The Southern Fly Fishing Club returned for another foray to Millbrook - Almost looks warm in some of them - how misleading!
Paul Fedeles led the Sydney Flyrodders down the highway to Millbrook for their 2nd consecutive winter trip.
They arrived just as the snow started to melt and got amongst some handsome fish. Paul archieved a personal best on day #1 with a 6.5 pounder - only to better that effort with an 8.5 pound rainbow the following day.
The FlyLife Forum boys arrived on Friday afternoon and landed a few prior to drinkies and din-dins. A still, sunny day greeted the anglers on Saturday morning and some exciting, albeit frustrating, fishing followed. Sunday was the exact opposite - windy, cloudy, cold and drizzly - welcome to Millbrook Lakes!!
30+ fish landed and returned for the weekend - up to 5 1/2 pounds. Well done to all.
Last year, Millbrook Lakes had very little rain. We had a very dry, albeit cold Winter, and the usual Spring rains never showed up. This resulted in very low water levels. The view of Cabin Lake from the windows of the Cabin was simply one of dry paddocks.
The rain Gods have lifted their game however. We have had 85mm of rain in July so far. We've also had 260mm of rain since the beginning of May. And the trout are loving it!
The following photos exhibit the change over 7 days in July....
A great effort by Brian & Pete last Tuesday in very trying conditions. It rained all day and we suspect that, days later, they are yet to dry out!!
Nevertheless they landed 7 nice fish on an assortment of nymphs & larger wet flies.
"Thanks again Phil. I had to endure (Pete’s) tales of skill and exploits all the way home, thanks for that!
It was tough but still very enjoyable. Just to see that one big fish do what it did is one of the reasons I love this type of fishing."
The Sunshine Flyfishers came to Millbrook on the weekend and watched the season change from autumn to winter in the space of a night! Friday afternoon and Saturday were relatively mild, if windy. But on Saturday night a big cold front rolled in, dropping an inch of rain and pushing the temperatures down into single figures. By Sunday morning, the cabin fireplace had gone from ornamental to essential!
Fortunately, the fishing wasn’t quite as topsy-turvy as the weather, with all the boys landing multiple fish and good ones too, with some 6 pounders in the mix. In fact, there were a couple of PBs achieved by Bill and Andrew.
It really does look like the seasons have shifted up here with low teen maximums forecast for the coming week, and low single figure minimums. The duns hatching on the weekend are likely to be the last we’ll see til spring. Fortunately though, the cold weather and rain mean tailers and midging fish are on the increase, with lots of big trout being sighted in the extreme shallows.
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!