More rain forecast again later in the day saw me head off to fish the tannin water again today in what was a much milder day than what we've previously been having. The reason I decided to fish the small stream was because the larger rivers are still running very cold & high, this little stream will be a little warmer than them. I arrived to see the level was lower than my last trip here back on 22nd August when it was cold and running at a medium height. I had a one & a half kilometre walk to where I started off the spin session & the lure of choice was a Mepps #0 Aglia tiger fluoro blade spinner.
This spinner worked well on my first trip here earlier in the trout season and I was confident it would do the job again today providing the trout are out & about.I really love fishing these little tannin streams because they often hold plenty of trout, not large fish but well conditioned little battlers. I do catch quite a few larger fish up to 700 grams in them from time to time but the majority of them average around 280-320 grams. Great fun on light tackle and also it's a challenge stalking them in tight shallow runs. There's never any margin for errors when fishing here either, one has to make every cast count. There's also no room for the cast and drift method I use in the larger rivers because of the narrowness of these streams. Any way let's get back to the trout fishing and how the day went.
The first stretch of water I fished gave up two small browns in quick time which was just the start I was hoping for. After that I had a couple of hits from small trout but missed hooking them so I change over to a small #00 copper black fury in a fluoro chartreuse colour. I thought the smaller lure may have more of a chance of hooking a few of these small browns but it never drew the attention of a single trout. It was back on with the tiger fluoro, three casts later I had another brown in the net. This just showed me that the fluoro spinner is the one to stay with unless they go off it later on. Quite a few stretches of this stream didn't hold any trout where others gave up one or two trout every now and then. After two hours of fishing my way back to the car I caught and released a total of ten nice stream browns with the best one going 360 grams. So over all it was a fairly good session and one that's been long over due...
A small sharpening stone a must when trout fishing
Close up of the best fish of the day
Trout 10 being released