Day 1 – River A nice brown on new (to John) technique. Upstream unweighted, no ‘wool’ indicator, mayfly nymphing.
While high bank spotting for John, came across one of our natural wonders out for a wander.
Day 2 at Currawong Lakes – tough start then the damsel feeders made an appearance, two in five minutes — first for the season on the Blue Damsel!
Top couple of rainbows John.
Day 3 Another stream – Top Rod so far — 14 to hand — all on the dry!
Day 4 and yet another river and more dry fly action. Top trip John, see you again … maybe ‘hopper time?
Getting the cast going. Phil furthest from camera, along with sons Paddy & Adrian (closest) starting off.
Then onto the teaching water for the first fishing session — Adrian loses (break-off) a good rainbow.
See — that’s what a wild river brown looks like!
A nice way to start, a 14″ brown on the dry as your first ever trout on the fly.
Ex Kiwi, now NSW-based, George was looking to get some dry fly action on light gear with his day on the water. This was his first to hand, a lively brownie on a #4wt.
Next one takes off down stream with a lively run …
… but finally brought to hand.
On smaller water in the afternoon, changed down to a #3wt (one of Hurleys FFW new AirFlow Creek rods) and it, along with George, performed beautifully.
One of the many beautifully marked wild browns to hand … the faithful (pink posted) emerger again.
Kimberly with her first ever trout on the fly, a 4.5lb rainbow in our teaching water taken on a damsel fly nymph.
Partner Brendan, working some of the gentle runs on the Macquarie as part of the intro day. Good stream stalking and wading opportunity although only few rises, but no hook-ups in that session.
Ernst loves his light-weight cane rods and here he is with another good trout on.
Ernst, with partner Lipi, about to release another top conditioned wild brown. Excellent mayfly day.
Beautiful fish heading back home.
Peter & Elizabeth, returning Red Taggers off to a fly(fish)ing start! Cast three of the trip and Elizabeth is delighted with her first wild brown river trout as Peter studies the result.
Next corner up and it’s Peter’s turn on the dry (pink post emerger on show) to get a lively stream brown.
Then its Elizabeth’s turn again … and so on it went over three days, three different rivers with success on all.
Some very nice trout to hand and released.
Here Dan hooks up his biggest wild brown, only to be broken off mid-air in the playing. Close inspection on retrieving line revealed a ‘wind-knot’ break in tippet after casting warm-up. Always pays to regularly check leader / tippet for these knots.
Son Andrew hooks onto a very good stream wild brown — his best ever on the fly. Again a dry. Sighted, stalked, caught and released, a top effort on the #3wt.
A beautiful wild brown trout about to be released.
Julie’s first one on the fly, following usual ‘on grass’ casting practise, dam fishing next (missed one) then afternoon at Currawong Lakes … what a bend in the #5wt.
… and this is the reason why — a 4.5lb rainbow! You guessed it, on the Butler Brown Woolly Bugger.
Followed up soon after with a lively young brown on the same fly.
That is a number of young very healthy browns so far this season, from last year’s excellent spawning.
This means there is a large number of quality self-sustained wild brownbtrout growing on in these lakes, which is a good indicator for the future of the fishery.