With the warmer weather upon us there has been some good hatches of bugs over the past couple of weeks. Last week we saw hatches of stoneflies and caddis during the day and some awesome termite falls during the evening. The river is looking very good at the moment with a consistent flow from snow-melt and the odd shower. The river level is dropping slowly and running quite clear. Good reports from the fisher folk with fish being caught on the lower part of Thredbo river from below the hatchery down to the bridge. They haven’t been easy to catch, so a good presentation with the right fly and drift are the key to enticing the fickle little guys to eat the fly. good patterns right now are the usual array of nymphs, pheasant tail flash backs, copper johns, prince nymphs, and hare and copper also a midge larvae would be a good option for a trailing fly. On the evening rise during a termite fall, smaller ant patterns fished on lighter tippet are doing the trick.
The lake has been fishing a little slower during the day, however the late afternoon right through to later at night have been producing some quality fish both on the surface and below. Wooly buggers and Muddler patterns fished slowly should do the trick for those big browns cruising for a feed.
Hopefully the weather will keep going the way it is right now and we will start to see some more surface action with the fish becoming keener to smash those dry flies on the surface and make the smaller streams in the area come to life.
Happy fishing folks. and don’t forget to come on in to the shop before you head out on the river or lake for the latest info on what’s happening on the water.