Big Trout in Low Waters
  |  First Published: December 2006

Last year’s freaky cold spell brought us a small dumping of rain and even some snow which helped our local streams temporarily, but it looks as though 2007 will be dry and hot.

Some awesome trout fishing has taken place lately and some massive fish have been landed. Local boys Steve Wright and Matt Reid hooked at least 30 trout in 2 different rivers on a recent trip.

The Thompson River around Bruntons Bridge has fished phenomenally as of laet, with browns to 45cm landed on celtas and small soft plastics. Worms on floats rig fished down the runs has also proved to be successful.

The Traralgon creek is very low at the moment, but surprising amounts of fish nudging 40cm have been taken around the Koornalla region. Flies will be your best option in the low waters; dry flies such as parachute adams, red tags and red spinners have been very successful.

Russell Macklin had a fantastic day on the Tyers River landing a beautiful 1.5kg brown trout on worms – a fantastic catch for such a small stream. Some beautiful redfin have also been taken on soft plastics from the lower section of the Tyers River. Small plastics like Berkley power minnows, squidgie wrigglers and storms works great when combined with a light jig head (from 1/32oz to 1/16oz). Plastics can be fished very slowly, which is why they are so successful on the trout.

The Tanjil River is one of the only streams with a consistent water level thanks to Blue Rock and its steady water level. This flow has allowed for consistent fishing, and is always a good option when other rivers are too low.

For more information contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 51748544.

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