Wombat Creek Dam

On the Sunday the wind was gone and the sun was out. With a few hours to spare in the afternoon I raced back up for another quick session. Over the past winter I have noticed during the warm days the small trout (10-15cm) come out in numbers. They are mostly rainbows, splashing around chasing midges (this is a amateurs guess at what insect they chasing). On this day the small fish were out again. Unfortunately so were the fishermen. I counted eight cars at the wall. Given how small this dam is that equals to a lot of fishermen. So I drove past the wall and came back in where the Wombat Creek enters the dam. Thankfully a few thoughtful locals had recently opened the access gates.

After an hour of fishing I had nothing to show for my efforts, despite the large numbers of fish rising. I had a number of takes from small fish but had failed to hook anything. It was at this point I decided to change tack. I changed my fly from a Tom Jones to a midge pattern. I've never caught anything with a midge pupa pattern, but have heard they are really good in the dams and lakes in the region. Walking around the dam I decided to only cast at what seemed to be larger fish and the weed beds. After half an hour of searching I noticed a large boil next to some rushes. Not convinced this would be a good fish, as the water depth was no more than a foot, I decided to cast at it anyway. With a few small gums around me it was difficult to get the fly in the right position. But after a few tries I got the fly in the right area, I let the fly sit for a minute and waited for the fish to move again. Eventually the fish moved again about four feet back from where the fly had landed. I slowly started to retrieve the line and the fish then took the fly. After a short struggle I landed a nicely conditioned 30 cm brown trout. It was at this point I realised I had left my camera at home. Without a picture or carcass my family don't believe you caught anything. Despite this, I took the fly from the fish's mouth and released it unharmed for another day.

Share this post

Submit to FacebookSubmit to Google BookmarksSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn

Meetings

General Meetings

All Welcome
1st Wednesday
of Every Month 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Committee Meetings

1st Wednesday
of Every Month 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Location

Search our site