Tourist authorities in the Australian Alps, 250 miles south of Sydney, have started an unusual new scheme to keep tourists happy when snow is scarce during the summer months.
Chairlift down mountain to Thredbo village
Shadow of chairlift unit
GV Hotel and swimming pool
Curator Olsen in pool, using filter
CS filter used to ensure clean water
GV Sight trout area
GV throwing food to fish
GV people on bank of artificial lake
CS children taught to case, catching fish
CS Woman and fish
GV Olsen in stream with trout
CS girl casting
GV-CU shots of casting and catching trout
CS with trout
CS shots eating trout
Thredbo chairlift; village; curator feeding fish by hand; fishing instructor; children and women taught to cast; catching trout; outside hotel eating fish.
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Background: Tourist authorities in the Australian Alps, 250 miles south of Sydney, have started an unusual new scheme to keep tourists happy when snow is scarce during the summer months. Thredbo village, a top tourist mountain resort, has excavated artificial lakes and are guaranteeing fishermen that they will make a haul. The reason ? The trout in the lakes are being trained to bite.
Trout are reared in special pools, then let loose into the artificial lakes where fishermen are allowed to hook them. The trout bite readily because they are reared on food thrown onto the water by curator, John Olsen. They will strike at a lure, or even a bare hook, the moment it touches the surface.
Regular attention is paid to feeding trout. Filters are used to ensure constant water flow and the healthy condition of the fish.
Instructors are on hand to teach men, women and children the art of casting and catching trout. And the beauty of it is---nobody leaves without stocking up with fish. But strict control is kept on the whole operation to make certain the lakes aren't fished out.
After an hour at the lake, fishermen take their haul to the Thredbo Hotel where chefs show how the trout are prepared and cooked. The fishermen then have the opportunity of tasting the result of their morning's work at a barbecue on the mountainside
It's one fishing area where no body has nay sad tales to tell about the "one that got away."