I woke up to a typical early Feb morning with frost on the ground and ice on the windscreens of the cars. This was not going to deter me from my planned trip to the local trout lake to try and catch a few of the stunning trout they have.

I spent to morning sorting some bits and pieces, hoping the temp would rise a bit. After a quick spot of lunch, I decided to head to the lake to see what I could catch.

On arrival at Dale Pitt Lakes, I had a chat with the guys that work down there and found that it had recently been stocked and was fishing fairly well on lures. I decided to set up on my new #5 with the OPST Command Head fly line, 6lb straight leader down to a simple wooly bugger pattern.

I headed down to the lake and gradually started making my way around casting in various areas trying to locate the fish. I had several follows but nothing wanted to commit. After a few changes of flies, I decided to tie on a crystal wooly bugger. Making way to an area of the lake I could see fish cruising and topping I made a couple of casts locked into a solid tug from a recently stocked rainbow. A short fight followed and the stockie gave a good scrap on the #5 rod. I slipped the net under and brought it to the bank.


I continued to make my way around to several locations but as the sun lowered in the sky the temperatures started to drop and it was soon time to be packing up and heading home. I had a great afternoon at the Lakes and will definitely be heading there again soon. Maybe when the weather warms up a little. You can see the video of this trip here: Chasing Rainbows