The fly featured for Summer is: Monaro Caddis.
December, the first month of summer was mild with very little rain falling. Some excellent catches were recorded with Woolly Buggers, Nymphs and Caddis having the most success. Very cool weather prevailed between Xmas & New Year, creating the perfect conditions for catching trout. Most rainbow trout caught were between 750 gms and 1.5 kg.
Temperatures rose dramatically during January and as mentioned in our Newsletter, our Retreat was closed for the month, however we did observe some very good Mayfly hatches on the lakes.
Stormy conditions arrived mid February with good falls of rain. Dawn & dusk was the best time to fish with trout feeding just below the surface. During the day the fish retreated to the depths to feed on crayfish.
The best flies were Nymphs, Caddis, Mrs. Simpson and Buzzers.
The Monaro Caddis fly was first produced by Kaj Busch. He has used this fly in the Snowy Mountains region, with best results fished as a dead-drift. Beacause caddis often run or flutter their way across the water, a dragged or skated presentation often suceeds as well.