August around here is traditionally the start of the windy months; the winds can vary in direction and strength, with the stronger winds from the south-southwest.
At high altitude lakes like Oberon and Thompsons Creek, these winds can blow so hard it’s hard to walk against, and obviously fishing into the teeth of such gales is not comfortable. Finding the lee-side of a point is a good option in such cases.
Casting lures and flies across the point from the protection allows you to bring or swing your presentation back in the direction the fish will likely be facing or working. If fly fishing it may be just a case of letting the wind and associated current push your fly around the corner, all you have to do is maintain contact with your fly.
Wind lanes are trout feeding highways, with drive through windows and free service all the way – in other words they love them. The ones with froth and foam are the best. Fishing these from the shore can be tough as they are often an open water option, but if you are keen and prepared to walk you can find places where they swing close enough to shore to get a cast in.
If you can find a spot where they collide with the shore you can also get a cast in, although that being said this can mean casting head long into the teeth of the gale. Sometimes it can be a matter of casting in between gusts.
A boat, a drift drogue, a fly rod and a good selection of flies at Lake Lyell is a great option when wind lane fishing. It’s not something you see very often but can be deadly on the right day.
It’s a good idea to view the lake from high up as you drive in. This will give you an idea of which direction the wind lanes are going and where the bigger, longer lanes are. I am by no means an expert at this style of fishing, but it’s something that requires more attention during the windy days of August. The limited numbers of guys who do it do really well.
August native fishing is tricky and you do have to watch the weather – a high barometer will give you your best chance. Obviously when this is mid-week and you’re hard at work it’s frustrating, but occasionally the planets do align and such conditions do prevail over the weekend.
Bait fishing with scrub worms is a good early option, with gently sloping banks and bays that have a northerly aspect a good starting point. Office hours are the best times with the period from 11am-2pm your best. This is when light penetration and warmth will be at its highest, and any golden or silver perch within the vicinity will be attracted.
Soft plastics fished slowly in the same water can see you into the action. Crawling soft yabby plastics across the bottom with long pauses and the occasional pop is the go. Another option I am keen to try this August is a soft plastic worm cut 50-60mm long with the hook inserted through the middle of the bait and at right angles. This is fished with little or no weight and basically let fall to the bottom with just the occasional jiggle with the rod tip on the way down. I reckon it will be deadly on early season golden perch.
Hope to see you on the water soon, and until then, tight lines.Reads: 943