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Angling Report: Aug 2002 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report

The fine July weather rolled over into early August, and winter receded daily. A frost or two, but waters are warming as the trout return to the lake after winter spawning runs. 28th August brings the first sight of trout rising freely in shallow backwaters and lagoons, taking emerging midges, and even a mayfly or two appears in mid-afternoon. 

Angling report Aug 2002 Kingfisher Lodge fly fishing reports Lake Brunner

3 Aug 2002

Saturday evening, 3rd August, my three youngest daughters decided we should go down to the lake for a few minutes before dark. Jade was practicing roll casts with the #5 weight rod, I was flicking out a streamer fly while Emma was hurling out spinners as far as she could. Obviously far enough, and the weed she thought she had hooked leapt out of the water! No camera, so it required the obligatory "picture in the kitchen" pose before being turned into smoked fish and sashimi!  

Daughter Emma (age 9 yrs) proudly holds up her biggest fish ever!

 

  August 26th

Guy Wood-Gush, a guest from London, England, had a decent day fishing with us, landing a total of TEN trout for the day. Late winter conditions prevailed - warm fine periods, followed by cold breezes from south-east or south-west as a small cold front rolled by. The fishing was never easy, but perseverance paid dividends. The first fish was a 4lb brown, followed an hour later by a 5lb'er! The day delivered two trout of 5lbs- one larger fish that we never saw stripped line freely, and after a couple of minutes grim battle, the nymph pulled free... that one would have been 6lb+ and was close to where another guest had an 8lb tippet busted by a savage fish early last season. 

  August 27th

Day 2 was a little harder, a mere 7 trout landed... but the weather continued fine and sunny, so it was not all bad...  :-) 

  August 28th

Day 3 was a hot and sunny, and Guy had landed 5 fish by lunchtime... and reluctantly clipped the fly back on the keeper and lowered the rod... "Just another day in Paradise..."  

Angling report Aug 2002 Kingfisher Lodge fly fishing reports Lake Brunner

Angling Report: Aug 2002 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report

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