As meadow streams go, Ogilvies creek, in the Kosciuszko national park between Kancoban and Kiandra is my idea of twig heaven and has few equals. It snakes it’s way wildly across a long, narrow high plain and holds good numbers of small rainbow trout and even the odd brookie. With the exception of a few tight stretches in the trees upstream of the road crossing, it’s generally easily fished and waded, though walking the banks in the uneven and often swampy tussocks can be hard work. Downstream of the road bridge is several kilometres of open meadow that’s easily accessed by walking down the service road on the eastern side of the valley to an intake weir and fishing up-stream. The easy walk is roughly 3 km’s over a well graded road.
The best fish I’ve caught in Ogilvies over many years have come from the water nearest the intake when the hoppers are out and by late summer it’s where I go first. The intake weir itself is small, but does hold some good fish if you’re patient enough to stalk them.
I’ve found the fishing to be best when the wind is right up and the little alpine hoppers are trying swimming for the first (and possibly last) time. The trout get very aggressive and will chase down virtually anything that hits the water.
I wouldn’t get too fussy with fly selection other than to say, that heavy nymphs are more trouble than they’re worth in the mostly shallow ripples between short pools and unweighted and small ones are easier to fish. Smaller hopper patterns, particularly splashy foam ones, work well from mid-summer on and small hair wings, like a #14 Royal Wulff work anytime the fish are looking up. Double rigs are effective with small nymphs trailed between one and two feet below the dry.
The perfect rod ? In my opinion a longer two or three weight with enough grunt for the windy days, but enough feel for the few tight spots in the trees.
The brook trout are one of the main attractions of the creek though they can be fickle and hard to find. I don’t do anything specifically different from fishing for rainbows when chasing them as they seem to hit the same flies, in the same water as rainbows when they’re around. They do occasionally have the habit of swiping at a dry without actually eating it, but if you hold your nerve and don’t strike, they may take it a second or two later. It’s pretty exciting to see and worth the price of admission alone.
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