Millbrook regulars Brian and Peter were fortunate to have an autumn day dominated by sight fishing. First up, fish were charging and tailing in the shallows - they were hard to fool but Peter caught two beauties - one on a stick caddis and another on a buzzer. Around lunch time the hazy sky and a moderate breeze brought the duns on and the boys fished a steady hatch for nearly two hours. Brian landed two fish over 5 pounds and dropped another that took him onto the backing. Mid afternoon was quieter, but towards sunset the trout got up again, this time on caddis and then midge. Another 5 trout were landed to finish a good day.
David, John and Toby are regular stream fishers, who came up to Millbrook to brush up on their lake fishing skills. On a bright day with little wind they were put to the test – it was all about quick, accurate casts to large fish while staying low and out of view. After a few missed chances, all three anglers landed multiple trout – all sighted first. The best was Davids 6 pound rainbow which took a Possum Emerger dry, all his fly line plus several metres of backing, and around 10 minutes fight time! Patience and a high rid tip won in the end. Great work David.
The March Madness crew didn't arrive until 1st April this year - thus renaming themselves 'April's Fools'.
One thing that didn't change was the high level of fishing skills on show this year. Along with abundant Culinary and Viticulture skills. The 'Fools' landed over 2 dozen nice fish for the trip. Sunday being the best day.
Thanks to Dan Flynn & Patrick Hughes for organising everything!