admin June 3rd, 2009
SE QLD CLUB WEEKEND AT UNCLE BILLY’S – May 2009
The weekend was attended by members Tom, Brian, Jorgen, Peter and Jon. They were fortunate to be joined for one night by current New Zealand South Island trout guide Bruce Leitch and past Alpine Angling guide Jason. For all but Tom and Jason this was a first time visit to Uncle Billy’s.
The weather treated the visitors kindly for the entire weekend, with a stable barometric pressure and no rain, a fact which did not please land owners “Uncle” Bill Atkin and his wife Susan, as they have received very little rain in the area this year. However as a result of the dry season the water was clear enough to offer exciting sight fishing over the weekend.
It was a pleasure for the club members to fish with the two Kiwis who lent much knowledgeable assistance to all.
The guides left for greener pastures late on the Saturday afternoon, having supplied members with telephone numbers and promises of excellent fishing in their area should any club members ever visit. Bruce is based in Queenstown and for those interested his web site can be seen on
Over the course of the weekend the large dam, Lake Yoolimba, fished well with mid size rainbows being caught on both wet and dry flies, with bead head woolly buggers and similar flies arguably being the most successful.
Unfortunately the team were not to encounter fish in the size of the reputed 4.2 kg fish caught off the Lake Yoolimba jetty recently, but all fish landed were in excellent condition and fought strongly.
For the boating enthusiasts there was a rowing boat supplied and Peter and Tom employed their maritime knowledge to good, although with a chain anchor rope in a tinny at times rather noisy, effect.
The newer deep dam (reputed to be forty foot deep) was found to have very clear water and a great deal of surface activity. Polaroiding was clearly an option and yielded several fish to the dry fly over the weekend.
The highlight of the weekend for most was, in fact, probably the dry fly fishing in the top two dams each afternoon, with almost all dry flies taking fish at differing times of the day. Although the fish were smaller than those in Lake Yoolimba, the fishing was not without hazard, with one dam affording fish deep weed in which to bury themselves, and the other being surrounded by dead thistles on the bank, to enmesh the line of the unwary angler.
All fish were rainbows and in beautiful condition, and the catching was almost as good as the fishing. Hopefully with the great success of the outing next years event will attract more participants.