The rain might be falling and the skies might be grey but the forecast is great for the start of the trout season in Tumut, which opens tomorrow (Saturday).
Tumut fly fisherman Tane Keremelevski believes that thanks to the rain, there is much to look forward to.
“We have rarely had a season like this, and with the level of moisture around, there are a lot of insects hatching, and it is going to be a very, very long, good season,” he said.
“Some insects’ eggs that didn’t hatch before because it was dry are hatching in the wet weather, and this will get the trout on the bite. In the Tumut River and in the creeks around the Blowering Dam, it is going to be very interesting.”
Tane concedes that the water is unseasonably murky due to the rain, but believes that this should only have so much effect.
“Like we still have to go to work when it rains, the fish still have to eat when it is murky,” he said. “Trout have what is similar to an infrared capability and like to hover around the banks of the Tumut and Goobarragandra Rivers.”
However, in weather conditions such as these, it is not a matter of turning up and casting a line in.
“It is very important to read the weather at the moment,” Tane said. “It is very difficult to expect any level of success without reading the weather, so take a moment to talk to an expert or two.”
He said that although 20mm of rain was expected to fall between Thursday and Saturday, there should be a “flurry of (insect) hatching” in the Tumut area on Sunday, with between 9am and 10am and between 2.30pm and 5pm the best times.
While increased releases from Blowering Dam into the Tumut River on the trout season opening weekend have angered anglers in past years, the wet means that’s unlikely to be a problem this weekend.
NSW Water communication manager Tony Webber said NSW Water was not likely to increase the current daily release average of 571 megalitres from Blowering Dam, which is currently just over 91 per cent capacity.
“The current river levels downstream are due to tributary flows rather than dams,” he said. “Burrendong Dam is currently under 127 per cent, down from 137 per cent last Friday, while Wyangala Dam is now at 92 per cent, down from 104 per cent on Friday. Burrinjuck Dam is currently sitting at 88 per cent, down from 101 per cent on Friday.
“WaterNSW is working closely with the Bureau of Meteorology to monitor rainfall, having on Thursday cut back releases from Burrendong and Wyangala dams. Burrinjuck Dam releases will be near zero for as long as possible.”