Alex Broad – Season drawing to an end
Thats right, the 2011/2012 fishing season is nearly over.
For most of us we either stop fishing and start tying flies for the next season, head to winter spawning rivers and lakes that remain open or battle it out in the lower reaches of our favourite rivers. I had realised I had been concentrating of salt water fly fishing this summer and hadn’t done enough trout fishing, so decided I needed to cram a bit of fishing in before the season closed.
Last weekend had me down at the local (Hutt River), after hooking into a beaut jack of around 4.5lb I was very quickly in trouble, he had run into the rocks under me and I could feel my leader on the rocks. Determined not to loose this fish I ventured into the river to try and pull him out, it got deeper, and deeper, and a bad decision had me in water up to my neck doggy paddling across a short deep part, while holding the rod above my head, still firmly attached to the trout. I landed him, but was rather wet and dejected, managing to drown a camera in the process, unfortunately no pictures for this reason.
This weekend, I had some time to kill on Sat morn, so thought Id have a quick look around some of the water that is due to close around Wellington.
It wasn’t long before I had spotted a fish feeding away, however he managed to disappear into the murky depths before I got a cast. A few pools further up I had another fish in my sights, swaying gently in the current and feeding well, I tied on a special fly that rarely fails me. A couple of casts to get the drift right and he swung over, the white flash of his mouth was the only indication I needed, I stuck hard before my indicator had a chance to move, fish on! After a rather slow but dogged fight I had a nice conditioned jack in the net.
A few more pools and another fish was spotted, same rig cast and this time I had the cast perfect first time. The fish swung, the mouth opened, the indicator dipped and I struck. I was met with brief but solid resistance before the fly came screaming past my face. The fish obviously disappeared into the heavy water not to be seen again. Unfortunately that was it for the morning, another 1 fish day, but 1 fish is better than no fish, and going fishing is better than not going fishing.
Only a couple of weeks left in the season, Ill be making the most of it.
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