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  1. jdanger

    Carp, Friend or Foe?

    That fly is called a "carp bitter". Heavier fly for fishing the bottom, reminds me of the kind of shrimp imitations we use for bream and tied on the same saltwater hooks (SL45s) with bead chain eyes for weight. Definitely looks like a dragon fly in the pic.
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    Carp on fly

    Mate of mine spotted a bunch of carp in an urban creek in western sydney whilst feeding ducks with his 3yo a few months ago. Following the rains and fly reports from the central coast, we decided to give em a crack last week, and again today. Plenty of fish cruising and feeding along the margins but we got the impression they've eaten enough recently to start getting choosy with their flies. The water was especially dirty due to the rain so efforts had to be concentrated on the edges of the bank, with fish sometimes hooked at our feet. Red & black wooly worms and tan carp biters did the trick last week, but olive was the go today. Below pic is about average from what we've seen. Had a very visual eat after switching flies by a larger model who wasted no time screaming off downstream, running me into backing and burying me in a snag. Worth packing the waders to help with landing them and worth watching for snakes (seen two red bellies in 3 visits). Using a standard 9ft rod with 6wt floating line and 8-10ft leader to 10/12lb tippet. 8ft of straight 10lb fluro works fine too. A lot of fun for such a maligned species and a great local option for highly visual fishing!
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    Carp, Friend or Foe?

    Despite the hate, carp have a lot to offer as a sportfish. Great sight fishing, easily accessible and put up a good fight (got dusted in some skinny water today). I'll kill em if i catch them in water worth saving, but the inner Sydney freshwater bonefish can have their chemically polluted urban creeks for all i care. At least there's fish in em!
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    The response from fishos has been so swift, i doubt any party would be keen to stir the hornets nest again any time soon. Any fishing bans coming in the near future would have to be very, very sneaky indeed. I for one am comfortable that we're safe. For now. Good work to all who took the time to respond, but be prepared to do it all again in a few elections' time (another decade or so).
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    Luderick on the double handed fly rod

    Spey casting to blackies... Love it! ?
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    Pittwater Success

    Dinner and a show!
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    Fly Fishing Tasmania

    Lucky for me youtube videos embed as a link so fishraider doesn't cop the bandwidth. Otherwise i'd be around 100 times over the limit! Glad you enjoyed the vid neil. No shortage of wierd and wonderful creatures in the Tassie highlands!
  8. Hi all, Had the pleasure of spending a week hiking through the Western Lakes in Tasmania stalking browns on fly. Long story short, the fishing was hard with numbers down on last year. The guys I was with reckon we saw 50% less fish than any other year. Happy to take their word as they have 30 years of annual trips between them. Low water levels following a hot, dry summer appear to be a factor as we found a few almost dead fish in some of the higher, almost dried out tarns. All fish caught on dries (adam's parachutes) though we did fish wets early in the trip as it took 3 days before the first scale was turned. Some of the sight fishing was awesome if not infuriating, with the biggest fish of the trip around 5lb with some bigger fish lost. While the fishing hurt sometimes, the scenery more than made up for it with plenty of wildlife to make up for the fish. Here's the highlights:
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    Lake mac bream

    Most bream anglers would give their left one for a bream over 50, and you've managed at least two. Awesome
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    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.
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    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?
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    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
  13. 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:
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    First ever bass and lure catch!

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