Lake Fyans is well worth the trip as the fishing has been fantastic.
Lake Fyans could well have been another one of those bad statistics if not for the efforts of those involved in restocking this lake.
Lake Fyans wasn’t stocked for 3-4 years but the resident fish survived hot weather and low water levels. We then had the magnificent news that the lake levels would be kept at a minimum level and be stocked with some rainbow and brown trout, and this has continued for the last couple of years.
The Victorian Fly Fishing championships was recently held at Lake Fyans with 32 of the best fly anglers from the country competing to gain entry into the Australian championships and with it the chance to represent Australia in the next World Flyfishing Championships. Anglers came from Victoria and South Australia and caught and released 103 trout for the competition.
Such a large number of fish captured is testament to Fisheries Victoria, the water authorities and angling groups for their hard work and persistence in getting the fishery stocked.
The winner of this round of the Victorian flyfishing championships was Lubin Pfeiffer from South Australia, second was Brian Hughes and third Chris Myszka. The most successful fly patterns for the competitions were Woolly Bugger, Tom Jones and various midge patterns.
Luke Barby has been back at Lake Fyans since the championships flyfishing out of a drifting boat, catching and releasing a lovely 3kg brown trout on a black and green Booby, while his son, Luke, caught another six trout up to 1kg on the same day.
Congratulations must go to all concerned for their tireless efforts in gaining fish stockings for Lake Fyans and other fisheries around the state while we are still reeling from the effects of our never ending drought that has seen many of our fisheries disappear in front of our eyes.
The Ballarat Fly fishers and Bendigo Fly fishers club recently competed against each for the Goldfields trophy a flyfishing competition that has been running for a number of years. It is normally held around the district but due to the lack of fishing waters in recent years it has been fished at Lake Eildon Pondage and the Goulburn River.
The fishing action was slow for the weekend for 20 odd flyfishers, with the heaviest fish being caught by Ballarat member Russel Fisher with a 1.23kg brown trout.
Locally around Ballart the fishing in the coming months will be a bit trying with low water levels and fish stocks being an unknown as a lot of our water haven’t been stocked for a while.
Waters like Newlyn, Dean and Cosgroves reservoirs are all worth trying your luck.Reads: 3326