Winter’s Dioramas at Dixie


As the morning winter fog starts to lift, whilst the lake is still, the sunlight low and filtered, each reflection is a diorama. A framed illusion of nature’s perfection.

Fishing such calm water brings new challenges. While the light is still low the fish can see you, but you can’t see them. But what you can see is the water bulge with every fish movement. Small disturbances, normally undetectable in a ripple are a give away.  The hint of a fish moving through the water, helping the cautious angler spot their prey.

I like to fish where I have some visibility into the water at my feet so I can see the fish chase the fly. Stream-craft becomes critical. Stand with trees behind you so you’re not contrasted against sky, crouch down, kneel, stand back from the bank.

A slow sinking intermediate line gets the line shadow off the water and gets the fly down to the fish, and small nymphs fished slow get sucked down, and buggers stripped quickly get follows and takes. Fishing blind across some deep water got us a follow right to the bank; stripping a big bugger back to the bank out of a deep hole got us a solid hook up; but it was a slow draw surface retrieve cast right to a boil that got David D this beautifully coloured female from Kidney.

A bead head nymph flicked off the island on Dixieland Dam got David H this cracking male.

Dixieland, Kidney, Snaggy and Caddigat are all spilling after last weeks rain and a bit of pumping, and Midway is filling fast.  Midway and Teeny have been stocked with broodstock fish this week. Don’t get the idea the fishing is easy, they’re as flighty as ever but well worth the effort.

I’m away for a few weeks, but checking emails regularly – Philippines, Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Honolulu, Fiji and New Caledonia – working – but back early August.

Tight tippets!

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