Tim with his Four Springs brown trout
Later in the season the chances of trout waters such as Four Springs, a quality lowland lake, coming back to life as a fishery increase as water temperatures subside, and the natural instincts for trout to maintain condition into the spawning period prevail.
The brightness made for a challenging day, however Tim’s ability to maintain a good connection with the fly, which was a floating mudeye, amongst tight structure; fallen trees, logs, stumps, rocks, branches and other obstacles strewn all around, along with good line control, enabled him to handle a hefty fish like this hen brown in prime condition.
For those new to fly fishing, a mudeye is the dragonfly larvae. On this day there was a mixed bag of available surface food items, none of which seemed to attract the fish. The mudeye is a substantial food item in the trout’s diet. When fishing any imitation, the best results will always be obtained by turning it into the closest replica of the living thing. Mudeyes spurt water from their rear-end and push themselves along between four and six inches at a time. When you watch them do this, you have a very real chance of copying how they move.
The Jassid, a terrestrial leaf hopper
Late season dry fly fishing is at its best when Jassids appear amongst gum beetles and late season Mayfly hatches, along with ant falls and any other welcome surface trout foods that are available.
A terrestrial leaf hopper, Jassids are the strawberries, dark chocolate and cream on the trout’s late season menu. They need to put condition on for the up and coming spawning runs, and for brown trout, that is beyond April.
It’s tough to predict just how many Jassids will show in any given year, but once in several years there is an explosion.
A relative abundance of surface food will delay the need for us to move towards wet flies. Late season, the number of anglers seems to drop away, and for those who make the effort the onset of good late season weather patterns can mean outstanding dry fly fishing.
The variety of Jassid shown in this photo is currently occurring on the lakes of the Tasmania’s Central Plateau.
When it comes to basic selection of trout flies, don’t scratch your head too hard. The Red Tag in sizes 12 and 14 is a good standby. If trout are selective and want Jassids, you are probably best off with a fly of red bodied foam or fur, and dark wing casing with a modest dark or greenish grizzle hackle. For how to tie a fly that I like to use, have a look at the Scruffy Jassid.
Mark with his wild brown trout, Polaroiding black spinner feeders on Arthurs
In very bright, calm conditions, delicate presentations are necessary to tempt cruising wild browns that are focused on black spinner in rather shallow water.
This is one of a number of wild Arthur’s Lake browns that Mark caught, and the key here was the slightest twitch of the fly to draw attention. The trout turned, looked upwards, and there was no hesitation in sipping down the black spinner dry fly.