Anglers hit the road
  |  First Published: May 2009

The Ballarat and district anglers have been hitting the road to all parts of the state and country to get their fishing fix due to hardly any fishable water locally. The diehard fishos have had all extremes of weather from stinking hot weather to gale force winds and deep snowfalls.

Members from the Ballarat Fly Fishers Club recently ventured down to Nelson in Victoria’s far southwest to fish the Glenelg River for bream and estuary perch. The weather was extreme with gale force winds, hail and rain. This didn’t stop the boys catching plenty of bream to around 30cm and estuary perch to 40cm. The most successful methods were fly fishing with Clouser type flies, casting soft plastics and also salted white- and bluebait.

Another group of Ballarat flyfishers headed up to the Alpine region of Australia to fish Lake Eucumbene. This was part of our club annual trip that has taken place to Eucumbene for the last 30 years. The fishing at Eucumbene was absolutely fantastic anglers catching fish on mudeyes suspended under bubble floats at varying depth from boats and the shore. Ian Hare caught the heaviest fish on fly winning the Ackie Wallace trophy for the club a rainbow trout of 3lb 3oz.

The best flyfishing was at night fishing luminous flies such as fluoro Alexandra and fluoro Craig’s Night Time. The fishing was exceptional with the main aim to fish after dark as rainbow trout come in very close to the shore searching for food as they build themselves up ready for spawning. The rainbows seem to swim around in schools and if you find one you can catch plenty.

We walked along the shorelines casting our luminous flies and retrieving with a slow figure of eight retrieve. The trick is to use a camera flash to charge the flies up to make them brighter. We were there for seven days and had five days of snow – you don’t have to be mad but it does help.

The Ballart and district waters should still produce some good fishing over the next month. Lakes Bullen Merri and Purrumbete down at Camperdown and lakes Wartook and Fyans have received stockings of trout in the last year and these will be a good bet for anglers of all methods. I mentioned earlier in my article about the different weather conditions we anglers face in the pursuit of our favourite pastime, so make sure you are geared up for all those different conditions when you go.

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