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Winter trout experience for the memory bank Darren Fowler

A late arrival to my destination, dinner and off to bed.   I guess the long drive has taken its toll.  I think to myself, that a good night’s rest is in order before I have the opportunity to test out the flies I have prepared …… the next morning  4:45a.m. the sun has still not greeted the horizon and  I’m already on a caffeine buzz!  I have been up for an hour or should I say I’ve been out of bed for that amount of time.

Call me crazy but for some unknown reason my biological clock always seems to experience some sort of malfunction the night before a fishing excursion.

At 05:00a.m. My gear is packed, the car has been idling for a while, one last sip of coffee and I’m off. Whilst deep in thought as to what flies I’ll try out first, the cars headlights guide the way to the still water dam.  At this point I can’t help but think to myself that there is not much more to life, when suddenly my thoughts are derailed by a recent conversation I had about fishing the bushmans or adding a GT to my species list.  I quickly gather my thoughts to focus on the task at hand and come to the following conclusion…..

I need a bigger bucket because my list is growing.


The Car comes to rest as the sun lifts it head above the horizon to reveal the early morning rises. This is the stuff dreams are made of!   Nodding my head, as I utter two words to myself  “dry dropper”.  I Rigg up my 6wt rod and floating line as the sun’s light glistens on the due, still fellow-shipping with the grass.  The winter temperatures not allowing my Fingertips to cooperate with my hands as I browse through my fly box to select the perfect combo (Elk hair Caddis / midge).   The leader I used is a standard New Zealand rig (description below) and works very well when fish are rising.

Fish on!

It’s not long before I’m into fish and once again I’m in my little happy place!!  The day progresses and turns out to be one for the history books “at least my history book” as dusk draws near the sun meets up with the horizon once more.  One last cast followed a bent rod, a great fight and a successful release … not to mention the fact that this is my PB when it comes to rainbow trout.  At the end of the day this is what I take with me, a memorable fishing trip in my bank of unforgettable memories.


Note: New Zealand Rig: the leader 9ft – 12ft (total length) is constructed using a straight mono/fluoro  line of about 8ft- 11ft which is connected to the fly line on one end and to the eye of the hook of your first fly (dry fly).  The second fly is tied to a small section of tippet (20cm – 30cm) which is tied directly onto the bend of the hook of your first fly. The dry fly also acts as a stick indicator.  I allow the flies to have a natural dead drift retrieving only to reduce slack.  Once the fish takes either of the flies I merely lift the rod (rod tip pointing up) and set the hook.

In closing I’ll say this: Your memory bank requires a deposit! So stop pick up the phone and book your next fishing trip.  The trout season is here!!

“Catch you on the Fly” Darren Fowler

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