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  1. Bondi luderick on fly

    Had the day off so after chores (taking the dog for a walk) i decided the water looked good enough for a couple of beers and a flick off the rocks. Took down the surf rod and some slices, as well as the fly rod and new reel incase i felt game to test drive it off the stones. Fished from the top of the tide with the slugs for a while for zip. Retreating to my beer, i decided to try for blackies with the wand. Rigged up using a bomber (weighted) fly with a trailing unweighted fly on the point. Unfortunately my weighted flies were nowhere near weighted enough so after watching them blow around near the surface for a few more casts i once again went back to the thinking can to consider my options. "you gonna give up?" called one of the bathers, as i considered doing just that. After explaining my predicament and insisting to incredulous ears that fish do indeed eat green wool, i remembered an olive baited breath that a mate gave me for bream but which i found too heavy for the estuary application at the time. Perfect! It was heavy and olive which is close enough to green. I replaced the bomber and was back at the ledge. First cast and i'm happy with the sink. The fly line does something funny and i strike, lifting into the unmistakable headshakes of a blackie. A short tussle later and i had dinner on the stones, a new species on fly, a freshly blooded reel, and congratulations from the onlookers.
  2. Brisbane Water Flatties

    Good report and nice catch scienceman. I agree, ikijimi is a good way to despatch a fish. I don't often keep a feed but a knife or pointy scissors do the trick too. As long as you hit the brain. Equilateral triangle behind the eyes is a good rule of thumb IME. Can't fault the lure & reel choice either. I use the same. Pity pflueger don't make it in the gold trim any more. Running J braid as well?
  3. Bream Whiting & Flathead on Fly

    It's been a while in the making Stan! Only really starting to come together in the last few weeks. Having faith in the fly is half the challenge! Once I get some more hooks I'll send you a few that have worked if ya like
  4. The weather's warming and so is the fishing. Starting to kick some more goals with the wand and I'm stoked to have finally spanked a few bream. Fished Rose Bay last Monday afternoon and was taken by surprise when a fly I'd tied using z-man Crusteaz legs, dubbing & flash got inhaled by a decent whiting (rough measure 35/36cm along the rod). More surprises came when yesterday I managed my first 4 bream at Rodd Pt & Hen & Chicken. Models went from 10-ish cm to low 30's as measured against the rod. Tell ya what, the fight from a good bream on 6wt is awesome. This time the fly of choice was a BMS Hammerhead, where I used crystal flash for the rib instead of the tradition tinsel. The hooks are a little bigger (size 2) than I'd like but that's all that was at my disposal. The nice thing bout the jighead style is that the fly always rides hook point up whereas other heavy guage saltwater flies often ride point down in the BMS pattern, despite the placement of the eyes. As with plastics, keeping things light with small eyes & long light leaders has been a must. We've been fishing 6wt floating line with 14ft tapered leaders down to 4 & 6lb tippets. The long leaders are sometimes annoying to cast but I'm getting the hang of it. Here's the highlights reel:
  5. First ever bass and lure catch!

    And so it begins... Here's to many more!
  6. Flystration

    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.
  7. Sydney Harbour Salmon

    Have you got a pic of the fly per chance?
  8. Great report jani. Got me excited for my next fishing/camping trip
  9. Swano and swordy smack em in the Cooks

    Geez. You guys make jews look like bream!
  10. August so Far

    Awesome pics indeed Stan, look forward to more.
  11. The past month or so

    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.
  12. Daz and Dez's State of Origin fish off

    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.
  13. The past month or so

    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.
  14. The past month or so

    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).
  15. mixed bag = fisherman's basket

    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.