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Fly Fishing

Chasing Golden Trevalley on the Magnetic Island flats.


Enjoying one of the many beautiful beaches of Magnetic Island.

Wednesday 7 October 2009

Not quite coral trout

This is not a report about coral trout but more about catching rainbow trout and relaxing. We decided this year for the holidays to head to Northern New South Wales and chase some rainbow trout. The weather looked interesting with a low of O degrees and a high of 12and a strong cold wind! This was hopefully good rainbow weather! We went to a nice location called Uncle Billies retreat. I took Dad and my wife and mother along. The ladies did a great job of feeding us and keeping the fires burning in the cabins! What could be better! As we fished the subtle difference between trout and most saltwater fish was evident. The best way to explain it is to say that the rainbow trout sips the fly as compared to most saltwater fish that smash and grab. After fishing mostly wets ( woolly buggers) we had a chance to try out the dries on the last night. The greatest event that a flyfisher wants was an evening rise! As the day starting to cool the air stopped and the mayfly hatch began. Slowly in ones and twos they rose and dipped into the dam. As night fall came the numbers increased and the dry flies came out. As the trout started to rise the difficulty of catching them was lost and between us we landed a couple. This was a great event! In the end we landed about 39 trout over the 2 days. I know it was in a dam but for me and my father we were in fishing heaven! We missed the normal trout season opening by a weekend but hopefully we can build that into the trip. Most of the fishing was bankside but the last day the weather cleared enough so we could try a little bit of boat work as well. I am planning to return each year if it is possible, admittedly I have another place a little further south I would like to revisit but thats a different story.