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Thompsons Creek Dam NSW
Posted: 14/09/06 10:00:00 (Australia/Sydney)
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from Lidsdale, NSW
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The bell tolled (or alarm clock as it were) at 7am signifying a 4hr sleep. Even with the 2-2 1/2hr drive we would still be there with plenty of time to fish. Generally like most other Trout waters Thompsons Creek Dam fishes better at midday to late afternoon. This is the time that the air and water temperatures have warmed up sufficiently to trigger the hatches.
ME = E / DTW
ME = Maximum Excitement E = Excitement DTW = Distance To Water
If E where to equal 100 out of 10 so too does ME eventually (when you are lake side)
For me, Fishing is the only pursuit that allows one to relive the pure excitement experienced in oneâs youth.
After arriving at the Dam we parked the car and readied for the half a kilometre walk to the water. We couldnât have asked for a better day. Warm (air temp around 19 degrees), bright, very little cloud cover and only a slight wind.
trout season was just about to open for the rest of NSW. Thompsons Creek Dam however has no closed season. It is a Blue Ribbon waterway though, which means âNo Bait Fishingâ it is Lure and Fly only. The lead up road is unsealed and at a slight incline (approximately 15 degrees) at the top of the rise you are brought out to the center of the dam wall. The water was low, very low. I had never seen it at this level. The good thing about low water levels though is the fish are more concentrated.
www.spotters.com.au (Spotters) really come into their own here, giving a distinct advantage when polarizing cruising fish. As we worked the dam edge the water was shallow, only a foot deep (30cm for all you youngens). On sighting two fish we stopped moving immediately and just watched them. Fining beside each other then darting off into deeper water only to return to the same place. They were joined by another four making it six very nice fish less then ten metreâs in front of us.
The surface of the water was littered with Beetleâs and Flying Ants, but still no rises. Then more like tidying the place up then feeding one lazily sipped one off the surface. Changing to Black Spinner Dry fly which was the closest I had to a Flying Ant I cast out and waited, and waited, and waited. Picking it up and laying it down again due to the wind pushing it up against the bank. After presenting everything from Brown Spinner Dryâs to Black Beetle patternâs, Mrs Simponâs, Craigâs Night Time and Hamills Killerâs I reverted to the Olive bead head Woolly Bugger as that seemed to receive the most amount of interest.
jiggler began to flick the Celta at the same group (as he had held off for the fly) yet nothing. Our frustration grew as there were good fish with quite a few sizable males among them, the group had now increased too. Then it happened BANG and Jaye was on. How dare they I thought. Taking a Celta over a Fly â sacrilege. And what a nice fish, after a very placid fight the nice little hen was brought into the shoreline. As she was picked up from the water and with every grip $50 per kilo eggs dotted the ground beneath her. They were spawning. I had thought it might have been a little early but as it turned out they had already begun. While it didnât really give us a leg up as to what they where feeding on (apart from eggs and I didnât have any Glow Bugs) it did let us know why they werenât interested in our offerings.
The next few hours proved slow as we were casting blind. I much prefer sight fishing if I can help it so hand Jaye the Fly rod. You know what happened donât you? Thats right as I continued to flick his Celta around he connected with a solid Rainbow and all I heard was âYeeHaaâ Turning to see a fish considerably bigger then mine breach the surface. The angst experienced when such a fish is hooked is overwhelming until it is landed. This experience was to be one of those that render our angst justified as the Rainbow had considerably more fight and was 9lb if not the magic 10. While it should have held it, it didnât, and as the tippet broke and the rod relaxed a synchronized Oooohhhh escaped our mouths. Somewhat deflated at what would have easily beaten both our PBâs we continued. After another two hens and one buck all taken on a replacement Olive Woolly Bugger. We decide to head back to where we had seen the fish spawning to see if they were ready to eat.
A small rise off shore, to far to cast at. One a little closer and to the left. Then a whopper three metreâs in front of him. âOh mate I have too!â exclaimed Jaye as he cast out just behind it. In a matter of seconds his line drew tight and another solid fish was landed. Blue Ribbon waters have a bag limit of 2 trout per person and while we are both very catch and release orientated, Trout is also one of my favorite fish. So while Jaye dispatched of the fish I had a few casts of his rod. It was less then one minute and before I was on, then another Rainbow was released. By this point in time fish were rising everywhere. As I frantically set up my fly rod Jaye continued to cast, hook, land and release fish.