Three days bikepacking through some pretty steep trails in the Jagungal Wilderness. The photos don’t do the place justice, it’s truly a beautiful part of the world, and we’re so lucky to have it on our doorstep! Slow going for me, but I got there in the end and even managed to land a couple of rainbows on the glass 3wt.
We went through and stayed at some of the historic huts up there including Whites River, Horse Camp, Valentines and Grey Mares Hut. Already planning another trip up there, but from the Round Mountain end to cover off the other side of the area.
Gale force winds in the morning had us questioning why we made the drive up over the hill. But the wind quickly died down mid-morning and the lake really came into it’s own. Clear water, lots of food about and best of all, lost of fish moving. Once we worked out the right flies, sink rate and retrieval – it all came together and we all got fish (a lot!) to the net.
Personally, it was one of the best days fishing i’ve ever had on the lake at Eucumbene as everything came together and paid off in the end. Also the fish landed have been some of the best conditioned lake fish i’ve seen (espeically the rainbows). Giddy up!
A bit of a last minute dash up the hill paid off – with the high winds, we decided to leave the rivers and hit the lake which has reports that it was fishing well. We managed to get around a dozen fish to the net and missed a lot more. Not a lot of size to them, but all healthy and chunky for their size, definitley not complaining.
A quick dash up to the mountains for a fish and to burn some wood. The lake level is coming right up which has changed a lot of the bays which I think I had worked out. The good news there is that there is a lot of grass and weed now in the water which should make for great fishing in the coming warmer months.
Not a lot of action unfortunately but I managed to get 3 rainbows to the net in the afternoon, all blind casting off the points, but then it seemed to have completely shut down in the evening. I had intended to fish most of Sunday but the weather turned and after a couple of hours fishing in the wind and rain, I decided to retreat and head home.
September already!? Where has the year gone….I have still been fairly quiet on the fishing front, but have managed to get out on the bike a fair bit. Rob and I decided to ride to the coast for the weekend. Looking forward to the next one!
My first solo trip overnight on the bike to Berlang Campground and back. 185kms total, around 5.5hrs riding time each way (little slower on return). Everything went as planned which was great. I have a few ideas on improving my setup and reducing some of the bulk for the next ride, but overall good times.
What a crazy start to 2020. With everything going on, I managed to get out and battle the smoke, rain and whatever else was thrown at me, and was lucky enough to land a few fish – the highlight being landing a salmon on the 6wt on my birthday!
Here is a small handful of the photos taken over this time. I’m hoping it’s only a matter of time until all this chaos/nonsense/whatever you want to call it is over, and we can get back out and enjoy the outdoors properly. Until then, the vise is getting a good workout, and my fly boxes are slowly getting a much needed top up!