The Swampy Plains Trip- Nov 2001
The Swampy was at its sparkling
best for us on this trip and aside from a couple of
windy days fished like a cracker. Clear and reasonably
low water for most of the trip provided us with superb
dry fly action. Many fish were caught and all were released
with the best a brown of 5lb. Plenty of other fish to
this size and bigger were dropped, often right near
Morning hatches of caddis
saw fish rising from the very start and often the first
fish or two were caught within sight of the car. Morning
hatches of caddis persisted through the early afternoon
before tapering slightly about 2.30pm and then returning
to full strength a couple of hours later. Rising fish
were found all over the place especially in the tails
of pools and in the bubble lines.
A number of fish were taken
off the rock walls this time round with the low flow
meaning currents were often relatively sedated. Polaroiding
was sensational with the best fish caught being sighted
and cast to, every dot on his back visible as it took
the dry fly. Plenty of fish were found in this way.
Searching with big dry flies in the roughest of water
often brought up fish after fish. The best was eight
fish from one gravel bar drop off. All on the dry and
most in the 2-3lb class.
Other hatches that were
occurring were the odd kossie through the day and on
last light. An olive dun which appeared through the
afternoon, great clouds of spinners, also in the afternoon
and stoneflies in the morning. There really was a lot
of insect activity.
Only ten fish were taken
on nymphs for the entire trip and these were flashback
beadheads fished dead drift under a dry fly. All the
rest of around two hundred fish were taken on dry flies
with no down and across fishing with nymphs or wets
needed. Of the few other anglers encountered most were
fishing blind with nymphs downstream which was a bit
of shame considering the conditions. The fishing on
the surface was so good that for the last four days
we only fished with a double dry fly rig opting to leave
the beadheads out of the equation altogether.
That is about all we are
going to say about the trip. We could provide a blow
by blow account but we feel it is best done with a few
photos. So sit back and enjoy browsing through the next
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