The New In-House Spring Creek
Our new in-house all year round
spring creek is developing nicely. The constant flow 'spring
creek' style of creek is now home to a population of quality
fish of various sizes from large to small.
They have adapted to their new
surroundings beautifully and true to form the hawgs have dominated
the key positions just as they do in the wild.
Logs, rotting posts, branches
and leaves now form cover in the deeper corners. Deflection
points from this structure set up bubble lines and food lanes.
We thought it would be difficult to replicate a natural stream
but things seem to fall automatically into place.
Gravel reaches and shallow gravel
have only been in for three weeks and they are already colonised
by a variety of macro invertebrates. Not too surprising really,
when you consider we pump water from the Goulburn River every
night. Lots of water borne insects are delivered into the
stream directly. We are anxiously awaiting the first hatches
to come off in spring time. We will be excited to see mayfly
and caddis hatch directly from the stream.
Water weeds are colonising the
runs, particularly cress which is an indicator of river health
and most common in cold water environments. One truck load
of gravel has given us heaps to play with and place in strategic
locations. There is more to come as we slowly develop the
whole 1-1.2 kms of river.
Already we have found the stream
a fabulous teaching aid and now we can teach how to manage
moving water as well as still waters within the boundaries
of our own properties. Simon's friend caught her fish on the
dry fly in our stream the other day. Craig, one of our regulars,
nailed a couple on a tom jones and lots of others have been
taught how to catch and release trout from the stream already.
Boy! What a great way to instruct the basics.
Fish have been rising freely
to midge about the only form of hatch at this time of year,
but because the water is so clear you can deceive them with
other dry flies as well with a well presented cast.
The advantage of having clear
water to play on even when everything else is upside down
has been a real bonus. Fortunately pumping through the ponds,
water can settle so that the stream remains clear at all times.
Polaroiding and stalking and all the usual stream craft tricks
can be demonstrated to beginners or old hands at any time.
We can now utilise larger quantities
of our water allocation. Reuse, recycle and repair is the
mantra. The good thing is, the quality of water we have always
returned to the Goulburn from our lakes is of a higher quality
than when we extract it. The spring creek only enhances it
Drop in and have a look for yourself.
You may even spot a few fish rising.
Want to fish the spring creek?
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