Angling Report: October 2004 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report
Opening Weekend - 1st & 2nd October:
The start of the new fishing season is always the same -
boundless enthusiasm compounded by 6 months of constrained
fishing opportunities. The promise of good weather, rivers
in good condition, and trout unmolested by anglers for 6
months, never fails to stir the blood to fever pitch - every
year, for over 40 years, its always been the same! Opening
Day... 1st of October... more important than your birthday,
Christmas Day, sundry anniversaries...
This one was a little damp, and the local rivers
sustained a modest fresh. This often makes for good
fishing, especially as it starts to drop back again as
it did on 2nd Oct. We had a walk-in camping trip
planned, and although rain and rising rivers forced us
to adopt our Plan B - a
4WD camping trip
instead, it did not diminish
the excitement and enjoyment. Not a bad thing, as
comfort levels can be maintained when you can load up
the 4WD instead of your backpack!
Laugharne Kemp - 6lb
brown, his best yet!
|Jon Eagle - 5lb brown
Most fish were taken on a #14 Hare's Ear bead-head nymph,
suspended under a Royal Wullf. A cone-head olive Woolly Bugger
accounted for a couple of them... all fish landed were in very
good shape, considering the time of year, and included a couple
of around 3 lbs, one of 4lbs, one of 4.5lbs, one of 5lbs, and
one lovely 6lb fish, shown above.
This bodes well for the season, and terrestrial insect
populations are just beginning to become apparent - we saw a
number of big Brown Beetles adjacent to stands of manuka
trees, and river bottom was teeming with life in the form of
stoneflies, mayfly and caddis nymphs.
2004 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report