Warm weather, hot bites
  |  First Published: November 2008

Warmer weather this month brings about some good, consistent fishing.

With the trout season open and some good flows in the streams, the fly fishing should be at its best.

Those who fish for natives should also find the fishing excellent. Lakes such as Windamere, Wyangala and Burrendong are great places to fish for catfish, golden and silver perch.

Murray cod are off the list for this month as the closed season is still in place until December 1.

Ben Chifley, and Carcoar dams are good options for redfin and you are also a good chance of catching golden perch there as well.


Fishing with a dry fly is very addictive and this month should see plenty of addicts out on the water, myself included.

There is just something about a quiet late Spring afternoon on the creek: Birds chirping in the trees, water bubbling over smooth, worn rocks and maybe, if you’re lucky, the sound of a big brown trout slurping down your humble offering.

Red Tags and Royal Wulffs are good dry flies because they can be seen by the angler from quite some distance – great if your eyesight is not what it used to be. Black Spinners, although smaller and harder to see, are also a great option.

Black ant hatches are common at this time of year, especially if the humidity is high and a thunderstorm is on its way.

Trout will really gorge themselves on these so it does pay to have some black ant imitations in your vest.

A quiet approach to a pool, then some time spent sitting and watching, is the way to go.

Don’t rush over to the first trout you see rising because there could be a number of fish working the pool.

If you are fishing with a buddy, you can work together to get the best results on each pool.


Thompsons Creek Dam will be a hive of activity this month and for good reason, the fly fishing there this month is usually sensational.

With crystal-clear water and good numbers of fish, it really is a good option.

Small, soft-hackle wets are hard to go past here during the day, with larger beetle and mudeye patterns working better during the low light of dusk and dawn.

Spotting fish as you walk in the early morning and trying to catch them is great fun.

Remember, four eyes are better than two so work in with a mate and stay low.

Lake Lyell offers some great evening action for all those concerned, be they lure or fly anglers.

Rainbow trout are the mainstay but there are also some honker browns to be had, especially for those wielding the fly rod after dark.

Big beetle patterns and large mudeye flies are the mainstay, although some quality fish get caught on minnow patterns as well.

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