Like I said my opinion only based on the observations of the Lake conditions during the year leading up to the spawning run. All the research done on Trout all around the world is done during the spawning run it is the best time to check on the population of the fish and there condition or lack of condition before spawning. All the Browns in Lake Eucumbene are wild fish there is no stocking of Brown Trout so it gives you a very good idea on how they are handling the changing of the climate conditions. The impact on the food source in the Lake and how the fish adapt to these changes, so we all would remember or heard of the huge Mudeye hatches of the 70s,80s,and 90s but that has changed over the last decade or so and the fish had to adapt, yes there are still Mudeye hatches but nothing like the past.
Well to say that was a unique closing season would be an understatement a lot of disappointed anglers who are just finding out that if your fishing skill is not to standard and the fish numbers are down you will struggle the one question that I was being asked continually was what’s happened to the fish short answer is it’s called fishing not catching. But the real answer was a lot harder to find now after everything has settled down and we still haven’t had a flood in the Eucumbene river maybe all the signs that where there leading up to the close of the season are a little easier to read the value of hindsight is a wonderful thing . This is my opinion on what unfolded from a really wet spring that hung on too mid-December and everything being late to a very hot summer in the mountains that also started late and then the late summer that also hung on the too April and the lead up to winter was also very mild but the frosts of late April and May were more like the good old days but no rain of any significance to flood the river and allow the fish to move in that is if they were there to start with. Which brings me to the next thought process as I said my opinion only over the last 8 years except for this season the spawning run has been world class so the weather was one factor this also impacted on the food source for the Trout and another strange occurrence was over the last 5 to 6 years there had been a large population of Pelicans 3 seasons ago I counted 55 and also Cormorants in the hundreds but this season only 1 Pelican and a few Cormorants it would appear that the birds and the fish are well ahead of us when it comes to reading what’s happening around us. I know this may not of answered any questions and that’s fishing always a good spot around the next bend or over the hill. Tackle shop is packed away for the next few months and I have Snowerks Ski & Snowboard Hire up and running for the next 2 months. Enjoy the break I know I wont.
Well this is it the last week of Trout season and by now you would know the fishing this spawning season has been very different from the last 8 years or so I do know that if you’re lucky enough to pick a pool that looks fishy and you put the hours in you will catch most days I have anglers coming and saying how hard it is and then a group will come in and show me a heap of pictures of their catch so the fish are there just not in the numbers of previous years I have been asked what I think is going on and the truth is I don’t think the Browns will run in the large pods of previous years and most maybe still in the lake not ready to spawn at the moment I have a feeling that the best is yet to come .
The rain of last weekend certainly got the Eucumbene river back to its very best with the high water the fish moved in even with all the heavy coloured water and the normal leaf material they navigated their way in but as the season has shown us this is not a normal year as quickly as the river came up it dropped and with the dropping river the big run of fish slowed down to the ones that have to go. The fish are still moving in but nowhere near as many fish the river is still a little higher than it was before the rain but still very hard work for the Browns of any size to move in. As I have said the season appears to be a month behind this year so the best is yet to come .
Still no rain and the river is gin clear with most morning this week being below zero condition have been very tough but if you stick to it the rewards will come a very nice Brown landed by Chilli
Just thought I would attempt to bring everyone up to date with the spawning run the fish have been steadily moving into the river some nights in there tens and other nights in there pairs or foursomes and then there’s plenty of nights they push in and then return to the lake I saw this with my own eye’s last week when I was guiding a couple of clients it was unbelievable they swam back past us in a line like a massive snake 2 or 3 fish wide and 5mts-7mts long back down 2 sets of rapids and heading towards the lake . The fishing at the moment isn’t easy in fact it’s quite technical at times and you need to be willing to change tactics if needed. I still think the large fish move in about this time of year and I will be up there checking to see how the numbers are again this week as I do every week and have done for the last 20 years. The rain should see a good run of fish but with no rain predicted for the next 12 days anything could happen at any time once they make their mind up they just go in my opinion 101/2lbs of Euc river gold Length 80cms. Well done Mimi
This picture was taken 18.4.17 as you can see the river is low some fish have moved in but not many. We had some good rain around 25 mil at Kiandra the river came up and there was another run of fish and with good rain and snow down to 1000mts predicted over the Tuesday and Wednesday of this week I would say things are about to happen.
A small number of good quality fish have started to move into the river and this is how hard they are to see, the master of camouflage .