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Angling Report: October 2005 Lake Brunner region Fly Fishing Report

The region has experienced an excellent, although unusual spring. We had no significant spring rains, leaving rivers at levels rarely seen for this time of year. October is often our wettest month, with rivers full and frequently unfishable. Instead, we enjoyed low flow conditions similar to those of January and February, albeit with cooler water temperatures. Some astonishing hatches of both mayflies and caddis have been evident, with fish often feeding on the surface all day. All of the river trout landed during the month have been in superb conditions, which bodes well for the summer. However, the trout in Lake Brunner appear to be, on average, leaner than in the recent past.

Guide nets a fish for Mark Brown, Oregon, USA

Mark holds up a nice, big early-season brown trout

Mark Brown with a 6 & 1/8 lb wild brown is superb condition Gas prices are getting up there!!!

There have been some astonishing sea-run brown trout catches, including an 18lb monster out of the Grey, along with several others between 10 and 13lbs. Even the kahawai are in the river mouth, earlier than I can ever remember them arriving. All in all, the fishing is great! Fly of the month so far has been a choice between a Kakahi Queen, or an Elk Hair Caddis, both in size 14. Skating caddis flies across the Arnold River just on dark has been a real buzz!

Mark Brown fishing the tail-out of a large pool - fish were rising all over in the evening.

Pumping out string on the Arnold River in a rare shower of rain.

A hook-up on a West Coast mountain stream....  ...and Mark releases another beautiful fish!


  

Angling Report: October 2005 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report

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