by Sarah Graham
Many anglers are preparing for the opening of the new angling season on Saturday 7 August and it's shaping up to be another good one with the fishery in excellent health as a result of last year’s drought breaking rains. There are many great fishing locations around the State from which to choose for the opening weekend and early season fishing but here are a few suggestions.
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.
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Sea-run trout fishing this year got off to a cracking start in most areas, with the majority of anglers employing nearly every trout fishing technique to secure fish in local estuaries statewide.
Even those anglers fishing the "off-season" lower down in our estuaries for sea-trout commented on the number of fish moving in early August.