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A Day on the Goulburn - October 31st, 2005

5.45 am : Sunrise over the mountains towards Lake Eildon. Brilliant colours and a warm morning with the promise of a warm day and lots of bugs. Hopefully the fish will co-operate despite the long weekend.
Sunrise on the morning of October 31st, 2005
5.49 am : As the day begins a spider waits patiently for an unsuspecting insect to fly its way. It is still very early but there are insects in their millions out and about. Beetles slowly move along grass stems, spiders wait in pre-prepared webs, mayflies are hatching and dragonflies buzz about in an ancient mating ritual.
A spider stands guard as the sun rises over the Goulburn River Only a slight amount of condensation as the suns first rays hit the back gate indicate a warm night just ended
6.00 am : The Goulburn River in all its glory. The sun is yet to find the water but the hatch is well and truly on. Caenid duns are emerging in their millions and the fish are onto them. This is tough fishing but totally engrossing. Are you good enough to catch them? Or should that read 'have you got the correct fly pattern?'
A view that only the keen will ever see. The Goulburn River at first light CAenid duns are trapped on the water. Many fall victim to their oversize wings. That is when they get their wings wet or caught up while emerging they more often than not do not get off the water.

7.00 am Caenid Spinners: The hatch is now ridiculously big. Literally millions of caenids drift downstream and the fish gorge on them. Pools that seemed void of fish the previous day will show upwards of fifty working trout. It is hard to see an area as big as a family car that doesn't have at least four or five working solidly. Those fly fishers lucky enough to be on the water are in awe of the hatch. Most have struggled to connect with a fish and multiple fly changes seem to be the order of the day.

This mad rise and fishing continues for well over two hours with spinners mating in the air then falling spent. This is over the top of the emerging dun hatch that is occurring at the same time.

These hatches are truly the stuff of legend and happen anytime from mid-October through the warmer months of summer. In early spring they can go on throughout the day but once summer hits they are an early morning event that most fly fishers will never see.

A spinner fall so thick that your fly must surely have very little chance of being seen. This fella  must have changed flies twenty times in twenty minutes! A small collection of duns stuck on the water and in the last throes of death
9.00 am: The hatch is now waning and while the fish are still rising well they are extremely choosy after seeing so many of the naturals over the preceding hours. Spents spinners coat the surface of most backwaters but the clouds of mating caenids have now been blown back onto the banks by the increasing northerly wind. It's time to head off and get some breakfast in anticipation of another session in the afternoon.
A not so romantic end to the mating ritual The original world wide web!




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