With many fisheries performing well to start the season off, regardless of weather conditions, David managed to fast track his fly fishing skills on Four Springs.

Here’s David with a wild brown trout taken on a wet fly.

David has his own property in Gippsland with a dam and some Australian natives where he can continue on his fly fishing journey.

John with a wild brown trout

Boarding school had the right idea!

The forecast was for tough weather on the last weekend of the 2018/19 brown trout season when John fished with our guide Scott.

John’s history was salt water fly fishing, having not fished for brown trout since his boarding school days in England where the school had a chalk stream and a requirement of students to catch a trout on the dry fly.

With some casting instruction, John quickly adapted to the softer trout rods and slower casting of much lighter flies and was quickly fishing well enough to give himself opportunities of hooking the elusive brown.

The weather quickly deteriorated but John persevered in trying conditions. We spotted this healthy 3 pound brownie moving up shore. We approached with caution and on the third cast it sipped down John’s fly and was soon in the net.

The beautiful colours of the wild brown trout were matched by the brightness of John’s smile and his delight.

Image: Scott Murphy

John with a wild brown trout

Peter with a wild rainbow trout from Lake Leake

A silver beauty

On the final weekend of the 2018/19 trout season snow covered the central plateau. Conditions were tough, yet Peter’s casting skills were up for the challenge, and his connection with the fly was spot on.

The first day we sight fished to Four Springs brown trout laying in ambush for water boatmen, and managed a few good hook-ups.

The following day we spent on Lake Leake in strong and cold winds but managed to find a few calm-ish areas. There was absolutely no food on the surface so we resorted to pulling wets over the lush weed beds.

This young strong rainbow took some time to land and almost circumnavigated the boat before we could slip it into the net. A silver beauty in splendid condition.Peter with a wild rainbow trout from Lake Leake