I have been watching these fish for some days now I’m pretty sure I wont be catching them but that doesn’t stop me trying and in the mean time they are teaching me more about what goes on out there in the fish world to watch them cruse into the shallows and wait for the next target to come along and you can tell when there looked in on one they may follow it for a few seconds then a couple tail beats and fly out of the water grab the Damsel land and swim out into the deep all in the same motion truly amazing .
The water is very cool almost cold wet wading on a hot day chasing Trout with hoppers my favourite way to pass the day in summer it has been very hot for the mountains but the good falls of rain in the high country on a weekly schedule are certainly keeping the river cool the lakes have stopped dropping and all the planets are lining up for a great Australia day long weekend .
When I arrived at Tantangara and this was what the weather looked like sight fishing on days like this can be epic. I decided to use my Hardy Wraith 5wt the hype about this magnificent fly rod is all true so light but very powerful just a dream to cast. Wraith is a Scottish dialectal word for “ghost”, “spirit”.
After 4 hours of sight fishing 1 sighted and it was landed my expectation were very high when I got there but it was clear after the weekend of perfect weather other anglers had been there before me and the wind had just swung around enough to stop blowing the food onto the water .
As you can see the condition were in the Trout’s favour but the challenge of sight fishing is like that the lake is also dropping but the massive hatches of Midge make up for that
Guy Faber & his Chicago-born friend Louis Litrenta – Dec 3/4th 2016.Col just wanted to thank you for your help & direction.I’m happy to report we followed your advice & had a wonderful weekend fly-fishing.Taking up your suggestion, we stayed at Cool Mountain Lodge, we enjoyed a breathtaking evening & morning rise session (5 fish total) on mainly dark-coloured & green small mergers, with thin bodies.
The morning of Saturday 4th, started awesomely, with me taking my personal best Brown Trout on the lake verge – 4.6kilo/10.1lb.It was on the windward side of the Eucumbene lake, dead drifting the fly in wind-induced ripples, only about 7-8ft out from the shore, before 9am. The take was an unforgettable full head & enormous jaw slow-motion take that will fill many a sleepless night to come.
The fly was a thinly-dressed, slim-bodied Klinkhammer emerger in a dark merlot wine colour.
Otherwise, during the day, we used our normal go-to ‘mixed grill’… Royal Wulff or Blowfly as the indicator above the self-tied “Junebug CatCollar” (my cat’s guard hairs as the collar, on a small brown nymph (sz 14).
Apart from the massive brown, the other stand-out was the colouring of Lou’s small brown.All fish were returned after revival.
On the way home – a spectacular rear tyre blow out coming back towards Canberra through the beautfful Namadgi National park.
Thanks Guy for the excellent fishing report always good to have someone else put fingers to the key board and from the conversation and the pictures looks like another great adventure you and Louis had not sure the back road is worth the drama it can cause.