Scratching a seven year itch

Alastair, from Queensland, was last here in 2014. This time a combination of still waters (Currawong Lakes) and small streams soon got him back into the swing.

While day 1 provided some excellent hook-ups, these strong and weighty fish proved hard to bring to hand — break-offs and dropped fish prevailed.

Whereas, first pool on day 2 and a cheeky little wild brown came to hand on the nymph.

Observation is often a key factor in success on the dry. After watching a nice brown taking insects half a body length clear of the water, Alastair changed his fly from an emerger to adult black spinner. Excellent presentation and solid hook-up.

The result — a beautiful 1.5lb wild brown to hand, the best stream fish for the day.