Angling Report: September 2004 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report
The West coast has been
fortunate to have escaped the worst of winters excesses
this year, and we've frequently seemed to be enjoying
lots of sunny (albeit frosty) days while the rest of the
country has been deluged, blown about or buried in
snow.... All of that translates into significantly less
alteration to our waterways than might be the norm, as
we've had fewer heavy rainfall and consequent flood
events this winter. A lot of pools should have remained
almost unchanged since last summer, meaning fish should
be in good condition at the start of the season.
Classic West Coast
Winter's Day - Grey
River - July 2004
Winter fishing has been
very good, with lots of 1-2lb fish scattered through the
middle (braided) sections of the Grey River. A
disappointment so far has been the lack of sea-run brown
trout encountered at the Grey and Taramakau river mouths
so far - perhaps the water and weather conditions have
been kinder upstream this year, delaying the annual
downstream migration to tidal areas.
As spring begins to
spread a little warmth and cheer, the excitement of
another new fishing season begins to bubble away, with a
mood of enthusiastic optimism prevailing. We're
certainly planning our annual "Opening Weekend"
pilgrimage into the wilderness - pronouncements have
been made to family regarding the
how many more sleeps is it to go?
October can provide
some of the best fishing opportunities in many regions,
and the West Coast is no exception, Trout are often
"refreshingly naive" after a 6 month absence of angler
disturbance, and the first few weeks of the season
represents perhaps the year's best opportunity to catch
that double-digit "fish of a lifetime!" Big fish are
more likely to be encountered in exposed, accessible
positions than at any other time of the season.
Pre-season preparation should include stripping,
cleaning and oiling your reel, and scrutinising the
backing-to-flyline and line-to-leader connections. Clean
your line, and consider replacing that tatty old leader
that you used all through last season... That way, you
will be fishing with confidence, and when that 10 lb
brownie takes hold of your gear and gives it the torture
test, you'll stand a much better chance of getting him
in the net!
Flies for Spring: A
size 10 bead or cone-head olive Woolly Bugger with a
couple of strands of pearl flashabou will work equally
well in West Coast lakes and rivers early in the season.
Snail patterns are a
good early-season nymph choice in our West Coast lakes,
fished in the channels between weed beds, and suspended
under a big caddis-pattern dry fly strike indicator.
For visiting anglers, a word
of caution - spring weather can be extremely volatile.
We often get overnight what is the equivalent of a
month's rain in other regions! West Coast rivers rise
dramatically, without warning, especially in mountain
gorges. Please don't take risks...
2004 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report