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Post Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Daly River 2018

Fantastic reports and words of wisdom WW... lovin the read


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Daly River 2018

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Daly River 2018

Water temperatures fluctuate a fair amount and must have an effect on things that swim, the air temperature certainly impacts on us land based animals.

It would be handy to know the temperature in the water column. At present the surface temp is around 25c regardless of the air temp. With generally overcast sky and swift flowing water it seems to remain stable around that for a fair bit of time, we can only assume that it’s cooler under the surface and the deeper the water the cooler it gets.

Anglers who care or think about these details have theories usually based on observation about fish activity in relation to surface water temps, there is a general consensus that cold surface water below 22c and hot water above 37c is generally not conducive to active feeding fish.

As the river flow slows and the depth decreases, in a “normal” season these things coincide with a clearing of the sky, the combination resulting in a steady temp climb, by the time the river settles to its dry season flows the surface temp aligns with the air temperature. Somewhere along the way a sweet spot happens, at about 27c the fish seem to be in the top section of the water column and aggressively feeding, retreating into deeper water as the temp climbs.

Perhaps that’s why trolling among the snags or bait fishing is more productive when things heat up, the fish are living in the most comfortable water they can find. Night fishing probably benefits from slightly cooler surface temps.

A temperature probe or some way of measuring the water column temps could be a useful tool, there’s sure to be a device out there and if there isn’t go to your shed and invent one, you will make a quid.

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Post Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Daly River 2018

The river is falling in height.
Us river bank dwellers have not seen such a slow recede of water before, given that most of the heavy rain occurred downstream of Dorisvale it is remarkable the sheer volume of water that has flowed past my home.

Sand deposits on the bank left behind by the flood water seem unusually small compared to past flood events. I know that in the upper reaches of the catchment the soil is far sandier than around here, during the 2015 flood the water came nearly exclusively from the upper catchment area, in fact we were experiencing a very low rain fall season here in the lower reaches yet the sand deposits left behind were massive.

Most people who know the river were aware that it seemed to be getting shallower, Browns Creek being the most obvious sign of the change. It will be interesting to see if there is a “flushing” effect created by the current flood event.

It might be an illusion or a result of my aging eyesight but the water seems clearer, it’s still the colour of tea with milk but is comparatively clear in the shallow still water, this will increase over the coming weeks as the green water from upstream mixes with the brown water and has that marbling look, it’s a trigger for action.

An old man from the area told me that he can smell when the fish are feeding and to some extent where they are in the river, I think I have experienced that phenomenon more than once, but at the time didn’t register what it meant. I have read and heard of blue water fishermen experiencing similar things, catching a whiff of a far off bait school being devoured by Tuna and the like.

Successful predators are switched on to the environment. Next time you’re on the water and you turn on the electronic gadgets in the boat don’t forget to tune into all your senses.

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Post Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Daly River 2018

Always WW :)

Another 90 odd pages with pics would be awesome and I'll place my order now for the first signed copy :drinking8: for the read.


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