With the weather looking great and a spot of rain overnight, I trekked over solo to have a crack at what I think is my favourite ‘local’ river. I’ve always had plenty of luck fishing there previously and even if I don’t land a fish, it’s a great place to spend the day.
This time though – I was lucky enough to have plenty of fish to the net, including getting 2 nice browns on dry flies (my first on dry for the season) early on in the day by sighting them. By the end of lunch I had 4 browns and 4 rainbows to the net, and a few other dropped, bumped etc.
I rigged up 2 rods, a czech/euro nymph rig and a dry dropper rig, alternating between runs. It’s amazing how much more enjoyable fly fishing is when you have confidence in your setup. From rod, to rig, to flies.. when you have it right and fish are rising to your fly, there’s no better feeling.
The only real downside to the day was that I lost A LOT of flies to trees/bushes/snags etc. I was using fairly light tippet but at the end of the day, if I’m catching fish, I don’t mind losing a few flies here and there.
After lunch, I thought I’d head over to the rising Lake Eucumbene to have a quick look and a quick cast. The wind was fairly strong but I managed to pick up a small rainbow and dropped another fish (I think it was a brown). All in all, a good solo day out.
As you’ll see, I also had a bit of time to get the drone out, which is the first real look I’ve had at my own casting..let’s just say I have some bad habits I need to correct.