Taponga River

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Taponga River

Post by Truedogz » Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:25 pm

After working over the weekend I headed out to the Taponga River behind Eildon to go 'boofing' for trout. :rofl: A bit tongue in cheek but I enjoy all types of surface fishing. If I can't chase cod I might as well chase trout until after cod opening.

The Taponga is a nice stream, with plenty of trout in it. Got my first next to the rock in this pic:
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I mainly caught browns but picked up a couple of small rainbows:
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All up I landed 8 trout, dropped a couple and missed the take on another half dozen. Most fish were up near the 30 cm mark:
another brown.jpg
Lots of fun on a hot day wading up a cool stream. I caught the fish from about 5 till 7 pm. Some fish I caught I saw rising. In other cases I just placed the fly close to where I expected the fish to lay. There is something special about 'fishing blind' with dry flies for trout. Some hit the fly aggressively, others took it casually.

In years gone by I've caught a lot of trout on flies in the Big River area, including my best brown at 8 lb. The flies I highly recommend in this area are the red tag/cockybondhu, which resemble tea tree beetles and just on dark the plain old white moth.

I love the 4wt classic trout rod. Its a bit tough fishing in these over grown streams but the rod is sensational in rolling out beautiful casts, it is so easy to use. I can't recommend it highly enough.

I've got to get a bit of practice in with my bow and arrow casts. :oops:

Best Wishes

Truedogz



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Re: Taponga River

Post by davek » Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:47 pm

looks a nice bit of water Will, good fish too, :a_goodjob: cheers davo
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Re: Taponga River

Post by Boonanza » Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:13 pm

Great fish there Will :thumbsup:
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Re: Taponga River

Post by Texas » Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:34 pm

Top stuff Will
A beautiful little stream and a few fish
Look out Adrian, Will is coming
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Post by barra mick » Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:11 pm

Great read...some blokes sit on the couch watching tv and some have a crack at fishing.

Lov yr work

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Post by ratbag » Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:31 pm

Great stream TD, well done!
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Re: Taponga River

Post by Lightningx » Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:09 pm

Nice report and pics :thumbsup:

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Re: Taponga River

Post by April Fool » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:07 am

Great report! Will you revisit the creek as things dry out in the summer or does it become difficult to fish?
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Re: Taponga River

Post by sirsquidalot » Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:52 am

Oh yeah, love some small creek fishing, I just got a new 3 wt reddingbuter stick fibre glass number and it is the perfect wand for these scenarios. Watch the thing bend end over end the little wilds

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Re: Taponga River

Post by pwalnuts » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:22 am

Nice report!
I've got a bunch of red tags in my box but it's just not a fly I ever use. Gotta try them out.



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