North East streams: a few photos

Wood is good.
Wood is good.

Fishing on the streams North east of Melbourne is hotting up. Spring has sprung, the fish are active and are feeding willingly. They aren’t really looking up yet, but it wont be long.

Feisty bows
Feisty bows

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Last time I fished the section of river we fished on Sunday I landed 20 fish from 20 strikes at one point in the afternoon. On Sunday, for me at least, it was the polar opposite of that. I missed most strikes, I broke my tippet striking on a number of occasions. I dropped many more fish than I landed. Thankfully there were enough fish around that over the day I  landed enough to keep me happy and entertained. Nick absolutely killed it. He was “on”, catching fish after fish for hours on end. Thats fishing.

Handful of little browns came to hand over the course of the day.
A handful of little browns came to hand over the course of the day.
Dry fly time hasn't arrived but the odd fish can still be tempted to the surface.
Dry fly madness hasn’t quite arrived yet but the odd small fish can still be tempted to the surface.

In general, there were lots of fish, all feisty and willing. The weather was wonderful (despite the forecast 50kmph winds), light breezes and sun all day. I cant think of too many better ways to spend a Sunday.

It was a fun day.

Bye.
Bye.

Cheers
Hamish

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Hamish Webb, Dan Firth, Graham Fifield and Lee Georgeson have been fishing the south-east Australian region since 1987. Since then they’ve become avid sportfishermen who are constantly looking for new ways to challenge themselves. They are all scientists and conservationists who are passionate about the long-term sustainability of the ecosystem in which they live. They promote understanding and appreciation of the complex socio-political, economic and environmental issues surrounding fish, fishing and fisheries, while never losing sight of the various motivations that keep them coming back. In English, that means they love all things fishing and have a damn good time on the water, and that’s all that really counts in the end!

4 thoughts on “North East streams: a few photos

  • October 21, 2014 at 9:43 pm
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    Glad to see you’re having some success near Melbourne Hamish. Thought I’d let you know I’ve found a little stretch of river a little over an hour from Melbourne where dry fly madness seems to have begun – royal wulffs getting strikes every time they drifted over a likely lie. Took a friend who’s never fly fished before and he landed four fish from four casts at one stage – without an unsuccessful cast in between.

    Happy to share the location, I’m sure you’d clean up there. Maybe not on a public forum though – drop me an email if you want and I’ll give you some directions, t.w.m.nash (at) gmail (dot) com

    Tight lines!
    Tim.

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    • October 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm
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      Thanks Tim. Sounds like you’ve found a magical little spot 🙂 Good work by your mate on his first outing. The guy sounds like a natural 🙂

      Cheers
      Hamish

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  • October 22, 2014 at 7:08 am
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    Nice report and awesome “wood is good” photo!

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