Fishermen swarm to New England

OFF THE HOOK: Fisherman Sean Doyle proudly showing off his Murray Cod at Copeton Dam earlier this month, just a taste of what's to come for fishing fanatics this season.

OFF THE HOOK: Fisherman Sean Doyle proudly showing off his Murray Cod at Copeton Dam earlier this month, just a taste of what's to come for fishing fanatics this season.

FISHERMEN from across the country are flocking to the New England this month to make the most of the annual fishing season.

Destinations like Copeton Dam and Guyra are prime spots to get the line wet, according to local fishing enthusiasts. 

MAKE A SPLASH: There will be something for everyone at the Guyra Trout Festival, kicking off on October 1.

MAKE A SPLASH: There will be something for everyone at the Guyra Trout Festival, kicking off on October 1.

Copeton Waters Holiday Park manager, David Allan said recent rain has created the perfect environment for a stellar fishing season.

“We’ve had inflows over the last six weeks, raising the dam level from 15 per cent to over 45 per cent.

“That equates to a height rise of about 12 to 15 metres,” Mr Allan said.

Further east in Guyra, the Trout Festival is gearing up for the first time with something on offer for everyone.

The festival, which is set to run over the first weekend in October, will see a range of stalls boasting the very best in local produce.

Smoked trout and trout paté will be available to try after working-up an appetite during the day.

Activities will include lessons from expert fly-casting instructors to encourage those who are new to the sport to try their hand at fishing.

Photographers are also invited to get creative for the Trout Festival photography competition.

Children can also get in on the excitement with train rides leaving from the Rotary Park all day on Saturday.

Organisers hope that the season will be an opportunity to showcase what the New England has to offer.

For more call 6775 5735.

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