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After a dud of a trip to the Snowies for trout, my mate and I went back to the comfort of our local salty stretch hoping to catch the salmon busting jelly prawns in the back of the Parra bays.

Day was pleasant, water was calm and the gulls on the water had us thinking things were about to set off. The salmon didn't eventuate so we decided to wade the flats on the run out for bream as usual.

Last night I had tied a shrimp fly using almost everything in the tying box, mostly to try out my recently ordered shrimp eyes from China. Anyway, the fly ended up a little busier and much brighter than usual with some hot pink & chartreuse feelers, pink BMS tail, tan dubbing and wing. Having a general preference for browns and olives, I figured if the bream wouldn't eat it a flathead eventually will. I haven't fished shrimp flies a lot, finding the simply BMS baitfish pattern being more than effective enough, but a few outings recently mixing it up had me rethinking my strategy.

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Old Mate wasn't thrilled with the colour scheme. I had my reservations as well.

"I dare you to fish it - you stick with your shrimp and I'll stick with the BMS".

"Fine."

A few casts in and my hot pink mess gets munched by a mid 40's flatty. Game on - but will the bream bite?

Things went quiet for a while - it was a weak tide so it would take a while for the current to warm things up. We decided to move to another part of the bay which has been productive in the past. Eventually, my mate who was fishing ahead started finding a few as we made our way up the flat. A mid 30's bream, a small flatty - we were just complaining about how whiting don't really fight that well and are inconsistent compared to bream when they apparently heard, took offence and started attacking his fly with gusto.

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It was begging to get dark and we were both getting cold. Hands numb, I found an excuse to start fishing in front and promptly connected to a solid fish before it spat the hook. Fark.

Hands number, I soon connected again. Initially I picked it for a flatty as there was a fair weight but the run wasn't blistering. A few strips in and the fish suddenly woke up, giving plenty of nice headshakes and few good little runs. Still thought it was a flatty. Eventually the fish got its flank into the current and a long slog ensued - by now the rythmic thump-thump identified it as a bream. Eventually got it to the net and we were both a little surprised with how little space was left. We knew it was a trophy and took a rod-measure so Matey Potatey could confirm the numbers when he got home.

Pleased to say the pink shrimpy wonder worked a treat - the fly was well and truly down the gob of my new PB of 43cm, and made a great consolation prize for the lack of pelagic action.

Suddenly, my hands were warm again.

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Well done some top fish on fly love doing it also  fly fishing for bream 

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That's cool, top report @jdanger

Don't give up on the trout, its when we are tested we savour the rewards so much more 👍

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Great report. Everything wants a go at the fly you created. Well done.

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That’s a top report & photos 😎, that pinky shrimp fly looks great & what a way to christen it with a new PB bream 👍, I’m assuming you were chasing the trout in the rivers with the fly wand, while I was down there Brian (new owner Geoff Williamson’s  shop) mentioned they were loading up in the rivers but good luck trying to get them to bite 

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That's awesome. Would have been very rewarding to snag a PB on a home made fly. Keep up the good work !

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awesome mate.. cracker of a bream

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On 6/10/2019 at 7:50 AM, kingie chaser said:

That's cool, top report @jdanger

Don't give up on the trout, its when we are tested we savour the rewards so much more 👍

Got a love hate relationship with the trout! Hard to beat sight casting dries and you get some exceptional scenery while chasing them.

On 6/10/2019 at 10:50 AM, 61 crusher said:

That’s a top report & photos 😎, that pinky shrimp fly looks great & what a way to christen it with a new PB bream 👍, I’m assuming you were chasing the trout in the rivers with the fly wand, while I was down there Brian (new owner Geoff Williamson’s  shop) mentioned they were loading up in the rivers but good luck trying to get them to bite 

When we were down everyone was struggling. Fished the Euc and Thredbo for one fish between us and saw a lot less fish than last year. 

The reports seemed quiet around the time we went but started seeing a few pics hit social media a few days later. 

Ah well, show's all over now i guess.

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2 hours ago, jdanger said:

Ah well, show's all over now i guess.

Have you tried closer to home like Thompson’s or lake Lyell & the tributaries, there are other rivers over the divide & also the New England area, don’t know about the water levels though, even caught trout in the Nepean after the floods at the base of Warragamba dam by boat, google will help with access, & I agree amazing scenery & wildlife 

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Fished a small oberon stream which was nice but didnt hold large fish. Had a brief crack at the coxs river as well but yet to land anything there.

Tasmania is good but didnt get to do my annual week of the Western Lakes as i was in Thailand over summer (first world problems, eh?)

Havent fished thompsons before but may head up in July. I've read about the large rainbows but also hear it can be a frustrating fishery.

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4 weeks ago i walked bout4miles on the cox  never had a hit or seen a fish  went to lyell  no good went to the back of thompsons  no good  got one brown in a trib of river lett   hard wknd

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15 hours ago, rickmarlin62 said:

4 weeks ago i walked bout4miles on the cox  never had a hit or seen a fish  went to lyell  no good went to the back of thompsons  no good  got one brown in a trib of river lett   hard wknd

Nice work jdanger! 

Ive done the same trip as you exactly rick! But we didn’t land a fish. We had two follows and the boys got excited. I was so bored! I came home and bagged out on snapper just to get my fix! 

You fellas chasing trout certainly earn them! 

Cheers scratchie!!! 

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1 hour ago, Scratchie said:

Nice work jdanger! 

Ive done the same trip as you exactly rick! But we didn’t land a fish. We had two follows and the boys got excited. I was so bored! I came home and bagged out on snapper just to get my fix! 

You fellas chasing trout certainly earn them! 

Cheers scratchie!!! 

Agreed! IME trout have the worst walking:catching ratio around. Just as well they live in nice places.

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