A Photo Essay of Raft Fishing the Goulburn River
Huge hatches of mayfly
and caddis are a regular occurrence on the Goulburn.
Those who witness these hatches remember them for many
years to come with long days of rising fish, often as
far as the eye can see, a sight to behold.
In these circumstances
fish leave the safety of their favourite lie and venture
out into the drift and bubble lines in search of emerging
insects. Duns drift helplessly on the surface while
below emerging caddis pupa are plucked from the the
underside of the film.
On this particular day
we had rising fish from midday until dark and never
had to change flies, landing and releasing over 20 fish
for the afternoon.
In this sequence we see
a nice brown slash the newly hatched caddis from the
surface, not giving it the chance of escape. These are
exciting times for the flyfisher.
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