Last week Toby Jones and I made a trip down to the Snowy Mountains to fish the Thredbo River in the peak of Summer. After hearing reports of high angling pressure, we planned to walk into a less pressured stretch of the river, camp and fish the water thoroughly.
The walk in was a challenge in itself. We underestimated the difficulty in bush bashing and wading over slippery rocks with 20 kg packs. The Riverworks X Series boots I wore added a good deal of support and stability nevertheless.
The river was running low with some colour making spotting difficult. Even with prolific hatches of beetles and hoppers, no fish were feeding on the surface. With the lack of polaroided and rising fish, we were forced to the fish blind. We fished a dry dropper rig in the fast water of every pool.
After a one and a half days of prospecting, no fish were caught. We spooked three decent sized fish and numerous fingerlings. It was a disappointing result given the effort required to access this stretch of the river.
After walking out in the afternoon, we headed upstream to more popular stretch with easier access. We fished during the evening to many rising fish, catching two browns and three rainbows on adult caddis patterns. From our observations, peak fishing activity occurred during the low light periods of dawn and dusk.
It was a surprise to see many fish in this stretch of river compared to very few in the more remote stretch we had come from. Although our walking efforts weren’t rewarded, we still caught good fish by the end of the trip.