Early start gives up 28 trout..

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Early start gives up 28 trout..

Postby meppstas » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:02 am

** I have been trying to spread my reports outs to give you time to catch up on them seeing as I go so often....

Early start gives up 28 trout...

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Tough walk to start off the morning..


With the Australian National Fly Fishing Championships on over the next three days I decided to give the upper reaches a fish. I arrived just after 7:00 am in what was overcast conditions, no wind and it was quite mild, really good fishing conditions. I did have a tough 1.5 km walk ahead of me to reach my starting point which I reached just after 7:30 am. With the river running very clear I was in two minds whether to go for the hard body lure or my ever reliable little Mepps spinners. I decided to go with the Mepps, now would be a black or gold blade spinner to start with. I went for the #00 (1.5g) gold blade Aglia for starters to see how that would go, if it didn't then I'd change to the black one. Being overcast I felt the gold would be fine for starters in this long stretch of fast and medium flowing shallow water, with no sign of insects yet the trout could be in an aggressive hungry mood.
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Finally in the river..


It only took a couple of casts into a narrow fast water between a couple of rocks before I had my first take on the spinner, it was a small 270 gram brown. Two casts later I had my second brown in the net, it was another small 280gram brown. This is just the start to a session I wanted even if the trout are small at least there here and very aggressive at this stage. I know the cloud will break up once the sun gets a little higher so I have to make the most of it while I can. I kept working my way upstream by working the water ahead of me then with the next cast around one meter to the right and so on, it's really just working the spinner in a 90 degree arc. The reason I wasn't casting to the left was because it was shallow and full of brown algae..
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The casting method used...


I kept this up as I slowly fished my way upstream and was catching trout consistently, they varied in size from around 280 grams up to 420 grams. So after forty five minutes of fishing I've already caught ten browns with each and every one of them fighting all the way to the net as most river trout do, great fighting fish. I had now reached a small fast water run and it was here I had a ball, in ten minutes of using my cast and drift method I caught and released six browns & one small rainbow from ten hook ups with the best brown going 520 grams. In my 53 years of trout fishing this is the first time I have ever stood in the one spot and hooked into that amount of trout in any of the rivers I've fished..
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Solid Brown..

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520 grams of pure gold in this fish.

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Trout a plenty out of this fast water..


I noticed the clouds were now breaking up and the sun was starting to break through, once it hits the water the fishing will slow down. There were insects starting to appear above the water surface which has brought a few trout on the rise, plus the caddis moths were now hovering above the water as the air became warmer. I moved into a mix of slow to medium flowing water that had a couple of small fast water runs in them. I picked up three more well conditioned browns in them before reaching a very long & wide slow flowing stretch of river. An hour and a half of spin fishing this morning I've already caught & released a total of 20 trout, doesn't get any better than that.
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More browns taken here..

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Another solid brown..


With the sun now full on the river and I could see trout slowing moving around with some slowly coming to the surface sucking in small midges that had landed on the surface. I flicked the spinner up past them and slowly retrieved it with out any takers, a few did turn and follow the lure but that's as far as it went.I tried several different hard body lures and had plenty of follows with just the one trout giving one of the hard body lures a nudge out of interest. I went back to the Aglia, this time I went for the black blade to see if that would get a positive result. It worked for a short time in catching two more browns with it at the top end of the long stretch of river. Then the trout lost interest in it so I went back to the gold Aglia and that got them going again but not as frequently as earlier this morning. I could only manage to catch another six browns from eight hook ups in the fast water runs before I called it a day because it was getting too hot (26 degrees) and it was all open water in full sun ahead of me from here on. So my spin session ended with 28 trout being caught & released from 36 hook ups over three hours in the river. The majority of the browns were in the 400-460 gram range, it's been good to see so many well conditioned fish in the river this season.. With some good rain forecast over the next few days is good news because this will give the rivers a lift and I'm sure it will also be better for trout fishing too, especially in the smaller streams.
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Last stretch of water fished..

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Trout number 28 ready for release..


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Adrian
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Re: Early start gives up 28 trout..

Postby meppstas » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:08 am

Few more pic's..
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Starting point is the rock in the far distance..
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Few browns caught here..

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Another golden brown..
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The little #00 Mepps gold Aglia (w/- a black fury sticker)

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Trout taken here..
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Looking back downstream, half way through the session..

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Trout caught here..
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Smallest brown of the day..

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Just the one brown taken here..


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Re: Early start gives up 28 trout..

Postby Texas » Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:13 am

Bloody hell Adrian
Fishing Guru
Photographer for National Geographic
Now trying to put Pro Hart out of a job.
Is there more????? (Sir meppstas ???)

Cheers Gra
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Re: Early start gives up 28 trout..

Postby meppstas » Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:17 am

Texas wrote:Bloody hell Adrian
Fishing Guru
Photographer for National Geographic
Now trying to put Pro Hart out of a job.
Is there more?????

Cheers Gra


Thanks Gra, yes mate there's always more to come...
As much as I love my trout fishing I also love taking photos & I always try to make sure I have the right photos to go with it as they help to tell the story too when my words don't, well that's what I aim to do any way...:thumbsup:

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Re: Early start gives up 28 trout..

Postby M9085 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:42 am

All I can say splendid!

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Re: Early start gives up 28 trout..

Postby cantcatchem » Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:12 pm

Now you are just showing off, great stuff and pictures :thumbsup:



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Re: Early start gives up 28 trout..

Postby Lightningx » Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:35 pm

Great report and pics as always. 28 trout in a single session...just awesome. Well done mate :thumbsup:

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Re: Early start gives up 28 trout..

Postby Paulanderson » Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:23 pm

A wonderful day's fishing and some very pretty fish.

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Re: Early start gives up 28 trout..

Postby smile0784 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:50 pm

Great pics
Ausome read


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