There are many streams in the area which, I am sure, would provide excellent fishing for small wild trout. However these streams are really for the adventurous (or younger) fisherman. I have to admit that in my younger days I would have tried many of these streams just to see…
We do have good access to many lakes which can provide excellent fishing. I’m biased towards fishing with a fly rod, but small lures are used by a good number of anglers. Some of the lakes are fertile and support a good head of sizeable rainbows while others are not rich in natural life and so the trout are small.
This question of size is purely arbitrary and sits more in the head of individual anglers than should ever be considered important. A lake will provide what it can and the good angler recognises this and fishes accordingly. I love fishing a light rod and line for 8" to 10" fish which are usually wild and rush freely to the fly or to the well presented nymph. Fishing in these situations is normally in beautiful situations and so you get double pleasure. The lake below can be fished from a belly boat or small dinghy. Motors are not allowed and so there is serenity and peace out on the lake, hard to find in modern life. The breeze comes across the water surface and carries its own sound and, in the early morning, a distinctive aroma which will be easily recognised by those of us who spend time in such places. If you are close to the reeds then you will hear the rustle as the stems clash with each other until the sound reaches a crescendo as the wind strength increases.
If you sit in a belly boat or have rowed out quietly in a small boat then wildlife seems to accept you. You blend in with the surroundings and become part of the overall scene. Now all your movements should be slow and steady so as not to spoil the ambience. Too many anglers arrive, crash about, dash all over the lake and then go home complaining that they couldn’t catch any fish. I say study the loon which takes it’s time or look at the heron which is a marvel of patience.
The fish below came on a day when I had the privilege to be on a lake where the trout grow to a large size and are as nervous as any fish that you might encounter anywhere.
Releasing The Rainbow