the lake, especially at the southern end.

Four Springs 14/10/2011

President John Dekkers and myself headed out to Four Springs this morning armed with fly rods and (in my case) "limited ability" as usual.!!
We decided against getting up early,... instead choosing gentlemen's hours to attack our fishy friends.

Four Springs August 27 2011

Fished Four Springs yesterday for one, (a brown of around 3.5 pounds ) caught on a Woolly Bugger fly.
This morning I went out in "torrential  wind and rain" for one brown around 2.5 pounds caught on one of "Gaylord's" orange bead headed nymph patterns.

Four Springs 19th August 2011

We had a look at Four Springs lake this afternoon with Bailey. Its the first time I have fished here. Bailey has once before with Dale & Trev Howard. It certainly is popular. We arrived at 3.30pm and there would have been a dozen or more trailers and a few bank anglers there. We fished from the shore south of the boat ramp.

Four Springs 14th August 2011

Had to drop my eldest daughter (Demi)  off at her job in Kingsmeadows at 6am this morning, so I thought, "as long as I am up, I may as well throw the car topper on the roof of the Navara and head out to Fourseys for a couple of hours."

Four Springs 9th Aug 2011

Sorry for the lateness of this report but we have had computer troubles.......all fixed now it seems. Went out to Four Springs on Tuesday, I was lucky enough to catch my bag and Virginia caught two, so we are on the board for the new season.
All caught on soft plastics, nothing huge, all around the 2.5 pound mark, but good fish all the same.

Four Springs 2011-08-08

Fished Four Springs today. The first hour without rain and a slight breeze and the next three hours in heavy rain. Victor landed three nice browns around three lb mark. He also put two back and got broken off.

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