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Fishing Tips

Some tips and advice about getting the most out of your visit to Loganlea:

  • Do some research in advance – review the reports on the website and find out what flies and locations are delivering results. It’s always useful to review the reports from previous years to determine what flies and tactics worked at the same time of year and conditions.   In the early part of the year lures can be effective – Yellow Dancer, Cats Whiskers, Damsels, Black & Green have all worked well in previous years.  I’d also recommend trying buzzers or nymphs with midge tip or slow intermediate lines – Diawl Bach, Bibio and Hares Ear nymphs – Black or brightly coloured buzzers.  If the conditions are bright, start with brighter colours and vice versa if the conditions are dull.  If it’s not working then vary your approach and try different combinations.  If it does work – stick with it and enjoy the fun.
  • Ask other anglers and regulars what’s working – ask in the cabin about flies, lines and locations that are producing catches.   We offer free coffee and tea for anglers so take the time to ask about tactics and find out what worked the previous day.  Location, flies and lines that worked for other anglers can help you determine your set-up and where you might start. We sell a range of flies in the Cabin that are all proven to tempt fish at Loganlea.
  • Start with the top fish catching locations. Both ends (dam and burn), the bank on the far side and in front of the cabin are all good spots for bank anglers. Boat drifts down the middle and far bank can be productive. The sketch has the top bank locations shaded in orange.  The deepest area is at the dam end and don’t forget that you can also walk along the waters edge on the far bank to find some good fishing locations.
  • Adopt tactics that have worked well at Loganlea fishery over the years:
    • The Bung – this can be deadly in the right conditions.  I’d start with a bug (a pink duck or cats whisker – ask Karen in cabin if your not sure about any of the flies) about 4 feet under the bung.   Buzzers and Apps bloodworms can also work well with this tactic.   If there’s a good wave I’d try either the dam or shallow end and if the conditions are still, I’d go deeper and try a black buzzer or bloodworm about 8 feet down.
    • The Washing Line – Either a FAB or Booby on the point with buzzers or nymphs on the droppers can work well with either a midge tip or floating line, depending on how deep the fish are.
    • Straight Line Buzzers – Use 2 or 3 buzzers with a 12 foot leader on a floating line. Black and Silver, Orange, Light Green and Pink can all produce good results.  I’d normally fish the buzzers as slowly as possible and use size 10,12 &14.
    • Lures – The famous Yellow Dancer, Black Rabbit and Hot Head Damsel are all proven fish catchers.   The Damsel works well in the spring and imitates some of the small newts and other critters that are resident in the water.   The black lure works well at the beginning of the season but comes into its own when the tadpoles hatch and become active.   Try a floating, midge tip or intermediate line depending on conditions.
    • Dry Flies – This is usually everyone’s favourite tactic and the sport can be tremendous when the conditions are right.  Daddies, Sedge, Yellow Owls, Black Spiders, Foam Beatles and Klinkhammers are all good bets on the right day.   I’ve found that bright days can sometimes bring the best sport – so don’t be afraid to give dries a try.
  • Enjoy the surroundings but take care when back casting – Loganlea can be very popular with walkers and cyclists so take care when casting along the roadshore.   The sheep can also be a distraction – I’ve managed to connect with one on a back cast and learned that this should be avoided.   Remember to take away your rubbish and don’t leave nylon or fluoro to tangle with other peoples tackle or even snag the wildlife.