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Rainbow Trout at Jurassic Lake

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This lake has gone relatively unnoticed because of it’s remoteness. It requires five hours journey over gravel tracks BEFORE leaving all trace of civilisation and jar and jolt our way over a desolate and seemingly unending lava field but eventually we are confronted with a lake so blue that its appearance was akin to the deep blue of the Caribbean Sea.

With just an hour of light, as the sun dipped low and the sky took on a threatening fire red appearance, we cast our first flies. Second cast, my line hesitated and then… bang, a mighty silver trout broke the surface of the lake in a clatter of spray and an explosion of sound as my reel burst into song. My first fish fought in a manner that those who are used to catching oversized rainbows in trout farms can only dream of. Long searing runs and Tarponesque acrobatics. That fish probably weighed 12 lbs and by the time the others had got their lines in the water I was on my third fish and this must have weighed 20 lbs.

I should mention that the whole lake does not have quite the same concentrations of fish as where we were fishing. It appears that fish concentrate around the mouth and lower reach of the river as they jostle for the opportunity to spawn. The quantities of fish mean that they have developed their own unique spawning habits and rather than spawning seasonally they do so throughout the year. Such is the competition they have developed their own unique ecology in this unique environment. Outside of their individual spawning cycle they roam the lake, which is absolutely crystal clear, gorging on a type of freshwater krill and growing fat to an extent that you have to see to imagine.

Is the fishing easy…..the answer is absurdly so. Do you have to be a proficient and skilled angler……simply the answer is a no. Would you want to spend more than a couple of days here……probably not. Is it one of the most unbelievably fishing experiences you are likely ever to come across, an adventure that makes the travel worth it and an insight into what happens when nature conspires to create perfect conditions for a particular species…..a resounding yes. It is Jurassic Lake!

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Written by  Justin Maxwell Stuart.

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