SPAWN-RUN EUCUMBENE TROUT


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    RODS

    It’s important to use ultra-light, super-sensitive spinning rods when casting lightly-weighted flies for trout. Steve chooses the superb Anarchy and Zodias ranges from Shimano.

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    REELS

    Quality spinning reels in the smallest (1000) sizes are best for this task and it’s hard to top Shimano’s Rarenium and Stradic ranges, especially in terms of bang for your buck.

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    LINE

    For this episode, Starlo ran 3 pound PowerPro Bite Motion braid and relatively long leaders (at least two rod lengths) of 4 and 6 pound Shimano Ocea fluorocarbon.

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    TERMINAL TACKLE

    A selection of weighted and un-weighted Glo Bugs (egg patterns) and nymphs, along with some split shot for weight, are all you really need, but carry a few hard-bodied lures as well.

Each autumn and early winter, tens of thousands of brown trout run up the feeder streams pouring into massive Lake Eucumbene, in the Snowy Mountains Region of southern NSW. These trout are on their way to gravel spawning beds higher up the rivers to drop their eggs. One of the most effective ways to target them is to cast trout egg and nymph imitating flies off ultra-light spinning gear or fly tackle. Starlo joins his good friend Matt Tripet of The Fly Program to chase a few of these fat, fit brownies on a frosty May morning.