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Re: The day my hair turned grey....
« Reply #240 on: January 03, 2016, 06:09:33 PM »
Great write up as expected Branga, loving the way you continually express what you truly do see just pity about the wallaby hey'

Yeah I would feel safer knowing you are getter some new rear rubber for the next adventure, that one isn't toooo bad but it's definitely lost its bite.

 Could ya try a hand line or they still too small?
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Re: The day my hair turned grey....
« Reply #241 on: January 03, 2016, 06:33:16 PM »
Could ya try a hand line or they still too small?

Had a handline...thought about it....thought about having to get it out, find the right tackle, make up a trace... and bait...gave it a miss due to that wee drama and the size of what I saw...that's not sayin' there might not be bigger but I couldn't move left or right more than a foot.
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Re: The day my hair turned grey....
« Reply #242 on: January 03, 2016, 10:18:37 PM »
Great read, thanks for taking the time!
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Re: The day my hair turned grey....
« Reply #243 on: January 04, 2016, 08:00:24 AM »
Excellent story once again.

Thanks for taking the time to write-up your adventures.

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Re: The day my hair turned grey....
« Reply #244 on: January 04, 2016, 06:02:49 PM »
Great read Chris. Sounds like a beaut trip.
 I have heard that keen fisherman up that way use surf rods to reach over the top to get to those hidden areas.
And with good results.
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Re: The day my hair turned grey....
« Reply #245 on: January 04, 2016, 06:49:40 PM »
Surf's up!....bit big to carry. The new rod I bought is 2.2m and is a four piece and is an easy put on the bike

I have resorted to casting over some overhang to then drop straight down...limited as it is but the streams up there were so seriously overgrown...pity I couldn't make Mackillops Bridge from my side...but me thinks the place would have been crowded, it forms a great loop from Bruthen/Buchan, Mackillops, Bonang and Orbost back to Bruthen.

I saw one ute and three bikes going up the Bonang route as I came down. When I stopped at Bruthen for a while there was a bike or SUV every 30 seconds going up the Buchan side. Has been pissin' down up there for three days too...glad I left in hindsight. Had a fantastic ride through the Yarra Ranges today, testing my bubble wrap bizzo.

No fish again...tried Yellowdindi, Watts River, Acheron River and the Yarra. Had bait worms, scrubby's, maggots and lures....pffttt.
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Re: The day my hair turned grey....
« Reply #246 on: January 06, 2016, 08:37:28 PM »
As mentioned, I combined a ride to try some fishing and to test my bubble wrap "test bed"....saturday's google search took me from the dizzy heights of US based adventure/tour seats from $700 to the lows of gel-cell packs off ebay for $30. Found a firm in Glenroy who specialising in upgrading DR seats, awaiting an email reply. Tyre has been ordered.

Monday I headed off on a nice easy ride over the Black Spur to Narbethong where I bought some fresh scrub worms and maggots....first, I'd try my luck at the pond I've visited a few times.

Over the spur from Healesville, the ride was brilliant as seems most had stopped at the Sanctuary...had going my way to myself. Cool, a tad drizzly but so serene and a brilliant twisty road. Straight sections before my turn-off had me thinkin' fishin' soon enough.

But, as I rode up the bank and saw the pond I could see it was silty (normally extremely clear).......





Soon became evident why, the inlet has been opened right up and lots of bugs and worms would have been washed into the pond....







The two rods were in for nearly an hour but proved fruitless....I'd meandered and took some pics but most few junk.

Big oak trunk...but has scrawny fire battled branches....







Hardy Holly.....









First berry of the season.....







....little britain....  :o



Had a few gob fulls of fresh apricots and plums from my cooler and scooped some fresh clear water now entering the pond from the fresh cut channel. Tasted slightly piney....could be the adjacent pine plantation...dunno, I ride bikes!


But, more twisties....I need more twisties. I pack and ride to the Acheron Way, which follows a great river in a great way.

First I head off up wet mountain roads going that way........






Along the Way there are numerous turn offs but most had a locked gate, riverside tracks yielded a flattened out area with old campfires and camping bays....various walking tracks led off, all ending at the river.

Made for some "interesting" riding but the amount of fallen trees about was astonishing. Enough to consider parking in a clearing and walking myself.....besides, I couldn't get under the first tree over a path I came to....






This track led to a small expedient dam wall.....






Providing a nice pond......






I got pretty excited and grabbed my lure box. But. Think it may have been used for swimming, given it's fairly shallow, is cleared of debris and there were a myriad of small bare foot prints in some mud......






I tried three types of lures in the pond with no luck....downstream was the normal jumble of timber....






Spotto this huge fallen tree from years ago...it's massive, disappearing into the undergrowth and reappearing briefly.a further 100' along, haven for many an animal.....








Tried the river at the end of a couple more walks but was I beginning to trudge.




No nibbles. So I headed off on a damp uphill mountain road that went this way.....


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Re: The day my hair turned grey....
« Reply #247 on: January 06, 2016, 08:39:36 PM »


Ahhhh just got back from the US of A....

Something nice to read, think I'll go make a drink and sit down and read this.

Cheers

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Re: The day my hair turned grey....
« Reply #248 on: January 06, 2016, 08:58:08 PM »
I stopped at various spots along the river for a try for trout.....Acheron River......







This spot was a bit eerie.....







Was not getting any bites so I set my two rods with budgie bells and did lunch.....

Enjoyed some treats, chilled ice coffee, some choc coated nuts and a tub of cherries....




I could only really access the river when it was real close to the road as inevitably the drop down to the water was thick with undergrowth or very steep, was some precaurious clambering going on but no dramas thankfully.

Check out the easy going on the other side of the river...although there were literally hundreds of tree trunk "bridges"....I could not get to any of them without wading the river.







Some more vege scenes.....







How many types of plant here....







No fish, so headed off on the same damp this way road.....






Which very quickly turned into a dusty corrugated mountain road that went down that way.....






Back in town again at Warburton after a quick descent near Mt. Donna Buang...back in traffic! Effen brilliant ride...bum bag bizzo worked well but because of it's nature was a bit squirmy at times (especially the twisty downhill gravel washes) but have little pain from the 200+klm ride.

So, can only add, apart from one worm and three maggots, absolutely no animals were harmed in the making of this wee adventure.





Cheers,
Chris.

PS: Had my tyre fitted today and have...err...scrubbed it in already.  ;)
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Re: The day my hair turned grey....
« Reply #249 on: January 06, 2016, 09:30:52 PM »


Great write up Chris, thanks for the read.

Not so fruitful on the fish front but the Dog Rooter looks like it handled well, I might have to look into buying one (noooooooooooot).

Cheers

Jock