The season closed out with a very cold snap which effectively stopped the May sight fishing.
Many Brady’s Lake regulars have been concerned though about the falling catch rates in the lake over the last few years, with several anglers raising their concerns with the IFS.
The IFS are taking their concerns very seriously and have indicated that they propose to stock Brady’s Lake with up to 5,000 adult brown trout per year for next three years and into the future if necessary, from the Great Lake, in addition to the annual stocking of juvenile browns and rainbows.
This is great news for those who enjoy fishing Bradys, Binney and Tungatinah, as these fish will filter through the system.
The end of May brought the closure of Dee Lagoon, so the only waters open for fishing during the first two winter months in the southern highlands are Lake Meadowbank and Lake Burbury over towards the West Coast.
Meadowbank is a very worthwhile destination for those who just can’t hang up the rod over the closed season. The most effective method will be trolling both above and the many kilometres of water below the Dunrobin Bridge. There will still be a few Atlantic salmon stragglers that haven’t been caught so you could get a real surprise.
The shallow basin above the bridge will also be worth a try for the fly fisher, hopefully the fish will have moved back into the shallows after last winters prolonged draw down. For the fly fisher wading and searching around the reed and tussock shore, casting into the likely fish holding areas with a large wet with plenty of hot orange incorporated into the fly is the go.
The MK 2 Woolly Bugger is a favourite as is an orange-bodied Yeti type of fur fly. For something a bit different try my uncle’s favourite fly for this water, an orange bodied Mrs. Simpson.
Don’t be too surprised to find a tail showing either in some of the shallower areas, unlike the lakes at higher elevations, the shallows at Meadowbank aren’t cold enough to get uncomfortable for the fish to venture into.
Burbury is a long drive for everyone except those who live on the West Coast but if the weatherman has predicted a fine spell it could be worth the drive for a day or two.
Again, trolling will be the most popular method but if the weather is fine enough there are bound to be a few fish feeding in the windlanes.
A medium sized green Yeti or similar type of wet should get a response when pulled across the bow of the working rainbows.
If they shy away from that, try a bead head green nymph. If they are still difficult I’d try hanging a couple of small nymphs 30cm or so under a yarn indicator and leave them static in front of a working fish, letting them come on to them.Reads: 1703