The temperature in this part of the world can plummet to -10oC at night, but despite the cold weather there is still some enjoyable trout fishing to be had by those that are well prepared.
This fishing season has been the best for a few years and the quality of fish is excellent. They are good fighters so you are going to have a lot of fun before netting them. The best trolling spots depend a lot on the lake level, but normally at this time of year we troll the banks of the main body of the Lake and deeper arms like Addicumbene Reach and Eucumbene Cove. Another good fishing spot during the winter months is Providence Arm because the browns and later the rainbows travel this way to the Eucumbene River for their spawning run.
Even in winter we still use both leadcoreline and flatline to work out what depth most of the fish are hanging out. We hope the late autumn rain will continue so we get the flow we need in the rivers and creeks for the spawning fish. Good colours to use on your Lofty’s Cobras or Tassie Devils are orange, pink and yellow or gold. Lofty’s numbers are 40Y, 48Y, 100Y, 36, 14, 24 and 66. The Tassie Devils to try are PPglow, 56, 53, 15, Y62, Y5 and Y89.
On the clear, crisp days that we experience at this time of the year, flyfishing in the Lake can be rewarding. There can be some fantastic polarising in some of Eucumbene’s more protected bays and stealth while walking the banks is vital.
Some big fish are caught during at this time of year and usually they’re cruising no more than a few metres from the banks amongst the rocks and weed beds. Fish a slightly weighted Mrs Simpson or a Mrs Simpson on a 1m fluorocarbon leader and watch carefully – you can sometimes see the trout coming from quite some distance to hammer your fly. It’s a real heart stopper when this happens.
During most of the year the very best flyfishing in the Lakes generally occurs early in the day and then in the evening. For the next few months it’s not so important to fish at these ungodly hours and we can allow ourselves the luxury of fishing the middle part of the day and be back home with a couple of good fish by late afternoon when the temperature starts to drop.
Loch-style fishing is also excellent at this time of the year. Travel to some of the shallower bays in the Frying Pan Arm, the Buckenderra Rushy Plains area, Coppermine or Wangravelle and cast toward the shoreline or fish the wind lanes for best results. Don’t forget that with this style of fishing you’ll be fishing with leaders around 6m, so casting into the wind is an absolute ‘no no’.
During winter bait fishing is always good. A winning combination is grubs and orange powerbait under a running sinker. Here’s tip for your comfort: find a bank where you can park your car close to the water and you get the shelter you need during the windy, cold days. Good spots are Adaminaby Bay, Old Adaminaby, Anglers Reach and Dam Wall area.
Not all browns go up the rivers and creeks at the same time and the rainbows don’t spawn until September, so there’s plenty of fish to catch walking the banks. Some of the biggest fish caught during winter are caught this way. Winter can have some very windy days and I use the Snowy Minnow as it is small, heavy, streamlined and cuts through the wind. When conditions are calmer and I want to spin or troll, my favourites are Lofty’s Cobras and Tassie Devils.Reads: 812