Plenty of ac­tiv­ity in small streams

Myrtleford Times - - Regional Extra - BY ROB ALEXAN­DER, WAN­GARATTA

JUST like that and the warm spring weather has hit.

We have jumped from 11 de­gree days to 30 de­gree days in just one week.

Spring time re­ally is my favourite time of the year.

While cold weather through Septem­ber still has streams’ wa­ter very cold, last week’s warm weather stim­u­lated a lot of in­sect ac­tiv­ity on the banks of the streams over the week­end.

And the com­bi­na­tion of icy cold wa­ter, and warm weather led to some fan­tas­tic trout fish­ing right across the re­gion.

My friend Josh Par­sons and I fished a num­ber of smaller trib­u­taries on the week­end and had some great trout fish­ing.

We did not catch any large trout but did man­age to catch a few smaller, av­er­age size trout from the small streams.

Small min­nows ac­counted for most of our fish, although I did get a cou­ple on a rooster tail bladed spin­ner.

We found that the low­land streams were the best, with streams drain­ing higher snow capped moun­tains be­ing dif­fi­cult to wade with a lot of wa­ter still pushing through.

In these faster run­ning streams there were still hun­gry trout; how­ever wad­ing was awk­ward and un­safe.

In an­other four weeks or so these low­land streams will start to warm up and the fish­ing will slow down.

At that point the higher al­ti­tude, faster run­ning streams that are hard to fish now will be about per­fect.

I have had a cou­ple of re­ports of yel­low­belly be­ing caught in Lake Hume, although no red hot re­ports as of yet.

At Lake Mood­e­mere I have had re­ports, and seen photos of stacks of carp be­ing caught, although when I went over there last week I did not get a bite.

I was an­gling from the bank be­hind the rowing club with a strong east­erly wind blow­ing into my face, which may not have helped.

Mood­e­mere is well worth a visit, and a great place to take the kids to try and catch a carp.

LIVELY TROUT: Josh Par­sons with one his small brown trout caught in a tribu­tary of the Ovens River on a Ra­pala min­now on the week­end.

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