Scott Coglan, the Fishing columist for the Sunday Times has been a keen fly fisherman for a long while. A few months ago Scott and Matt Lilly took time out to fly fish on Paul’s new trophy lake. Scott’s recent article in the Sunday Times (dated Jan2 2011) speaks very postively about the experience.
This was Scott’s second visit to the lake and Paul had since introduced more Rainbows and a batch of Brown Trout to the waters.
“The improvement in the fishing in the dam over such a short period is nothing short of phenomenal and Thomsett is well on the track to his goal of creating a top class fishery, such is its potential”, quotes Scott. (Sunday Times 2 Jan2011)
Over the two nights fishing plenty of trout were hooked or caught by the fishermen and in good condition.
“The first night we hooked 20 trout and caught about six……four big trout being around 2 kg….offering a fine tassle. .. The fish we caught were in superb condition …evidenced by the the fact one fish took me to the backing, almost unheard of in all my trout fishing experiences in WA.”" quotes Scott.
There is no shortage of natural food for the trout in the dam with plenty of tadpoles and minnows in the water and insect life around the shore line. This has helped fatten the trout and encouraged them to adapt well to the natural habitat.
Matt Lilly took advantage of the feeding frenzy when the insects were swarming and landed the biggest rainbow Scott believes he had ever seen. A black woolly bugger fly was used to snag the big one!
People staying at Clover Cottage can fish the trophy dam at a cost of $40 per 1/2 dayand there are also special accommodation and fishing packages available.
The best time for trout fishing is in the cooler months, which is usually April through to October.