Silver Mirror Reveals All (Mako's G3H9 lens)

Story by Andrew Badullovich

I’ve recently returned from Buckenderra on Lake Eucumbene, where I spent the weekend fishing for trout. Buckenderra is a fantastic fishery, and is quite productive during the months of spring. Eucumbene’s lake level rises during this time of year due to snow-melt and seasonal rain, which floods the grasslands and provides new real estate for hungry trout to mooch and feed. This is a great time to be fishing Lake Eucumbene, as the brown trout population are returning from their annual spawning run, and will feed ravenously to pack on condition after an exhausting reproductive cycle.

The way I like to attack this scenario is to cast lures toward the shoreline from my boat and retrieve them slowly through the shallow grassy bays. You’ll often find the trout working in water barely deep enough to cover their backs, and they can be found quite close to the shoreline as they are prospecting fresh feeding opportunities with the rising water. My lure of choice is a metal blade or vibe as the vibration calls the trout to react quickly. They attack with gusto, often resulting in a spectacular aerial display as they tear up the skinny water upon the strike. Attaching your line to the rear tow-point on the blade will force the lure to swim high in the water column, which enables you to slow your retrieve down. It’s worth noting that this style of fishing is available to the shore-based angler too!

Brown trout will feed more comfortably in shallow water if there is deep water adjacent to the areas they are patrolling. Examples of this are: small drain gutters scoured into the bank from rain run-off and sudden drop offs that surround the shallows. Locating these areas can be tricky; however, this task is made easier by adopting an appropriate pair of polarised sunglasses. The best lens for seeing through clear shallow water, (especially with weedy or grassy bottom strata) is the G3H9. The silver mirror reduces surface glare well and provides superior clarity, while the copper lens enhances contrast in the tannin-stained alpine waters. Other lens types will work, but it is my firm opinion that the G3H9 reigns supreme in situations such as the above mentioned.