is a challenging and at times frustrating fishery. It is subjected
to the strong northwesterly wind that seems to blow almost
constantly. There is little shelter on the lake from the wind
which can make fishing very difficult at times. The water
appears slightly tinged with colour but is clear enough to
be able to spot cruising fish on those days when the wind
Due to the wind, the best time to fish
is early in the morning, or during the evening when the wind
sometimes drops. When flyfishing from the shore it is possible
to move around the lake so that the wind is blowing from behind.
to Lake Clearwater is well signposted from Mount Somers on
State Highway 72. This road take you directly to the small
settlement of Lake Clearwater, from which a number of paths
and walkways lead to various sections of the lake.
is shorebased, with streamer flies being the most popular
method, and otherwise spin fishing. Trout will rise to take
terrestrial insects that blow onto the lake.
When the conditions are right, i.e. the
wind is not too strong, it is possible to stalk cruising trout
along the shallows using light floating or intermediate lines.
During the warmer weather, when surface activity is spotted,
large bushy flies with a trailing nymph can be productive.
When the wind is blowing, heavier lines
are necessary. Because the lake shelves gradually, floating
or very slow sinking lines are recommended.
The air around Lake Clearwater is very
clear and trout are easily spooked by aerial casting over
the water so false casting should be kept to a minimum.
fly: Large bushy flies such as a Humpy or Coch-Y
Bondhu can work well during late summer.
nymphs in damsel
or dragonfly patterns.