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Launceston's suburban trouting

The little lure was halfway back when a yellowish flash and a sharp tug indicated it had drawn the interest on one of this little stream's inhabitants. After a short thrashing fight with a couple of jumps, I was able to work the small trout into the bank for a quick photo and release. This was my first for the day and whilst only a small fish at around 40cm long for water this small it was a monster and at least it showed that this little stream held fish and that the water, though discoloured from recent heavy rains was still clear enough for lure fishing. I had only been fishing for less than 10 minutes, was still at work less than 25 minutes previously and with home less than 10 minutes drive away I knew I could afford to stick around for a while longer before having to head homewards for dinner. This suburban trouting was not bad at all.

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Jan's Flies

Sticks, sticks and more sticks - stick caddis that is. Rarely does a trout's stomach contents not contain at least a few stick caddis.

The female caddis lays her eggs on the water's surface. The eggs attach themselves to underwater structure such as rocks, weeds, sticks ect. The eggs take several weeks before they hatch into worm like lavae. It's at this stage the lavae seek some shelter. This can be done in a number of ways. The lavae will take refuge in sunken leaves by rolling them into a tube, use hollow stalks of reeds or glue together particles of sand and gravel to create a protective shell. The lavae spend about a year in this case until the pupate and then hatch into the adult caddis.

Fly tiers seem to love imitating the adult, and largely ignore the lavae which is in all probably far more important.

Have a close look next time you are wading or in the water and chances are you'll see some stick caddis swimming along in a semi-horizontal manner. Their head protrudes from the top of the case and little legs are paddling like mad to move them along. The trout love this stage as they can pick them of virtually at will. Learn to imitate the little stick caddis and learn how to fish it slowly and your rewards will be great.

Jan Spencer

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