Late October with the Macquarie in prolonged flood through a back to back annual La Nina weather pattern, the Macquarie browns are putting on great condition with the amount of available foods, and given the right conditions, this beautiful brown trout was feeding on adult mayflies and damselflies.
Talking about the right conditions… what are they? In this case, it was light winds, overcast skies, the temperature around 20 deg Celsius. Limited window, this was through the middle hours of the day.
Talking about available foods… why is that? With prolonged raised water levels, grubs, spiders, worms, beetles, etc. forced out of the ground. Some are collected by rising waters. Terrestrial insects come back to mate and lay eggs over the larger than usual water surface. Coupled with this, in extended floods, these fish relocate and station close to the major food supplies around and near the flows of the flooded areas.
This wild brown trout was caught and released on size 14 Black Spinner dry fly.