Saturday, July 20, 2013

Trout infested waters

Tomorrow is Sunday, a good day to thank the Great Bunyip for keeping trout small and restricting their predations to cold, freshwater streams.

Those three slimy lumps are voles taken from the creature's stomach, so never again imagine trout are content with little flies and, the more stupid ones, with a nibble on the Professor's fuzzy bear.

No boat, leaky or otherwise, would be safe if these creatures ruled the deep. 


  1. The Old and Unimproved DaveJuly 20, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Anyone into the whole uncooked-fish sushi thing should take a look in the mouth of the next trevally they catch.

    There's a better-than-even chance you'll see the near-ubiquitous trevally mouth parasite. If you don't believe me, google 'trevally mouth parasite'.

    There's a reason cooking was invented ...

  2. Now to calculate the involvement of Dr Abbott.


  3. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.July 20, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Just like eels in The Tin Drum. Throw up time.

  4. Many years ago I bought a fly from Turvilles. It was the size, shape and colour of a small mouse. I tried it at Eucumbene (Frying Pan) no luck. But then one evening on a deep pool in the Kiewa something hit it. I had only a light tippet about 2kgs and it was gone almost straight away. Never saw a fly like it since and never had a fish hit that hard in a river since.

    1. It's great fun on the NE rivers. One trick I found reasonably successful is to cast a mouse pattern onto the rocks of a quiet pool then pull him in and give him a few quick tugs. It's gotta be night and you need a longish leader, but it seems to annoy the bigger fish.

      There's also a movie about mousing from NZ:

      Quite good.

  5. "Little flies" Professor, may suit your innate fondness for finesse. I once encountered a very large trout, rising for blue wrens, which were hopping about on some floating drift. I think you should up the anti and carry a larger fly-box.

  6. It's a pity that trout aren't amphibious creatures. I'd love to have a few around at my place to thin out the bandicoot population.