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  1. And so it begins... Here's to many more!
  2. Feels like I haven't been catching fish lately, largely because I haven't. I've been getting more and more hooked on fly since picking up the wand 10-ish months ago, and the last few months has seen an increase in donuts commensurate with the amount of dust building on the spin gear. Nevertheless, goals are beginning to get kicked - here are the highlights of a few outings in the last month or so. First, a trip past the mountains to the Coxs and surrounds. Long story short I dropped a few small browns, including one on the bank whilst being schooled by my mate-come-guide. Nick had most of his 10 (9 browns, 1 'bow) on dries. 2 of my 3 encounters were on a home-tied woolly bugger. A good reminder that fly actually works. I was starting to lose hope after a string of fruitless attempts in the salt. A few more fruitless trips targeting the suddenly elusive flathead around Sydney and the opportunity arose to chase bass on the canoe. Yes please! Using a borrowed Sage Bluegill and donated stealth bombers, it wasn't long before the first came on board. My three for the day were all on the small side, but I wasn't fussed. Don't get to do a lot of bass fishing anyway so the scenery, company and the absence of trebles made for a great day. Nick, as usual, showed us how it was done. This freshwater thing feels like a breeze. On the way home, we stopped to persuade a python to get off the road before becoming pancake. He wasn't thrilled with the suggestion or the canoe paddle but an agreement was reached and we all made it home. Our (my) kindness was repaid by the snakey fish gods. Eventually. A couple more frustrating trips around the harbour (Rose Bay is a great place to go if you like to look at big fish ignore lures), and a trip out to the old faithful inner west produced the goods. First, a chopper tailor on a home-tied crazy charlie-ish fly taken on a very quick strip. Not a first, but encouraging in the salt. Then. Finally. Flathead. I downsized to another home tied fly - the BMS hammerhead variant. Couldn't get my hands on BMS dubbing but the guy at the shop suggested angora goat hair as an alternative. I suppose it works. Lost my lie detector but the ferule to which the flattie runs measures at 41cm. I'll take it! Fly. As rewarding as it is frustrating.
  3. Have you got a pic of the fly per chance?
  4. Great report jani. Got me excited for my next fishing/camping trip
  5. Geez. You guys make jews look like bream!
  6. Awesome pics indeed Stan, look forward to more.
  7. I've only just gotten around to giving 'em a go. Don't mind em, but I find it harder to rig the plastic straighter and sometimes find you end up with a cup face on the z-mans which mean they don't seem straight. Might just take some getting used to. Wouldn't have expected the sambos further west than I was, but there ya go. Yet to give Iron Cove a red-hot go, might end up with a bit of free time this afternoon so your idea of an evening session may well be on the cards. Let you know how I go in this wind.
  8. Fantastic come-from-behind win. Re-reading about the king in the first match brings a tear to the eye, even if it was QLD's loss.
  9. Thanks guys! Fishing's a fickle mistress Windy! I was fishing the Parra again on Sunday and it was by far the quietest session I've had in a while. No a salmon to be seen and I only managed one lonely flatty. My hang over may have had something to do with it but the fishing seemed to have been trending down for me anyway. How far up the river did you have to go for the salmon (no need to be too specific)? Was hoping for one final crack but thought I'd missed 'em. The one in the video was from a couple of weeks back and even he seemed like a bit of a straggler. Side note about the conditions on Sunday: Was the first time in ages the water has been as coloured. We found it to be a similar algae green as you get in summer. Recent warm weather maybe? Heaps of decent sized jelly prawns near the surface on the shore edges - nothing seemed to be harassing them though. Salmon went 55cm and was taken on a Z-man Grub. The fish just keep eating 'em! I've been making an effort to mix it up but can't seem to catch much other than rocks at the moment. Has to be one of the top 2 curl-tails of all time.
  10. Been lucky enough to get out almost weekly for the past month. August has definitely seen the fishing get tougher - bream numbers and size have dropped and the salmon have pretty well moved out of the upper Parramatta bays compared with July. The chopper tailor feel like they're back with quite a few caught around the rose Bay shallows. Also managed a couple of pike in the same area - seem to be a few people catching them at the moment. Not a lot of luck on the flathead as yet but the odd smaller specimen has popped up. Spring's not far off though. Almost everything was caught on a z-man grub but had a bit of luck with gulps too and also managed a chopper on a home made fly (a Saltwater first for me).
  11. Good work! Was out fishing the parra with a mate yesterday and I gotta say it was the quietest session we've had in months. Not quite a donut but not far off. Hats off for persisting.
  12. Yeh not sure how to describe it. Some kind of weird cross between about-to-go-bad fish, iodine and rust.
  13. Caught pike at rose Bay last week. Split one between the cat & dog. Flesh on the fillet looked alright bit they have a smell that's a bit too special for me.
  14. Did you get a measure? Pretty sure this qualifies as a Fishraider record
  15. One reason only - more bites. Had a session over summer where I spent a couple or hours fishing with 8lb leader for zip. Changed to 4lb and had two bream in two casts immediately. Currently fishing 3lb vs nick's 4lb. Using the same lures, both catch a similar amount of fish but the quality is better on the lighter line. Last two sessions, 3lb has produced bream 31-36cm vs 28-31cm on 4lb.