SOUTH COAST ESTUARY: SALT TO FRESH
Each autumn and early winter, tens of thousands of brown trout run up the feeder streams pouring into massive Lake Eucumbene, in the Snowy Mountains Region of southern NSW. These trout are on their way to gravel spawning beds higher up the rivers to drop their eggs. One of the most effective ways to target them is to cast trout egg and nymph imitating flies off ultra-light spinning gear or fly tackle. Starlo joins his good friend Matt Tripet of The Fly Program to chase a few of these fat, fit brownies on a frosty May morning.
Light, sensitive spinning (threadline) tackle is perfect for most southern estuary fishing, while baitcasters are still a favourite tool for many keen bass fishers. Starlo chooses Shimano Anarchy, Zodias and Jungle StiX rods.
Lightweight 1000-size Shimano spinning reels are ideal for light lure fishing, and Starlo used a Caenan baitcaster on the bass.
Starlo prefers fine, strong braided lines. He chose 3 pound and 10 pound PowerPro Bite Motion braid with 4, 6 and 16 pound Shimano Ocean leaders
Starlo used Squidgies Wriggler and Whip Bait soft plastics and various spinnerbaits in this episode.