Right way, right time
  |  First Published: December 2008

This is the time to get out onto the water and break in the new rod and reel and wet a few new lures.


Some good weed beds are slowly establishing and the fish are in the shallows early in the day.

Use Tasmanian Devils in gold and green colours (or Y82) on flatlines early before the sun gets too bright, then move out into deeper water and fish lead-core line at three to four colours or downriggers at 9m. Darker lures are best when fishing deep, try Tassie numbers 6, Y48 or Halo.

Rapala minnows in the jointed versions do very well on the bigger browns.

Downrigging will become popular because you need to fish deep to catch the best fish. Last year the late summer downrigging was just fantastic, almost unreal, and this year should be no different.

You may have to go as deep as 15m but if you stay in deep water you will not have any problems snagging up.

Best areas have been Hayshed, Hatchery and Rushes bays and the South Arm has been very good for downrigging.


It’s best to spin on the lake very early and very late but the middle of the day is best for the rivers.

I like to get up well before sunrise and fish the shallow inlets where the big browns hunt during the night. By targeting these fish the average size of the lake fish is increased.

Soft plastics are doing very well, especially the rainbow trout Squidgy and a variety of different Berkley Gulps when the fish are reluctant to hit lures. Call in to my shop and we’ll tell you the best ones and how to rig them.


This is mudeye time, when the nymph of the dragonfly is used live, hooked through the wing case and allowed to swim around beneath a float. Fish them early and late in the bays and move to deeper water as the day brightens up.

The shallow bays are the best night locations but look out for the snags.

PowerBait and bardi grubs are still more than worth a try and the newer Gulps are catching plenty of trout.


It’s grasshopper time on the rivers and streams in the mountains and when a hopper drops on the water a trout will attack without hesitation.

There are various grasshopper fly patterns available but just have a look around and see what the size and colour the real ones are and find a fly to match.

Night is the best time to fish the lake, using a dark or black fly like a Woolly Bugger, Black Phantom or a Craig’s Night-time, or my own Snowy Mountains Goldfish. Fish the bays and the inlets for best results.

Drop in at my shop at the Snowline Service Centre next to the Shell servo for the latest information or to book a tour.

We still have vacancies for the beginner fly fishing schools on February 14 and 15. The cost is $380 for the weekend with everything supplied. Call 02 6456 1551, email me or visit www.swtroutfishing.com.au and www.fishingcourses.com.au.

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