Fishing Report: Early Season Dry Fly Action (Sept 23)

My fly fishing buddy Dan and I managed to get away for a day’s fishing at our closest blue ribbon trout water – a tailrace about two hours’ drive away. …

My fly fishing buddy Dan and I managed to get away for a day’s fishing at our closest blue ribbon trout water – a tailrace about two hours’ drive away.

Water levels were high and the fish were all up in the backwaters, which is a kind of fishing we like.

It’s usually sight casting to cruising fish at short range. Polarized sunglasses are the key bit of gear to have.

To be honest it was a bit of a frustrating day with other anglers on the river everywhere we looked and many of them not aware of the principles of good fishing etiquette. Several groups we encountered were walking and fishing downstream – very counterproductive when the fish are facing upstream and inconsiderate to fellow anglers.

Anyway, we managed to find a few fish with Dan catching this rainbow trout below on a Parachute Adams.

Dan Lovecek with Rainbow trout on Goulburn September 2023
Dan Lovecek with Rainbow trout on Goulburn September 2023

I was looking I was going to get skunked, but late in the day we came across a nice brown trout of 2lb or so feeding both on the surface and slightly under it in a nice position to flick out a roll cast.

After a few refusals the fish eventually nailed my Elk Hair Caddis and we brought the fish to the net.

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Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He's appeared in fishing movies, founded a successful fishing site and spends every spare moment on the water. He's into kayak fishing, ultralight lure fishing and pretty much any other kind of fishing out there.
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