KAA Auction Guided Day
Graham Davis won the Bidding war at the KAA Auction night for a special day of fishing guided by yours truly.
The day finally got under way after a few attempts which were cancelled due to fires and bad weather. I picked Graham up at his place at 9am and we headed off to the Tyenna with a quick stop in New Norfolk for a coffee and to grab some lunch, all healthy of course.
I had arranged to meet the land holder and get the key from him to get into some water that doesn’t get much pressure. He mentioned that he had let another guy fish the same stretch that we were going to fish the day before. This other guy was spinning and had caught 2 large fish which that he did return, so our hopes were high.
Once at our location we saw that the water was quite low but that was to be expected for the summer that we have had. We started walking downstream for a while so that we would be back at the car for lunch.
The water looked really good so we both rigged up. I tied on a dry and Graham decided to double his chances by tying on a dry with a dropper. Graham hopped in and started casting first, hitting all the likely spots and even some that weren’t but for no result. Oh well on to the next hole.
Unfortunately we had the same luck for the next few holes - it was a bit disappointing, and we weren’t even spooking any fish. Then we came to the hole just before the car and I had had some success a few years ago in this particular pool catching a 3lb salmon with Andrew White. I mentioned this to Graham and he joked that it would be bigger now.
He fished the pool as you would, from the tail towards the head, and again nothing. He continued to fish right up into the head of the pool and I was right behind him as he cast right up into where the water was rushing in. Watching the dry bobble its way down the run we both saw this head come out and snaffle the fly - Graham lifted the rod and the fish was on, much to my relief. There was a serious bend in Grahams 4wt and hopes were high for a good fish: hopes were soon realised when we got a glimpse of the fish. Finally the fish tired and I was able to net it. Graham’s net had a set of in built scales so we weighed it and it came out to be4lbs and in magnificent condition.
Time for a few quick photos and then to be gracefully released back to fight another day, unfortunately Graham was not as graceful as I had hoped and I think was a bit attached to the fish and followed the fish into the water whilst releasing it. Neither of us thought that the water was that deep!!! Luckily we were at the car and Graham could get out of his wet waders and dry off while we had lunch.
We fished on after lunch through some lovely water which all looked very promising but we struggled to even see a fish, we were lucky that the one we did catch was a beauty. We decided to call it quits and make our way back.
We took the key back to the land owner and headed back to Hobart with the memory of the 4lb Brown to keep a smile on our faces until the next trip out fishing.