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.
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
|| ...and Mark releases
another beautiful fish!
2005 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report