Matching the Hatch
  |  First Published: December 2005

Just when our rivers had fallen too low for anything other than dry flyfishing, we get another downpour.

If this cycle of hot weather followed by rain continues throughout summer, we are going to be very lucky people with high flowing rivers in summer.

In spring of last year our Strezlecki streams had dwindled back to a summer state and dry flies were the only thing anglers could cast into 2 inches of water.

And 3 years ago we were worried that our rivers would never see good flows again. Just look at them now!

These conditions should catch the interest of bait and lure anglers because these rivers had become unfishable in the early parts of this season. Once the water slows down a bit, the worms will be productive and the lure tossers should have a ball with spinners, in both the Traralgon Creek and the Morwell River.

The fly guys should also do well with dark coloured nymphs or streamer patterns, such as a Mrs Simpson or a Tom Jones. If and when the rivers subside and dwindle back down to their usual summer state, bead head nymphs should be exchanged for dry flies, such as a Royal Wulff or a Humpy. Spinner or dun patterns in sizes 14 and 16 will also be good.

Lake Glenmaggie is almost full again, which will favour anglers fishing from the bank. Because of its capacity, the Macalister below Glenmaggie has a lovely flow at the moment and there are some healthy brown trout to be taken on bladed lures and small soft plastics.

Dave Bonnici proved that anything can be caught on soft plastics when he caught an Australian smelt. It was smaller than the 2-inch minnow Dave was using. Interestingly, although smaller than the lure, the smelt was a very similar colour. Little wonder that Dave caught a lovely brown trout soon after.

The sheltered arms of Blue Rock Reservoir have been great places to get out of the easterlies that have plagued us all. I haven’t heard of anything big caught of late but I have seen good numbers of 300g browns and rainbows, caught mainly on worms.

For more information about fishing around central Gippsland, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on (03) 5174 8544.

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