At the beginning of the season, most trout feed in deeper water and keen anglers use lures or sinking lines to reach them.  As the water begins to warm during spring, there are many chances to stalk fish that are tailing as they forage on snails, crustaceans or nymphs, especially if shallow lake margins are inundated by rising water.  By October, still mornings regularly reveal protracted periods of feeding on midges.  If there are sufficient periods of warm weather, mayfly hatches commence on shallow, weedy waters. Huge hatches of caenids begin at the end of spring and persist throughout summer.


During summer, all kinds of fly fishing are available.  Tailing trout can occur through November and December before the heat of January drives most out of the shallows.  December is the best month for mayfly feeders.   By February, dun hatches are more sporadic but caenid hatches continue.  Gum beetle falls are common and trout often feed on damsel and dragonflies.  Grasshopper imitations can be deadly, especially on streams.  Being able to discern trout and to present the most likely fly to fish that are hunting windblown insects long lake shores is essential.  


During March and April, gum beetle fishing peaks.  There may be huge falls of red and black leaf hoppers called jassids during the middle of the day.  At other times, trout often seem to select jassids from amongst much more prolific and obvious surface life. There also are frequent evening rises to caddis flies and midges.  As the weather cools, tailing increases.  However, by season’s end, most angling is concentrated on areas where fish are expected to gather before spawning, such as bays that are fed by streams.  Here, large attracter flies replace imitators and are fished deeply, often with sinking lines.

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Consistently successful anglers understand how highland weather affects fish behaviour.   During cold months, trout usually feed in deeper water - warmer weather is likely to bring them to the surface and tactics must be adjusted accordingly.  However, at any time, anglers need to be alert to local conditions that cause fish to feed unusually. For example, on September 1 a few years ago, two of our guides caught fifteen trout on dry flies at Bronte Lagoon during a snow storm.