The local options for freshwater fisherman are good at the moment, with pretty much most species worth targeting around Melbourne. Water conditions for high stream trout are good, and most suburban lakes and dams are fishing well for redfin. Now is one of the better times of the year fishing-wise, with lots of options on the cards. Customers Rene and Andrew fished over at Highland Lakes recently to have a crack at some nice trout on the fly gear. The guys had a good day, landing some nice rainbows up to around 4lb using a few various mayfly patterns, with a small dark coloured emerger being the most effective.
Staff member Kozi went to check out Karkarook Park during the week in search of a few reddies using plastics and hardbodies. Kozi had a walk around and caught a few smaller fish on a mixture of lures, with the most productive being a small 2.5'' single tail grub in motor oil colour. Seeing the fishing was a bit slow, Kozi also decided he would brush up on his selfie taking skills while by the lake as well.
Customer Morgan decided he needed to get out and have a look at the Yarra during the week, with his fly rod in tow of course. Morgan was greeted by a gently moving river with ideal flow and clarity, so he jumped in and started stalking the pools. Morgan waited and watched until a few trout showed themselves, sipping insects from the surface. After a few fly changes, Morgan presented one of his hand tied offerings into the pool and saw the fish sip his fly off the surface. Morgan was stoked to say the least, catching fussy trout on flies that he tied up.
Staff member Dylan went for a fish on the weekend in the rivers up around Eildon. Dylan had a look at the Goulburn, but at 10,500ML/day the river is very tough to fish for the average angler. The smaller streams in the area are running slightly high but at a fishable level for spin and fly anglers. Dylan had a walk around some of the smaller streams in the afternoon armed with the fly rod and managed to land a few small rainbows by fishing small pheasant tail nymph patterns, and the odd nice brown later on in the afternoon on dries like royal wulffs.