One Tree Bay delivers… sort of!

David and John were guests for the day on Fly by Night and the weather looked great.  A light southerly after a heavy frost made me glad we’d set 9.30 as a start time and by the time we’d had coffee, finished the lawn mowing and eaten John’s rhubarb cake (cake credit to Dorothy) it was 11 by the time the boat slipped off the trailer at Anglers Reach.

The lake was calm and the air temperature warming nicely as we chugged out of the bay. The sounder went berserk. The last time I’d been out the fish had been so scarce I turned on the fish alarm – this time it was chirping away merrily, in fact annoyingly.  We slowed and looked as the HDS8 screen filled with fish at 15 metres, then disappeared.  We went back across as I ordered John (who clearly wasn’t used to taking order) to get the fast sinking line ready.  The fish reappeared and there seemed to be 2 distinct schools, sitting under a thermocline.  Figure that one out. We didn’t spend too long trying. In the absence of something involving lead I don’t think we were getting close to the fish; and John was losing interest in this semi-harling style so we carried on with the mission, which, by the way involved cruising around the lea shores looking for cruising fish in the mirror.

We stopped at one tree bay and jumped off the boat.  I walked right around and snagged a couple of browns but it wasn’t firing so we headed along for the timbered southern shore line en route to Providence.  Still quiet and 2 hours loch style through the bay and some serious bank time didn’t get us any success.  Team talk.  We decided to stick it out and fish through until dark.

One tree got the vote and we cruised back enjoying the afternoon sun and the warmer westerly and then northerly breezes.

We fished it hard for two hours and had a good midge rise. There were fish to cast to pretty much all evening and whilst the rainbows weren’t big, they gave a mighty fight and spent plenty of time in the air. Only David, didn’t connect.  As a new fly fisher with only three casting lessons he had all the bases covered under close supervision but the fish know you know and refused to cooperate.

It was great to see every creek and soak full of water. David fished optimistically right where this feeder ran in strongly.

All in all, I’d say things are hotting up and there was certainly no shortage of fish, on either the sounder or on the evening midge rise.

Providence flats continues to disappoint, but maybe the squadrons of shags and pelicans – presumably there for the fry – are part of the problem.

Tight tippets!

Fly Fishing and Accommodation in Adaminaby