The heat is on
  |  First Published: December 2006

With warmer weather about it’s time for anglers to adjust. Early mornings and late afternoon sessions will be the norm from now, especially later on in the month.

Summer storms will hopefully bring some rain, along with some flying ant hatches. These termite hatches drive trout in our local rivers and dams absolutely crazy and they also drive some fly fishers around the bend although they shouldn’t be too upset; all it takes is the right size fly and a good presentation.

Keeping a low profile and not being seen by the fish is another thing we tend to forget or overlook in trout season, too.


We have already had some good beetle hatches and they should continue into December, when the size of the beetles tends to be a little bigger.

The trout usually start rising a little wider out and then work their way in as the light levels gets lower. After dark they can be rising between you and the bank if you have waded out too far, so keep this in mind. I nearly always pull back to the bank as it gets dark.

Tandem rigs consisting of a large beetle on top and a small mudeye pattern 30cm back and down has proven very effective over the years. Fish these flies very slowly with a figure-eight retrieve around your fingers.

Sometimes if there is a slight breeze it pays just to let the flies drift while keeping your rod tip low to the water.

Some banks and bays produce better fishing than others; I think due mainly to good, healthy gum trees close to the water and a wind direction that pushes the beetles onto the water. So keep this in mind when choosing a location.


Is there anything more exciting than a surface strike from a large Murray cod? One second your humble lure is moving along quite nicely, next thing it’s gone, disappeared in a splash and crash. The scare you get near makes you jump off the ground.

Although lakes such as Windamere, Wyangala and Burrendong all have cod, all the water mixed in with them makes a surface presentation pretty hit and miss.

But you’re not going to catch to many golden or silver perch, carp, redfin or catfish on a 1/2oz buzzbait or large paddler, so why not give it a crack?

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