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« on: December 30, 2018, 06:00:18 am »
Had a nice day out on the stream on Thursday (bit of a break between festivities).  Headed up the Huon to find it well below the lowest I have ever seen before:

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There's a conical rock in the middle that stands over 2 metres high.  It barely breaks the surface in winter; it's standing proud at the moment. 

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I flicked a fly around on my 5-weight, but apart from one spooked in the extreme shallows, didn't find a fish.  So on up the Little Denison.

River was in good nick.  Stealthy wading and careful casting of the fly brought 7 fish undone: four browns - this was the best of them:

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and three rainbows - this was definitely the best, and headed home for the table:

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BUT:  wearing my super-duper breathable waders with the big boots for the first time this season, I hit a patch of slippery bottom half-way through my session, and feet over head down into a metre of water.  Drenched!  Weather was fairly warm, so I fished the remainder of the session dripping wet, with about a kilo of water down inside each leg.  The breathables wick sweat away, but they don't release liquid water!

Then when I decided I'd had enough, and climbed out of the river, I got up the bank on my knees to come face-to-face with a beaut, shiny black tiger snake.  Big deep breath or two, then bellowed at it "F*** off!" in hope it would feel the vibrations of the sound through the ground.  It flicked its tongue at me a couple of times then turned and slid away.  Phew!

Then to top things off, I had to get starkers in the bush when I shed my wet clothes and donned the dry spares (ALWAYS in a bag in the car!) - the marsh flies had me dancing like a dervish as I got dressed again.

Never a dull moment when you head out on the stream, eh?!

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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2018, 02:26:08 pm »
Had a nice day out on the stream on Thursday (bit of a break between festivities).  Headed up the Huon to find it well below the lowest I have ever seen before:

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There's a conical rock in the middle that stands over 2 metres high.  It barely breaks the surface in winter; it's standing proud at the moment. 

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I flicked a fly around on my 5-weight, but apart from one spooked in the extreme shallows, didn't find a fish.  So on up the Little Denison.

River was in good nick.  Stealthy wading and careful casting of the fly brought 7 fish undone: four browns - this was the best of them:

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and three rainbows - this was definitely the best, and headed home for the table:

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BUT:  wearing my super-duper breathable waders with the big boots for the first time this season, I hit a patch of slippery bottom half-way through my session, and feet over head down into a metre of water.  Drenched!  Weather was fairly warm, so I fished the remainder of the session dripping wet, with about a kilo of water down inside each leg.  The breathables wick sweat away, but they don't release liquid water!

Then when I decided I'd had enough, and climbed out of the river, I got up the bank on my knees to come face-to-face with a beaut, shiny black tiger snake.  Big deep breath or two, then bellowed at it "F*** off!" in hope it would feel the vibrations of the sound through the ground.  It flicked its tongue at me a couple of times then turned and slid away.  Phew!

Then to top things off, I had to get starkers in the bush when I shed my wet clothes and donned the dry spares (ALWAYS in a bag in the car!) - the marsh flies had me dancing like a dervish as I got dressed again.

Never a dull moment when you head out on the stream, eh?!
That's a productive day out , ending up in the drink occasionally is part of trout fishing . Were you fishing wet or dry flies


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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2018, 05:33:23 pm »
Oh that is Gold!   popcorn1

Facing down a big Tiger snake has to be right up there. If that had been me there would have been more than water in my waders.  cool1

Nice fish by the way.

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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2018, 06:13:16 am »

That's a productive day out , ending up in the drink occasionally is part of trout fishing . Were you fishing wet or dry flies


Still mostly fish wets on the local streams this time of the year.  I have a fly I call a "stick worm": sort of a very thin woolly worm, with a twist of sparkle under the palmer hackle - pretty effective in size 12 or 14 longshank.  Also, can't go wrong with a little black and peacock spider: I think the fish take it either as a beetle or a water snail.

Later, cocch-y-bonddhu and similar dries will start to produce, once the tea-tree beetles and whatnot start to appear, also small winged dries like black gnat, or later again a hopper pattern - but these streams don't carry much in the way of aquatic flies, so duns and emergers really aren't part of the arsenal.

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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2018, 06:17:22 am »
Oh that is Gold!   popcorn1

Facing down a big Tiger snake has to be right up there. If that had been me there would have been more than water in my waders.  cool1

Nice fish by the way.

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Mate, the snake wasn't nearly as fearsome as the marsh flies: those buggers are HUNGRY at this stage of the season, and my bare white skin was a "restaurant open" sign!

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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2019, 09:46:22 pm »
Iíve paddled that end of the Huon and never seen it that low either. Bugger about the early bath laugh1

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