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Angling Report: Jan 2002 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report

The onset of summer has been slow - but the arrival of two guests from Japan, Mr Kitada and Ms Nakamura, saw the sun finally appear for longer than an hour at a time. Not only that, but the first cicadas of summer were beginning to chirp... always a good sign! 

Angling report Jan 2002 Kingfisher Lodge fly fishing reports Lake Brunner

The river levels dropped, and water slowly cleared, enabling us to eventually try a little river fishing.  Above, Mr Kitada casts a nymph into the clear waters of the Bruce Stream. Note the fallen tree, a legacy of the 900mm of rain from mid-November to mid-December, followed by 600mm on the first two days of January! The Bruce was running at least 3 metres above normal during these two rain events. Recovery of the stream after such big floods will take time - many trout seek respite back down in the lake, and taking some weeks to repopulate the stream.

While Mr Kitada was trying to coax a trout into action, Ms Nakamura was enjoying the brilliant West Coast sunshine. 

 

A nice example of prime West Coast brown trout - a fat hen fish is quickly photographed prior to release. Trout are in superb condition this season.

 

Ms Nakamura proudly displays a typical Lake Brunner brown trout, one of the very first she caught unaided. An enthusiastic novice fly-fisherwoman, her skill level, and success rate, improved daily. She was able to catch fish using streamer, dry and nymph!  

Ms Nakamura, on the Crooked River.

Mr Kitada, hooked up briefly to a nice trout on a small West Coast stream 

 

January 21 2002

The weather continues to improve, and guest Joe Kinker from Lake Saint Louis, Missouri USA had a blast today! The fish were in a cooperative mood, and happily taking dry fly and nymph all day! Joe landed 7 during the first session, and managed to land another 3 during the evening! It was one of those days when the guide wished HE was fishing - for every fish landed, another self-released, or broke us off. A truly awesome day out!

 

January 25/26  2002

Michael Rhodes and son Matthew joined us for the day - and it was tough out there on Friday 25th. Very hot, and a late start to the afternoon breeze - most days it starts to blow around 1-2pm, but on this day not until after 4pm.  The fishing was difficult for some inexplicable reason - few fish in evidence, and those we saw were very wary. 

angling reports Matthew was first to catch a fish, a lovely big brown, and the first he had caught unaided on the fly. His casting skills deserved such a reward, and he put in a great days effort. 
Michael also landed a couple for the day. The following morning, whilst Matthew enjoyed a sleep in, Michael and I slipped down to the Arnold River for a few hours.

 The fish were in a more playful mood, happily taking a nymph suspended under the dry fly, more often taking the dry fly itself, a big, ugly cicada pattern! Michael landed 6, was broken off once, and lost another right at the net - all in all, a great morning!

Angling Report: Jan 2002 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report

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