Little Pine Lagoon is without
doubt my favourite fishery in the highlands. The lake is situated 8km south-west
of Great Lake and 25km (approx) from Bronte Lagoon. Little Pine is naturally fed
by the Western Lakes catchment of the Little Pine River and is 1007 metres above
sea level and the lagoon covers an area of 220 ha when full. It is a very clear
lake, (but tends to discolour on very windy days) the shoreline is very flat and
grassy, but is very hard fishing in late summer when the lake level is low due
to the Canadian Pond Weed.
Little Pine is a Fly Fishing only water and a wild brown trout fishery. The
water has a reputation for very hard fighting trout with well conditioned browns
in the 0.8-1.5kg size range.
Pine Lagoon is world renown for two major highlights that take place on this
water. The first being the "Tailing Trout" in the springtime, with October and
November being the best months. Dawn and dusk are usually the best time, but be
warned they are extremely hard to entice to take your offerings. The second
occurrence is the huge dun hatches in the summer months. Late December through
to March. Hatches have been known to take place from 10 am to 3pm, but this is
highly dependant on the right weather conditions. I have found overcast warm
days with a slight chop to be the best.
fished with many friends on the 'Pine' and we all have our
favourite flies. My favourite for this water are Red Tag, Nobby's
Emerger, Rob's Dry, Possum Fur Dun and a Brown Nymph.
Photos: J. Scatchard
note 'Bag Limits' for Little Pine Lagoon is now only 5 trout per